Tim Gibson
Senior Pastor
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Tim was raised in a Christian home in Guymon, Oklahoma where he was saved at the age of 9.  His early years were greatly impacted by many godly men who encouraged him to be an intern both in his high school and college years.  It was at the University of Oklahoma where Tim’s spiritual growth matured as he served as a Discipleship/Bible study leader in the men’s dorms for five consecutive years while getting his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1992.  Tim went on to get a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1994.

Tim always hoped that the Lord would call him into ministry.  Until that call came, he served as an Industrial Hygienist for an environmental consulting firm in Shreveport, La.  It was at his local church, Springs of Grace Baptist Church under his former pastor Rex Blankenship that Tim’s call to full-time ministry came.   Springs of Grace asked Tim to pray about being the youth pastor to which he accepted, sensing the Lord’s leading and the Church’s confirmation of his gifting.  Tim served as full-time youth pastor for two years and was ordained in August of 1998.

Tim went to Dallas Seminary and received a Master of Theology in 2002.  At the same time, he accepted a call to be the Senior Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Tx, where he served for 11 years.  The Lord was faithful in those years growing the Church, saving the lost, and developing Tim’s passion for preaching and a commitment to sound doctrine.  Tim went to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky to develop his skills in expository preaching graduating in December 2011 with his Doctor of Ministry degree.

Tim has been married to his best friend Julie since 1993.  The Lord has blessed their family with four incredible children:  Hannah, Abram, Callie, and Hudson.  Tim and his family moved from Texas to Pennsylvania in July 2012 to be the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church.  Tim is excited and trusting the Lord for His grace to lead Ebenezer Bible to be a place of biblical truth, a place of genuine love and a place where broken sinners can come and experience the love and saving power of Jesus Christ!

Jeremy Harkins
Worship Pastor & College Ministry
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Jeremy is a gifted musician in the areas of vocals, guitar, and piano. He started playing the guitar during his freshman year of college and has been hooked ever since. In 2005 he graduated from Grace College and Theological Seminary with bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Marketing. He has previously been a Worship Leader at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church, the Director of Praise & Worship at Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, the Worship Leader (and counselor/director) at several youth camps and outreach events, and the lead vocalist/guitarist for a traveling band in college. He became the Worship Pastor at Ebenezer BFC in February 2015. Jeremy has been married since 2011 to Lindsay and they have three children: Luke, Livy, and Aspen. Jeremy’s heart is in music ministry and he is especially focused on helping train young men to lead well. He is so thankful for the extravagance of God’s grace for giving him these abilities. To Him be all glory and praise.

Mike Notary:
Pastor of Discipleship
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Growing up in a Christian home Mike was exposed to the Gospel from a young age. Church and faith were an essential part of his family’s life. Despite sitting under the preaching of God’s Word, being involved in numerous ministries in college, and serving as a volunteer youth leader, he didn’t fully surrender His life to Christ until age 24. Mike rejoices that it is only by God’s grace and His Holy Spirit that he brings anything of eternal value to ministry.

Mike attended Springfield College in Springfield, MA where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Upon graduating college Mike took a teaching position to at-risk youth in the Bethlehem Area School District. His time at Liberty High School solidified his passion to serve youth and impact their lives. God called him into vocational ministry as the Youth Director at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Center Valley, PA. While serving the youth at Cornerstone Mike received his MDiv from Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. To this day he declares that a complete act of God!

After serving youth for 7 years Mike stepped out of his role at Cornerstone and pursued contracting work while waiting on God’s call back into ministry. The Lord faithfully called Mike to serve as the Youth Pastor at Ebenezer Bible Fellowship in the summer of 2017, and he became our Pastor of Discipleship in the summer of 2021.

Mike is blessed to be married to his beautiful wife Jenn whom he met at Cornerstone through the young adult ministry. They married in 2008 and are blessed with 4 children, Seth, Mark, Nate, and Wynn.

