About Chalybeate Springs Ministry


Chalybeate Springs Ministry is a private non profit group incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1996. We are a Christian based, residential, aftercare program for men. This program was founded by "Doc" and Sandy Dawson, and is now run by a local governing Board of Directors, dedicated to helping, "the least of my brothers." (Matthew 25:40)

What We Believe

God changes lives and we exist to help people discover the change that can occur when we apply His Living Word in our thoughts, words, and actions.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16 NIV).

What We Do

We incorporate Bible study, prayer, and testimony into our daily activities.

We encourage men of the local Christian community to join us on the third Saturday of every month for a Prayer Breakfast & Work Day.

How We Operate

We operate on the donations and support of local churches and individuals who are committed to sharing the boundless and matchless love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. "Look after him, he said, and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have" (Luke 10:33-35 NIV).

in order of length of time served

BOB KOONTZ: Bob is our Treasurer and has served on the Board since the beginning of Chalybeate Springs Ministry Inc. Bob and his wife, Carolyn, have been married 49 years and have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Bob is a charter member of Chalybeate Church.

GEORGE WAKEFIELD: George took over as the Board President in 2009. George has been "at the helm" throughout our recent growth and has provided prayerful leadership. George and Suzanne have been married 50 years, have 3 children and are members at First Christian Church at Everett. George serves on the Board of Directors for Love In the Name of Christ and serves as a Deacon at First Christian Church. George also served a three year term as President of Kairos Prison Ministry International.

DENNIS WILLIAMSON: Denny is our Public Relations / Fundraising chair and has been a practicing family therapist and consultant for 30 years. He has lived in Bedford county for the past 7 years with his wife Bev. He has one daughter and several grandchildren. Bev and Danny are lay leaders at Bedford united Methodist Church.

WAYNE KOONTZ: Wayne was recently nominated as Vice President on the Board, and is a Farm Insurance Agent for AAI. He is very active in 4H. He and his wife Kathy have been active in several events in the past year. They are members of Bedford United Methodist Church.

JON BONCHI: Jon is a retired school teacher and has been a long time advocate of prison ministry, Gideons and mentor for disadvantaged youth. He and his wife Sally have been married 24 years and have two sons. He serves as an Elder at Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

KENNETH HAINES: Kenneth Hanes is the Senior Pastor of Four Point Harmony Charge consisting of Hyndman, Cooks Mill, Palo Alto, and the Mount Harmony United Methodist churches. Kenneth is married to Twyla and they have five grown children and eight grand children.

FORREST LUCAS: Forrest is highly involved at the Breezewood Community Church as worship leader and governing Board member, and has spent years as a GED/adult literacy instructor.

KELLY HILLEGASS: Kelly Hillegass is the Secretary of the Board and a member of Hyndman UMC, which is part of the Four point Harmony Charge. She is a lay leader and Worship Committee Chair. She is Treasurer and Mission Chair and a full time caregiver to her father Wayne.


The purpose of Chalybeate Springs Ministries, Inc. is to provide a safe place for individuals to establish, edify and encourage them in principles of Christian faith and in every day living.

Our mission is to encourage our residents to pattern their lives after the living example of Christ and to offer them a peaceful environment that will allow them to grow and develop in a Christ-like manner.

Our strength and direction comes from God's holy, inspired and true Word contained in His scriptures.


"Doc" Dawson worked for New Day Inc. in the 1980s. He worked with Noah Martin, the founder of New Day. the following excerpt is from the back cover of Noah Martin's book: A Vision for a New Day, written in 1984.

Daryl "Doc" Dawson is the energetic and compassionate Director of New Day's Community Outreach program. The program seeks to meet the spiritual, physical and social needs of disadvantaged and unemployed individuals and families. He and his wife Sandy live in Johnstown and provide home for many homeless youths and adults. He envisions the building of a Christian community where believers work together in reaching out to "the least of these, my brethren".

In the book, Doc wrote, "the answers" began to come as the vision took on fulfillment. There are times when God asks you to act on vision and He will confirm it as you move along in faith. Recently, I bought a house. I believed the Lord wanted the house used for a special purpose. While a number of us were in special prayer asking the Lord for direction for the use of the house, a young man walked in and said he was lost. He didn't know how he got to out house or what he as doing there. He said he was from Altoona and needed a way home. Through this experience the Lord showed me what to do with the house, even while we were in prayer, seeking his will. Since that time, my wife and I have provided a home for homeless young people and adults that has proven to be a real blessing.