Annual Congregational Meeting
The 2022 Annual Congregational Meeting is Sunday, November 13, 2022 immediately following the second service at church. We invite members and non-members to attend this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to vote on open positions on the Board of Deacons and Permanent Committees (Nominating, Personnel, Finance and Property Committees), as specified in our Bylaws. Everyone will receive a ballot and is encouraged to give us their feedback. However, only members’ votes will be counted. We ask you to pray diligently for this meeting.
If you are requesting new business, please present the request in writing to the church clerk, Karen Douglas, by Wednesday, October 26, 2022 as stipulated in the Bylaws.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
The Board of Deacons will host Town Hall Meetings to give the congregation ample time to ask questions about the nominees and church business. This enables us to complete the Congregational Meeting efficiently. We strongly encourage you to attend if you have questions. The Town Hall Meetings are:
Our Bylaws include these voting requirements:
- A quorum is required for the vote to take place. Twenty (20) percent of active church members must be present to form a quorum.
- Deacons must be affirmed by no less than 80% of the votes cast by the members present in the quorum at the business meeting.
- If a person nominated for the role of Deacon does not garner 80% he is not considered affirmed by the congregation and may not assume the role. A new nominee will be presented at the next business meeting.
- Permanent committee members (Nominating, Personnel, Finance and Property Committees) are elected by majority vote.
Nominating Committee nominees
There are four (4) openings on the Nominating Committee. The current member who is remaining on the Nominating Committee is: Carol Houseal.
Jenny has been a member of Brandywine for 14 years and attended for 18 years. She has served in the singles ministry, various marriage ministries, Awana and as a small group leader. Jenny and her husband Creighton have two tween sons. She is a project manager at DuPont. Jenny wants serve on the Nominating Committee to tithe her time and talents in a different way for the church, and honor a request made of her to participate in a new capacity.
Anthonia has been a member of Brandywine for almost six years and attended for seven years. She serves on Sunday mornings as an usher. Anthonia and her husband Kyle have three children who are active in Brandywine Students and Brandywine Kids. She works in property management. Anthonia wants to serve on the Nominating Committee because she is hoping to be a part of God’s plan by assisting, where able, in the selection process of choosing candidates for nominations.
Jen has been a member of Brandywine for three years and attended for 14 years. She serves as an usher on Sunday mornings and also participates in a Bible study. Jen and her husband Karl have two sons, a senior in college and a senior in high school. She is a certified project management professional and runs large capital projects for DuPont. Jen wants to serve on the Nominating Committee because she wants to use her gifts and experience of administration and teambuilding to help the church.
Anna has attended and been a member of Brandywine for three years. She serves with Brandywine Kids in the nursery on Sunday mornings, as a helper in Sunday classes, in VBS and a substitute Awana leader. Anna is also part of the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team, is a small group leader and volunteers in the church office when needed. Anna and her husband Jason have two elementary age children. She is blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. Anna wants to serve on the Nominating Committee because she is excited to see how God will use her in this role as a newer member with the people she knows and the areas she is involved in. She wants to encourage others to take part in important roles in the church.
Curt and his wife Karen have been members of Brandywine for 18 years. He has served as a member of the safety team and on the Finance Committee. Curt works as an engineering senior manager for Boeing. He wants to serve on the Nominating Committee because it is an opportunity to serve in the church and develop new and existing relationships.
Jackie is a new member of Brandywine but has been actively attending for 16 years. She has participated in women’s small groups and was a member of the women’s Sunday class teaching team for three years. Jackie has two adult daughters who grew up at Brandywine. She works as a high school special education math instructor at Concord High School. Jackie is excited for the opportunity to serve God as part of the nomination process, to pray God’s peace as His will is achieved.
Patrick has been a member of Brandywine for nine years and has attended for over 20 years. He has served in the nursery on Sunday mornings, Awana, VBS, as an usher, with the Java (coffee) ministry and has hosted small groups. Patrick and his wife Heather have two college-age children. He works as a college biochemistry instructor. Patrick wants to serve on the Nomination Committee to make a meaningful contribution to fulfilling the church’s vision to Know, Grow, and Go.
Christine has been a member of Brandywine for 23 years. She has served a lot with Brandywine Kids: Sunday morning in the nursery, Awana, MOPS, VBS and Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool. She also participates in a small group. Christine and her husband Mitch have three children who are active in Brandywine Students. Christine is retired from the working world but keeps busy transporting her kids everywhere. Christine wants to serve on the Nominating Committee because it is another way she is able to help her Brandywine family.
FINANCE COMMITTEE NOMINEES
There is one (1) opening for the Finance Committee. Being appointed for an additional term are: Kevin Dombrowski, Elise Martin and Sam Waltz.
Jaimy has been a member of Brandywine for eight years and attended for 24 years. She has served as a member of the Brandywine Students’ Joshua Team, Family Fusion, MOPS and currently is an Awana T&T leader. Jaimy and her husband Sean have two boys who are active in Brandywine Kids. She works as a customer service associate at CSC. Jaimy wants to serve on the Finance Committee because after managing the finances for MOPS for several years, she is ready for the next step to serve at Brandywine, and the Finance Committee is a wonderful opportunity.
