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Jason Haldeman, Pastor

As the Minister of Faith Formation Jason Haldeman brings a passion for helping people of all ages to grow on their faith journey as individuals and as part of a larger community. Before Jason joined the pastoral staff at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren in 2016 he served for 15 Summers at Camp Swatara as a Counselor, Volunteer and Program Coordinator for summer camp activities. He earned his BA in History from University of La Verne and teaching certification from Millersville University. Jason is currently pursuing his theological education with Bethany Theological Seminary.

Jason has a passion for helping to cultivate a fun, exciting and loving community of people seeking to follow in the work of Christ. Jason and his wife Ashley are excited to be a part of the Elizabethtown Community. When they are not snuggled up with a good book they enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, hiking and camping.

 

“The only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness.” -Fred Rogers


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Greg Davidson Laszakovits, Pastor

What makes Greg tick? Jesus as prophet. Vibrant communities. Matters of peace and justice. And then letting the world’s cares and worries fade to the background while screaming downhill on his mountain bike. “Now, those are God moments!” he says.

Before E-town, Greg consulted church starts in Brazil and directed legislative affairs for the Church of the Brethren in Washington DC.  An Arizona native, he studied History and Political Science at Northern Arizona University, Peace Studies at Bethany Seminary (MDiv), and gave a year to volunteer service.

 

God is everywhere -- in the grand discovery of travel, in places where we are pushed out of our comfort zones, and in the most mundane moments with friends and strangers alike.

Follow Pastor Greg on Twitter (@PastorGregDL)


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Pam Reist, Pastor

Random Facts:
  • BA in Foreign Languages
  • School record as longest running girls’ basketball booster parent (11 contiguous high school years for four daughters)
  • Graduation from seminary and ordained at age 50!
  • Vice president of high school synchronized swimming team long before it was an Olympic sport

Pam hails from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Mount Joy in 1975 when she married  the third generation owner of Reist Popcorn Company.  Pam has been taught well everything she knows or ever wanted to know about the popability of that ever-popular and healthy snack.  Seriously.  Ask her.

Having joined the pastoral team in 2008, Pam loves serving with her colleagues in this diverse and welcoming congregation.  One of her passions is creating a meaningful worship experience that enables folks of all ages to encounter God.  Pam’s vision for the church is a community of radical disciples committed to follow Jesus’ way.

When she’s not studying or visiting, Pam can be found taking a walk with the baby of the family (Watson, a boxer mix)… or hiking or reading a good book or playing in the dirt (a.k.a. gardening)!

While traveling in India last year and meeting with beautiful women in that paradoxical land, Pam found new meaning in the greeting:

NAMASTE (the divine in me greets the divine in you).  May it be so.


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Josh Tindall, Pastor

What do you get when mix one part pastor, one part musician, one part educator and one part craziness – you get Josh Tindall. Josh has been an Etown native for over 20 years, having graduated from Etown High School in 1997. Josh went on pursue music and business degrees from Lebanon Valley College where he also serves as adjunct instructor of piano. At EtownCOB Josh enjoys the opportunity to combine his passions for music and ministry. If you listen closely enough you’ll probably hear him making some noise in the church most days either singing, playing the guitar, piano, organ, or drums or leading an ensemble group.

In his spare time Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, practicing music for hours on end, eating awesome food and sharing the company of friends.

Some fun facts:
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite thing to say: Enjoy!
  • Favorite Food: Soft Pretzels
  • A champion Monopoly player
  • Favorite quote,

If music be the food of love, play on.
-William Shakespeare


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Ron Bellamy, Handbell Choir Director

A Pennsylvania native, Ron joined the music staff in 2006.  Although he sings and plays clarinet and guitar, his obvious passion is enhancing Worship through handbell music.  His nearly 35 years of ringing experience have taken him to many states as a handbell clinician, conductor, and performer. He is the director of handbells at four Lancaster area churches, and works with approximately 60 ringers on a regular basis, teaching the importance of teamwork and cooperation in using 10-14 ringers to play one instrument (handbell set) well.


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Elizabeth Tindall, Keyboardist

Elizabeth Tindall joined the music staff as keyboardist and accompanist in the summer of 2013.  She is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and studied piano with Dr. Dennis Sweigart.  In addition to performing regularly as a recitalist and accompanist for various church events, Elizabeth also has a passion for teaching music.  She teaches private lessons in piano, flute, and voice. 
 
In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling with her husband Josh, spending time with her family and friends, and being outdoors.

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Crystal Crater, Office Administrator

Crystal graduated from Manheim Township High School and Lancaster County Career and Technology, Brownstown Campus in 1994, majoring in Graphic Arts. She comes to us with 23 years of experience in the printing and publishing industry, getting her start at Acorn Press for the first five years of her career. She moved to Elizabethtown in 1996 and began working for Continental Press in 1999 as a Layout Artist.

She and her husband Paul have been married for 18 years. Paul and Crystal have one son Dylan. Crystal is a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and enjoys volunteering in various children's programs and serves on several ministry teams. She is an avid dog lover and refers to Bindi, Riley, and Peanut as her "fur-babies." In her spare time she likes to read, play cards, watch movies, walk her dogs, and spend time with family and friends.

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Andrea E. Stoner Leaman, Administrative Assistant

Andrea joined the office staff as part-time Administrative Assistant in November 2015. She is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and Temple University. Prior to coming to ECOB, Andrea co-founded and directed a nonprofit that focuses on art & reuse. She appreciates ECOB’s philosophy and atmosphere. Andrea enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.


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Timothy Duncan, Facilities Manager

Tim is a graduate of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, AL having earned his B.A. in Christian Education. He has written various curricula and held several positions in Christian Education ministry. Tim has been employed as a camp director, being responsible for overall camp maintenance and coordination with groups renting the facility. He has carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills and enjoys outside work. After retiring from full time employment, Tim and his wife relocated from Virginia to Mount Joy to live close to family


 

Contact us

Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren
777 South Mount Joy Street
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
717-367-1000 Fax 717-367-6948
info@etowncob.org