Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Clymer, Event/Volunteer Coordinator
What is your role and how long have you worked at Bethesda Mission?
I have worked for Bethesda Mission since June of 2019, so I’m still relatively new here. I serve as the Event/Volunteer Coordinator in the Administrative Office. I’m “the new Debbie King” as many people lovingly say. When my husband Gabe and I moved to the city on June 1, neither of us had jobs, but within 6 days the Lord provided full-time jobs for both of us; it was & still is such a gift. God is so good!
What were you doing before Bethesda?
Before I moved to Harrisburg, I served the Lord in campus ministry at Penn State University in State College for three years. I had an amazing job working for a local church as the Women’s Ministry Leader, specifically discipling college women and planning the campus ministry’s special events. I learned so much and God changed me immensely through the relationships I made there. Gabe and I also had the life-changing blessing of being part of a church-planting team that started a brand new church in State College in early 2017. Jesus did and continues to do amazing things at that church; over our three years, we had the honor of seeing 25 college students be baptized and commit to following Jesus. I could talk about my experience in State College all day!
Why did you move to Harrisburg?
My husband Gabe and I moved to Harrisburg to start a house church with some friends-who we also live with! Our aim is to love God, make disciples, and see His Church multiplied in Midtown Harrisburg. We’re praying and working towards the day when our house church becomes two, and two become four, and God’s Church grows through the United House Church Network.
What inspires/motivates you to come to work each morning?
I’m motivated to come to work each morning because I know that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, God Himself opened the door for me to work here for a purpose. The timing of our move to Harrisburg and the position opening could not have been more perfect. I also really enjoy the work of planning events and seeing people be blessed through them, and I’m honored that I get to help people use their gifts to benefit the Mission through volunteering.
Tell us a little about your family.
I’m the oldest of three sisters, and I grew up in the south hills of Pittsburgh. My parents have always been supportive of my desire to follow God’s lead, even though it’s progressively taken me further from them in Pittsburgh! Gabe and I were married in January 2017. We don’t have any children yet, but we are in the process of becoming certified foster parents and are excited for whatever the Lord calls us to do.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is actually a trilogy called The Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers. The main character, Hadassah, inspires my faith in Jesus. She overcomes many serious trials and grows to become a powerful, confident woman of God. I hope to be like her in my walk with Christ. In reading a variety of Francine Rivers’ books I’ve learned that I’m a big fan of historical fiction!
A meaningful Bible verse to you?
One meaningful verse to me as always been Psalm 27:4, “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” This verse reminds me of my deepest desire and greatest aim in life- to know God and help others know Him, too.
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