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About Us

Mission

Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF) is a concern movement among the [Schwarzenau] Brethren, seeking to call the Church to a firm stand for the authority of the Scriptures, and to an emphasis upon the teachings of the New Testament as historically understood by the Brethren. 

 

We work in the interest of proclaiming and preserving Biblical values for living today. We believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, the final authority for belief and practice, and that to personally accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is the only means of salvation. 

History

BRF was organized in 1959 during a prayer meeting at the Ocean Grove, New Jersey, Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, out of concern about the neglect and disregard of New Testament beliefs and practices. Brethren W. Hartman Rice and Linford Rotenberger, both pastors, were key early leaders of the fledgling movement. Several early area meetings were held, but real influence began with the regular publishing of the BRF WITNESS in 1966 with Harold S. Martin as editor. Bro. Martin has served as staff member of BRF since 1977.

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What are BRF's concerns?

  • The fact that many Brethren have set aside a firm belief in the trustworthiness and authority of the Bible, and knowingly or unknowingly have embraced the historical-critical views of Biblical interpretation.
  • The drift from a balanced Biblical-Anabaptist-Pietist and Brethren-oriented understanding of church and state, war and peacechurch discipline, and New Testament ordinances (such as the three-part Love Feast).
  • The turn from preaching the Gospel of reconciliation of the individual to God through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, to a human-centered program of political involvement.
  • The diminishing membership and the need for revival and evangelism within the Church of the Brethren.
  • The content of the Church of the Brethren produced materials that so often call for the acceptance of more diversity, and give evidence of more drift toward a broad inclusiveness that embraces even those who practice a sexually immoral lifestyle.
  • Participation in the National and World Councils of Churches (and their local affiliates) with their slant toward syncretism, and their reimagining God and allowing room for multiple gods and goddesses.

BRF Committee & Staff Schedule

Wilmer Kuhns
Board Member

Wilmer Kuhns

Matthew Heisey
Board Member

Matthew Heisey

Jim Meyer
Board Member

Jim Meyer

Walter Heisey
Board Member

Walter Heisey

Nathan West
BBI InstructorBoard Member

Nathan West

Ross Gingrich
Board Member

Ross Gingrich

BBI InstructorBoard Member

Wilmer R. Horst

BBI InstructorBoard Member

Carl L. Brubaker

Craig Alan Meyers
BBI InstructorBoard Member

Craig Alan Myers

BBI InstructorBoard Member

J. Eric Brubaker

BBI PrincipleBoard Member

Kenneth G. Leininger

FAQs

We are slanted:

  • in favor of teaching and preaching the Bible as the authoritative Word of God, without error in the original autographs.
  • in favor of belief in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His visible second coming, and His substitutionary atonement.
  • in favor of the Ten Commandments, the biblical codes of decency, the rights of others, and the need to carry out the responsibilities that should go with our privileges and freedoms.
  • against the new theology which rejects many orthodox Christian beliefs, and views God as being in the process of growth and change.
  • against the new morality which accepts situation ethics as its premise, and sets no limits to diversity within the church.
  • against the new evangelism which emphasizes dialogue instead of proclamation, and mutuality in mission instead of winning people to Christ.
  • in favor of declaring that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and we are slanted against the commonly held idea that other religions are pathways to salvation, or that one can be in a right relationship with God apart from repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
  • in favor of accepting biblical guidelines for human sexuality (chastity outside of marriage and lifelong fidelity in marriage) and we are slanted against premarital or extramarital relations, trial marriages, cohabitation outside of marriage and homosexual relations.
  • in favor of affirming that the mission of the church is to evangelize the lost and to nurture believers, and we are slanted against discarding clearly mandated New Testament beliefs and practices which Brethren have historically observed.

