WES PASTOR, SENIOR MINISTER
Wes is the founder and senior minister of Christ Memorial. After graduating from Ohio State, he earned an MBA from Miami University, Ohio, then taught accounting at the college level. He began his pastoral studies in 1985 at Dallas Theological Seminary, ultimately receiving his MAR in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1990. The following year, Wes, his wife, Sue, and their young family moved to Vermont with a vision for spreading the gospel by planting gospel-preaching churches. CMC was born of that vision, and Wes has been senior minister here from the start in 1992. Less than a decade later, Wes launched The NETS Institute for Church Planting (NETS)
, a church planter training center, where he continues to serve as president. In 2010 Wes earned an M.Th. in biblical theology from the University of Wales. Wes is an adjunct professor at Redeemer Theological Seminary and has taught classes at Westminster (Philadelphia) and Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He is also an occasional blogger for The Gospel Coalition
. Wes and Sue have raised five children, with the oldest three married and the youngest in college. They keep busy ministering to the body at CMC and rooting for The Ohio State Buckeyes.
Greg Burton, Executive Pastor
Greg graduated from Nyack College with a degree in Christian education, then went on to direct an inner city youth mission in New Castle, Penn. After working in banking for a number of years, Greg founded Burton Cleaning, which he still owns. He has served as executive pastor of CMC since 2001. Greg and his wife of over 20 years, Beth, have four children from high school to college age.
Craig Combs, Senior Associate Pastor
Upon graduating from Western Kentucky University, Craig spent eight years in full-time youth ministry, all the while earning M.A.R. and M.Div. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary (where he is pursuing a D.Min.). For 13 years he served as senior pastor for congregations in Pennsylvania and Virginia. He moved to Vermont in 2003 to be part of NETS
and helped plant Redeeming Grace Church in Georgia, Vermont. In addition to preaching at CMC and at our daughter churches, Craig serves as a preaching mentor for NETS. He and his wife, Betsy, have been married for over 20 years and have five children.
STEVE THIEL, ASSISTANT PASTOR - YOUTH MINISTRY
Steve served as CMC's youth pastor for four years before heading to Southern Seminary to complete his M.Div. In 2011 he and his wife, Linda, returned to Vermont to be part of the NETS
Residency Program. Besides loving and serving our Youth Group
, Steve and Linda keep busy with their four active children.
RICHARD LUCAS, ASSISTANT PASTOR - SINGLES MINISTRY
Richard completed his M.Div. at Southern Seminary, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Richard and Tina moved to Vermont to begin the NETS Residency Program in the fall of 2011. Besides leading our Crosswalk Ministry for young single adults, Richard and Tina keep busy with their four children.
NATHAN PIOTROWSKI, ASSISTANT PASTOR - MEN'S MINISTRY
Nathan, a native Vermonter, served in the Air Force for a number of years after graduating from the Air Force Academy. He then earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Ruth, moved back to Vermont with a desire to plant a church in Burlington and are currently in the NETS Residency program. Nathan is overseeing the Men's Ministries at CMC. They have 2 daughters.
DAVID LACHANCE, WORSHIP LEADER
David, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, came on staff at CMC the summer of 2011. His experience in leading worship, musical composition, graphic arts and film have already been a valuable asset to the church. David and his wife, Jenn, have three children.
BRAD PARKER, PASTORAL ASSISTANT
Brad grew up attending Christ Memorial Church. After graduating from Bucknell, he is now continuing his studies through Southern Seminary. He is currently working at IBM as well as assisting Wes with many pastoral duties. Brad and his wife, Alyssa were married in 2010.
Standing (l to r): David LaChance, Eric Abbey, Steve Thiel, Greg Burton, Craig Combs, Wes Pastor, Richard Lucas,
Nathan Piotrowski, Brad Parker, Bob Perry (Building & Maintenance)
Sitting (l to r): Susan Hanudel (Women's Counselor), Terry Walsh (Office Support), Linda Jones (Office Coordinator),
Lydia Rumbaugh (Personal Assistant to the Senior Minister), Lisa Young (Communications Coordinator & Worship Consultant)
Not shown: Steve Jones (Technical Support), Eric Larson (Website Administrator), Elaine Nyhagen (Controller),
Andy Lawrence (Pipe Organ Maintenance), Steve Ruegsegger (Deposits Coordinator)
Dave Appenzeller, Steve Austin, Greg Burton, Dave Crawford, Tony Hanudel,
Steve Jones, Doug Parker, Wes Pastor, Stuart Pratt, Steve Ruegsegger, Rich Wistrom