Pastor MacAvoy

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30

 Although Pastor MacAvoy started his career in the business world for eight years, God called him into the ministry in 1988.  In the fall of that year, he moved his wife and two small children to Greenville, SC and attended Bob Jones University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies.  Upon finishing his degree, his first pastorate was in Noxen, PA where he served faithfully for over ten years.  For the following five years, he served at First Baptist Church, Damascus, PA as assistant pastor/school administrator and then at Hanover Baptist Church in Glen Allen, VA, also as an assistant pastor.

God’s call to Steam Valley Bible Church in 2006 was the start of a wonderful ministry with the people of this community.  The MacAvoys have three grown children and praise the Lord that they are all saved and serving the Lord: Tom and Cheyanne MacAvoy and their children Connor, Troy, Callie, Phin, & Maddie; Seth and Jennifer Marks and their sons James, Samuel, & Adam; and Nathan and Martha MacAvoy and their children Caleb & Katie.“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” – 3 John 1:4

 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” – Joshua 1:8-9