Josh Von Holt
Youth Pastor

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Josh loves playing the guitar, enjoying the outdoors, and playing sports, especially baseball. He grew up in a Christian household with two older brothers and was exposed to the preaching of the Gospel at a young age. He made a profession of faith when he was 11 years old by praying the “sinner’s prayer.” But, there was no evidence in his life that he had been born again. Josh’s love for baseball, which he began playing from a young age, also began to grow, even to the point where he now says it became an idol in his life. He missed several Sundays at church because of baseball tournaments. At the age of 17, Josh was invited to go on a short-term mission trip to Costa Rica with Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship church where his older brother is a Youth Pastor. It was on this trip, and through reading the book of Romans, that God exposed Josh’s counterfeit faith and truly called him to Himself. God opened his eyes to his own sinfulness and desperate need for Jesus Christ. It was then that Josh truly repented of his sin and placed his faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ alone to save him.

After the mission trip in Costa Rica, Josh spent a lot of time in prayer and meditation on the Word of God. He decided to quit playing baseball as it was an idol in his life that he wanted to eliminate. He also began to have a strong desire to serve in youth ministry. After a lot of prayer, time in the Word, and conversations with others in his church, it became more clear that this is what God was calling him to. He began to help lead the youth ministry at his church in New York at the end of 2017. Shortly thereafter, the church decided to make him the primary leader of the youth ministry where he taught weekly and discipled students. The Lord began to open additional opportunities for Josh through two summer internships at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church and preaching opportunities at other churches in New York. Along with the great experience he has in youth ministry, Josh also desires to begin earning an MDiv. in biblical and theological studies online as soon as possible.

Josh got engaged in September of 2021 to Megan and they are looking to get married after she graduates from DeSales University in May 2022. They met at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church as Josh and his family would come to visit his brother often. Both Josh and Megan went on the Costa Rica mission trip in 2017 and to Cross Conference in 2019. It was after Cross Conference that they began to talk more and then they officially started dating a few months later. Josh is truly thankful and full of joy to one day marry his best friend.

Marcus Brunstetter
Community Outreach Coordinator
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Church has always been a part of my life. Though it wasn’t until I was a young adult that I truly understood the weight of my sin and my need for a Savior. From that moment I began to immerse myself in God’s Word and began learning all I could. I have always had a love for evangelism along with teaching and training others to understand the doctrines contained within scripture. I am serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator and working with Men’s Ministry, Evangelism, and Adult Electives. I am excited to be able to serve Ebenezer in these roles. I have been married to my wife Diandra since 2009.  We have two children, Jordan and Evie.

Kristy Hard
Office Assistant
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Kristy was blessed to be able to join the Ebenezer staff as an office assistant in September of 2018. She was raised in a Christian home in the Philadelphia area before moving up to the Lehigh Valley after her marriage in 1995. She and her husband, Mike, have been members of Ebenezer since 2015, and have been blessed with four amazing kids. She is grateful to be able to serve the Lord and the body of Christ by helping in the office here at Ebenezer!

Heather Hunsberger
Youth Assistant and Worship Assistant
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Heather grew up in a Christian home near Bath, PA. She attended Ohio University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications. After college, she returned to the Lehigh Valley and began a 10-year career with a telecom company in NJ. Heather first came to Ebenezer in the Spring of 2003 when a friend invited her to come play ultimate frisbee. Shortly after that, she began attending church here weekly and became part of the youth group staff and worship team. Heather joined the full-time staff at Ebenezer in June 2007 as the administrative assistant for the Worship and Youth Ministries.

Robbin Hunsberger
Office Administrator
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Robbin grew up in the Lehigh Valley in a loving Christian home. She earned a Culinary Degree from the Culinary Institute of America, and worked as a professional chef for 15 years in Christian Camps and Restaurants in the Poconos, New York State, and Colorado.  In addition to cooking and managing kitchens, she also filled the roles of Graphic Designer and Web Administrator at the Christian camps.  Many of these skills were transferable and in 2005 joined the staff at Ebenezer as the Office Administrator.  She is glad to be back in her home town with friends and family and is grateful for the opportunities for genuine fellowship, Biblical teaching, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and biking. She is also passionate about church planting and “Business as Mission” and spends a lot of her spare time supporting these ministries.