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  • publishes the free bi-monthly publication, the BRF WITNESS, which contains one major article on a Bible teaching or current topic. Over 7,000 copies are sent to interested persons and congregations. To receive a sample copy, or to be placed on the mailing list, write or e-mail the BRF.
  • published the Brethren New Testament Commentary series. This series simply takes the biblical text as it is, and give the exposition, along with applications for everyday life. The series of eighteen volumes was completed in 2011.
  • meets with denominational officials on occasion to discuss vital issues.
  • supervises the Brethren Mission Fund.
  • conducts Brethren Bible Institutes.
  • established three Brethren congregations in Maine.
  • maintains a visible presence at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference and some District Conferences.
  • provides speakers for meetings, revival services, Bible conferences, teaching sessions, at no cost where requested.
  • holds an annual General Meeting.
  • sponsors the biennial Brethren Alive event at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.
  • maintains an Internet presence at https://www.brfwitness.org/

If you are reading this, you are already there.

There is no “official” way to become a member of the BRF. There are no cards to sign, no subscriptions to buy, and no dues to pay. Your name can be placed on our mailing list by requesting it here. Or you may write to the address below. Brethren Revival Fellowship P.O. Box 543 Ephrata, PA 17522-0543 If you find that you identify with the concerns and convictions of the BRF, you may consider yourself to be a part of the movement.

BRF certainly appreciates any support that is sent our way. BRF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are tax-deductible. Receipts are promptly sent. Contributions to help support the Brethren Revival Fellowship ministry should be sent to the Treasurer (made out to Brethren Revival Fellowship):

Carl L. Brubaker
1425 Furnace Hills Pike
Lititz, PA 17543

Or make a donation online, using the “Make A Donation” button in the right sidebar.

BRF also maintains an Endowment Fund and an Annuity Plan. For more information on these funds, please contact James F. Myer, 234 Keener Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Who is BRF?

Often, BRF is identified by its leadership. Brethren Revival Fellowship is directed by a steering committee called the BRF Committee, approved on a regular basis by an annual meeting of all who identify with BRF. The Committee consists of the following, all of whom are ordained or licensed ministers in the Church of the Brethren:

The BRF Committee in early 2007: (L to R) Carl L. & Marilyn Brubaker, Walter & Peggy Heisey, David & Shawn Wenger, Samuel & Miriam Cassel, Paul Schildt, Craig Alan & Laura Myers, James F. & Faye Myer, Mervin & Rachel Groff, Harold S. & Priscilla Martin, Eric & Linda Brubaker, Kenneth Leininger, John & Sandy Shelly 

Additionally, there is an Advisory Council made up of evangelical members from the 23 districts in the Church of the Brethren. The BRF Committee meets with this larger group annually.

Current Board

BRF Views

As a conference, we have written extensively on different views we hold to and why. Below is a list of different topics. 

  • All
  • Abortion
  • Adam and Eve
  • Afghanistan
  • Anabaptism
  • Anabaptist thought
  • Angels
  • Annual Conference
  • Answered prayer
  • Apostasy in the church
  • Applause in church
  • Assurance of Salvation
  • Attitudes toward Jesus
  • Baptism
  • Basic beliefs of the Brethren
  • Biblical Reliability
  • Biblical Trustworthiness
  • Body Piercing
  • Born again?
  • Brethren
  • Capital Punishment
  • Capitalism
  • Christ's Advent
  • Christ's Resurrection
  • Doctrine
  • Early Brethren History
  • Euthanasia
  • Future
  • History
  • Justice
  • Later Brethren History
  • New Testament
  • Newer Bible translations
  • Sin
  • Tattoos
  • The "Brethren" name
  • The atonement of Christ
  • The Blood of Christ
  • The fall
  • U.S. Bicentennial
  • Values
All
  • All
  • Abortion
  • Adam and Eve
  • Afghanistan
  • Anabaptism
  • Anabaptist thought
  • Angels
  • Annual Conference
  • Answered prayer
  • Apostasy in the church
  • Applause in church
  • Assurance of Salvation
  • Attitudes toward Jesus
  • Baptism
  • Basic beliefs of the Brethren
  • Biblical Reliability
  • Biblical Trustworthiness
  • Body Piercing
  • Born again?
  • Brethren
  • Capital Punishment
  • Capitalism
  • Christ's Advent
  • Christ's Resurrection
  • Doctrine
  • Early Brethren History
  • Euthanasia
  • Future
  • History
  • Justice
  • Later Brethren History
  • New Testament
  • Newer Bible translations
  • Sin
  • Tattoos
  • The "Brethren" name
  • The atonement of Christ
  • The Blood of Christ
  • The fall
  • U.S. Bicentennial
  • Values
2010 - Present

Brethren Values; Why Are They Important?

