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 ten 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 Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that Jesus Christ not only is the Son of God, but that he is God; and that the Holy Spirit is God.
- We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a propitiatory and substitutionary sacrifice and that our redemption is made sure to us by his resurrection from the dead.
- We believe in the literal, physical resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord; in his ascension into Heaven, in his present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate; and in his personal bodily return to this earth to set up his kingdom.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit, in relationship to believers in the present age, indwells them, baptizes them into the body of Christ and seals them unto the day of redemption, and we believe that each believer is commanded of God to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in matters of faith and practice.
- We believe that man was originally created in the image of God, but that he sinned, thereby incurring the wrath of God, and that all men are sinners and totally depraved, unable to save themselves.
- We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works or merit; and that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and are thereby children of God.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the redeemed and the everlasting conscious bodily torment of the unredeemed.
- We believe that baptism with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is a public profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This act of obedience sets forth the essential facts of redemption: the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and also the essential facts in the experience of the believer: death to sin and resurrection to newness of life in Christ. We practice baptism by immersion.
- We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until he comes, and is to be partaken of by believers only.
- We believe that a New Testament Church is a body of believers thus baptized and associated for worship, service and the spread of the Gospel and the establishing of God’s kingdom in all the world.