Leadership & Staff
Get to know the leadership and staff at Brandywine. Our team is devoted to helping guide our community in Christ – in knowing Him, and helping them to grow in Him.
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Meet the Leadership Team
Nate Keeler is the Lead Pastor at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. Pastor Nate met his wife, Shannan, while at Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University). They have two children, Nathan and Aidan. Before being called as the Lead Pastor, Pastor Nate was an investment advisor in Washington D.C. for two years and on staff at McLean Bible Church in Northern Virginia for eight years. He received his Masters in Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. Nate’s greatest ministry passions are helping people experience changed lives by Christ, preaching the Word, equipping the church to serve one another and to be on mission for Christ. Other interests include the Philadelphia Eagles, the outdoors, Ocean City, NJ and spending time with family and friends.
Todd Johnson is the Executive Pastor at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. Pastor Todd and his wife, Kaely, met while studying at Cairn University. They have two children, Ella and Ethan. Prior to serving as the Executive Pastor, Pastor Todd served as a Pastor in Colorado for a total of 13 years, both as a Lead Pastor and a Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries. He received his Masters of Science in Christian Counseling degree from Cairn University. Todd’s greatest ministry passion is helping individuals and families cultivate their discipleship to Christ. His other interests include watching English Premier League Soccer; hiking with his family; learning about ancient people and contexts; and exercising.
Pastor of Students and Adult Christian Education
Matthew McNutt is the Student and Adult Christian Education Pastor. Pastor Matthew, his wife, Heather, and four boys, Micah, Caleb, Noah, and Zachary, came to Brandywine from Maine. He grew up as a missionary kid attending schools in Boliva, South America and Matlock Bath, England. Pastor Matthew received his Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Youth Ministry and History from Gordon College.
Pastor of Church Mobilization and Groups
Terry Foester is the Pastor of Church Mobilization and Groups. Pastor Terry and his wife, Libby, met in high school and recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. They have four children, Eli, Eden, Silas and Mercy. Prior to Brandywine, Terry served as an Associate Pastor at Sycamore Hill Church for over 10 years. He also has 10 years of experience as a professional Civil Engineer. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering; from Missio Seminary with a Masters in Missional Theology; and from Northern Seminary with a Masters in Worship Arts. Terry’s life mission is to help the church spread the Kingdom to new places, new hearts, and to the dark corners of our world…and to travel deeply with people along the way. His other interests include attending live concerts, playing guitar or golf, traveling, hiking, and hanging out with family and friends.
Director, Children’s Ministry
Kristi Pullig, the Director of Children’s Ministry, grew up at Bethany Baptist Church in Newport, Delaware and attended Wilmington Christian School. She attended Messiah College earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In 2015 Kristi earned a Masters in Christian Ministry from Liberty University. Kristi, her husband, Mike, and daughter Katherine enjoy working and helping in the Children’s Ministry.
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Meet the Staff
Karen Douglas: Executive Assistant
Karen Douglas is the Executive Assistant for the Lead Pastor and Executive Pastor, Church Clerk and supports Worship Arts. Karen grew up at Brandywine and attended Wilmington Christian School. She left to obtain a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University with Concentrations in Music, Youth and Psychology. She also has a certificate in Christian Ministry at the Masters level from Liberty. Karen and her husband, Matt, came back to Brandywine in 2000 and she began working on staff in 2004.
Len Armstrong: Manager, Business
Len Armstrong is the Pastoral Assistant for Finance & Facilities. A graduate of Philadelphia College of the Bible (now Cairn University), Len has served as the Pastoral Assistant of Administration, handling administrative and financial aspects for the church as well as overseeing facility management, since 1999. Len and his wife, Heather, have three children — Cassie, Jeremy, and Jesse — and four grandchildren: Tyler, Justin, Aubrey, and Maddie.
Marty Marcus: Manager, Facility
Marty Marcus is the Facilities Manager. He oversees the 72,000 square foot facility and its staff. Marty started in the building trade in high school before attending Central College in McPherson, KS, a Christian trade school. Prior to starting at BVBC in 2015, Marty has always been employed in the building trades one way or another. Marty and his wife Kelly, met at a church picnic in Wilmington in 1980. They have two daughters, Mindy and husband Nate Brown, live in Chattanooga, TN with their three children, Tori, Wes and (little) Phil. Megan lives in sunny Tucson, AZ.
Melissa Stein: Pastoral Assistant, Students
Melissa Stein, the Pastoral Assistant for Students, grew up at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church and is a third generation member. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Religion from Liberty University. Melissa & her husband, Seth, have two beautiful children named Haley and Jason.
Rochelle Anderson: Pastoral Assistant, Children
Rochelle Anderson is the Pastoral Assistant for Children’s Ministry. She and her husband, Steve, have three children, Rebekah, Steven, and Jacob. She has a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Elementary Education and a minor in Urban Specialization MS in Christian Counseling.
