GET TO KNOW OUR LEADERSHIP

Our staff isn’t perfect, but we serve a perfect God. Together, we are fully committed to influence people to find and follow Jesus.

Executive Leadership Team

Joe Duke

Joe Duke

Senior Pastor

Joe and his wife Tricia live in Westminster. When he’s not visiting his family in North Carolina, you can usually find him visiting his family in Colorado. He loves hiking and ph...Read More

Joe Duke

Joe Duke

Senior Pastor

Joe and his wife Tricia live in Westminster. When he’s not visiting his family in North Carolina, you can usually find him visiting his family in Colorado. He loves hiking and photography, especially at the same time. He’s passionate about influencing people to find and follow Jesus.

Mike Palmer

Mike Palmer

Pastor of Care

Mike, his wife Lisa, son Michael, Jr. and their boxer Flash live in Owings Mills. When he’s not serving at LifePoint, you can usually find him playing golf or coaching his son’...Read More

Mike Palmer

Mike Palmer

Pastor of Care

Mike, his wife Lisa, son Michael, Jr. and their boxer Flash live in Owings Mills. When he’s not serving at LifePoint, you can usually find him playing golf or coaching his son’s baseball team. He loves watching movies based on real events and documentaries. He usually eats healthy meals but has a really hard time resisting mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Joe Paschal

Joe Paschal

Pastor of Ministries & Small Groups

Joe and his wife Becky are proud parents of three wonderful children. He graduated from Asbury University (where he and Becky met), and from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to Life...Read More

Joe Paschal

Joe Paschal

Pastor of Ministries & Small Groups

Joe and his wife Becky are proud parents of three wonderful children. He graduated from Asbury University (where he and Becky met), and from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to LifePoint, Joe worked with World Relief, English Language Institute/China, and The Salvation Army. He and his wife also worked in China for two years. Joe volunteers with International Justice Mission in the movement to end modern slavery, and he loves mobilizing believers to participate in tangible ways to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When he’s not at work, he can often be found mountain biking or eating barbecue.

Nina Southan

Nina Southan

Operations Director

Born and raised in Maryland, Nina attended Towson University and has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years (yes, she started when she was 4).  Married to Eric, they have a t...Read More

Nina Southan

Nina Southan

Operations Director

Born and raised in Maryland, Nina attended Towson University and has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years (yes, she started when she was 4).  Married to Eric, they have a total of four kids in various states on the East Coast.  Nina absolutely loves lake life, decorating and planning events.  She also likes to ponder life’s greatest conundrums, such as why we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway.

Weekend Experience Team

Drew Wagner

Drew Wagner

Worship Pastor

Drew and his wife Melissa and their four crazy and adorable kids live in Hampstead, MD.  When he’s not at church running our Weekend teams or at home mixing in to the life of a ...Read More

Drew Wagner

Drew Wagner

Worship Pastor

Drew and his wife Melissa and their four crazy and adorable kids live in Hampstead, MD.  When he’s not at church running our Weekend teams or at home mixing in to the life of a family of six he can be found playing golf or sipping a good cup of coffee outside somewhere quiet.  A graduate of Liberty University, he loves to spend time with the people of our church and of our community.

Andrew Muth

Andrew Muth

Production Director

Andrew has been part of LifePoint for many years. As a volunteer, he joined the worship team in 2010 and began leading the stage design team in 2012. In March 2016, he joined our s...Read More

Andrew Muth

Andrew Muth

Production Director

Andrew has been part of LifePoint for many years. As a volunteer, he joined the worship team in 2010 and began leading the stage design team in 2012. In March 2016, he joined our staff. He is passionate about empowering volunteers to tackle tasks and serve projects they didn’t think they could before. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, painting, and making jewelry.

