Geneva College

 

 

Bruce Richard Backensto

Bruce BackenstoUndergrad: Math, 1969

Graduate: Masters of Divinity

Currently employed at First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Beaver Falls, PA (RPCNA).

“After graduating from Geneva College, May, 1969, I went on to Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and graduated in 1972. I serve the Sterling, KS RPC from May, 1972 after my ordination and installation on May 31, 1972. I was used of the Lord to plant a church in Colorado Springs, CO between January 1, 1980 and June, 1986. I resigned the pastorate in June, 1986 and began teaching Bible, Math, Physical Education and serving as Athletic Director and coach of many teams for Evangelical Christian Academy in Colorado Springs. I returned to the pastorate when the Ridgefield Park, NJ RPC called me to serve them beginning July, 1989. September, 1995 I became the pastor of the Geneva RPC in Beaver Falls, PA. In the fall of 2004 the Geneva RPC and the First RPC of Beaver Falls, PA merged and I became Co-Pastor of the merged congregation and the new congregation moved into the FRPC facility at 209 Darlington Road (Patterson Township), Beaver Falls. December 21, 1992 I married my wife, Kim, and in 1994 her four children, my three children and our son, born in February, 1994, lived together in a small three bedroom house with a basement which provided two “bedrooms” to accommodate everyone. When we moved to Beaver Falls we were able to obtain a house suitable to the size of the family. Since arriving in Beaver Falls I was elected to and continue serving on the Board of Trustees of Geneva College. I serve as an adjunct professor at RPTS.”


 

Point of Excellence

Geneva graduates pass the test for teacher certification in elementary education (Praxis II) at over a 99% rate in the first attempt–one of the highest pass rates in Pennsylvania.

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Upcoming Events
Apr23
Chapel
Geneva chaplain Rutledge Etheridge
Metheny Fieldhouse 10:10 a.m.

Apr23
Networking & Etiquette Dinner
Presidents Dining Room 5:00 p.m.

SUMMER CLASSES
Advance your degree through May@Geneva
Running May 12 through June 6, May term offers key courses as well as electives and travel options.
COMMUNITY
Geneva to host National Day of Prayer breakfast
Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to campus for prayer and breakfast on Thu., May 1 at 7:30 a.m.
ALUMNI
Celebration Weekend for the classes of ’54 and ’64
Special events for 50- and 60-year alumni are planned to coincide with Commencement.
ARTS & CULTURE
Geneva Reading Series IV: "A New, New Hope"
The final event in the series for the 2013-14 academic year will be on Apr. 23 at 7 p.m.
ARTS & CULTURE
Symphonic Band to present Spring Concert
The 68-member ensemble will perform on Apr. 26 at 7:30 p.m.