The Bridge was birthed through God’s leading of 11 individuals who were instrumental in opening a Southern Baptist church in Berks County. Through divine appointments, our church met as one body for the first time on May 4, 1971 as a home fellowship. Pastor Pat Brock led this new group of seven adults and 4 children. By September of that year Berkshire Baptist Church, the original name, grew to about 30 people and began sharing a church building with another congregation.
In January 1976 our church permanently settled on the site, the former Yocum Elementary School, and again the congregation grew. A new sanctuary with additional classroom space and kitchen was added in 1994, and it comprises our current campus.
In 2003 we changed the church’s name from Berkshire Baptist Church to the Bridge Fellowship to attract and unify the diversity of people seeking to make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior.
Today, there are approx. 200 people who consider the Bridge their place of worship. We pray you will be trained in the truthful Word of God as you attend the Bridge to go and make disciples in your home, neighborhood, workplace and beyond.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT – GRACE
GATHER (fellowship & encouragement)
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful…Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb 10:23-25 (NIV)
REACH the lost (evangelism)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)
ADORE the Lord (worship)
”. . . The Father seeks worshipers . . . and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
CARE for the needs of others (ministry)
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,. . . “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)
EQUIP the body of Christ for ministry (discipleship)
“(God has given) some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all . . . become mature . . . like Christ.” Eph. 4:11-13