Kesia Pereira

Kesia Pereira

Weekend Coordinator

Kesia lives in Eldersburg, Maryland after joining the LifePoint family from Boca Raton, Florida. She graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida with a B.S. in Lega...Read More

Kesia Pereira

Kesia Pereira

Weekend Coordinator

Kesia lives in Eldersburg, Maryland after joining the LifePoint family from Boca Raton, Florida. She graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida with a B.S. in Legal Studies. When she is not making our weekend services amazing you can usually find her playing her guitar, singing a tune, eating some Chipotle or drinking some good coffee.

Jeff Richards

Jeff Richards

Audio Tech

Jeff and his wife Tammy live in Sykesville. He was a volunteer on our sound team for more than ten years before coming on staff part-time. When he’s not making everyone sound ama...Read More

Jeff Richards

Jeff Richards

Audio Tech

Jeff and his wife Tammy live in Sykesville. He was a volunteer on our sound team for more than ten years before coming on staff part-time. When he’s not making everyone sound amazing, he’s busy running his two companies, a computer sales and service company and a sound production and recording studio. In his spare time, he enjoys buying and restoring old vintage electronics, restoring old cars and collecting historic vehicles and race cars.

Care Team

Mike Palmer

Mike Palmer

Pastor of Care

Mike, his wife Lisa, son Michael, Jr. and their boxer Flash live in Owings Mills. When he’s not serving at LifePoint, you can usually find him playing golf or coaching his son’...Read More

Mike Palmer

Mike Palmer

Pastor of Care

Mike, his wife Lisa, son Michael, Jr. and their boxer Flash live in Owings Mills. When he’s not serving at LifePoint, you can usually find him playing golf or coaching his son’s baseball team. He loves watching movies based on real events and documentaries. He usually eats healthy meals but has a really hard time resisting mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Teresa Sturm

Teresa Sturm

Care Coordinator

Teresa and her husband Craig live in Mount Airy in their almost empty nest. They have two sons, Nick and Grant and a Princess Diva dog, Kinsey, who rules the roost. Teresa loves ha...Read More

Teresa Sturm

Teresa Sturm

Care Coordinator

Teresa and her husband Craig live in Mount Airy in their almost empty nest. They have two sons, Nick and Grant and a Princess Diva dog, Kinsey, who rules the roost. Teresa loves having fun, hanging out, talking and laughing with her family and friends. She has a background in social work, is known to know everyone around town and has never met a stranger. Teresa is passionate about connecting with people, eating peanut butter cups, listening to music & podcasts, writing and reading good books.

Family Life Team

Ryan Dilworth

Ryan Dilworth

Student Ministries Director

Ryan and his wife, Ally, live in Hampstead, MD. When he’s not at LifePoint, you can find him spending time with friends, fishing, or at a car show. Ryan is passionate about leade...Read More

Ryan Dilworth

Ryan Dilworth

Student Ministries Director

Ryan and his wife, Ally, live in Hampstead, MD. When he’s not at LifePoint, you can find him spending time with friends, fishing, or at a car show. Ryan is passionate about leadership and is wrapping up his Biblical and Theological Studies degree this fall.

Nick Kortises

Nick Kortises

Student Ministries Coordinator

Nick lives in Hampstead, MD with his wife Sarah, their two dogs (Louie & Rilee), and their cat (BB8). Outside of LifePoint, Nick is either coaching football, playing softball, ...Read More

Nick Kortises

Nick Kortises

Student Ministries Coordinator

Nick lives in Hampstead, MD with his wife Sarah, their two dogs (Louie & Rilee), and their cat (BB8). Outside of LifePoint, Nick is either coaching football, playing softball, or relaxing at home. He is also currently working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Education to be a High School teacher.

