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Over the last 20 years, Pastor Avinger has accomplished many things as Senior Pastor of Greater Saint Mathew Baptist Church. In response to the Lord's leading and the church's growth, Reverend Avinger has licensed several ministers, and evangelists. He has ordained twenty-five deacons and five pastors. In addition to numerous ministries and Bible studies, Pastor Avinger has started the Greater Saint Matthew Evangelism Institute in September 1995. The institute has since graduated over twelve classes. In October 1995, Pastor Avinger was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from Martha Vinyard, and has attained a B.A. and a M.A. in Public Policy from
In January 1999, Pastor Avinger heeded God's call to full-time ministry, leading the flock in full obedience to God's Word. The approach of a new century brought forth a fresh challenge to the ministry, as the congregants sought to purchase a new edifice for the growing body. The challenge was met, and Pastor Avinger was able to lead the church as they marched into a new edifice on
In January 2008 Pastor Avinger was elected Moderator of the PA Eastern Keystone Baptist Association. Under his leadership over 75 churches are active participants in the association.
A well-known, God-fearing, Bible-believing, teaching and preaching man, Pastor Avinger is often sought after to deliver God's Word. His Religious Affiliations
Pastor Avinger is the father of two children, Stephanie and Steven Jr., the grandfather of one grandson, Justin, and has been married to the former Valeria Bowles for over 37 years.