Pastor Dan and Susan Meiners
On October 5th, 2014, before the start of the morning worship service, Pastor Dan Meiners announced his retirement, effective January 1, 2015, after 29 years of service to Bethany Baptist Church. For those who were not present, we are pleased to present this video of his announcement.
Pastor Dan and his wife and ministry partner, Sue, have moved from the parsonage in Gardner, MA, to their new home in Hubbardston, MA, where they will continue to be close to their family and friends. Bethany Baptist is extremely grateful for the Meiners’ faithful service, leadership and friendship throughout these 28 years. This page is dedicated to them and includes both of their bios, plus his sermon archive for 2014. These include the sermon text archives (below) and links to audio recordings of his sermons.
Pastor Dan Meiners, Bethany Baptist Pastor Emeritus
Growing up in the home of a pastor, Dan Meiners was privileged to trust his life to Christ at a very young age. He dedicated his life and work to the Lord at a Youth for Christ rally while still in high school in Schenectady, NY.
As a young man, Pastor Dan resisted God’s call to pastoral ministry during his college years, asking if there was something else God was calling him to do, but finally coming to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit was using Paul’s exclamation in 1 Corinthians 9:16, “I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” to call him to the joy of serving God and people in the church and the world. He began preaching in 1966, was ordained in May 1974 and started full-time ministry in October 1973. Paster Meiners celebrated his 40th anniversary of ordination in May 2014.
Pastor Meiners has always believed that he was especially blessed in his personal spiritual nourishment, in that he grew up in a home where the Bible was often discussed, attended church and Sunday School every week, spent summers at a deeper-life oriented camp with his parents for his first 18 years (the Peniel Bible Conference Center, where he is currently the president), and was privileged to study under many godly teachers in college and seminary. Because of this, he believed God would especially call him to the spiritual nourishment of believers, but he has also found himself to be effectively used by the Lord to lead seekers to commit their lives to Christ.
Pastor Meiners received his BA in Philosophy from Gordon College and his M Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was Bethany’s pastor from 1986 through 2014.
Sue received Christ as her Savior when she was 5 years old at a Children’s Meeting under evangelist and missionary Christy Wilson. She then grew under the ministry of her first pastor, Ray Ortlund, and many others. She and Pastor Meiners met while in high school singing in a quartet in Schenectady Youth for Christ, and they have been married for 45 years. Sue graduated with a major in Bible from Gordon in 1970. She has worked outside the home in Special Education at Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, as well as a bank teller. Sue’s ministries over the years have included being a Sunday School teacher for both children and adults, a Youth Leader, an Awana Commander and Teacher during which she has lead many children to receive Jesus as their Savior, a Conference Speaker. a women’s group leader, and shehas co-led a couples’ Bible study with Dan for the past 10 years. Sue and Dan have been married since December 28, 1969 and five children — Joel, Sharon, Tom and Mike (twins), and Grace — and, with the recent birth of Jack to Mike and Lori Meiners in 2014, and Ezekiel to Grace (Meiners) and Ted Oliver in 2015, they now have 6 grandchildren.
Pastor Meiners’ Sermon Archive – 2014
To read Pastor Meiners’ sermons here, click on the title link below. This opens a PDF document in your browser window. You may view it online here or download it to your PC for local viewing later. If you need to download the Adobe PDF Reader, follow the instructions here. WARNING: If you open the document in your browser, hit the back button when you’re through, not the X button to close it. Otherwise, you’ll close your browser. You may read the Scripture that supports the text by clicking on the Scripture link with it. And of course you can listen to the sermons on Sermon Cloud (2014) and Church Cloud (2015), where they are listed by date.
01-05-14: Don’t Quit – Hebrews 12:12-17
01-12-14: The Faith that Frees Us – James 2:14-26 (Religious Freedom Sunday)
01-19-14 Meet the Author of Life – Psalm 139:13-18 (Sanctity of Human Life Sunday)
02-09-14 A Love Song – Isaiah 5
02-16-14 When God Weeps – Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
02-23-14 Eating God’s Sweets – Ezekiel 3:3
03-02-14 Three Words on a Wall – Daniel 5:24-28
03-09-14 The Road to Resurrection-Honoring Everyone – Mark 9:33-37
03-16-14 The Road to Resurrection-Honoring Other Christians – Mark 9:38-50
03-23-14 The Road to Resurrection-Honoring Family – Mark 10:1-16
04-06-14 The Road to Resurrection-Victorious Humility– Mark 10:32-45
04-13-14 The Road to Resurrection-Jericho to Jerusalem – Mark 10:46-11:11 (Palm Sunday)
04-20-14 The Road to Resurrection-Go & Tell – Mark 16: 1-8 (Resurrection Sunday)
04-27-14 The Promise of United Prayer – James 5:16
05-04-14 A God of Condemnation or Compassion – Nahum 1:6-8
05-11-14 Pass It On–The Bible – 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (Mother’s Day)
05-18-14 Pass It On–The Creator – Isaiah 64:8
05-25-14 Pass It On–Sin & Regeneration – Titus 3:3-6
06-01-2014 Pass It On – Redemption
06-08-14 Pass It On – Restoration - 2 Corinthians 5:17
06-15-2014 Pass It On – Glorification - 1 Peter 5:10
06-22-14 The Perfect Ten (Commandments) — No Other Gods – Deuteronomy 5:6-7
06-29-14 The Perfect Ten (Commandments) – Worshipping the Creating, Just, Merciful God – Deuteronomy 5:8-10
07-06-14 The Perfect Ten (Commandments) – What’s In a Name? – Deuteronomy 5:11
7-13-14 The Perfect 10 (Commandments) — Celebrating Freedom – Deuteronomy 5:12-15
07-20-14 The Perfect Ten (Commandments) — Honor Your Family – Deuteronomy 5:16, 5:18
07-27-14 The Perfect Ten (Commandments) — Celebrate Life – Deuteronomy 5:17
08-24-14 The Perfect Ten (Commandments) — God’s Tongue-Control Law – Deuteronomy 5:20
08-31-14 The Perfect Ten (Commandments) — Cultivating Contentment – Deuteronomy 5:19, 5:21
09-07-14 The Acts of Bethany–Reaching Jerusalem – Acts 2:42-47
09-14-14 The Acts of Bethany — Reaching Judea and Samaria — Acts 8
09-21-14 The Acts of Bethany — Reaching the Ends of the Earth – Acts 26: 16-18
09-28-14 Obeying the Vision – Acts 26: 19-29
10-05-14 To Life from Death – Gal. 2:20 (World Communion Sunday)
10-12-14 Union with Christ-Its Eternal Foundation – Ephesians 1:3-6
10-19-14 Union with Christ-Its Beginning – Colossians 1:15-17
10-26-14 Union with Christ Its Basis in Incarnation – Hebrews 2:14-18
11-02-14 Union with Christ — by the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:33
11-09-14 Union with Christ — Sinners and Saints with Him – 2 Corinthians 5-21
11-16-14 Union with Christ — and Transformation -- 2 Peter 1:3-4
11-23-14 Union with Christ – Its Fulfillment in Death & Resurrection – Romans 8:9-11
12-07-14 Previews of Christmas: Samuel, a Prophet, Priest and King – 1 Samuel 2:1-11
12-14-14 Previews of Christmas: David, a King after God’s Heart — 1 Samuel 3:14
12-21-14 Previews of Christmas–Elijah, Elisha, and Messiah–to Life from Death 12-28-14 Paul’s Parting Words– 1 Kings 19 and others
12-28-14 Paul’s Parting Words– Acts 20:17-38