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 Regional Administrator Heather Beaty
Heather has served as regional administrator of the Susquehanna Conference since 2020.
Heather was born and raised in the BIC. Growing up, she attended Ashland BIC in Ohio where both of her parents pastored. Her formative years were influenced by the many students and teachers of Ashland Theological Seminary who were actively involved with the church. She graduated from Messiah College (now Messiah University) in 1999 with a degree in education and shortly thereafter married Bob Beaty.
They have served together in churches around the country including Zion BIC in Abilene, Kans., and Solid Ground BIC in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. They moved to Pennsylvania in 2018 when Bob was appointed bishop of the Susquehanna Conference. Heather was involved in the Susquehanna Conference during that time and subsequently stepped into leadership in 2020 when Bob sensed a call back to pastoral ministry.
The role of regional administrator is a new one for BIC U.S. In accordance with the Manual of Doctrine and Government, Bishop Bryan Hoke has been named interim bishop of the Susquehanna Conference. Heather as regional administrator oversees a Bishop Leadership Team that manages day-to-day functions of the conference.
She and Bob live with their two children, Tyler and Alana, in Dillsburg, Pa. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, being outdoors, reading with a good up of coffee, and cheering on her children at their sporting events. She is passionate about the local church and supporting them in their unique ministry settings.
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