Pastor James McCaulley will celebrate 40 years with the Bible Baptist Church, Route 286 between Indiana and Clymer, on March 16. A special celebration will be held at the church at 5 p.m. on March 15. Everyone is invited to attend.
Pastor McCaulley received the call to come as pastor in February 1974.
He, his wife, Donna, and their four sons packed a U-Haul truck and the family jalopy to make the 300-mile journey to Clymer from Chestertown, Md.
Upon arriving at the church and parsonage, which was on the second floor of a building next to the church, they were met by a large group of people from the church who helped them unpack and move in, and a prayer meeting was held later that evening.
The Rev. McCaulley was installed as pastor on Sunday, March 17. Thus began 40 years of faithful service, with good times and hard times. But God, who is ever faithful, has continued to pour out his blessings on the church.
The good times were experienced in the love and support of the church and the many friends that would pass this way. There were Baptists, new members, weddings and times of fellowship that were enjoyed. There would also be an active missionary program reaching around the globe.
Many were the blessings, but there would be hard times as well. The first of many floods came on July 19, 1977, during which the waters reached the auditorium on the second-floor level. The floods would continue over the years until the flood of July 1996, when the church was moved out of the flood plain and a new sanctuary was built at its current location.
The church is meeting in the completed basement until the rest of the building is finished.
Pastor McCaulley has not escaped the reality of heartache, as his wife of almost 54 years went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 24, 2012. Going on without his life companion has been a real challenge. Devastating news also came on March 23, 2006, when two soldiers came to inform the pastor and Donna that their son, Sgt. 1st Class Randy McCaulley, had been killed in Iraq while leading a combat patrol, when he encountered an ambush. In addition, the pastor lost a grandson on July 1, 2012.
In addition to his work for the church, Pastor McCaulley has engaged in numerous outside ministries. He has been involved in speaking at evangelistic and revival meetings and Bible conferences, including the Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference.
His ministry in music has taken him into numerous churches and other venues. Last summer, he was invited to sing at the Pennsylvania State Singing Convention. He has recorded five albums at the North Recording Studio, Roaring Springs, and has been involved in both radio and television.