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. 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 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) as well as a 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. 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. Before moving into her current position, Dawn oversaw Children's Ministries and then Communications and assisting with special projects for the Director of Ministries. She joined the staff in 2013.
Ginny Foltz, Counseling & Worship Support
Ginny handles a myriad of administrative needs but works primarily in support of counseling and worship. 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. Currently she manages the facility use schedule, bookkeeping, and assisting the Director of Operations. 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?
Governance Board Elders
Brick Lane is led by a governance board of elders, including the senior pastor, the director of ministries (non-voting) and eight elders who are elected for one-year terms. Currently, the elected board members include: Larry Kenney (chair), Brad Hageman (vice-chair), Mike Culbert (secretary), Dave Stott (treasurer), Keith DeWalt, Rich Goswiller, Randy Hepler and Nate Saint.
Deacons are elected at Brick Lane to take 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.