Reverend Linda C. Simpkins Dickerson was born in Bryn Mawr, PA.
She joined the body of Christ at nine years of age at a Billy Graham Crusade in Philadelphia. Later that same year she was baptized at her home church, Zion Baptist in Ardmore, PA by Pastor Rev. Dr. Leonard M. Jones. This Minister taught New Member’s Class (Growing in the Likeness of Christ), A Bible Based Parenting Class (with her husband) at Bright Side Baptist Church in Lancaster, PA where Rev. Dr. Louis Butcher, Jr. is the Pastor. In addition, she earned a Basic Certificate in Bible Enrichment from Lancaster Bible College. Linda is enrolled at Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia for her Masters in Divinity. She is a member at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in York, PA; Dr. Larry Walthour is the Senior Pastor.
Rev. Dickerson was ordained into the ministry at Shiloh Church under the Pastor, Rev. Dr. Jasmin Sculark on March 30, 2014. Her duties at Shiloh include teaching the Wednesday Noon Day Bible Study, and Rev. Dickerson is the Servant Leader for the Senior Ministry Group. But above all else, she is a child of God, and Jesus Christ is Lord over her life!
Minister Lillie Linda Evangelina Farmer was born in Washington, DC.
Min. Farmer joined Bright Side Baptist Church when she was fourteen years old. Since joining Bright Side, Lillie has served as a Sunday school teacher, sang on the Young Adult Choir, has served as a Trustee, and has served on various committees within the church. Lillie serves as Support Services Ministry Leader, sings in the Bright Side Baptist Church Choir, and has been a member of the Prison Ministry Team for more than 20 years. Lillie says that every time she looks back over her life, she cannot help but feel awestruck when she realizes that nothing but the hand of God has been moving on her behalf.
Reverend Brian E. Fountain was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1980 through the outreach ministry of Victory Bible Church in Harrisburg under the powerful leadership of Pastor Gary McCullough. In 1982, while still a young Christian Rev. Fountain became involved at the Shamrock Christian Community Center. There, he met Rev. Lawrence Chiles and a friendship/mentorship emerged. In 1985, Rev. Fountain became the Director of Shamrock Christian Community Center shortly after Rev. Chiles’ departure to Lancaster, Pa.
In 1986, after attending an anointed week of revival services held at his church, Rev. Fountain heeded God’s call to preach. After graduating from Lancaster Bible College in 1992, Rev. Fountain became the Executive Director of Arbor Place. In addition to from Lancaster Bible College & Arbor Place, he aided as an Associate Pastor at South Christian Street Church for ten years.
In 2001, Rev. Fountain became the Pastor of Peace Chapel in Harrisburg. He served as Pastor there for eight years. Rev. Fountain has traveled extensively, preaching the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Fountain joined Bright Side Baptist Church as an official member in 2010. Since then, he has been involved at the church in various ministry and leadership capacities including Education Ministry Center Leader, Prayer Ministry Coordinator, preaching, teaching and providing general ministerial oversight.
Minister Carrie Gardner was raised in a Christian home and was a member of a United Methodist church in a small town in South Carolina. She served on the choir, usher board, and worked on many activities within the church.
After moving to Lancaster, PA, she joined the AME church. While there she taught Sunday School and worked with community children teaching them literacy. When she was called into the ministry, she joined the Bright Side Baptist Church where she became a minister.
Min. Gardner attended the Lancaster Theological Seminary and Lancaster Bible College.
Minister Karen C. Horsey, M.Div. currently serves at Bright Side Baptist Church of Lancaster, PA, providing congregational care and leadership to its seven ministry centers. She is also an integral part of its administrative team.
Min. Horsey is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary. While in seminary, she was a presidential scholar, and a recipient of the Rev. Thomas W. Rhoads Prize in Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament); and the Spessard Prize in Christology. Min. Horsey is currently a member of the board of trustees at Lancaster Theological Seminary and chairs the Education & Student Life Committee. She also completed years one and two at Kairos: School of Spiritual Formation and is on the board of directors at Kairos. She completed training in Leading Contemplative Gatherings at Oasis Ministries and chaplaincy training at Lancaster General Hospital in its Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.
Reverend Jenkins joined the church in 1956 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in St. Helena Island, Frogmore SC. He graduated from St. Helena High School in 1959. He moved to Lancaster in 1961. He attended AU School of Religion in Wilmington Delaware under the late Bishop Walters.