Regina Ontjes: Traditional Worship Coordinator
Regina Ontjes, the Traditional Worship Coordinator, came to Brandywine from Atlanta, Georgia. She has a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and studied voice and music ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her husband, Gene, as well as two sons, daughters-in-love and grandchildren, reside in Pennsylvania.
LC Sayadian: Connections Assistant
LC Sayadian is the Connections Assistant at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. She has served the Lord since she was a teenager. LC has a degree in accounting. She and her husband, Sherak, moved to Delaware in 2009 from Connecticut. They have attended the church since 2017.
Cassie Armstrong: Administrative Assistant, Children/Connections/Communications
Cassie Armstrong, the Administrative Assistant for Children’s, Connections and Communications, grew up at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church and attended Victory Christian School in Williamstown, NJ. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Delaware. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.
Laura Van Hees: Administrative Assistant, Groups/Mobilization/re|engage
Laura Van Hees is the Administrative Assistant for Groups, re|engage and Mobilization. She has over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development. Laura and her husband, Hans, have five children: a teenager and four young adults. Prior to joining Brandywine, Laura spent more than three years living in Switzerland while her husband was on a work assignment.
Michelle Rush: Administrative Assistant, Students/ Adult Classes/Global Missions
Michelle Rush is the Administrative Assistant for Students, Adult Classes and Global Missions. She, her husband DeWayne and their two daughters have attended BVBC since 2013. A native of North Carolina, she has lived in Wilmington, Delaware since 2006. Michelle brings experience in grant writing, office administration and church ministry to this position. She earned a Bachelors from Western Carolina University.
Christy Lapp: Manager, Communications
Christy Lapp is the Communications Manager at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Christy is responsible for all the church’s communications and marketing activities. With over 20 years marketing experience in the B2B and B2C worlds, she brings a different perspective to church communications. She and her husband, Tom, volunteered with the church’s Tech Teams for over 15 years.
Christian DeLaCuba: Technical Director
Christian DeLaCuba is our Technical Director. He graduated in Spring 2021 from Liberty University with a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Music: Recording, Engineering, & Producing with a primary in drums/percussion. While studying at Liberty University, Christian did studio and live production work with students, ensembles and Nashville artists. He also played drums for two years on a traveling ministry team while at Liberty. His passion is to play and produce for studios, Broadway and Disney/Pixar.
Meri Wheeler: Nursery Coordinator
Meri Wheeler is the Nursery Coordinator. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and has been a part of a Baptist church her entire life. Growing up, she served in children’s ministries on Sunday mornings. Before moving to Delaware, she managed salons for a homegrown company in Columbus. Since moving to Delaware, Meri became involved with local animal rescues, is the MOPS Kids Coordinator and is a preschool teacher at Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool. She also loves to bake. Meri and her husband Ryan have two children: Zacary and Caleb.
Shannan Keeler: Childcare Coordinator
Shannan Keeler is our Childcare Coordinator. She has always been passionate about working with children. Shannan earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and was a 1st grade teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia prior to staying at home to raise her children. She is currently involved at Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool as a substitute teacher and also substitutes at Wilmington Christian School. Shannan also serves as a volunteer preschool teacher on Sunday mornings in Brandywine Kids as well as being a small group leader for 8th grade girls in our Student Ministry. Shannan and her husband Nate have two children: Nathan and Aidan.
Deacons and Committees
Spiritual and overall administrative leadership at Brandywine is provided by the Ministry Leadership Team, currently consisting of pastors and directors, in conjunction with a 12-man Board of Deacons. The Board of Deacons serve a three-year term. The current board of deacons are:
- Christopher Miller, Chairman
- Craig Montgomery, Vice Chairman
- Tim Cura
- Roger Davis
- Ryan Hayes
- Mark Horne
- Tim Houseal
- Willie Mah
- Brandon Ontjes
- Steve Stirparo
- Chris Vincent
- Phil Woodworth
Supporting the church leadership are four permanent committees. Members serve a two-year term which begins in January. The committees are: Nominating, Personnel, Finance and Property. Some of the responsibilities of each Committee are listed below.
The Nominating Committee presents candidates for consideration for a Committee or the Board of Deacons.
The Personnel Committee develops personnel policies and procedures; reviews personnel policies and procedures; work with the Administrator to maintain a competitive compensation structure for all Church Staff; and oversee the annual staff performance review process.
The Finance Committee develops financial policies and procedures; reviews the financial management and risk management policies; monitors cash flow; works with the Administrator to prepare the annual budget, recommend unbudgeted expenditures, or transfer of funds above specified authorization limits; oversee the team of volunteers who assist with the weekly counting and depositing of receipts; and ensures an independent audit or accounting review is performed annually.
The Property Committee develops and presents property policies and procedures; reviews property management policies annually; manage all real property and tangible assets of the Church; provide for the regular maintenance and upkeep of the properties and facilities of the Church; and develop long-term plans for facilities needs and make recommendations.
To learn more about these committees or to express interest in serving on one of these committees, please contact Karen Douglas.