UPDATE November 18, 2021

The ballot distributed at Sunday’s congregational meeting created confusion related to the Deacon nominees. This confusion caused numerous members to believe they needed to select three (3) out of the five (5) Deacon nominees. The intent was to vote on three (3) new Deacon positions and two (2) second term Deacon positions. Therefore, Leadership believes it is prudent to conduct a revote to get an accurate assessment from the congregation. We will be holding a revote for the Deacon positions after the contemporary service on Sunday, December 5.

Committee positions were not impacted and therefore we are pleased to announce that Terrence Thomas was selected for the Property Committee and Carol Houseal for the Nominating Committee. Thank you for your understanding.


The 2021 Annual Congregational Meeting is Sunday, November 14, 2021 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 27, 2021 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:

  • Sunday, October 31 at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. in Room 33C
  • Sunday, November 7 via Zoom, 6:00 p.m. To join the meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3888460849. To participate via phone only, call 929-436-2866 then enter meeting ID: 388 846 0849

VOTING INFORMATION

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.

Nominees

NOMINATING COMMITTEE – 1 OPENING
Phoebe Bosma
Phoebe has been a member of Brandywine for seven years and has attended for 15. She has served on MOPS leadership, a Brandywine Kids teacher and substitute and VBS volunteer. Phoebe and her husband Boz have five children who are active in Brandywine Students and Brandywine Kids. She works for the family’s small business and teaches aquatics. Phoebe wants to serve as on the Nominating Committee because she wants to serve the Lord by helping people get connected where they are able to use their talents and gifts for His Kingdom.
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Carol Houseal
Carol has been a member of Brandywine for over 30 years. She has served on MOPS leadership, singles group leadership, sang with Worship Teams for 15 years and led adult small groups. Carol and her husband Tim have two college-age daughters. She works as a multi-media account executive. Carol wants to serve as on the Nominating Committee because she wants to assist in putting the best possible people in the right positions to serve where they will lead, grow and promote God’s love to those they come in contact with through their service.
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Current members who remain on the Nominating Committee are: Courtenay Brandt, Carrie Hayes, Bill Wilson and Kathleen Van Every. 
PROPERTY COMMITTEE – 1 OPENING
Adria Garhart
Adria has been a member of Brandywine for 17 years and has attended for 20. She has served in the singles ministry leadership, as a small group leader and currently serves on the missions committee. Adria works as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy. She wants to serve as on the Property Committee because she was told there was a need and wants to help if she can.
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Terrance Thomas
Terrance has been a member of Brandywine for 7 years and has attended for 11 years. He has served as a teacher in Brandywine Kids, as an usher and in re|engage. Terrance and his wife Maria have two children ages 10 and 7. He works as a customer outboarding specialist. Terrance wants to serve on the property committee to learn more about Brandywine and to assist where he can.
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Current member who remains on the Property Committee is: Tena Taylor. Up for reelection for an additional term are: Drew Biasotto and Peter Zuber.

PERSONNEL AND FINANCE COMMITTEES – NO OPENINGS

The Personnel Committee has no vacant positions to fill. The members of the Personnel Committee are: Jim Blosser, Kendra Young, Willie Mah and Steve Taylor.

The Finance Committee has no vacant positions to fill. The members of the Finance Committee are: Kevin Dombrowski, Kendal Hinmon, Elise Martin and Sam Waltz.

BOARD OF DEACONS

Meet the nominees for the Brandywine’s Board of Deacons.

BOARD OF DEACONS – 3 OPENINGS
Tim Cura
Tim has been a member of Brandywine for five years and has attended for 22 years. He has served as a teacher in Sunday Adult Classes, has been a member of the Nominating Committee and continues to serve on the Worship Team which he has done for 20 years. Tim and his wife Erica have two children who are active in Brandywine Students. He works as a corporate pilot for Air Products and Chemicals and is a pilot for the U.S. Army Reserves. Tim wants to serve as a Deacon to utilize the leadership skills with which God has blessed him. 
Steve Stirparo
Steve has been a member of Brandywine for over 20 years. He has served as a teacher to preschoolers on Sunday mornings and has participated as an actor in two of the children’s Christmas musicals. Steve and his wife Kathy have four adult children. He works as a personal injury and consumer bankruptcy attorney. Steve wants to serve as a Deacon because he enjoys helping others and wants to use the gifts God has given him to help further His Kingdom on earth.
photo of steve stirparo.
Chris Vincent
Chris has been a member of Brandywine for six years and has attended for 15. He serves as a member of the Worship Team and teaches in the kindergarten class on Sunday mornings. Chris and his wife Jenna have three daughters ages 2, 6 and 9. He works as a financial advisor. Chris wants to serve as a Deacon because he believes he is being called to serve God and Brandywine with humility, conviction, and passion.
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Current Deacons remaining on the board are: Tim Houseal, Mark Horne, Craig Montgomery, Ryan Hayes, Chris Miller, Brandon Ontjes, Roger Davis and Phil Woodworth. Up for reelection for an additional term is Willie Mah.