Donna Long

I was born and raised in this area.  I am married to my wonderful husband, John, who is very active in the Bethany Praise Team.  We have 3 married children, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

Growing up my parents belonged to a UCC church about 10 miles away from our home; however I enjoyed taking the short walk up the street to attend the EUB church in East Texas.  This is where I spent most of my pre-teen and teenage years.  We had a very active and close knit youth group.  Of course as I got into my high school years, graduated and moved out of the area for a year or two, I fell away from this little church.  Then my first daughter was born.  By the time she was 2 years old I had this need to have her learn about Jesus.  The little church in East Texas had since been turned into a house, what was I going to do?  I went searching and came upon Bethany.  Little did I know that the little church in East Texas joined two other small churches and they became Bethany.  Back at home at last!

When my youngest child turned 4, I decided to return to the work field.  For the next 23 years I worked for Lehigh Valley Hospital.  During those 23 years I became more involved in Bethany.  For 7 years I served as Chair of Trustees and became very active in the technical side of worship.  In 2008, what I thought was boredom with my job at LVH, turned out to be  the Lord trying to take me on a new adventure.  I was offered the position of Office Manager at Bethany, I had every excuse known for why I should not or could not accept this position.  The Lord had a different plan.  Every day I would go to work at LVH and be thinking of different ways that I might be able to help the staff to make the work flow easier. This went on for about 2 months before I finally realized this is what God wanted me to do and I needed to follow Proverbs 3:5-6.  My human side was very terrified but my spiritual side knew it was the right thing to do.

It has been several years now that I have been serving the Lord in this capacity and have not regretted one day of leaving the old job.  When I am not at work, my husband and I enjoy being with our family and friends.