C.B. Eder: Senior Pastor
(Preaching and Vision; Parent/Teen Ministry)
Jesus transformed C.B.'s life in his senior year of high school. Though a Christian in name, raised to love the Lord by his parents, his lifestyle as a young man was one of pursuing worldly dreams and sin until Jesus came and changed his heart. God by His grace opened up C.B.'s eyes to the futility and temporariness of worldly pursuits in contrast to the most glorious and vital cause in the universe, the gospel's advance.
C.B.'s story is one of God's faithfulness and patience. It is a story of God's amazing grace. During college, he became a member of Covenant Fellowship Church, which is a part of Sovereign Grace Churches. There God gave him a passion for the cross of Jesus Christ and for His church.
C.B. graduated with a secondary education biology degree from West Chester University. In 1997, Covenant Fellowship Church sent C.B. to the Sovereign Grace Churches Pastors College. After the Pastors College, he served as a pastoral intern for youth and evangelism at Sovereign Grace Church of Cherry Hill, NJ.
During the internship, C.B. had a growing desire to plant a church. This desire was examined and evaluated by the pastor he served with and the leadership team of Sovereign Grace Churches. After much prayer, they believed God wanted to plant a Sovereign Grace church in the Reading area. So C.B., his family and a team of 11 adults and 8 children relocated to the Reading area in 2001. C.B. and his wife Shannon have three sweet daughters- Ashlyn, Verity & Evelyn and one son - Blair.
John Reyes: Pastor
(Mission, Prayer, Evangelism, Children's Ministry, Singles)
In 1991, during his senior year in high school, God removed the scales from John's eyes. For the first time, he saw the rage, murder, hatred, lust, slime and corruption of his heart. In that moment, God graced John with faith to trust in Jesus Christ and repentance to renounce the putridity of his sin. John was converted from darkness to light, from death to life, from being an object of wrath to a recipient of grace! In an instant, John was given a new life by his Sovereign Creator, where his mind, thoughts, and all of his members were affected.
Throughout John's college years, God gave him the desire to graciously and compassionately proclaim the gospel of Christ to the abortion, homosexual, and Muslim communities. During this time, he spent his summers organizing mission outreaches to serve those particular people groups. In 1999, after a group outreach on a public sidewalk, John was jailed for three months for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What men meant for evil, God meant for good; and John has been given many opportunities to share the Gospel during and since his incarceration.
John holds as B.S. in Religion from Liberty University. Soon after graduating, he entered full-time ministry. While leading a para-church ministry in Dallas, Texas, God gave John a passion for the local church. He has served as a governing elder of two congregations within the past ten years. The first congregation is located in Dallas, Texas; and the second is in LaGrange, Georgia.
In 2010, God brought John to Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania, where he served as a counselor and teacher for Teen Challenge. In Rehrersburg, John began attending Christ Community Church with his lovely wife Kim and four beautiful children: Stephen Eleazar, Evangeline Faith, Jeremiah Courage and Raymond Ezra. With confidence John says, "Christ is my portion and the strength of my heart forever!"