Welcome to the Bridge website. As you can soon see, we are most interested in people, not the religious trappings that often accompany a worship service and other church activities. It is the sincere desire of all of our members to treat anyone who comes to worship with us as family. We work toward giving each person that level of importance, respect and care. Give us a chance to do that by lingering after one of our services, talking to some of us and coming back to a couple of services.
If you have any questions, ask any of us. If someone doesn't know the answer to your questions, they will find someone who does.
My wife, Debby, and I both hope we get a chance to meet you and everyone the first time they come to worship with us or come to one of our Bible Studies. I am available by phone: 717-575-4415 or by email:PastorCarlAndrews@gmail.com.
If you have questions, let me know. ~Pastor Carl
Pastor Carl Andrews is a licensed Minister of the Gospel ordained as a pastor in our non-denominational protestant church, Bridge to New Life Christian Fellowship, an affiliate of the New Life Christian Fellowship, International. He is also a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC). He holds a bachelors degree in Biblical Counseling from Lancaster Bible College and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Ministry at the Graduate School of Lancaster Bible College. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
In addition to serving as pastor at the Bridge, Pastor Carl provides spiritual and addictions counseling to addicts and codependents at a local drug and alcohol treatment center where he serves as a Chaplain. He lectures on addiction and recovery utilizing both his rich spiritual background and his intimate knowledge about recovery from addictions of all kinds. In spiritual counseling sessions with individual patients, he is able to walk with patients to help them discover the spiritual strength that stems from their personal relationship with God. He is especially adept at describing the historical roots of the 12 steps and their relationship to scripture.
With 12 years of experience in the addictions treatment field, Pastor Carl started his work in the addictions treatment field as a Counselor's Assistant in 1995. He went on to work as an Addictions Counselor at the Naaman Center in Elizabethtown, PA. In 1998 he was named Executive Director of this Christian-oriented Intensive Outpatient Program. After Leading the Naaman Center to the point where it grew to provide four locations for its outpatient services in Central Pa, he returned to the Reading area. In 2005 he was named to the post of Chaplain at a local treatment center. His areas of expertise include:
– The historical Biblical roots of the 12 steps
– Counseling in recovery from trauma, grief and loss
– The spirituality of co-dependency recovery
– The promises of recovery: happy, joyous and free
Pastor Carl and his wife, Debby, reside
in West Lawn, PA. They have two grown children, Carrie and David and two grandchildren, Alden and Anna.
Debby serves as Music Director at the Bridge. She has an extensive background as a professional vocalist, music teacher
and owner of a music school for children. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Ithaca College.
Bridge to New Life Christian Fellowship | 717-575-4415 | PO Box 5978, Wyomissing, PA 19610