Now Hiring! Student Ministries Admin

Now Hiring! Student Ministries Admin

Student Ministries Admin
Amy Weisgerber

Amy Weisgerber

LPKids Director

Amy has been at LifePoint for over 20 years and started serving in LPKids 18 years ago! She is a follower of Jesus, a wife to Brian, a mom to Karis, Ethan, Kelyn and Andrew. She’...Read More

Amy Weisgerber

Amy Weisgerber

LPKids Director

Amy has been at LifePoint for over 20 years and started serving in LPKids 18 years ago! She is a follower of Jesus, a wife to Brian, a mom to Karis, Ethan, Kelyn and Andrew. She’s passionate about challenging parents to step into their calling as the primary disciplers of their kids and about challenging kids to know, love and serve our amazing God and others. She loves spending time with her family, enjoying snow days and reading good books. She sees nothing wrong with cheap coffee.

Kristen Staggers

Kristen Staggers

LPKids Nursery Coordinator

Kristen grew up as a missionary kid in West Africa from the ages of 4-18.  She and her husband Mike have two teenagers. They started attending LifePoint 14 years ago partly becaus...Read More

Kristen Staggers

Kristen Staggers

LPKids Nursery Coordinator

Kristen grew up as a missionary kid in West Africa from the ages of 4-18.  She and her husband Mike have two teenagers. They started attending LifePoint 14 years ago partly because their daughter loved the Nursery and kept asking to go back to “the church with the little potty.”  Kristen loves reading, podcasts, coffee and hanging out at the horse farm where her daughter rides.

Now Hiring! LPKids Preschool Coordinator

Now Hiring! LPKids Preschool Coordinator

LPKids Preschool Coordinator
Now Hiring! LPKids Preschool Coordinator

Now Hiring! LPKids Preschool Coordinator

LPKids Preschool Coordinator
Brooke Speulstra

Brooke Speulstra

LPKids Elementary Coordinator

Brooke and her husband, Ken, live in Westminster and have attended LifePoint for 17+ years. She is a homeschooling mom to Ryan, Rachael, Jack and Jason.  When she isn’t teaching...Read More

Brooke Speulstra

Brooke Speulstra

LPKids Elementary Coordinator

Brooke and her husband, Ken, live in Westminster and have attended LifePoint for 17+ years. She is a homeschooling mom to Ryan, Rachael, Jack and Jason.  When she isn’t teaching algebra and writing at their co-op, she can be found driving kids to soccer, volleyball and youth events. She enjoys camping, taking cross-country trips and all things Operation Christmas Child!

Keli Houle

Keli Houle

LPKids 4th/5th Coordinator

Keli has been married to Brent for 20+ years and is a mom of four teens and one preteen: Avery, Lydia, Audrey, Charlotte and Abbott. She has a marketing background as well as being...Read More

Keli Houle

Keli Houle

LPKids 4th/5th Coordinator

Keli has been married to Brent for 20+ years and is a mom of four teens and one preteen: Avery, Lydia, Audrey, Charlotte and Abbott. She has a marketing background as well as being COO of Houle-igans, Inc. for 15 years and counting. She is passionate about family time and helping people recognize that time is fleeting, so have fun with, invest in and be present for your kids! In her spare time (what spare time? 5 kids!) she likes to garden, read, bike, hike and cook.

Cheryl Durgin

Cheryl Durgin

LPKids Admin

Cheryl, Troy (husband), and Daniel (son) are familiar faces around LifePoint.  You may have seen them sporting matching LifePoint T-shirts as they greet you at the door.  Cheryl ...Read More

Cheryl Durgin

Cheryl Durgin

LPKids Admin

Cheryl, Troy (husband), and Daniel (son) are familiar faces around LifePoint.  You may have seen them sporting matching LifePoint T-shirts as they greet you at the door.  Cheryl and Troy are celebrating twenty years of marriage and twenty-five years as part of the LifePoint family.  A learning specialist and volunteer I.F.O.C. Chaplain, Cheryl is thrilled to be supporting the LPKids team in their mission to come alongside families and children to share Christ’s love for them.  In her spare time, you can find Cheryl dancing to her favorite tunes, reading, traveling, and kayaking.

