The Staff of Roaring Spring First Church of the Brethren




Dr. Joe Surin, Pastor


Joe was born and raised in the urban Chicago suburb of Cicero and is the youngest of 6 children. His dad and all his grandparents emigrated from Czechoslovakia in the early part of the 20th century. As a teenager, he enjoyed serving in his home church and at a Christian Camp in Wisconsin.
Joe has served in various churches of different denominational backgrounds. One of his fondest stints was shortly after he and Debbie were married, Joe was called to serve as Resident Minister of Grand Canyon National Park in Northern Arizona.
Joe and Debbie Surin were married in 1999 in Tempe, Arizona and have two sons. Joe, Debbie, Peter, and Matthew live near the Roaring Spring First Church in the parsonage. He has served at First Church since 2010.

Dr. Surin's Formal Education:
• College-prep Credentials, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton, IL.
• Bachelor of Arts, Taylor University, Upland, IN.
• Master of Divinity, Bethany Seminary, Richmond, IN.
• Doctor of Ministry in Counseling and Leadership,
  Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA.
Dr. Joe Surin, Pastor of First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania

Dottie Steele, Pastor of Visitation


Dottie, a ‘pastor at heart,’ combines her care giving and listening skills with a commitment that everyone related to the congregation feel/be cared for, working with the lead pastor and Deacons to provide a caring circle. She envisions helping to equip others to think how visitation, hospitality and inclusion are connected. Dottie enjoys small group ministry, Bible study and as a trained Spiritual Director, appreciates the opportunity to visit and sit with others and ponder the faith questions that arise on life’s journey.
During the past fifteen years she has pastured congregations in Middle and Western PA. Dottie has coordinated women's clergy gatherings for many years and is active in the Central PA. region with ecumenical and interfaith groups and also serves on the Middle PA. Shalom Team. She also volunteers at a local retirement center as part of the pastoral care coordinating team. Dottie and her husband Ken also enjoy spending time with their four adult children and their families.
Dottie holds a degree from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania and has completed T.R.I.M. though Bethany Seminary in Richmond, Indiana.
Dottie Steele, Visitation Pastor of First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania

Terry Hershberger, Worship Leader


Since Terry’s retirement from over 34 years in the music departments at both Northern Bedford and Spring Cove, he has been able to be more involved in the planning and organizing of the music and worship ministry for regular worship services and special events. He is also the Chancel Choir Director, Deacon, and has served on the Church Board and Executive Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys home improvement, reading, outdoor activities and serving in the Brethren Disaster Response.
He is a graduate of Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown PA. where he received a B.A. in Music Education. Terry is a Life member of the Church of the Brethren.
Terry describes his Calling in these words:
"When I became Chancel Choir Director several years ago it was simply to fill a vacancy that had arisen. As a music teacher, it seemed more of an extension of my profession than a calling. As time progressed, newer music styles were introduced, enthusiasm increased and my attitude changed from filling a vacancy to a challenge and calling, to make the choir as much a part the worship experience as possible.
Terry Hershberger, Worship Leader of First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania

Becky Bianconi, Children and Family Ministries Coordiantor


In addition to obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Services, Becky’s experience as a preschool teacher, teachers aid, and substitute teacher over the past few years has prepared her for the newly formed position of Children’s and Family Ministries Coordinator. This position will focus on family ministry programming, fellowship, and spiritual formation.
Becky is a wife and mother of 2 young children, whom she loves to spend time with. She is also a full-time student currently enrolled at Saint Francis University to obtain her elementary and special education teaching certifications. She hopes to conclude her time as a student in May of 2012, when she will seek employment to be a full time teacher.
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Jan Simington, Office Administrator


Jan is a native of Oregon where she received her B.S. Business Management degree from Portland State University. She has served at First Church since May 2004. Jan has prior experience in the area of secretarial skills in previous employment including other church settings. She is a member St. Paul's Lutheran Church, East Freedom.
When Jan is not here at the church, she enjoys needlework and spending time with her family in East Freedom where she resides.
Jan Simington, Office Administrator of First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania
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