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Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church Inquiry Form

Circuit Riders

We see you.  Your ministry is valuable and important.  Part-time and multivocational ministry is who we are as a denomination, and we are here for you.  Circuit Riders are in and among us.  They connect with pastors to make space for a mutually beneficial clergy-peer relationship offering spiritual support and an opportunity to connect.  They are available to answer questions about resources, to connect you with further support, or simply to listen to your story and walk alongside you.  Our number one priority is helping you thrive in your ministry setting.  Circuit Riders are available to visit in person or to form connections via Zoom or over the phone.  Click here to be connected to a Circuit Rider.

Spiritual Direction and Clergy Coaching

Spiritual Direction and Clergy Coaching is also available to part-time and multivocational pastors during 2022 as we maneuver through the shifts brought on by the global pandemic, changing ministry tide, and current denominational state.  Spiritual Direction is for anyone desiring a deeper awareness of and communion with God.  One engaged in Spiritual Direction is generally seeking self-understanding and spiritual growth sharing honestly how and where the Spirit of God is moving in your life.  Clergy Coaching offers a conversation partner as the coachee works toward a particular goal in their current or upcoming call.  One who engages in Clergy Coaching generally is exploring options, making changes, attempting to understand conflict, or in need of someone to hold them accountable to their professional goals.  Click here for more information about being connected with Spiritual Direction or Clergy Coaching.

Meet our Circuit Riders

Angela Carr, Floyd, Virginia.

Angela serves the full-time body of believers at Laurel Branch Church of the Brethren as part-time pastor. She has had the privilege of ministering there for the past 15 years, while continuously working full-time in secular positions in higher education and K-12 public education. She has first-hand experience successfully managing time and balancing demands in both roles. Angela is excited to join the Circuit Rider team! She looks forward to helping shape permanent ways to support and provide helpful growth & learning opportunities for multi-vocational pastors in the Church of the Brethren and supporting pastors and the churches they serve as we all seek to live out Ephesians 4:11-13 ” So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

John Fillmore, Caldwell, Idaho

John has been serving as pastor of the Nampa Church of the Brethren for 8 years. Prior to ministry, he had a career in construction, working as a finish carpenter and cabinet maker. As the church continues to find new ways to embody Christ in our culture, he believes the multi-vocational pastor will provide a vital and necessary bridge between the spiritual needs and the lived experiences in our communities of faith.

Keith Funk, Quinter, Kansas

Keith has served as an ordained minister since 1991, and as the pastor of the Quinter, Kansas Church of the Brethren for the last 21 years. He is excited for the opportunity to share encouragement and resources with multivocational pastors and congregations, and sees this work as building-up and building on who we are as a people of God in the Church of the Brethren in the 21st century.

Jan Largent, Muncie, Indiana

Jan has served in ministry since 1980 as a hospital chaplain, associate pastor, team pastor and mentor. In addition to her formal clergy roles, she also sees her role in her family – as parent, grandparent and caretaker for her own parents – as part of her vocation. One thing that excites her about the work of Circuit Rider is the opportunity to give back to local churches and pastors who formed her: “..for the local churches and pastors who loved me, helped mold me, for Sister Carrie who reminded me that I could not earn my salvation; for a local congregation having called me to ministry; for Bethany Theological Seminary who trained me for ministry (when women were just beginning to attend seminary); for the Church of the Brethren and all of the saints.

Erin Matteson, Modesto, California.

Erin spent nearly 25 years as a pastor in the Church of the Brethren before transitioning into more focused spiritual formation work as a spiritual director, retreat leader, writer and speaker. Part of her work also includes partnering with Joyce Rupp and others as a “Boundless Compassion Facilitator,” having been trained and certified in that program. Erin’s sense of call with these and other forms of ministry is to be creating safe space for deep listening and compassionate companionship… for the greening and growing, ripening and healing, of each one, and so all creation. As a Circuit Rider, she is excited about the opportunity to live into this call with pastors, other congregational leaders, and congregations as a whole.

Aida L. Sánchez, St. Cloud, Florida (serving nationally as the Spanish-lanuage Circuit Rider)

Aida is a multivocational pastor from the Atlantic Southeast District. She has been a member of Church of the Brethren since 2006 and currently serves as the co-pastor at Nuevo Comienzo Church of the Brethren. She is excited about being able to encourage and connect other pastors with resources that suit their ministry needs.

Ryan Braught, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Ryan is the church planting Pastor of the Veritas Community in Lancaster, PA. Along with his wife and kids, Ryan planted the Veritas Community in 2009. He has also served with the New and Renew Team of the denomination since 2016 in helping to coordinate the bi-annual New and Renew Conference, as well as help to train, resource, equip, and support church planting in the denotation. Ryan is the husband of Kim and father to Kaiden and Trinity. Ryan has a Bachelors of Science in Telecommunications from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Religion from Evangelical Theological Seminary. Besides his work with Veritas, Ryan lives to read, listen to music, watch movies, snowboard and spend time with his family.