Tim has been a member of Brandywine for 15 years and has attended for 28 years. He has previously served on the Board of Deacons, has been a teacher with Brandywine Kids and participates in small groups. Tim and his wife Hope have five children; four adults and a teenager who is active in Brandywine Students. He is an entrepreneur who has created several start-up companies. Tim wants to serve on the Finance Committee because he wants to use his business talents to give back to the church that has given him and his family so much.
Personnel COMMITTEE NOMINEES
There are two (2) openings for the Personnel Committee. Being appointed for an additional term are: Steve Taylor and Kendra Young.
Robin has been a member of Brandywine for seven years and has attended for 12 years. She has served in Brandywine Kids for over 10 years and is an active small group leader. She has also served on committees for special events like GO Sunday and Women’s Ministry events. Robin and her husband Kendal have three daughters who are active in Brandywine Students. She is the owner of a small business which focuses on tutoring; it has approximately 25 tutors. Robin wants to serve on the Personnel Committee because she wants to use the talents that God has gifted her for His service. She also finds enjoyment working alongside others at Brandywine.
Lamott has been a member of Brandywine for four years and attended for five years. He serves with the marriage ministry and the shepherd’s ministry. Lamott and his wife Pleshette have five children who are in high school and middle school. He is a retired college administrator / student life director. Lamott wants to serve on the Personnel Committee to assist and serve the church.
Sharon has been a member of Brandywine for over 20 years and has attended since the 1980’s. She has been a member of the choir and served on the Hospitality Committee. Sharon has two adult daughters. She is a semi-retired legal secretary. Sharon wants to serve on the Personnel Committee because she wants to be involved in the church and this seemed like a good fit for her.
Hans Van Hees
Hans became a member of Brandywine this year and has attended since August 2021 when he moved to the area. He serves with the Worship Ministry supporting the livestream and is a co-leader of the Circle of Care team. Hans and his wife Laura have four adult children and one teenager who participates in Brandywine Students. He recently retired from executive management and now works for a pharmaceutical technology startup. Hans wants to serve on the Personnel Committee because he wants to learn all facets of running a church as he hopes someday to be part of church planting. With his professional background, he has lots of experience with organizational development and personnel management.
PROPERTY COMMITTEE NOMINEES
There is one (1) opening for the Property Committee. The current members who are remaining on the Property Committee are: Drew Biasotto, Terence Thomas and Pete Zuber.
Charlie has been a member of Brandywine for 10 years and has attended for nearly 20 years. He serves in Awana, at VBS and in Sunday morning children’s classes. Charlie and his wife Debbie have two adult daughters. He is retired. Charlie wants to serve on the Property Committee because he has a background in building, building maintenance and various trades.
Carl has been a member of Brandywine for 34 years. He has served with Brandywine Kids on Sunday mornings and has been very active in Brandywine Students as a small group leader and a leader on the summer mission trips. Carl and his wife Jeanne have two adult children. Carl is a general contractor who owns his own business. Carl wants to serve on the Property Committee because it is another way for him to serve the church and to share his expertise.
board of Deacon nominees
There are four (4) openings for the Board of Deaons. Current Deacons who remain on the Board are: Tim Cura, Ryan Hayes, Tim Houseal, Willie Mah, Chris Miller, Craig Montgomery, Steve Stirparo and Chris Vincent.
Jeff has been a member of Brandywine for 25 years. He has served on the Board of Deacons previously, with the singles ministry, in various marriage and pre-marriage ministries and as a small group leader. Jeff and his wife Karen have three adult daughters. He owns his own business which specializes in occupational safety. Jeff wants to serve on the Board of Deacons because he desires to follow Jesus’ example, by serving the Body of Christ and using his God-given gifts to help our fellowship grow spiritually and in unity.
Kendal has been a member of Brandywine for seven years and has attended for 12 years. He has served as a member of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Worship Team since 2013. Kendal and his wife Robin have three daughters who are active in Brandywine Students. He works in finance data management at JP Morgan Chase. Kendal is very excited for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Deacons and looks forward to deepening his commitment to Brandywine and helping to steer the church through the many challenges of the day.
Brandon has been a member of Brandywine for 25 years. He has served on the Finance Committee, is completing his first term as a Deacon and is actively involved with the Worship Team. Brandon and his wife Amanda have four children who are active in Brandywine Kids. He works in finance operations at The Chemours Company.
Pete has been a member of Brandywine for over 30 years. He has served as a teacher for adult Sunday classes, served on the Board of Deacons in the 1990’s, been a mentor couple for pre-marriage class and currently serves with the marriage ministry. Pete and his wife Ginny have two adult children. He works as a physical therapist and teaches full time at Harcum College. When asked by the nominating committee to serve on the Board of Deacons, Pete was both humbled and honored and felt it would be a privilege to help to serve God and his Kingdom in this way if chosen by the church body.