Born in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, Ryan has lived in Carlisle, Pa., for almost 10 years now and his Canadian accent and culture is still strong and active. Ryan would say that “you can take the boy out of Canada, but you can’t take the Canadian out of the boy.” Carlisle, however, has become home, and the Browns are loving life south of the border. After graduating from high school, he attended Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ontario, to prepare for ministry in the Brethren In Christ Church. In 1996, Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Education and a week later married the love of his life, Maureen. They have been blessed with two fantastic kids, Joshua and Alethea. Ryan is passionate about family, church revitalization, life outside the box, hockey, racquetball, hunting, prayer and being with people.
Matthew serves as the pastor at NLC Mt Holly Springs with his wife, Emily, and daughters, Susanna and Frieda. Out of his own experience of God's goodness and love flows a passion for seeing others mature in the faith. He is excited be a part of God's work at NLC and desires to build up Christ's church through preaching, discipleship, and pastoral care. Matthew has previous ministry experience as a small group leader, hospital chaplain, and caseworker and has an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Mike and Sherry are the original church planting pastoral couple of LAE Church in York Springs PA, and will continue to pastor LAE as well as serve on the pastoral team at NLC. They are coming to New Life Community with years of cross cultural missions and pastoral experience.
Glenda grew up in rural PA and moved to Cumberland County where she attended Messiah College. She met and married her husband, Bill, before graduating with her Early Childhood Education degree in 1987. They settled in the Newville area and have been blessed with three beautiful children, Emily, Will and Johnathan. Glenda has a passion for reaching children and their families in the Carlisle community and spends her extra hours reading, having fun with family, and keeping in touch with friends.
A native of Carlisle, Sue graduated from Carlisle High School and has worked in finance, accounting and human resources. She retired from the Navy Depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa., as a counselor, mediator and workplace violence instructor. Sue lives in Mount Holly Springs, Pa., with her husband, Rick. The couple have a grown son, Joshua. Sue has always had a heart for others. She has volunteered for various groups, including the Special Olympics. She is a facilitator for the Celebrate Recovery Group, which helps people with their hurts, hang-ups and habits. Her compassion is a blessing to many as she ministers to those who come through the door.
Bonnie Kirk was born the middle child between two brothers. Together they were raised in the town of Union, NJ which is located just minutes away from the Newark Airport. As a kid, Bonnie enjoyed hitting homeruns, shooting baskets and scoring goals. Her activities paused one day when she heard a pastor explain what Jesus had done for her. Soon after, she got on her knees in her bedroom and invited the Lord into her heart. She claims, “As I rose to my feet, everything I had wanted in this life, changed. “ In the summer of ‘87 she enrolled at Messiah College where she grew in her faith. She played Field Hockey and Softball while completing a degree in Physical Education. Upon graduation, she joined World Impact, an inner-city church planting organization. She taught in their Christian School and helped to plant three churches in Newark NJ. Bonnie left the ministry in 2002 and settled in Grantham, PA. While seeking a teaching job she worked as a field hockey coach at Messiah College, a substitute teacher, and took up the trade of painting. In 2005 Bonnie was hired to teach Physical Education in Carlisle. She arrived at New Life Community in 2008 and has served in youth ministry, worship, missions and on the Leadership Team. Bonnie now resides in Carlisle and is currently enrolled in the Directed Study Program with the Brethren in Christ, US. “I have enjoyed the people of New Life and the beautiful mission they have to serve the people in downtown, Carlisle. My passion is to see others discover the grace I found in Christ. I am thankful to serve a God I love with people who aim to do the things on His heart every day.”
Born in Virginia and raised here in Mechanicsburg, Jennifer graduated from Mechanicsburg High School and went off to Geneva college getting her BS in psychology. She started out as a youth counselor in the Daron Emergency Shelter along with being a youth leader at Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ. Jennifer and Dalton were married in 2003. They have since been blessed with two amazing kids and Jennifer became a house wife. Jennifer is excited to come back to work at NLC and looks forward to seeing all that God will do through this opportunity.