Who: Eric Landram
What: Lead Pastor
Where: Grew up in Waynesboro, VA in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Originally a member of the Staunton Church of the Brethren in Staunton, VA.
Education: Eric is a graduate of Bridgewater College (Class of 2006) in Bridgewater, VA. There he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary in May 2015. Bethany is the denominational seminary for the Church of the Brethren located in Richmond, IN.
Background: After college, Eric worked for the state of Virginia serving those in his community with severe mental illness by leading groups, assisting with treatment plans, and planning for discharge back into the community. He has also worked and served with the Salem Church of the Brethren (Englewood, OH) and the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren (Bridgewater, VA). During his time at Bethany, Eric served as a member of the Student Leadership Team for three years. He was also the Student Chapel Coordinator during his final year as well as the Teaching Assistant for the worship and preaching classes. Eric also participated in planning the Presidential Forum, a yearly event hosted at the seminary. Eric has provided leadership and planning for events such as Roundtable (Keynote Speaker 2014), and National Junior High Conference (Planning Committee 2015).
Involvement: Worship planning, preaching, teaching; equipping and empowering those seeking the movement and will of God in our world.
Family: Eric and his wife, Heather, live in Lititz. Heather works for a nearby Head Start program. They both enjoy good music, being with friends and family, and Wilbur buds.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH TEAM
WHO: Kirsten Crosby Blose
WHAT: Director of Children's Ministries
WHERE: Grew up in the heart of Lititz until 5th grade, when her family moved all the way to Neffsville. Kirsten graduated from Manheim Township High School.
EDUCATION: Juniata College, B.S., Family & Educational Services (Early Childhood/Special Education and Social Work all crammed together)
INVOLVEMENT: SummerKidz Alive, Wednesday Nights Alive, Children's Ministry Team, Toddler Gym, Safe Church Administrator
FAMILY: Kirsten and her husband, Matt, live right outside of the city in Manheim Township. They have 2 awesome sons.
OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Spending time with family, connecting with friends, rail-trail biking, kayaking, social justice issues, live music, and reading.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: "Be the change you wish to see in this world." -Mahatma Ghandi
WHO: Jeff Keller
WHAT: Director of Youth Ministries
WHERE: Grew up in Ephrata, PA
EDUCATION: Grove City College (degree in Christian Thought and Christian Ministries, minor in Philosophy)
BACKGROUND: Jeff served as an intern for youth ministries at the East Cocalico Church of the Brethren. He also served as the Director of Youth Ministries and the Director of Christian Education at the First Presbyterian Church in Eustis, Florida during their interim period.
INVOLVEMENT: Coordinating the junior and senior high youth programs, teaching, mission trips
FAMILY: Jeff and his wife Adrianna have a son, Jeffrey, and a daughter, Riley.
OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Drawing, painting, music, camping, hiking, bicycling
WORDS TO LIVE BY: Jeff is excited “to see how the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts and minds of this church's youth.”
WHO: Scott Bacon
WHAT: Director of Music Ministry
EDUCATION: Degree in Music Education from Elizabethtown College, Masters in Higher Education from Drexel University
BACKGROUND: Scott has directed the adult choir at Lititz CoB since 2004. Before moving to Lititz, he served as interim Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda, PA. He is also an Assistant Teaching Professor of Music at Drexel University.
FAMILY: Scott and his wife Tammy live in Lititz with their son Matthew and daughter Sarah.
WHO: Ken Trovinger
WHAT: Director of Worship Ministries
DUCATION: Degree in Music Education from Westminster College
BACKGROUND: Before coming to the Lititz congregation in 2004, Ken served as the Director of Music for New Holland United Methodist Church from 1993-2001.
INVOLVEMENT: Ken leads the Praise & Worship Team at Lititz CoB. He has been serving in music ministry since 1994 as a song writer, arranger, and singer with various performing groups and has also recorded two CDs.
FAMILY: Ken and his wife Tonia live in Lititz with their three young daughters.
WHO: John Huber
BACKGROUND: John studied organ under Carl Schroeder and received the Service Playing Certification from the American Guild of Organists. He also has an Associate of Arts degree from Hesston College where he studied under Shirley King. John has been organist at Lititz CoB since January 1999.
INVOLVEMENT: Lancaster Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Real Estate Investors of Lancaster (John manages Huber's Villa Apartments in Neffsville)
FAMILY: John and his wife Lisa live north of Lancaster. They have four sons and a daughter.
OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Biking, hiking, reading, almost any kind of puzzle.
WHO: Rebecca Achenbach
WHAT: Bell Choir Director
BACKGROUND: Rebecca’s career as a teacher and performer has taken her across the US and Europe and Australia. She has taught music at all academic levels from grade school through college and has served diverse Christian denominations and community music associations.
INVOLVEMENT: professional conductor, vocal instructor, classroom teacher, and mezzo soloist.