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kohlstromRev. Adam Kohlstrom, Pastoral Elder

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Approximately what year did you start attending CSBC?
July 2003

What is a favorite part of what you do in your leadership role? (or Why do you serve in this leadership role?)
Seeing lives transformed.

Other than the Bible, what book (or movie) has influenced you most?
There are too many books to count. Amongst them stand Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis; Restoring the Fallen by Wilson and Friesen; Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen; How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart; A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Braveheart remains my favorite movie – a powerful depiction of leadership.

What would be your “perfect” day?
It would be quiet and shared with my family. It would also involve a visit to Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Anything else you would like to share?
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

 

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Chris Finn, Elder

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Approximately what year did you start attending CSBC?
April 2003

What is a favorite part of what you do in your leadership role? (or Why do you serve in this leadership role?)
It fulfills a sense of “mission”, articulating the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit into any and all situations. It’s serious work; you have to pay attention but it’s fun too.

Other than the Bible, what book (or movie) has influenced you most?
Spiritual: My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers
Other: Sailing Alone around the World, by Capt. Joshua Slocum
Movie: Master and Commander

What would be your “perfect” day?
Today. A day skiing with the family up on Saddleback Mountain or sailing in the Caribbean or Gulf of Maine wouldn’t be bad either.

Anything else you would like to share?
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle”, Philo of Alexandria.

 

 

vandenbrinkBrian Vanden Brink, Elder

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Approximately what year did you start attending CSBC?
I believe it was in the year that King Uzziah died. (just kidding) Actually it was 1983 or 84.

What is a favorite part of what you do in your leadership role? (or Why do you serve in this leadership role?)
I really enjoy participation/leadership in Men’s Group. I’m very motivated to see men stay the course in their walk of faith and feel called to serve there. I also enjoy participating in prayer, whether it is during the worship service or at prayer time during the week, I feel connected to the people of our church through intercessory prayer. I love to visit our shut ins or our sick, discouraged and hospitalized. And last but not least, I most certainly feel called to and love to be involved in Prison Ministry. God has given me a heart for those who are on the edges of life or for those who are discouraged and broken through their own sin. I love to be there when a man comes to the realization that he needs to “go back home to my father’s house”, like the prodigal son.

Other than the Bible, what book (or movie) has influenced you most?
It’s impossible to pick just one, but Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis is a good candidate. This book was very influential in bringing me back to the faith in a time when I had wandered far from it and needed to come back.

What would be your “perfect” day?
Well, it would probably involve going somewhere in my old jeep, taking Kathleen out to dinner, connecting with my pals at the Y or elsewhere and maybe a great night of fellowship with the men at Yokefellows in the prison. Yeah, that would be pretty good…

Anything else you would like to share?
Yes, there is. I should share that CSBC has been the primary place of nurturing, service and growth in my Christian life. Here I’ve had the chance over a period of 30 some years to learn how to love people who are different from me, who have different opinions and perspectives and to serve alongside people who help me learn very important spiritual lessons. God has blessed me through my time here and I feel fortunate to have come to know such wonderful folks who have been so instrumental in my walk of faith. There have been a few times when I wanted to leave, but I’m so glad that God didn’t let me do that. I still have so much to learn here….

 

 

wellmanRich Wellman, Elder

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Approximately what year did you start attending CSBC?
1978…fulltime 1983

What is a favorite part of what you do in your leadership role? (or Why do you serve in this leadership role?)
Encouraging people in their faith by listening and when timely, to teach or encourage in those moments.

Other than the Bible, what book (or movie) has influenced you most?
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis

What would be your “perfect” day?
Peace and Joy and a unending communication with God even as I work or play

Anything else you would like to share?
Don’t get upset if you don’t carry out the commands of Scripture and overcome the challenges of life (and yes, sin), in the way the Scripture teaches, on the first or 500th try; keeping coming back to the cross, laying it down, and picking up Christ once again.  It is here we learn of God’s great love.

 

 

dzieglerRev. Dan Ziegler, Elder

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Approximately what year did you start attending CSBC?
2001

What is a favorite part of what you do in your leadership role? (or Why do you serve in this leadership role?)
Working closely together with my fellow elders.

Other than the Bible, what book (or movie) has influenced you most?
Dr. Donald McGavran’s Understanding Church Growth and his other ten or so books, which were extremely helpful to me in my church planting ministry.

What would be your “perfect” day?
Every Lord’s Day is a perfect day for me, from the elders’ prayer, practice of the Worship Team, Sunday School, Choir rehearsal and the full Worship Service, followed by warm fellowship. A good afternoon nap is refreshing, and followed by an hour or so of singing in the choir.

Anything else you would like to share?
I’ve been a member/participant in church in Hatfield, Allentown and Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Staten Island and LaGrangeville, New York; Newark and Neptune, New Jersey. My experience as part of CSBC in Camden, Maine tops them all!