Bethlehem Church, Richmond Hill, NY
Head coach Caryl Hock has been leading the Bethlehem Church Bible Quiz Ministry for more than 35 years. Caryl is also currently the NYC League BQ Coordinator, and the Sunday school superintendent for Bethlehem and her investment into the lives of young people is invaluable.
Jackie Ford has been the assistant coach for the past 8 years and is a medical doctor with NYU. Jackie was a former quizzer at Bethlehem along side the current pastor -John Blondo. Bethlehem has participated at nationals in both 2010 and 2011 as a wild card team.
This is the first year that a Bethlehem team has qualified for national level competition! Thank God!
The team consists of 5 members, all of whom have completed their NMA. Omari Dixon, Sara Singh and Kimara Davis are all seniors and this is their first time attending nationals. Rachael Singh and Rebecca Ford are both sophomores and both were part of the national team in 2011.
Bethlehem Church has been to nationals as a wild card team in 2010 and 2011. We tied for 1st place in the NE regionals this year and placed 2nd after the playoff round. This our first time qualifying to attend nationals.
Most exciting match this season
Our most exciting match this season was at regionals against Aaron Kolers team. It was extremely competitive and we beat them to tie for 1st place in the region but lost to them in the playoff match. It was both good competition and good fellowship.
Favorite verse from the material
Omari - 10:32
Rachael - 10:19, 20
Rebecca - 6:33
Sara - 6:33
Kimara - 5:16
Tournaments attended this year
What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
All quizzers have been blessed through bible quiz outside of church and competition.
Omari - utilized his knowledge of the Bible to do a research paper for English and scored very well.
Sara - used it as the subject of an essay for a scholarship application for which she placed 5th and won $450.
Kimara - used it for the body of her personal essay for college applications and was accepted with a full scholarship to the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch.
Rachael - used it to witness to friends at school
Rebecca - used it as the subject for her essay for a private high school - and was accepted and given a scholarship.