Sandy McCann

Sandy McCann

Interim HUGS (Special Needs) Director

Sandy,  her husband John, and their son Sean live in Westminster.  When she's not at LIfePoint, you can find Sandy hugging her grandchildren, hiking with Sean or attempting to tr...Read More

Sandy McCann

Sandy McCann

Interim HUGS (Special Needs) Director

Sandy,  her husband John, and their son Sean live in Westminster.  When she's not at LIfePoint, you can find Sandy hugging her grandchildren, hiking with Sean or attempting to transplant wild flowers to her garden that she finds on the side of the road -- sometimes successful, sometimes not,  but so much fun to try!

Ministry Team

Joe Paschal

Joe Paschal

Pastor of Ministries & Small Groups

Joe and his wife Becky are proud parents of three wonderful children. He graduated from Asbury University (where he and Becky met), and from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to Life...Read More

Joe Paschal

Joe Paschal

Pastor of Ministries & Small Groups

Joe and his wife Becky are proud parents of three wonderful children. He graduated from Asbury University (where he and Becky met), and from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to LifePoint, Joe worked with World Relief, English Language Institute/China, and The Salvation Army. He and his wife also worked in China for two years. Joe volunteers with International Justice Mission in the movement to end modern slavery, and he loves mobilizing believers to participate in tangible ways to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When he’s not at work, he can often be found mountain biking or eating barbecue.

Shelba Uhrin

Shelba Uhrin

Outreach Coordinator

Shelba has been married to Dave for many years and they have three daughters. She spent a number of years working with individuals with developmental disabilities after receiving h...Read More

Shelba Uhrin

Shelba Uhrin

Outreach Coordinator

Shelba has been married to Dave for many years and they have three daughters. She spent a number of years working with individuals with developmental disabilities after receiving her B.S. in Bible and Family Ministry from Lancaster Bible College. She enjoys traveling to North Carolina to spend time with her grandkids (and their parents) and participating in spin (cycle) classes. She loves to visit different vineyards to catch up with friends, be outside and visit beautiful new places and, of course, taste great wine.

Jean Chambers

Jean Chambers

Executive Assistant

Jean retired in 2017 after working for a health insurance company for 37 years.  She was born in Baltimore and currently resides in Littlestown, PA.  Jean loves to travel locally...Read More

Jean Chambers

Jean Chambers

Executive Assistant

Jean retired in 2017 after working for a health insurance company for 37 years.  She was born in Baltimore and currently resides in Littlestown, PA.  Jean loves to travel locally as well as internationally, spending two weeks in Sarasota, Florida every fall.  She has been skydiving and has flown a plane.  Besides taking care of her home, she enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.

Operations Team

Nina Southan

Nina Southan

Operations Director

Born and raised in Maryland, Nina attended Towson University and has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years (yes, she started when she was 4).  Married to Eric, they have a t...Read More

Nina Southan

Nina Southan

Operations Director

Born and raised in Maryland, Nina attended Towson University and has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years (yes, she started when she was 4).  Married to Eric, they have a total of four kids in various states on the East Coast.  Nina absolutely loves lake life, decorating and planning events.  She also likes to ponder life’s greatest conundrums, such as why we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway.

Missy Rodriguez

Missy Rodriguez

Finance Director

Missy has attended LifePoint for over 30 years and has been on staff for over 25 years. A graduate of Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University), she is married to Jim, her hig...Read More

Missy Rodriguez

Missy Rodriguez

Finance Director

Missy has attended LifePoint for over 30 years and has been on staff for over 25 years. A graduate of Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University), she is married to Jim, her high school sweetheart. They have two adult children, Sarah and Zach, and one teenager, Jenna. She enjoys playing card and board games, cooking and trying new recipes, and spending time with her family. She loves LifePoint Church, ice cream and Chick-fil-A sweet tea.

