March 15: Shadyrest Bible Church
This Throwback Thursday comes from the Shadyrest Bible Church on Crosswicks-Chesterfield Road!
The Chesterfield mansion was purchased in 1946. Over 50 years later, the time came for a big renovation project. In September of 2002, the church broke ground on a sanctuary expansion project.
Top Photo: Left- Harriet Garren, Right- Rev. Virgil D. Garren
11/26/2020 02:19:44 am
I'm curious about the history of Shadyrest 187 crosswicks Chesterfield rd in Chesterfield
12/6/2020 09:41:45 pm
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9/24/2022 11:00:03 am
I attended Shadyrest Bible Conference starting in 1953 as a 9 year old boy. The Church was in a WWII wooden army barracks at that time and we had a summer Bible Conference for 5 weeks of meetings every night with a great featured speaker each week. There was a tiny both where we could buy refreshments after the conference each night and fellowship. It was called the "Chat & Chew." We also at some point years later built a large swimming pool which was a hit with us teenagers. We could go swimming after the evening conference weeknights during the summer (modest bathing attire only). The church Quartet consisted of Pastor Geren, Art Davies, Cal Moore, and Tom Kennedy. I also attended the "South Jersey Bible Institute" which was held at Shadyrest at that time. I am forever thankful for the wonderful Bible teaching and Pastor Geren's excellent expository messages which grounded me in the faith as I grew up from the age of 9 until I graduated from college. My last service at Shadyrest was a Wednesday night Prayer Meeting in August of 1965 and I was leaving the next morning to enter Navy Flight Training in Pensacola, FL. Pastor Geren had me go forward at the end of the service and he challenged me to remain faithful while serving in the navy and not let that environment become an excuse compromise my testimony. He used the verse Philippians 1:6 to remind me that God began a good work in me when I accepted Christ as my Savior as a 9 year old boy, and that God would be the one to perform His good work thru me until the day of Jesus Christ. That became my "life's verse" from that day on and I really appreciate the solid doctrinal background I was blessed to have at Shadyrest over those formative years. My heroes from Shadyrest are: Pastor & Mrs. Geren, Art Davies, Tom Kennedy, Bill Moser, and Miss Kay. Apart from my own Dad, Art Davies stands out as the greatest example in my life as to what characteristics a Christian man should display.
2/20/2023 02:15:24 pm
That is my Great Grandmother in the picture above. I was stationed in Pensacola while in the Navy and I attended several barn meetings during that time. Small world!
11/6/2022 01:16:37 am
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