Newport church opens Thompsontown campus

THOMPSONTOWN – Newport Assembly of God is expanding its outreach through a second campus.

The Rev. Gary Bellis, who has been lead pastor for 37 years, said the church recently obtained the building located at 10110 William Penn Highway, Thompsontown.

The opportunity to open a second location allows the church to reach even more people with their ministry, he said.

Services are set for 10:15 a.m. Sunday mornings beginning Nov. 10 at the church. Bellis said the children’s ministry and Life Groups also will be scheduled for the Thompsontown campus sometime after the first services are held.

At this time, about 60 adults are committed to attending services at the new campus.

“We feel we’ll grow,” Bellis said, “We just really are very passionate about ministry to people.”

One of the church’s most widely known ministries is Bread of Life Outreach, which distributes food, over-the-counter medicines, cleaning products and more to more than 1,800 families in the area. Bellis said BOLO will expand from its 7,000-square-foot warehouse of supplies to a second distribution point at the Thompsontown campus.

He said the church is preparing the building to hold an inventory of supplies for monthly distributions on the fourth Saturday of the month.

According to a press release, BOLO has distributed more than 34,000 tons of supplies valued at more than $120 million since its beginning in 1994.

Additional products received at the warehouse have been donated to schools and serving agencies within Perry County. The release states that this practical assistance also will be a large part of church outreach in Juniata County through the new campus.

Bellis said the church’s ministry reaches around the world. The church has been involved in humanitarian outreach in Russia for 15 years. The release states that the church partnered with other churches and organizations to send medical teams and provide training and Bible study materials to church leaders. They also assisted in planting many churches and currently minister in Haiti and India too.

Bellis described the church as very community-minded.

“That’s what Christ told us to do,” he said about ministering to others. “Church is not about the building, it’s about the people.”

The new building, which was donated to the church, features a large kitchen and dining area right inside the doors. Directly down the hall, a set of dark wooden doors leads to the combination auditorium and worship room which seats 350-400 people.

On the other side of the facility are brightly painted classrooms for children’s and teen’s Sunday school and family ministry, Bellis said.

In the church, he said, outreach will focus on practical, Biblical teaching that impacts everyday life.

For more information about the church or its new Thompsontown campus, visit or call 567-3333.