Pastors, Staff, and Leadership
Steve Estes, Senior Pastor
Steve Estes grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and began attending CEFC in 1979 while completing M.Div. and Th.M. degrees at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His previous studies included Columbia International University and the American Institute of Holy Land Studies, Jerusalem. In 1987 he was called as CEFC'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.
John Barber, Director of Ministries
John Barber, a native of North Carolina, began at CEFC as a consultant in November, 2009. After graduating from Columbia International University, graduate studies at East Carolina University, and a year-long youth-pastorate in Greensboro, NC, he pursued a 30+ year business career. This career included regional and state sales management, development work for various corporations and for CIU, and consulting work for several American and European energy companies. As a layman and elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (Central Carolina Presbytery), he helped various churches revitalize their men’s ministries, small group ministries, and assimilation efforts. He has served on various Boards for non‑profits, and recently completed courses with the Christian Counseling Education Foundation. He and his wife Sonia have 5 children.
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 CEFC in 2005.
Matt Carter, Pastor of Youth and Outreach
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 parachurch 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.
Jere Scott Bradshaw, Pastor of Singles and Discipleship
Jere Scott began serving at CEFC in August 2012 after he completed a M.Div. degree at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Jere Scott grew up in Nashville and attended the University of Tennessee. Subsequent to his undergraduate studies, he served as a youth minister for six years in Montgomery, AL. During that time he met the love of his life, Dorothy, and they were married in 2005.
Kathy Eberly, Counselor and Executive Assistant
Kathy Eberly has been with CEFC since October of 2000. She has completed the certificate program at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. She will be providing women's counseling as well as developing and directing a new ministry serving the needs of the elderly attenders.
Deb Shirey, Executive Assistant to the Director of Ministries
Deb grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Barrington/Gordon College. She started working at CEFC in March as John Barber’s assistant. In her free time, you can find Deb playing outside in her garden or simply enjoying time with her family and friends. She and her husband Bob raised their two children here in Elverson.
Ginny Foltz, Executive Assistant
Ginny Foltz handles a myriad of administrative needs, and spends much of her time in the Children's Ministry. She has been on staff since May 2001.
Nate Hampton, Special Projects Assistant and Assistant to the Pastor of Discipleship
An Elverson citizen since age eight and a member of CEFC since 2005, Nate started part-time staff work at CEFC staff in 2012. In his duties, Nate assists with church projects, working with both the Director of Ministries and the Pastor of Discipleship and Singles. When not at CEFC, Nate can probably be found with friends on a nearby soccer field.
Dawn Kimball, Coordinator of Children's Ministry
Dawn hails from the Queens/Long Island region of New York with an Elementary Education degree from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, PA. She has spent the last 20 years homeschooling her two sons, while exercising administrative leadership within two different homeschool communities. Dawn joined the staff of CEFC April of 2013.
Facilities Services Team
Our week-to-week setup and cleaning services are currently shared by:
Who are the Church Leaders?
CEFC 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 CEFC who have the responsibility of educating and encouraging CEFC attenders in mercy ministries and working to meet the physical needs of people in our church and area. Led by Chairman Rick Renninger, our current deacons are: Tim Forester, Paul Frisco, Travis Kurtz, Nate Saint, Gregg Vermeesch, Chris Wisler, and George Wood.
Trustees at CEFC are appointed by the elders and are charged with caring for our building and grounds. Current trustees include: Dave Albright, Kelly Culbert, Ryan Frey, Bill Fulbright, Pat Grab, Mark Lacey, Tom Mills, Luke Stoltzfus, and Scott Wildonger.