Yvette Thomas

Yvette Thomas

Receptionist

After being a florist for many years, God’s plan led Yvette to LifePoint. She is married with two adult children, Emily and Adam, and she’s a Nana of three boys, Kane, Finn and...Read More

Yvette Thomas

Yvette Thomas

Receptionist

After being a florist for many years, God’s plan led Yvette to LifePoint. She is married with two adult children, Emily and Adam, and she’s a Nana of three boys, Kane, Finn and Franklin. Some of her favorite things are spending time with family and friends, connecting in meaningful ways with her church community, thrift shopping, antiquing, traveling with her husband Chris and, most importantly, sharing God’s love and grace.

Steve Scott

Steve Scott

Building & Grounds Supervisor

Steve has been married to Sandy, his high school sweetheart, for 39 years. His greatest gift he’s been given is Jesus. His greatest privilege, being a father to Wesley and Lindse...Read More

Steve Scott

Steve Scott

Building & Grounds Supervisor

Steve has been married to Sandy, his high school sweetheart, for 39 years. His greatest gift he’s been given is Jesus. His greatest privilege, being a father to Wesley and Lindsey. His greatest hope is seeing his kids again, spending eternity with them in the presence of Jesus.

Laura Downey

Laura Downey

Finance Assistant

Laura and her husband Eddie and their two boys live on a hobby farm in Boring, MD. She spent five years in the Marine Corps as an Arabic Linguist and then was a stay-at-home mom wh...Read More

Laura Downey

Laura Downey

Finance Assistant

Laura and her husband Eddie and their two boys live on a hobby farm in Boring, MD. She spent five years in the Marine Corps as an Arabic Linguist and then was a stay-at-home mom while completing a bachelor's in accounting. She's been working at LifePoint since 2016. If she's not at her desk, she's probably at home cooking up something delicious in the kitchen, reading, or working around the farm.

Communications Team

Kelly Sundsvold

Kelly Sundsvold

Communication Director

Kelly and her family live in Westminster, after relocating from her home state of Texas to join the LifePoint family. When she’s not helping LifePoint look and sound amazing, you...Read More

Kelly Sundsvold

Kelly Sundsvold

Communication Director

Kelly and her family live in Westminster, after relocating from her home state of Texas to join the LifePoint family. When she’s not helping LifePoint look and sound amazing, you can usually find her hiking with her four kids or hanging out in yoga pants watching old reruns of Friends. She loves eating crabs, exploring the local sites, and planning new adventures with her kids. She’s passionate about consistent branding, quality graphics and her new-found love - snow boots!

Jolita Peterson

Jolita Peterson

Communication Coordinator

After living in several parts of the globe, Jolita is happy to be settled in Eldersburg with her husband, Dana, kids Sofia and Nathan, two sheep and a rambunctious goldendoodle. Sh...Read More

Jolita Peterson

Jolita Peterson

Communication Coordinator

After living in several parts of the globe, Jolita is happy to be settled in Eldersburg with her husband, Dana, kids Sofia and Nathan, two sheep and a rambunctious goldendoodle. She has a background in psychology and human resources, but her sweet spot is communications and strategic organization. She is passionate about encouraging young moms and helping people connect. An Anglophile who loves using words like “rubbish”, she also enjoys dark chocolate, Regency fiction and anything Christmas.

Zach Worley

Zach Worley

Content Producer

Zach and his wife, Ashley live in Westminster with their young children, Mollie, Lincoln and Milo. A Texas native, he graduated from Dallas Christian College with a degree in Busin...Read More

Zach Worley

Zach Worley

Content Producer

Zach and his wife, Ashley live in Westminster with their young children, Mollie, Lincoln and Milo. A Texas native, he graduated from Dallas Christian College with a degree in Business Administration. Several years later, he found his love for film-making and storytelling. He made his way to LifePoint to pursue his two biggest passions (aside from his family, of course): film-making and spreading the gospel. He occasionally jumps on the drums to keep his chops, but if he is not making a video he will be hanging out with his friends and family.

