We want to welcome you to Beit HaShalem Emet (BHSE) and tell you a little bit about us and why we do what we are doing. BHSE is the fruition of many years of prayer, waiting, studying and seeking Adonai.
We, Mike and Pat Marcus, come from diverse backgrounds. Mike grew up in an interfaith household. His father was Jewish and his mother Catholic.
Pat was raised in a Christian home. Her father was a Methodist minister. Mike is a pharmacist by profession and Pat practiced law for several years before entering into the teaching profession.
During our years together, we have been involved in mainline denominational churches, charismatic churches, and Messianic congregations. Both of us had, and continue to have, a heart for marriages and families. In the mid 1990’s we were associated with Marriage Ministries International as leaders for several years teaching G-dly principles to married couples. At the same time, we were counseling married couples who were experiencing problems which is when we realized how many more relationships could be saved if couples were taught G-dly principles prior to marriage. Thus, we began to counsel and teach premarital couples for our local church. Soon Adonai led us to write a premarital curriculum which hopefully will be published soon.
After years of premarital counseling for our church, we were asked to be the deans of the new Bible school where we created curriculum and taught many of the courses. Both of us were licensed as pastors in 2005 and then ordained in April 2009 through New Wine Christian Center (now called Gateway Church International).It was during this time that Adonai, who had been working on our hearts all along, began to stir up an intense desire to seek more of His word. This desire led us to study more of the Old Testament and its connection with the New Testament. As always, Adonai was faithful by providing opportunities to learn through First Fruits of Zion’s HaYesod (The Foundation) course and two years of learning Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) at a Messianic congregation in Maryland. In addition, we both took a Torah class through a Yeshiva in Maryland.