ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

We exist for the purpose of helping people come to know God personally and develop into mature followers of Jesus Christ.

 

OUR VISION

By God's grace the West Side Brethren in Christ Church will be a dynamic, growing fellowship of believers who worship and serve God passionately. We will provide quality Biblical teaching and discipleship opportunities, and promote fellowship and Biblical relationships within the community of faith. We will intentionally reach out to out local community for Christ and present a world vision of evangelism. We will strive to be relevant in style and provide a growth orientation through new and changing ministries, flexible structures, and visionary leadership, while maintaining spiritual integrity. Our source of wisdom and confidence will be the working of the Holy Spirit among us accessed by fervent prayer and active faith.

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Jesus Christ is the foundation of our values and beliefs.

 

A diverse family, we believe it's important to wrestle with the Bible together. Like all families, we interpret the world through a particular lens. For us, that lens is the person, teaching, and work of Jesus Christ.

 

Centered on Christ's example and grounded in our history, our values and beliefs prompt us to extend the Kingdom of God in our Communities and world. 

 

To learn more about the Brethren in Christ Core Values, Articles of Faith and Doctrine, and Positions, click learn more below. 

 

OUR HISTORY

The West Side Brethren in Christ Church began as a church plant of the Allegheny Conference in 1987 with Rev. Ed RIckman as founding Pastor. Soon an initial building was erected at the current location, 2665 Lincoln Way West, Chambersurg.


Pastor Rickman left in 1988 and was succeeded by Rev. Charles Lehman, who led the congragation for 13 years. The church experienced some growth during this time. Pastor Lehman retired in 2001 and was succeeded by Rev. James Sollenberger, who retired in 2019. The current  Pastor, W David Kent was installed in September 2020. 


The West Side congregation is affiliated with the Brethren in Christ Church, which grew out of a revival movement in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1780. The church has its roots in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan streams of theological thought. It is actively involved in church planting and missions, with many members overseas. 

MEET OUR STAFF

W. David Kent

Senior Pastor

W. David Kent, M.D., has  been the fulltime pastor at West Side BIC since Oct 1, 2019. Pastor Kent was called to the ministry at the Welsh Run Church of the Brethren, a free ministry or bivocational ministry church in 1985. He served as part of the ministry team there until 2004. To learn more about Pastor Dave, click on the "Bio" button below.

 

 

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Nathaniel Byers

Minister of Music

We are pleased to welcome Nathaniel Byers  as the Minister of Music here at West Side. He joined our staff in December 2021. To learn more about Nathaniel, click on the "Bio" button below.

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Ricky Neilsen

Youth Pastor

Ricky Neilsen joined our staff as Youth Pastor in October 2021. He, and his wife, Annie have valuable experience as youth group leaders, in missions trips, and in campus ministry. To learn more about Ricky, click on the "Bio" button below. 

 

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Paula Townsley

Church Administrative Assistant

Paula has attended West Side BIC church since 2018 and has been the Church Administrative Assistant since June 2022. To learn more about Paula, click on the "Bio" button below. 

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Join us on the journey as we

discover Christ together!