Kevin Kritzberger
Facilities Manager
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Kevin was born in Abington, Pennsylvania and spent most of his younger years in the Valley Forge area.  He attended Chapel Christian Academy until his sophomore year when his family relocated to the Lehigh Valley due to a job change by his father.  He then went to Northwestern Lehigh where he graduated from in 1989.  It was there that Kevin’s experience in the Christian school really became evident because he was able to apply the principles that he learned about being a Christian to be a witness to others in the public school.

After graduation he attended Lehigh County Community College for two years but God was calling him to work at Equipto, which is a manufacturing company in Tatamy, Pa.  It was there that he was able to be a witness and lead several co-workers to Christ.  He spent 12 years there where he eventually became the Logistics Administrator for the Company.

In January of 2006, God began to work in Kevin’s heart and he felt that God was calling him into a new career.  It was during that month that Kevin began a new chapter in his life when he accepted the position as Facilities Manager here at our church.  He has been a member here since 1990.  He currently serves on the Deacon Board as the Activities Chairman and also serves on the Benevolence, Property, Transportation, and Liaison Committees.

He has been married to his wife Sharon since 1994 and they have a daughter named Alyssa.

Jennifer Schanely
Children’s Ministry Director
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Jennifer was blessed to grow up in a Christian home in Appleton, Wisconsin. She remembers hearing the gospel at a young age, and her parents tell her of how she responded and asked Jesus to be her Savior. Jennifer grew in her faith in middle school and high school and desired to go to a school that would allow her to study both the Bible and music, so she attended Moody Bible Institute. Jennifer met her husband Travis there while he was studying missionary aviation. She graduated with a BA in Church music, and Jennifer and Travis married in 2000.

Jennifer and Travis served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua, New Guinea from 2005-2008 where Travis flew as a missionary pilot and Jennifer served in the missionary kids’ school as a registrar and also assisted in the high school choir by accompanying. Their daughter Alyssa was born in Australia during their time there. As their term was ending, they both felt the Lord calling them back to the States to be a witness to people in their own culture. In 2009 Jennifer & Travis moved to Virginia where Travis worked as a pilot, and their daughter Kaitlyn was born.

In 2016 Travis and Jennifer moved to Pennsylvania, and chose Ebenezer Bible Fellowship church as their church home. Jennifer got involved serving on the worship team, and at Awana. Travis and Jennifer became members in 2017, and in 2018 Jennifer joined the church staff.

Jennifer feels like the Lord has been calling her towards children’s ministry for a while. As a teen, Jennifer loved teaching 5 day clubs (backyard Bible clubs for kids in their neighborhoods), and then later she volunteered at VBS, taught Sunday school, led children in worship in children’s church, and taught piano lessons to children. She has always had a heart for children and is excited to share the love of Jesus with children and their families. Children are a blessing from the Lord! We hope that your kids will feel welcomed and loved at Ebenezer while being changed by the transforming power of the Gospel!

Laura Sommons
Women’s Ministry
Coordinator
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Laura has been a member of Ebenezer’s staff since July 2011. She and her husband Shawn have been members of the church since 1992. Over the years at Ebenezer, Laura has had the privilege of serving on women’s ministry teams, and attending and leading women’s Bible studies. As she felt God leading her to move more into the lives of women and decided to wait patiently on Him, she is grateful for the opportunity to serve as Women’s Ministry Coordinator. She has a sincere love for the women inside and outside of her church family. Her heart’s desire is that women would not only know the Word of God, but that God delights in them. Zephaniah 3:17. Her most important calling has been that of being a mother. Laura and Shawn have been blessed with three beautiful girls.