Today. . .
Northwest Valley Baptist Church holds two worship services and Adult Bible Study/Sunday School classes every Sunday morning and a family-oriented service on Sunday evening. NWVBC has an active youth ministry and children’s ministry programs which include Kids 4 Truth during the school year, as well as Vacation Bible School, Patch the Pirate Club, and PeeWee Patch Club during the summer months. The church missions program also supports more than forty missionary families all over the world.
Arrowhead Christian Academy is an extended ministry of NWVBC. An experienced and qualified teaching/administrative staff provides an academic curriculum for grades K – 12. Arrowhead Christian Academy students also receive Bible-based teaching in regular chapel services.
But it wasn’t always this way…
Under the sponsorship of Calvary Baptist Church in Lansdale, PA, NWVBC was organized in the fall of 1987 with four families, three of which are still active in the ministry of NWVBC.
In August of 1987, a school principal supposedly on vacation, just happened to stop by the office in time to sign papers or NWVBC would have had no place in which to meet on the first Sunday.
In the spring of 1988, when the school building became too small, God provided a day care center — an ideal place for a church full of young families with preschool children — to meet.
In the spring of 1989, when the day care center became too full, the church was given six weeks notice to find a new place to meet. With most retail space renting for nearly $10 per foot, God provided a shopping center that would rent an 1800 square foot space for $6 per foot and free use of other empty spaces.
In the fall of 1990, the property on Yorkshire became available. After four long months of negotiation, a price was finally set. In twelve weeks, God’s people sacrificed to raise the $30,000 needed to complete the sale. NWVBC had a home with a mortgage payment that was less than the rent in the storefront. The church that had owned the property previously had left chairs, furniture, musical instruments, electronic equipment, kitchen equipment and so much more. God had not only supplied a building, He had equipped it as well.
On Easter Sunday of 1991, the first service of NWVBC at the Yorkshire location was held in what is now the nursery building.
Of the four original families that started the church, three are still active participating members. In fact, six of the first eight families are still faithful to the ministry of NWVBC and the church has had the same pastor for more than twenty years.
The ministry has expanded, the facilities have expanded, people have gone out to serve, churches have been planted, but most of all, the desire is that God will be glorified in the people of Northwest Valley Baptist Church and that He will continue to use each person however He may desire to accomplish His purposes in this age.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” — Colossians 3:1-3