Dr. Joel D. Winters, Pastor

Pastor Joel D. Winters is the second son of the founding pastor, Merle F. Winters. While making a profession of faith in the Lord early in life, it was not until his early twenties that the Lord brought him to a true life changing experience of salvation followed by believer's baptism.

 

Dr. Joel Winters attended Bible Baptist Seminary (now Arlington Baptist College) and received his Bachelor of Divinity and Bachelor of Sacred Music degrees.  He did further college work at Philadelphia College of the Bible (now Philadelphia Biblical University).  He also earned a Doctor of Divinity Degree through the Master's International School of Divinity.

 

Pastor Winters served the Chichester Baptist Church as youth director and minister of music from 1967 to 1980.  In the early 80's, when his father became ill, and after much prayer and seeking God's guidance, he accepted the offer to take the leadership of the church as pastor.

 

Dr. Winters has served the World Baptist Fellowship as state and quad-state chairman and vice-president of the World Baptist Fellowship (International).  He also served fourteen years on the board of the Arlington Baptist College; six of those years as Chairman. The loves of his life are Jesus Christ, his wife, family, grandchildren, and the Chichester Baptist Church.

 

 

Brother James Dethmers, Assistant Pastor

Bro. James A. Dethmers was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He and his family attended Liberty Baptist Church where James received Christ as his Saviour at the age of five. It was at a youth rally in a city park that the Lord called him into the ministry at age thirteen.

In his senior year of high school, Jamesí family moved to Powell Tennessee, in October of 2006. He attended Crown College of the Bible and received his degree in Pastoral Ministries in 2011, and received his Masters of Ministry in 2012.

Throughout his college career, he had the opportunity of leading two high school Bible clubs, he taught a K-5 Sunday school class for six years, was the class president of the Graduate school and Seminary, and also served as a bus captain at the Temple Baptist Church. He and his wife moved to Upper Chichester, Pennsylvania in November of 2013, to serve on staff at the Chichester Baptist Church.