With 20 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. In 2015, Pastor Carl felt the call to move into the position of being the Bridge's full-time pastor. With the continued support of the congregation, he continues to serve in this way.
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
Carl is available to meet individually when set up by appointment.
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.
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mission & vision
Our experience has shown us the importance of reaching out to the still sick and suffering addict and alcoholic. Our mission is to reach out to the lost and bring them with us as we pursue a relationship with Christ.
There are many ways to serve at the Bridge. If you are looking to get involved in our local body of Christ, click the "GET CONNECTED" link and let us know you're interested. We believe this deepens our relationship with Christ as He came not to be served but to serve.
On February 1, 2018, Pastor Carl will be presenting the message at the Hope Rescue Mission in Reading, PA. Contact us for ways to serve through preparing the meal, donating supplies, serving the meal, and more.
Pastor Carl pictured with his wife, Debby who serves as music director at the Bridge.