History

Our History

Kutztown Bible Fellowship Church has always highly valued the gospel and was initially started as a church plant with the primary goal of serving the Kutztown community and the students and faculty at the university nearby.

KBFC was first established in 1981 when Pastor Randall Grossman began evening services in the Kutztown Fire Hall, later growing to include morning services, Sunday schools, and Wednesday Bible studies in members’ homes. Later, in 1984, God enabled the purchase of the old “Gonser” stone chapel next to the Kutztown University campus. Within a year, the congregation was accepted into the Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church and recognized as an independent Bible Fellowship Church.

In the summer of 1990, God called Pastor Grossman to accept an invitation to pastor Grace BFC in Reading, leaving the little flock in Kutztown. Dr. Osborne Buchanan served as an interim pastor, by request of the pastoral search committee, for about six months while the congregation looked for a new leader. Dr. John Studenroth from Hatfield BFC asked to be considered by the committee and soon found himself leading the maturing college town congregation.

During this time, the church focused on missions, both locally and abroad, supporting many missionaries, participating in short term missions trips to the Dominican Republic, and working with local organizations like the crisis pregnancy center, food pantry, nursing homes and summer kids clubs. John served for a total of nine and a half years until he resigned in order to focus on campus ministries and become a chaplain for colleges in Berks and Lehigh counties.

In the spring of 2000, Allan Vivona became the new pastor, and continued the tradition of sound biblical teaching and missions focus. Pastor Vivona taught several Bible classes, led a four-day missions conference, and hosted university student luncheons at his home. His wife Sandy worked with the Women’s Ministry Committee to host evangelical events, and to reformat the Women’s Bible Study to accommodate more members and visitors. Pastor Vivona retired at the end of 2013.

In the winter of 2013, KBFC launched a search committee to find a new full time pastor. In March 2015, Ezekiel Mack accepted the call to fill the position and he has been serving us faithfully since then.

KBFC has come a long way since the firehouse days over 30 years ago, and we’ve grown spiritually and physically while serving others and the Lord. Join us in that journey!