EditorialMay/June, 2024Volume 59, Number 3 At the 2023 BRF General Meeting, the focus was on “Brethren Values: What Are They and Why are They Important?” ...
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Article

Remembering Harold S. Martin

EditorialMarch/April, 2024Volume 59, Number 2 Our good Brother Harold S. Martin passed from this life to his eternal reward on January 5, 2024, at the ...
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Uncategorized

In Memoriam: Harold S. Martin

August 7, 1930 – January 5, 2024 Ephrata, Pennsylvania Harold S. Martin died, peacefully, Friday, January 5, 2024, at the Lincoln Christian Home, Ephrata. He ...
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In 2023, Brethren Maine Missions (BMM) purchased the Building Materials Exchange.  The Last Sheaf Building Materials Exchange provides exposure and connection with the community of Lisbon while offering a variety of new, used, and salvaged building materials, tools, and supplies at greatly reduced prices.

Why “The Last Sheaf?”

The Last Sheaf is a reference from the Bible where God says:

When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Deuteronomy 24:19 (NKJV)

Links:

  • https://lastsheafbme.org/

Highlights:

   GOD is faithful! The sun shines and GOD is with us, the rain comes down and GOD is with us.

 

   Since we’ve taken ownership of the Last Sheaf BME, we’ve made roof repairs, insulated the ceiling, repaired walls, etc. There were times it felt like every step we took there was another thing to fix. 

 

   We have two people on staff (Craig Keeney and Peter Bucher) assisted by a tremendous team of volunteers. We work together to make repairs, do pricing and inventory work, assist customers and more.  Interacting with and helping customers is the highlight of our day. People come with material needs; they need product to build or repair their home. People come with spiritual and emotional needs, as well. We purpose to get to know the individuals who come through our doors in order to share hope, truth, and love.

 

   One individual who had visited the Last Sheaf a couple of times was loud, large, and in charge. He had a “Goliath” personality. He made me quake in my boots a little (maybe a lot). His language was at times not appropriate anywhere, but especially not in a public place. One day he was standing right beside me and was about to speak that which I did not want to hear.  In a very quiet voice, I called him by name and before I could say any more, he apologized and said, “You are right. I shouldn’t be talking like that.”  Then he launched into a spiritual conversation with me. I was totally taken off guard by the change. He has been a different person ever since. Now he is more like a “David” personality. I now look forward to opportunities to speak with him.

 

   Donations of products/materials as well as finances are always appreciated, but the prayers of the saints are as vital a need to the work at the Last Sheaf, as anything.

Just as in biblical times the last sheaves of grain from a harvest were to be left behind to benefit the needy, we are taking leftover building materials, tools, and supplies and making them available at greatly reduced prices to those in need.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to benefit low-income homeowners, and to reduce waste in the environment by repurposing surplus building materials, enabling low income homeowners to better maintain their homes.

THE BOOK OF DANIEL

Captivity… Dreams… Rulers… Fire… Lions… Prayers… Kingdoms. From a dedicated youth to a faithful sage, Daniel’s life stands as an example to follow.  Yet beyond his personal life, God gifted Daniel with a message of future events.  Though difficult to grasp, these events would shape the world for the coming Messiah and the Second Coming of Christ as King.

STUDIES IN LUKE

Luke presents a warmly personal and historically accurate account of Jesus as “the Son of Man.” This course will survey the Third Gospel, with emphasis on the unique events, miracles, and parables of Jesus found in it.

HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

This class will provide a broad overview of general church history. We will then focus on the Anabaptist and Pietist movements, especially as they relate to the formation and development of the Brethren groups. This is a two-part class. Plan to take both parts.

ONE FOUNDATION

This course is intended to lay down a measure in a world where truth is slippery and often subject to interpretation. Where “Christian Values” become a political slogan, and “good people” are our allies despite their faulty core beliefs. Where Facebook “friends” post memes about the power of God, despite a lifestyle that is anything but Godly. In the process we often fight among ourselves, doing Satan’s work for him. The purpose of this course is to lay the measure of Jesus Christ against the cults, religions, and worship in our contemporary world.

