Colonial Park Community Baptist Church "We are called to help people in our community build dynamic relationships with Jesus through the power of His love." 700 South Houcks Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17109 Phone: 717-545-3261 E-mail:
Colonial Park Community Baptist Church"We are called to help people in our community build dynamic relationships with Jesus through the power of His love."  700 South Houcks Rd.Harrisburg, PA 17109  Phone: 717-545-3261E-mail: 


Welcome to this church.  We hope that what you find on these pages will entice you to visit us and get to know us up close and personally.  We have a heart for Jesus the Christ, for one another, and for the community in which God has placed us. We have found strength, peace, love and hope in Jesus and we want to share this with you, so that you can enter into a dynamic relationship with Jesus.  If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we want help you grow closer to him in fellowship and service.   We are a church were everyone is welcome to worship, grow and minister.

How to become a follower of Jesus

"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  Romans 10.9


Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ requires repenting of your sins, and believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to forgive you of those sins and entering into a relationship with Him.


If you are ready to become a follower of Jesus Christ pray this prayer: 

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness.  I believe You died for my sins and rose again from the dead.  I turn my life over to You.  I want to trust  and follow You as my Lord and Savior.  Amen.

For more information about your new life in Jesus Christ, contact us at the church.


Our Pastor
Pastor: Gary Firster
Gary Firster has been serving this church as lead pastor since December 5, 2005. As the son of an American Baptist pastor, he grew up in Philadelphia and Cape May, NJ. He proclaimed belief and faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at age eight and was baptized one day before his ninth birthday. It was that same year that he felt the call to fulltime pastoral ministry. His educational preparation for this call began in fourth grade as he attended Hebrew School, after public school, learning Hebrew with Jewish friends. This lasted for five years, during which time he received an “honorary” Bar Mitzvah. His education continued after high school at Wheaton College and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Illinois and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary just outside Philadelphia. He was ordained in 1983 in Pennsauken, NJ.
He pastored an American Baptist church in Schenectady, NY, was a family therapist for several agencies in NY and PA, the director of several counseling agencies in PA and the Associate Pastor of a United Methodist Church in Dover, PA.He is married to Linda and between them they have seven children along with a couple grandchildren and counting.
Theologically he is a conservative evangelical who has a heart for reaching those in the community for Jesus Christ. His desire is to continue to help this church through his Biblical preaching and teaching, vision casting and example, to be a Missional Church.
Office Hours: M-F 9:00-12:00