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jim_2011Jim Farrell (Transitional Pastor)

Jim is the first son of four children, born in 1954 in Altoona, PA. He is married to Kathy (English) of Hershey, PA since 1976. They have 2 married daughters and 2 grandchildren. For the last 4 years, Jim and Kathy have been living full time in a 5th wheel RV traveling the USA. Jim enjoys fly fishing, bicycling, and wood carving.

In 1976, Jim graduated with a B.S. in Music Education from Mansfield State College. Upon graduation from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1981, Jim was ordained in the PCUSA and served at the Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church in Venetia, PA, until August of 1994 when he was called to serve as pastor of the Oreland Evangelical Presbyterian Church outside of Philadelphia. In 2009, Jim and the Oreland congregation were received into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

In January of 2017, Jim received Transitional Pastoral Training in the first training class held at the EPC GA office in Orlando, instructed by TE Bob Hopper and TE Bill Enns. He also received training from the Interim Ministry Network, and from the GOCenter for Church Revitalization. After leaving the Oreland Church in July 2017, Jim served as transitional pastor for 15 months at Bethany ECP in Havertown, PA. He retired from congregational ministry in November 2018. He currently serves as a member and administrator of the EPC Church Health Leadership Team.

 


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Brad Moger (Associate Pastor)

We are delighted to have Teaching Elder Rev. Brad Moger (he likes to be known as Pastor Brad) to serve as our Associate Pastor here at Bellevue for Family and Youth Ministries. Brad began his service in July of 2017. Prior to coming to Bellevue Brad served as an EPC Pastor to Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Franklin Indiana. He had been there since 2011. Prior to Hopewell, Brad served as an Associate Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Simsbury, Connecticut, working there as a Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries. Prior to that, he served as an Area Director for Young Life in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area. Brad has a BA from Lafayette College, and later received his Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary.

Brad & Kristin married in 1984 and the Lord has brought them three sons, Eli, Aaron, and Sam, and now a host of grandchildren as well. Brad has been athletically active his whole life, and still loves baseball, (he is another Red Sox Fan), football & college basketball, but restricts his playing to an occasional round of golf! Brad & Kristin are passionate about fighting hunger and poverty locally and globally. They have two dogs (to replace the three sons, perhaps) who take them on all sorts of walks and hikes, exploring God’s beautiful and glorious creation.  You may contact him here: Pastor Brad.


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Brenda Brackbill (Office Manager)

Brenda joined the staff of Bellevue in April 2016 and serves as our Office Manager. She graduated from Lancaster Mennonite HS and attended Ecola Hall Bible School in Oregon. She is in the office Monday through Thursdays. Brenda and her husband Jerry will be celebrating 38 years of marriage in October. They live in Paradise. (No pun intended).

She enjoys swimming, gardening and reading in her spare time. Brenda and Jerry  have two grown children, Devon, who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and works for Amazon Robotics, and Nickie, who lives in Lancaster and works for LGH in the Vascular Surgery Department.

You may contact her here: Brenda Brackbill


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Kevin Wenrich (Director of Children's and Youth Ministries)

Kevin Wenrich joined the Bellevue staff in September of 2015 as the Director of Children’s Ministries and began serving full-time in 2021, adding the Youth Ministry to his responsibilities.  Kevin grew up at Bellevue and felt the call to serve here. He is passionate about God's love and care for children and youth. 

Kevin graduated from Cairn University in May 2015 with a B.S. in Bible with a major in Youth Ministry, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. He currently lives in Ronks and enjoys soccer, comic books and spending time with his friends and family. You may contact him here: Kevin Wenrich.


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Susan Houck (Part-Time Secretary)

Susan joined the staff of Bellevue in January of 2018. She grew up in Lancaster County and graduated from Pequea Valley High School. After High School she worked in her parent's insurance agency as a property and casualty insurance agent, and once children entered the picture, she switched occupations to become a "stay at home" mom. More recently, Susan has worked as a clerk in an antique shop as well as the costume designer for the Pequea Valley High School's many musicals over the years.

Susan has been happily married to Dwayne Houck for thirty years and the Lord has blessed them with three wonderful children, William, Ethan, and Sarah, and now a grandchild. Susan's hobbies include reading, gardening, and DIY projects. 

You will find Susan in the church office on Wednesdays. You may contact her here: Susan Houck.

 


Betsy Rabon (Director of Music/Choir Director)

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Betsy joined Bellevue in 2019 as our Choir Director. She lives in Thorndale and also serves as a Piano/Voice teacher. She has three grown children who live in Texas.

Betsy graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and the University of Houston with a Bachelors in Piano Performance, and Music Education. She loves her ministry of music and is thankful to God for giving her musical talent, a hard-work ethic, a desire to have a personal relationship with her Savior, and the calling to lead others through music ministry.

In her spare time, she loves to cook, embroider, read, play with her pets, be outdoors, and spend time with her family. You may contact Betsy here.


Jonathan Jones (Organist/Pianist)

Jonathan webpageMy faith in Christ was firmly established at a very early age.  I was born in California and also lived briefly in Texas and New Jersey before my father was transferred once again to Pennsylvania.  I have been raised in the Presbyterian denomination and have enjoyed being involved in the music ministry at both Bryn Mawr Presbyterian and Westminster Presbyterian (in West Chester).

As a classically trained musician, I studied piano, and then also learned to play harpsichord, organ, carillon, and saxophone (which I learned to play while activities were limited during the Covid-19 shutdown).

As a Certified Piano Technician, I have been providing service to churches, retirement communities, schools, music teachers, professional musicians, families, and individuals while continuing my education.

I graduated from PA Leadership Charter School, in West Chester.  Having studied at Temple University for the first two years of college, I am currently pursuing my BSBA from Liberty University, online.  In my spare time I enjoy classical and jazz music, good food, travel, and spending time with my family and friends, and hope to be a blessing to those around me each and every day.

I am grateful to be able to be part of the music ministry here at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.  


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Roland Berthoud (Groundskeeper)

Roland Berthoud first joined the Bellevue staff in 1986.  He is responsible for maintaining the church grounds and cemetery.  Roland and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Kinzers.  They have two grown children: their daughter Heidy lives in Poughkeepsie, NY and their son Eric and his wife Sarah live in Oxford, PA.

Roland attended primary and secondary school in his native Switzerland before entering a three-year apprenticeship as a cheese maker in 1959.  After coming to the United States he attended Franklin and Marshall College where he took courses in sales, marketing and advertising.  Roland enjoys stamp collecting, photography, travelling, reading and flower gardening.


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Bud Davies (Pastor Emeritus)

Pastor Bud Davies retired on Sunday, July 31, 2016 after having served as  Bellevue’s twenty-first Senior Pastor for almost 40 years.  On August 20, 2017, Pastor Davies was bestowed the honor of Pastor Emeritus for his years of service at Bellevue

Bud enjoys traveling and witnessing to what God is doing in different parts of His world.  He and Sharon enjoy working together on home projects and spending time with their Welsh Corgies.