Who We Are
Chelten – a church of hope exists to worship the triune God, to nurture his family, and to share his gospel of hope.
We are a community of people brought together by our belief in the gospel—the good news that God the Father cares so much for us who live in a sinful world that he sent his son Jesus Christ to be the solution for all of humanity’s needs so that his Spirit would live in us forever.
This gospel lies at the heart of all we are and do as we experience it through:
for weekly, heart-felt times of worship, prayer and the study of God’s word that demonstrates how this gospel relates to our modern world
Nurturing our relationships
with God and his diverse family in each stage of life through community groups and a number of educational and relational opportunities
Sharing this gospel
with others – both in word and by meeting needs in our church, community, and around the world.
Leadership & Staff
Dr. Bill Krewson
SENIOR PASTOR of DISCIPLESHIP
Since 2005, I have had the privilege of serving the Chelten community as one of its pastors. I am so thankful for the opportunity to preach God’s Word and to lead Chelten’s Center for Biblical Transformation. My role on Chelten’s Pastoral Leadership Team is to oversee edification and discipleship ministries, which include women’s and men’s ministries, small groups, children’s and youth ministries and leadership development. I also teach part time at Cairn University’s School of Divinity. Teaching gives me a unique opportunity to connect the academic world with the church. The history of the Christian church is very important to me, as seen in my recent book, Jerome and the Jews: Innovative Supersessionism.
I have had the privilege of leading tours to Israel and other Bible lands for the past thirty years. My family began attending Chelten in 1989 after serving in ministry in North Carolina and California. I enjoy spending time with my wife, Bj, and our two adult children and their families (especially our four grandchildren). I like to make espresso and cappuccino, discuss archaeology and Star Trek, and use any Apple product.
Rev. Neil E. Kulp
SENIOR PASTOR of MISSION
As Senior Pastor of Mission my role is to help the rest of the staff fulfill their roles and responsibilities—whatever that includes, whatever that takes. I have only been on staff since 2010, although I’ve actually been connected to Chelten for over three decades.
You see, I was born and raised at Chelten Avenue Baptist Church in Philadelphia, but I returned to their current campus in my late twenties, becoming their Youth Pastor, then Missions Pastor through the 1980s. Although I have degrees in business, I eventually retooled for the ministry earning degrees from Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) and Bethel Seminary of the East.
Since marrying the former Jacqueline Harkins in 1978, Jackie and I have enjoyed staying active with friends and family, including our four adult children, and 11 grandchildren. And when I find the time, sports, yard work and reading books by Max Lucado, Tim Keller, and Ravi Zacharias are my hobbies. However, most of all, I desire to avail myself and others to the grace and truth of Jesus Christ (John 1:14).
Dr. Bill Smith
PASTOR of WORSHIP
My wife, Sally, and I, along with our three children, have been part of Chelten’s community since 2006 when I was invited to help start the Counseling Center. Since then, my job description continues to morph, keeping pace with the changing needs of our growing community. My role on our team of pastors is to oversee the worship and platform ministries of the church.
As a devotional writer and speaker, I am regularly captured by God’s unrelenting grace and kindness as He longs to connect with people in the midst of their fear, shame, apathy and sin. I love seeing the unexpected ways that God interacts with people in Scripture. And I love unpacking those interactions so that people can see and experience Jesus in ways they haven’t before.
At other times I enjoy being with my family, loudly cheering my kids’ sporting events (yes, I’m unapologetically one of those parents), rehabbing our home, gardening, cooking, watching movies and reading.
What We Believe
- We believe in one God, existing eternally in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut 6:4; Matt 3:16–17).
- We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible, who is infinite in divinity and sovereignty, and who loves and redeems (Ps 135:6; Isa 44:24; 1 Cor 8:6; 1 John 4:8).
- We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the eternally begotten Son of the Father, who is of one essence with the Father, was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and is truly God and truly human, like us in all respects, except sin, and that his two natures are united in one person (Matt 1:18; John 1:1, 14; Phil 2:5–8; Heb 2:17; 4:15).
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ lived a holy life and accomplished redemption through the shedding of his blood in death on the cross as an atoning and substitutionary sacrifice for sins (Rom 3:24–25; Heb 7:26; 1 Pet 3:18; 1 John 4:10).
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, who ascended into heaven, and who intercedes for us there as high priest and advocate and who will return bodily to this earth to set up his kingdom (Acts 1:9–11; Rom 8:34; 2 Tim 4:1; Heb 7:23–25).
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified (John 6:63; 15:26; Rom 8:11; 2 Cor 3:8, 17).
- We believe that the Holy Spirit spoke through the prophets, baptizes believers into the body of Christ, seals them for the day of redemption, indwells them, and empowers them for holy living (Acts 1:16; Rom 15:13; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:30).
- We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the verbally inspired word of God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in matters of faith and practice (Ps 119:160; 2 Tim 3:16–17; 2 Pet 3:15–16).
- We believe that human beings were created in the image of God and that they sinned, thereby incurring the wrath of God, and that as a result all are sinners, separated from God, and are unable to save themselves (Gen 1:27; Rom 1:18; 3:23; 5:12; Eph 2:1–3).
- We believe that salvation is received by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, not by works of merit, and those who believe are born again by the Holy Spirit and become children of God (John 1:12–13; Eph 2:8–9; Titus 3:5).
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of all human beings: eternal life for the redeemed and eternal punishment for the unredeemed (Matt 25:46; John 5:28–29; Rom 6:5; 2 Thess 1:9).
- We believe in and celebrate two sacraments ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ which are to be received by believers: baptism with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, which is a public profession of faith in Christ, and the Lord’s Supper, which is a participation with Christ and a remembrance of his death until he returns (Matt 26:26–29; 28:19; Acts 8:36–39; Rom 6:3–4, 8; 1 Cor 10:16–17; 11:23–34).
- We believe in one, holy, universal, and apostolic church. We believe that a local church is a body of believers who covenant together for the regular proclamation of word and sacrament, discipleship, and the spread of the gospel (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:42–47; Eph 2:19–21; 5:25–27; Heb 10:24–25; 12:28).
We agree that the Nicene Creed expresses the essential truths of what all Christians believe everywhere.