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Rev. Bob Bremer
This site is the brainchild of Rev. Bob Bremer. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University in 1969, and began a career in automotive engineering that would span twenty-five years. He held various positions with major suppliers of automotive components: 1) in research as Chief Engineer of Advanced Technology, and 2) in development as Chief Engineer of Vibration Control Products for Schwitzer Engineered Components of Indianapolis, IN; and 3) in executive management as Vice President of Engineering and Marketing for Escan Corporation of Escanaba, MI, Director of the Engineering Group of the Society of Automotive Engineers in Warrendale, PA, and Managing Director of the Performance Review Institute also in Warrendale, PA. Bob has authored several papers in the area of vibration isolation and damping, has fourteen US Patents, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Indiana and Pennsylvania.
Charles Truehart, in his article “Welcome To The Next Church” , speaks of “the most fully developed follower of Christ” as “one who becomes a minister himself or herself, forsaking all other occupations for the ultimate mid-career change and act of faith.” Bob grew up in a stern Reformed tradition; yet in the early ‘90’s was drawn to Truehart’s “Next Church”: the independent and entrepreneurial congregations in America that at that time were adopting new forms of music, facility, and preaching, to focus on modern evangelism. As a layman he helped build such a church and as a pastor he ministered in it. Later, serving at Cedar Ridge Community Church under pastor and noted author Brian McLaren he was introduced to the “postmodern” church.
Bob well recognizes the sensitivities of denominational issues from his experiences in fellowship as a Baptist, Disciple of Christ, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, E-Free, Methodist, CMA, and an Independent/non-denominational. This provided a much broader view of church, and perhaps also an anointing to preach and teach the Good News – to find, develop, and lead lay volunteers - to strategically plan and develop organization - and to help manage the ministries, facilities and facilities construction projects of any church with a vision to be relevant.
He began the process to enter professional ministry in 1994, eventually earning a Master of Art in Religion degree in 1997 from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, and ordination by Cedar Ridge Community Church in Lanham, Maryland. He served as Executive Pastor at Cedar Ridge as well as Grace Baptist Church in Netcong, NJ; Assistant Pastor at Orchard Hill Community Church in Wexford, PA; Associate Pastor at Four Mile Presbyterian Church in Beaver, PA; Assisting Pastor at St. Luke Episcopal church in Hope, NJ; Professor of Humanities at Butler Community College; and Diocesan Consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.
His ministry is characterized by passion for motivating believers to reach the pre-Christian:
I believe that all believers have the call to introduce others to the person of Jesus Christ. I believe that all believers have the obligation to share with others what Jesus is doing in their lives, and how it is transforming them to look and act more like Him in their daily walk. I also believe that all believers have the obligation to be ready and able to share the Gospel itself in a concise and understandable way. I hold to the importance of being able to contextualize the gospel in today’s complex society. If we can’t do that, we’re disconnected from the power of the Holy Spirit.
Bob's Thesis, The Significance of Anointing in Determining the Sacred Nature of the "New Apostolic Church, set the stage for his love and desire to impact the leadership of the local church with this power of the Spirit.
I have noticed that the closer I can get to Jesus Christ really being the Lord of my life, the more compassion I have: compassion for the for the poor and needy, compassion for the rich and lost, the driven, the lonely successful. As I have been refining the art of true worship of my God, I have also noticed that I have become more alive in the Spirit.
Bob has the gifts of leadership and faith, competency in the areas of management and administration, and strength in education, volunteer management and governance, and the development of Biblical community.
Bob has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Billy Graham Western Pennsylvania Crusade, President of the Board of directors of HAP Enterprises, Inc., and a Member of the Engineering Advisory Board of Cedarville College; and has been recognised in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who's Who in Association Management. He currently resides with his wife, Cheryl, in Vero Beach, Florida
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