Pastors, Staff, and Leadership
Steve Estes, Senior Pastor
Steve Estes grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and began attending Brick Lane in 1979 while completing M.Div. and Th.M. degrees at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and previously studied at Columbia International University. In 1987 he was called as Brick Lane's senior pastor. Steve is the author of A Better December, Called to Die (the story of slain missionary Chet Bitterman), and co-author (with Joni Eareckson Tada) of When God Weeps and A Step Further, and serves on the board of directors for the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation in Philadelphia. He and his wife, Verna, who grew up in Elverson, have eight children.
Dick Oswald, Director of Ministries
Dick Oswald, a long time member of Brick Lane Community Church, with his wife Ann, raised his family here while exercising leadership in the business world. He brings a wealth and breadth of experience and grace to his role as Director of Ministries.
Al Kimball, Pastor of Pastoral Care
Al Kimball grew up in Catonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. He attained his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1979, and his undergraduate degrees are in Philosophy and Religion from Susquehanna University. He has a wide variety of experience in restaurant management, computer systems support, home improvement, and inventory management. His specifically Christian work has included college campus ministry, overseeing a denominational camp, and leading a crisis pregnancy center. He calls himself a "jack of all trades, master of divinity." Al is married to Dawn, and they have two sons: Chuck and Scott. Al started at Brick Lane in 2005.
Matt Carter, Pastor of Shepherding Ministries
Matt Carter grew up in the rural hills of northwestern Pennsylvania with the Allegheny National Forest as a back yard. He completed his Master of Divinity, a title he still finds presumptuous, at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA in 2000. He received his B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990. He brings with him experience in ministering to youth in several church and para-church contexts, and through involvement with a local prison ministry. He has also been involved in training and facilitating outreach both locally and in Eastern Europe having taught evangelism at Zaporozyhe Bible College in southern Ukraine. He is a board member of International Training Ministry. Matt spent twenty-four years in the landscape and construction fields. Thirteen of those years he worked as a sole proprietor designing and installing residential landscape and hardscape features, and home additions. He and his wife, Cindy have three sons and one daughter.
Kathy Eberly, Director of Counseling & Care Ministries
Kathy has been with Brick Lane since October, 2002. She has completed all certificate levels of training at CCEF (Christian Counseling & Education Foundation) and just finished her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Kathy as our Church Counselor ministers to people in and out of Brick Lane. She counsels couples, singles, teens, and children. In addition to her counseling ministry, Kathy is also the Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Steve Estes, Church Clerk, and Financial Clerk. Kathy and her husband Dave have also been teaching our 2 year old Sunday school for the past 16 years and recently began a ministry to 2s & 3s on Sunday evenings. They have one Son Nicholas, who is a member of our facilities team.
Dawn Kimball, Director of Operations
Dawn hails from the Queens/Long Island region of New York with an Elementary Education degree from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, PA. Dawn joined the staff of Brick Lane April of 2013 to oversee Children's Ministries and in January 2017 took an additional role in Communications and assisting with special projects for the Director of Ministries.
Ginny Foltz, Counseling & Worship Support
Ginny handles a myriad of administrative needs supporting several Brick Lane staff members. She has been on staff since May 2001. She has three children, and four grandchildren. She loves crocheting and knitting baby items for new mothers in the congregation, and gardening.
Ruth Ann Blosenski, Operations and Bookkeeping Support
Ruth Ann joined the staff in August 2014 to assist with special projects for the Director of Ministries. She has attended Brick Lane for over 25 years. Her spare time is filled with gardening, helping with Women’s Ministry, and having fun with her 8 grandchildren.
Andi Colmery, Member Care Support
Andi has been working part time at Brick Lane for over 4 years. She is the mother of 3 great children, and married to a wonderful man for 36 years. Andi homeschooled for 17 years and has worked part time for many years doing a variety of things. She loves cooking, baking, reading, singing and serving others.
Facilities Services Team
Our week-to-week setup and cleaning services are currently shared by:
Who are the Church Leaders?
Brick Lane is led by a board of elders. Senior and associate pastors are automatically on the board. In addition, the congregation elects several laymen to serve in this capacity for three-year terms. Currently, in addition to the pastors, the board includes:
Deacons are elected officers at Brick Lane who have the responsibility of educating and encouraging Brick Lane attenders in mercy ministries and working to meet the physical needs of people in our church and area. Led by Chairman Dave Stott, our current deacons are: Buddy Colmery, Dave Culbert, Jason Dorn, Tim Forester, Paul Frisco, Travis Kurtz, Chris Metricarti, and Steve Wisler.
Trustees at Brick Lane are appointed by the elders and are charged with caring for our building and grounds. Current trustees include: Kelly Culbert, Pat Grab, Mark Lacey, Kenton Lucas, Jon Mountz (Chairman), Ken Pedersen, Jim Saltsman, Luke Stoltzfus.