Brad Lindner

Brad Lindner

Digital Coordinator

Brad and his wife Bekah live in Reisterstown. When he’s not at LifePoint, you can usually find him sipping craft coffee while reading a good book. He loves traveling around the w...Read More

Brad Lindner

Brad Lindner

Digital Coordinator

Brad and his wife Bekah live in Reisterstown. When he’s not at LifePoint, you can usually find him sipping craft coffee while reading a good book. He loves traveling around the world and meeting new people wherever he goes. He’s generally low maintenance, except when it comes to his beard.

Elders

Joe Duke

Joe Duke

Elder

Joe and his wife Tricia live in Westminster. When he’s not visiting his family in North Carolina, you can usually find him visiting his family in Colorado. He loves hiking and ph...Read More

Joe Duke

Joe Duke

Elder

Joe and his wife Tricia live in Westminster. When he’s not visiting his family in North Carolina, you can usually find him visiting his family in Colorado. He loves hiking and photography, especially at the same time. He’s passionate about influencing people to find and follow Jesus.

Mark Marten

Mark Marten

Elder

Mark, his wife, and their three children live in Eldersburg. Their family has been attending LifePoint since 1996. Mark loves playing with technology, working around the house or r...Read More

Mark Marten

Mark Marten

Elder

Mark, his wife, and their three children live in Eldersburg. Their family has been attending LifePoint since 1996. Mark loves playing with technology, working around the house or reading a good book. He also loves teaching, and is currently Professor and Chair of the Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering Department at UMBC.

John Martindale

John Martindale

Elder
Ron Oskam

Ron Oskam

Elder

Ron lives in Westminster with his wife Kara and their four children. He works as a corporate pilot out of Harrisburg, PA. Most of his free time is spent helping Kara manage their f...Read More

Ron Oskam

Ron Oskam

Elder

Ron lives in Westminster with his wife Kara and their four children. He works as a corporate pilot out of Harrisburg, PA. Most of his free time is spent helping Kara manage their four teenagers, but he also loves to play golf and tennis, as well as spend time reading. He’s pretty easygoing and generally only gets mad when he runs out of ice cream.

Dana Peterson

Dana Peterson

Elder

Dana lives in Eldersburg with his wife Jolita, two kids, two sheep and rambunctious goldendoodle. A pilot and audiophile, he enjoys flying whenever he can get time away from his ro...Read More

Dana Peterson

Dana Peterson

Elder

Dana lives in Eldersburg with his wife Jolita, two kids, two sheep and rambunctious goldendoodle. A pilot and audiophile, he enjoys flying whenever he can get time away from his role as a clinical psychologist with the Department of Defense.

Andy Thompson

Andy Thompson

Elder

Andy and his wife Katie live in Eldersburg and have 5 children.  They have been a part of the LifePoint family since 2000.  Andy spends his limited free time golfing and mountain...Read More

Andy Thompson

Andy Thompson

Elder

Andy and his wife Katie live in Eldersburg and have 5 children.  They have been a part of the LifePoint family since 2000.  Andy spends his limited free time golfing and mountain biking.  He is a dentist in Eldersburg and has been practicing for over 19 years.  Along with serving as an elder, Andy is involved in the Starting Point ministry and enjoys leading overseas medical mission trips.

Luis Villafania

Luis Villafania

Elder

Luis and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Finksburg. They have two daughters, Eva and Marta. They have been attending LifePoint since 2012. Luis enjoys working around the house and takin...Read More

Luis Villafania

Luis Villafania

Elder

Luis and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Finksburg. They have two daughters, Eva and Marta. They have been attending LifePoint since 2012. Luis enjoys working around the house and taking care of the gardens. He loves to study and read books and is currently attending graduate school at Dallas Theological Seminary to complete his ThM. Luis loves missionary work, church planting, and teaching.

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