He attended classes at Lancaster Bible College. He served as interim Pastor at St. Paul’s AUMP Church in Lancaster, Lincoln University AUMP Church in Oxford PA, and Holy Trinity AUMP Church in Zion, Maryland. He joined Bright Side Baptist Church in 1990.
Minister Santa E. Jenkins was saved and baptized at the age of 14. She attended Lancaster Mennonite High School. In 1990, she dedicated her life to the Lord. She attended the Vision for Today Bible Institute of Pentecostal Churches in Lancaster PA. She has taken CEU Credits at Lancaster Bible College and Virginia Union. She has a Liberal Arts degree in Social Sciences from the Harrisburg Area Community College.
In 1994, she began attending Bright Side Baptist Church. She preached her trial sermon in October 1998.
Min. Jenkins currently teaches Sunday School and Christian Education Classes, and ministers at the Youth Intervention Center in Lancaster on the third Friday of the month. She is a member of the Education Minister Ad Hoc committee and works very closely with Min. Rochelle and the women’s fellowship, which meets every Friday night at Bright Side Baptist Church. She is also a member of the International Association of Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows, the PA Association of Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows, the Bright Side Minister’s Wives, and the Evangelistic team.
Min. Deb, as she is called, was born and raised in Philadelphia where she attended the Philadelphia School System. She is working toward receiving a certificate from Lancaster Bible College in counseling and has plans to continue her education in bible and world religions. She currently teaches new members classes and is also part of the Bright Side Baptist Church Health Ministry in addition, she is a member of the Prison Ministry team.
Min. McMichael believes God took her from the streets of Philadelphia in 1996 and set her feet in Lancaster, PA. to save her life from substance abuse. She says her ministry is to mentor women struggling with living life on life’s term however, her passion is for seniors.
Minister Nyeasha Salim was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She recalls at a very young age accepting Christ as her personal Savior and being baptized. While she was not raised in the church, the Lord impressed upon her heart and inscribe in her mind, the day she received Christ and was baptized.
In 2001, she felt a heavy pull on her heart to rededicate her life to Christ. It was at Triumph Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, under the leadership of Pastor Hall, where she rededicated her life to the Lord and joined the praise and dance and intercessory prayer ministry. From that year on, she continues to praise God for how He alone keeps her. Soon after rededicating her life and worshiping through dance, she heard the call to the preaching ministry. It was not until relocating to Lancaster, PA, under the leadership of Pastor Butcher, did she heed the call that God placed on her life. Since joining Brightside Baptist Church, she has served as a praise and dance ministry leader, youth leader, and a liaison for the Life on Life Young Adult Ministry. She currently teaches as a new member’s teacher and actively shares that word of God a Brightside’s Saturday worship service.
Min. Nyeasha’s ministry flows beyond the walls of the church into schools where she speaks words of encouragement from the word of God coupled with mentoring young girls as they journey through life. Her deepest desire is to speak truth, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She believes that there is hope that surpasses human understanding in the Lord!
Born June 20,1975, Susin is a native of Coatesville, PA. She received Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine, at Mount Zion AME Church in Atglen where she attended with her Godmother Sarah Jones. Sarah made sure that she lived up to her title as Godmother and would not let her grow up without knowing the Word.
After moving to Lancaster and hearing Pastor Butcher officiate a marriage ceremony, Susin felt the tugging on her heart to make this church her home. She joined Bright Side Baptist Church in 2002. She immediately got to work for the Lord as a Trustee and by serving on Youth Ministry. She teaches new members, Sunday school, and serves on the Deaconess Board, Discipleship Ministry and is co-leader of Prayer Ministry. In April 2013, she answered the call into the ministry under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Louis A. Butcher Jr. and preached her initial sermon on March 15,2015.
Min. Thomas can see the hand of God working in her every step of the way!
Reverend Frederick Weeks, Jr. was born October 10,1965 in Lancaster, PA. He received Jesus as his Savior at age nine, at Ebenezer Baptist Church. After returning from a four-year stint in the Marine Corps in 1987, he joined Bright Side Baptist Church. At Bright Side, he has served as a trustee, taught Sunday School, and sang in the various choirs.
He answered the call into ministry in the year 2002 and was ordained following election by the congregation in June 2017 by founding pastor Rev. Dr. Louis A. Butcher
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