Circuit Riders are regionally based ministers who have been called to listen, encourage, and connect multivocational pastors. When a pastor enters the Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church Program, they will receive an in-person visit from one of these Circuit Riders, who will work to help pastors name and connect with specific resources that can support their ministry.
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.
Don Hubbell, York, Pennsylvania
Don served 37 years as an active pastor and continues to preach as pulpit supply. He has been married to his wife, Vivian for 42 years, and they share 4 children and 6 grandchildren Don looks forward to sharing and listening to any pastor that calls on him.
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.