Pastor Erik and Bethany Hanson were called to serve at First Baptist Church in November 2018 and began their ministry in January 2019. After serving on the pastoral staff of two churches in Northeastern Pennsylvania for ten years, Pastor and Bethany are delighted to minister together in South Jersey at First Baptist of Elmer. Pastor Hanson has a B. Mus. in Piano Performance, M. Mus. in Piano Performance, M. Div. from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI. Some of Pastor Hanson’s hobbies include musical composition, playing piano, and reading, while Bethany enjoys painting, music, and cooking. Pastor Hanson actively composes new hymns for congregational singing and instrumental/vocal/choral compositions and has publications with Lorenz and Choristers Guild. In addition, he currently serves on the board of Gospel Furthering Fellowship, a missionary organization located in Myerstown, PA. As Senior Pastor, Pastor Hanson has a burden for people to know and love God more, and it is his desire to reflect this theme clearly in his preaching, teaching, and counseling ministries. The Hansons would love to have you visit our church as we seek to grow together in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!