THE APOCRYPHA

While Protestant translations of the Bible contain 66 books, the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches recognize additional canonical books as well.  Where did these books, collectively known as the Apocrypha, come from and why aren’t they part of our Bible?  How reliable are they, and what value is there in studying them?

STUDIES IN 1 AND 2 PETER

The goal of this class is to acquire a firm grasp of the teachings and themes of these two general epistles. Peter covers topics from salvation and suffering to spiritual deception and the return of Christ. These letters are packed with warnings and encouragements for Christian living.

THE GREAT I AM’S OF CHRIST

A detailed study of Jesus Christ and His relationship to the “I Am” metaphors in John’s gospel. Why did Jesus describe himself in these terms? How do they relate to each other? We will look at spiritual and practical applications to further our Christian growth.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES: AN AMERICAN CULT

Have you ever been visited by someone who said they wanted to study the Bible with you so that you might discover the truth together?  Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to have much in common with evangelical Christians, and they seem to be well versed in the scriptures.  But what do they really believe and how can we effectively witness to those who have been ensnared by this false religion?

THE BOOK OF HOSEA

While we may consider Hosea as one of the minor prophets, his message vividly illustrates the major doctrine in all Scriptures.  The theme of God’s unconditional love is magnified and extended beyond those deserving it.  God expresses tender words towards His erring people inviting them to turn from sin to reconciliation with Him.

CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION

This course will look at basic principles and polity of leading the local church. We will examine the balance between upholding a spiritually focused organism of ministry and cultivating proper order for effective organization. Practical applications will be emphasized. This is a two-part class. Plan to take both parts.

STATEMENT OF CONDUCT

The Brethren Bible Institute believes in the discipline of the whole person (spirit, soul, and body). We will aim to train students not only about how to study the Bible in a systematic way (2 Timothy 2:15), but also how to live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world (Titus 2:12). God calls Christians to the highest of character when He commands us to be holy (1 Peter 1:15), and holiness requires discipline.

Indulgence in the use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, drugs, profanity, and gambling are forbidden at BBI. Objectionable literature will be prohibited. Students are asked not to use the college pool during the Institute. Each student must be thoughtful, and respect the rights of others at all times, especially during study and rest periods.

A friendly social group intermingling of students between class periods, and at general school activities is encouraged. Each student should enjoy the friendship of the entire group. At all times, highest standards of social conduct between men and women must be maintained. This means that all forms of unbecoming behavior and unseemly familiarities will be forbidden.

Personal appearance and grooming tell much about one's character. Students are expected to be dressed in good taste. In an attempt to maintain Scriptural expressions of simplicity, modesty, and nonconformity, the following regulations shall be observed while attending BBI.

MEN should be neatly attired and groomed at all times. Fashion extremes and the wearing of jewelry should be avoided on campus. The hair should not fall over the shirt-collar when standing, nor should it cover the ears.

WOMEN should wear skirts cut full enough and of sufficient length to at least come to the knees when standing and sitting. Form-fitting, transparent, low-neckline, or sleeveless clothing will not be acceptable. Slacks and culottes are permitted only for recreation and then only when worn under a skirt of sufficient length. Wearing jewelry should be avoided on campus. Long hair for women is encouraged and all Church of the Brethren girls (and others with like convictions) shall be veiled on campus.

The Institute reserves the right to dismiss any student whose attitude and behavior is not in harmony with the ideals of the School, or whose presence undermines the general welfare of the School, even if there is no specific breach of conduct.

The Brethren Bible Institute is intended to provide sound Bible teaching and wholesome Christian fellowship for all who desire it. The Bible School Committee worked hard and long at the task of arriving at standards, which will be pleasing to the Lord. It is not always easy to know just where the line should be drawn and we do not claim perfection. No doubt certain standards seem too strict for some and too loose for others. If you are one who does not share all these convictions, we hope you will agree to adjust to them for the School period, for the sake of those who do. We are confident that the blessings received will far outweigh any sacrifice you may have to make. If you have a special problem or question, please write to us about it. To be accepted as a student at BBI, you will need to sign a statement indicating that you will cooperate with the standards of the School.