Our History

1938

First Generation: The founder, Orville Bitner, lived a life of service. He was an itinerant preacher, had a weekly religious radio broadcast on a local station for 20 years. Service was his passion. He sold home and auto insurance by going from one door to the next beginning in the Great Depression.

1954

Second Generation: Orville’s successor was his son-in-law, Harold Henry. He served in leadership roles in his local church and in other organizations in the community. He was one of the founding board members of a Children’s Home and Christian Radio Station. A life of service was integrated into his business life. He sold home and auto insurance to people that were part of the community, many of whom were part of a larger faith-based community.

Harold Henry
1967

Harold Henry became President of Bitner Henry Insurance.

harold & wife
1981

The agency moved to their second office location on West Washington Street in Hagerstown, Maryland.

1981 bitner henry office
1987

The agency purchased their first computer.

old 1987 computer
1989

Third Generation – Steve Henry, Harold’s son, was the next President of the Insurance Agency. Prior to joining the agency, Steve received his Master of Divinity at a seminary in the Chicago area. He stayed there for a total of 13 years, where he met his wife Carol at a church in the Chicago area. Steve worked for years as the Development Director in a faith-based ministry in the inner-city of Chicago. When Steve returned to the family insurance agency in Maryland, serving others had become a way of life. It was only natural that a major emphasis of the insurance agency was providing insurance solutions to those who served others. These included Churches, schools, camps, and Social Services. Carol is very much part of the leadership of the insurance agency. As a couple they have led this organization.

Carol
1992

Steve secured a contract with Brotherhood Mutual and started selling insurance to churches and ministries in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

brotherhood mutual logo
1999

Steve Henry became president of Bitner Henry Insurance.

Steve
1999

Bitner Henry Insurance Group partnered with others to form American Church Group of North Carolina.  For additional information, visit their website.

American Church Group North Carolina logo
2001

Bitner Henry Insurance launched a new and improved website.

bitner henry website
2005

Bitner Henry moved to its current location on Antietam Street in Hagerstown, Maryland.

new bitner henry home
2006

Bitner Henry Insurance Group expanded into Georgia.

split peaches
2008

Bitner Henry Insurance Group partnered with others to form American Church Group of Minnesota. For additional information, visit their website.

American Church Group Minnesota logo
2009

Daryl Henry joined Bitner Henry Insurance Group.

Daryl Henry
2011

Andrew Henry joined Bitner Henry Insurance Group.

Andrew Henry
2012

Bitner Henry Insurance Group expanded into Delaware.

welcome to delaware sign
2017

Daryl and Andrew Henry were invited to meet Warren Buffett

family of businessmen
2017

Joel Henry joined Bitner Henry Insurance Group.

Joel Henry
2018

Fourth Generation – Steve and Carol’s three sons have joined the leadership team. Daryl, Andrew, and Joel have embraced the “Serving those who serve others” mission and are poised to lead the organization for years to come after Steve and Carol step back.

fourth generation family
2018

Bitner Henry Insurance celebrated 80 years in the insurance business.

bitner henry sign
2019

Bitner Henry Insurance Group launched a new logo.

bitner henry logo

About Bitner Henry

Our insurance agency grew out of the lives of the people who built it.  "Serving those who serve others" reflects who we were and who we are.  It's in the DNA as individuals and as a business.

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Meet the Team

Our team of experienced professionals are members of the local community and are committed to doing business face-to-face and being your advocate in times of need.

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Career Opportunities

Long-term relationships are important to us, so our employment opportunities are best suited for individuals seeking a career.  

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