The Susquehanna Conference is a network of Brethren in Christ congregations located in Maryland and central Pennsylvania.

As part of the BIC U.S., we facilitate church planting, hiring and supporting local pastors, and developing ministry initiatives within the Susquehanna Conference.

Meet Bishop Bob Beaty

Bob Beaty, bishop of the Susquehanna Conference

Bob Beaty has been serving as bishop of the Susquehanna Conference since 2018.

Before his appointment as bishop, Bob held leadership positions at national and regional levels of the denomination: four years on General Conference Board, the governance and decision-making entity for the BIC U.S., and six years on the Pacific Conference board of directors.

Passionate about equipping church leaders, Bob was a regional leader for the Growing Healthy Churches initiative in the Pacific and Midwest Conferences —providing pastoral care, resources, and support to churches and pastors.

He has led four congregations, including serving as lead pastor of two Brethren in Christ U.S. congregations: Solid Ground BIC Church, Rancho Cucamonga, California — where he also supervised a pre-K through 8th grade school and a wedding venue connected with the congregation — and Zion BIC Church in Abilene, Kansas. Prior to ministry in the BIC U.S., Bob pastored Free Methodist congregations for nine years.

Currently a board member for the BIC Navajo Mission, he was formerly the chaplain for Azusa Pacific University’s School of Business and Management.

A graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary, Bob received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Bob and his wife, Heather, live in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Tyler and Alana.

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