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.
Drew is currently serving as a pastor at NLC and attends the Carlisle site with his wonderful wife, Vanessa. He is currently enrolled in the Directed Study Program, a Brethren in Christ equipping for ministry program. Drew spent a year serving as a missionary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he and Vanessa first met. They recently moved to Carlisle and are excited to be living in this community. In addition to his role at New Life, Drew also coaches boys' volleyball at his alma mater, Cumberland Valley High School. Drew is passionate about family, seeing the church and kingdom of God grow and helping God's children see and go after their full potential in Christ.
Matthew serves as a pastor at NLC and attends the Mt. Holly Springs site 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.
Kaitlin was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and grew up in nearby Mechanicsburg with her parents, two brothers and younger sister. After graduating from high school, she felt a call to ministry and attended Valley Forge Christian College with a major in pastoral counseling. While in college, she felt God urging her to a ministry job and led her to New Life Community. Helping people find God is Kaitlin’s passion. But she also enjoys rock climbing, hiking and camping as well as spending time with her Husband, friends and family.
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.