About

Our Mission

To make disciples of Jesus Christ throughout the Lehigh Valley and among the nations (especially Unreached People Groups).

Cedarcrest Church

Our Values

Praying

Praying

We Are a Praying Church. Every Sunday is a day of prayer. Every home is a place of prayer. Every work of service is surrounded by prayer. “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer…’’ Matthew 21:13

Caring

Caring

We Are a Caring Church. Every heart is moved by the needs of others. “When (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion for them…” Matthew 9:36

Serving

Serving

We Are a Serving Church. Everyone serving the church. Everyone serving the world. “… but through love serve one another.” Galatians. 5:13. Every Sunday is a day of prayer. Every home is a place of prayer. Every work of service is surrounded by prayer. “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer…’’ Matthew 21:13

Speaking

Speaking

We Are a Speaking Church. Everyone is trained in personal evangelism. Everyone has the ability to speak of Christ. “… proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15

Training

Training

We Are a Training Church. Everyone is discipling and being discipled. “Go therefore and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19

What We Believe

While rooted first and foremost in Scripture, we believe the central truths of the Bible have been faithfully summarized in the Statement of Faith found in the Faith and Order of the Bible Fellowship Church. 

We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God; the supreme and final authority of what to believe and how to live.

We believe God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are one God. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He became man, lived a sinless life, died on a cross to save sinners, rose again and ascended into heaven where he is seated at the right hand of the Father. One day He will return in power and glory to complete the establishment of His kingdom on earth.  

We believe God loves all people and made the human race in His image to enjoy perfect fellowship with Him. Because of mankind’s sin, the relationship with God has been severed. All people have been corrupted by sin and are unable to enjoy a right relationship with God, apart from God’s grace.

We believe God’s grace is displayed in Jesus Christ, who shed his blood on the cross as the payment for mankind’s sin. There is no way, however sincere, to be saved other than through Jesus Christ. Those who repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection are reconciled to God and imparted with new life.

We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within each Christian empowering them for lives of obedient service. As the Word of God is believed and obeyed, the Holy Spirit is working in the life of the Christian making them more like Christ.

We believe the Church is composed of all those who, through faith, have received Jesus Christ. The purpose of the church is to worship God, edify believers and proclaim the gospel—God’s message of salvation—to the world.

Meet the Team

Cedar Crest Church Ministry Staff

John LoRusso

Senior Pastor of Outreach

John joined the staff in September 2016 after serving the church as a Deacon, Elder and Missionary. He graduated from Cairn University and directs our Outreach (Global, Local & Church Planting) and Men’s ministries. John loves people and desires to see them immersed in Christian fellowship; strengthening their walk with Jesus and loving and serving one another in ways that express a vibrant witness to the lost. John and his wife Nancy have three married children and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Adam Crain

Senior Pastor of Shepherding

Adam joined the Cedar Crest staff in October 2017. He graduated from Cairn University with a M.S. in Christian Counseling and Shepherding Ministries of the church. He’s passionate about people finding freedom in Christ, discipleship, and the local church thriving as we love one another. He and his wife Lauren have been married since 2010 and have three young children.

Chris Von Holt

Pastor of Student Ministries

Chris placed his faith in Christ as a young boy. In high school, Chris drifted from Christ; but after his junior year, God used the preaching of His Word at camp to capture his heart. Chris then pursued preparation for vocational ministry through heavy local church involvement, two internships, and earning a B.A in Biblical Studies, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. He and his wife Courtney have two children, Theodore and Guinevere. His passion is encouraging others to pursue Christ as their treasure through expositional preaching/teaching and deep and meaningful relationships.

Jane Handwerk

Director of Women's Ministries

Jane has been attending Bible Fellowship churches her entire life and has been at Cedar Crest since 1978. She and her husband Scott were youth sponsors for many years. She served as a leader in Pioneer Clubs and Girls Quest for 42 years and currently sings in the choir.  She is passionate about helping women form healthy relationships with each other and understanding their identity in Christ. Her desire is to encourage women to deepen their relationship with Christ through committed prayer and bible study.  Jane and her husband Scott have two married daughters and three amazing grandchildren. She is a lover of life and service, and enjoys time with family and friends, long walks and Wawa coffee.

Brianna Parsons

DIRECTOR of Children’s Ministries

Brianna has attended Cedar Crest her entire life and is thrilled to now serve on staff as Children’s Director. She graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2015. Brianna and her husband, Mathew, have been married since 2015 and have two young children.

Melissa Adams

COORDINATOR of CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES - Skyrocket

Melissa began attending Cedar Crest at 6 years old. In fact, Pastor Boone was her youth pastor! Melissa and her husband Sam served for 18 years with Word of Life Fellowship – 8 of those in the Czech Republic, working with children and teens. Melissa adores the kids in the Skyrocket program and loves passing on Biblical truth and grace into their precious lives. She is totally in love with Jesus, her husband Sam and her 6 children and one son in law.

Sarah Klase

COORDINATOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES - Blastoff

Sarah grew up attending Cedar Crest and has a passion for seeing young people grow in their knowledge and love for the Lord. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute with an Associates in Biblical studies, she had the privilege of serving the Lord over the next 12 years in various missions opportunities overseas and college ministry in Wyoming. Sarah is thrilled that the Lord has lead her back to her home church and is excited to be investing in the children who attend the Blastoff program.

Alex Hartranft

Assistant Director of Outreach & Adult Ministries

Alex has been attending Cedar Crest since he was a child. But it was not until early high school that the Lord used relationships in the youth group and the faithful preaching of the gospel to convict him of his sins and draw him to faith in Christ. Because God has used vessels in his life to save Him, Alex was given an ambition to pursue ministry at the age of 18. He desires that others would also treasure and serve King Jesus with their lives. In the Spring of 2019, Alex graduated from Lancaster Bible College with B.A. in Pre-Seminary. He is very passionate about sharing the gospel and seeing Christ’s fame spread to every nation, tribe, and tongue to the glory of God.

Fernando DeSouza

Director of Connections and Communications

Fernando has attended Cedar Crest since youth group, and joined the ministry staff team in 2020. In 2014, God called Fernando to serve at Lighthouse Church plant in Allentown where he oversaw the youth and outreach ministries. Fernando lives in Allentown and enjoys meeting new people while serving as member of local outreach team. His passion is to share the truth of the Gospel and encourage others to do the same. When not working he enjoys the outdoors, and pick up soccer.

Tim Schaeffer

Director of Music Ministries

As Director of Music Ministries, Tim Schaeffer has been faithfully serving at CCBFC for over 30 years. A 1972 graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Tim with his passion for worship and love for all types of music, remains true to our traditional music roots while at the same time connects enthusiastically with current worship music. His responsibilities center on the music of the 8:30 Heritage Service, serving as worship leader and conducting our 35-Voice Choir, Worship Orchestra, Heritage Worship Team, and Instruments of Praise Vocal Ensemble. On days off you’ll find him pursuing another passion—photography, which he refers to as his “photo-therapy”.

Luke Walters

Director of Worship Arts

Luke grew up attending Cedar Crest, and has been involved in the worship ministry since 2007. In his junior year of college, the Lord called him to change directions and pursue worship leading as a full-time career. After completing his B.A. in Biology from DeSales, Luke began pursuing and is currently enrolled in an M.A. in Worship Leading program at Liberty University online. He joined Cedar Crest’s staff in May 2017 with a passion to help people seek and find total satisfaction in Jesus Christ through corporate and personal worship. He married his wife, Christine, in 2017.

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