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, and previously studied at Columbia International University. 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 American and European energy companies. As a layman and elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (Central Carolina Presbytery), he helped various NC 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.
Steve Hesse, Coordinator of Vine and Branches, Assimilation, and Outreach
Steve came to CEFC with his wife, Lynn, in June of 2013. Born and raised in a swanky northwest suburb of Philadelphia, Steve came to know the Lord as his personal Lord and Savior through the ministry of Haycock Mountain Brigade Camp. A deep career in Education, Development, Administration, and Corporate Sales Management throughout the Mid Atlantic, NYC, and New England areas have all prepared Steve well for a career in professional baseball. While waiting for his call-up, Steve will gladly serve CEFC through the Vine and Branches, Assimilation, and Outreach ministries. Steve and Lynn currently live in Shillington, have 4 children, and 1 odd dog.
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.
Ruth Ann Blosenski, Executive Assistant to the Director of Ministries
Ruth Ann joined the staff in August 2014 to assist with special projects for the Director of Ministries. She has attended CEFC for over 25 years. Her spare time is filled with gardening, helping with Women’s Ministry, and having fun with her 8 grandchildren.
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.
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.
Emily Wisler, Assistant to the Director of Ministries and Vine & Branches Coordinator
Emily joined the staff in March 2015, assisting with multiple ministry projects and technological enhancements. As the daughter of Chris & Beth Wisler, she has been attending CEFC for 17 years.
Andi Colmery, Special Events Assistant
Andi has been working part time at CEFC for over 4 years. She is the mother of 3 great children, and married to a wonderful man for 32 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?
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: Buddy Colmery, Tim Forester, Todd Frey, Paul Frisco, Travis Kurtz, 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 (Chair), Mark Lacey, Luke Stoltzfus, and Steve Wisler.