The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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August 3, 2012

A pastor's parting words

After 28 years, Victory Baptist founder moving on

HUMMELS WHARF — Victory Baptist Church Pastor Steven Froelke will give his final sermon Sunday at the Hummels Wharf church he founded 28 years ago.

The 68-year-old Minnesota native moved to the Valley in 1981 after graduating from Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana.

Next month, he’ll return to his alma mater where he’s taken a job as alumni director.

It’s a bittersweet homecoming for Froelke and his wife, Konny, he said.

“My wife and I have been a team and we seen a lot people that have made changes in their lives. It’s the most pleasing thing for a pastor,” he said.

The father of three founded the Baptist church in 1984, holding services in an auction barn off Route 522 in Selinsgrove and later in a Shamokin Dam gymnasium before the 63-member church broke ground on a new building at 709 Park Road in Hummels Wharf in 1987.

For more details, see Saturday’s edition of The Daily Item.

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