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Mark, who is now (1978) pastor of a church in Maryland has spoken often at Bethel and even recently was the evangelist in a revival at bethel.) Other youth leaders have been Ed Miller in 1970, Loften Delgado in 1971, and Burt Skinner in 1972. On July 12, 1972, the church voted to call a young couple, Wayne and Dawn Bennett from North Carolina to work fulltime with the youth. Wayne, an ordained minister, had graduated in June from Wheaton College and had come to Bethel when the Radiant Tidings Evangelistic Group held a revival. He would serve as associate pastor in charge of youth while Dawn, who was talented in music, would direct the youth choir. Another program initiated under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson was Family Night. On Wednesday of each week from five-thirty on, Bethel people were quite busy. First, they had supper at a minimal cost; then, from 6:30 to 8:30 many organizations and choirs would meet while the regular prayer meeting began at 7:30. The Wednesday evening schedule continues with the many activities, expect for the supper, which the church voted in 1974 to discontinue unless for special occasions. On July 26, 1970, Reverend David Anderson reads his resignation to accept a call to Union Baptist Church, Gloucester, effective September 10. Having once before been pastor of this church, Mr. Anderson was now returning. The Bethel church bulletin for August 2 carried the following statement: "The deacons of Bethel, like other members, feel a distinct sense of personal loss on this occasion. They believe, however, that Jesus Christ, the Head of His churches, has led Brother Anderson in this matter and ask, therefore, that we all join in prayer for God's continuing guidance and blessing upon us all as we seek to follow the will of our living Lord." Resolutions were sent to the Union Baptist Church commending Reverend and Mrs. Anderson to their new charge and expressing gratitude and praise for "the prayerful ministry of our pastor and his wife." In the September 6 church bulletin, Mr. Anderson wrote, "Our hearts are over-flowing with gratitude for the expressions of love and appreciation tendered us at the farewell reception last Sunday. We will always cherish the memories of these years of service and fellowship at Bethel....May our Lord reward you bountifully for the joy you have brought us." Meanwhile, Bethel appointed a pulpit committee and called Reverend Robert Estes to be the interim pastor. Since Mr. Estes at that time was the director of IMPACT, an evangelistic organization sponsored by the Peninsula Baptist Association, he was able to accept the call, to the great joy of the members who have always had a special feeling for both Mr. Estes and his wife, Fay, and for their four children. Before the new pastor was found, however, Mr. Estes had accepted a call to the Triangle Baptist Church at Quantico, Virginia. At present he is a pastor of a church in North Carolina. In June, 1971, Reverend Edsel Lee West of Lake City, Tennessee, accepted the call to be Bethel's pastor and preached his first sermon on July 18. The membership gave praise to our Lord for his clear direction in their choice for pastor. Earlier, the pulpit committee had distributed a fact summary, a part of which is quoted: -42-