Members of Fellowship Bible Church celebrated its diamond anniversary by singing hymns and praising and thanking God during a dinner May 19. 

Guest of honor was Lorraine Stringer, widow of the church’s founding Pastor Joseph Stringer. 

“The Lord has held the church together,” said Mrs. Stringer, who played the piano and the organ at the church for many years. 

Pastor Chris Dyer agreed. 

“The church is the story of God’s faithfulness through the years,” Dyer said.

Fellowship Bible Church was founded May 10, 1964 in North Andover. The church relocated to West Methuen in 1995. It has 170 families who, in addition to Methuen, come from Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Dracut and the New Hampshire towns of Salem, Windham, Hampstead and Pelham. 

The anniversary brought together longtime members as well as new ones. 

Al Spires, a member since 1968, reflected on his many years at Fellowship Bible.

“It’s been a great, great ride the Lord has allowed me to have here,” said Spires, who served on the Board of Elders for more than 45 years. “I thank God for the privilege of serving Him, to be used by Him, sit back and observe what He has been able to do.”

Pastor Dan Trepanier, who led the church for 41 years, presented a church history through the decades with pictures. 

Trepanier said the church’s mission has been to worship together, worship every day, imitate Christ, evangelize, and edify the body of Christ.

“That’s what we want to be known for, to know God, glorify Him and make disciples of all the nations,” Trepanier said. 

Fellowship Bible has done just that by establishing Fellowship Christian Academy in 1979, planting churches locally including Grace Bible Chapel and Salem Bible Church, and other churches in Worcester, Mass., and Charleston, N.H., and in Guatemala, as well as a radio ministry on the former WCCM. 

It was through the radio station (103.7 FM and 1490 AM) that April Stephenson came to know the Lord. 

“The way it touched me and moved me, I felt compelled to come here,” she said. 

  Don Mannion has only been attending for six months. 

“I’ve never been part of a church that’s so loving.
It’s been a blessing being here.”
Don Mannion, who’s been attending Fellowship for 6 months 

“The church’s name says it all. I’ve never been part of a church that’s so loving. It’s been a blessing being here,” Mannion said.