Meet and Connect with Our Staff

Lampeter Church of the Brethren

Address: 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone: 717-464-2050

Fax: 717-464-3099


  • Christopher Shelly
    Senior Pastor

    Chris grew up in a small town north of Lancaster where he developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a strong work ethic.  In his teens, he came to know, love and serve Jesus, who is his Lord and Savior.  After high school, Chris earned a Bachelor's of Science in Bible and a Bachelor's of Music Education at Cairn University while serving as a Youth Minister in the Philadelphia suburbs. In 2010, Chris married his high school sweetheart, Janelle, and in 2011, they answered the call to minister to the youth here at Lampeter and became a part of this awesome family.  In 2019, Chris earned his Masters of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary and also responded to the call to lead Lampeter into a new Christ-centered, chapter of life.

    They have been graced with four wonderful children - Marissa, Josiah, Elias, and Andrew

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  • Kim Nielsen

    Director of Community Life

    Kim is a believer in Christ who loves to share Him with those around her.  She enjoys getting together with others to study God’s Word.  Presently, the fourth Monday of every month she leads a women’s Bible study called GLOW.  Kim has facilitated GriefShare, a ministry for those grieving a loved one, since 2013.  She has been a part of the Deacon Ministry for over 25 years and enjoys caring for the members of Lampeter COB.  She has served in many positions at Lampeter COB since 1987 where she has helped people to come to know, love, and serve the Lord.  She also works at our Preschool as an Assistant for the Pre-K 2 class.  She has an Associate’s degree in Leadership and Ministry from Grace Bible College and has been a member of the Church of the Brethren since her baptism when she was a youth.  Kim retired from Lampeter-Strasburg School District where she worked as a Learning Support Assistant for 17 years. Kim has three children who are all married and five grandchildren.

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  • Jack Diffendarfer

    Director of  Youth Ministry

    Jack is a follower of Jesus, who has attended Lampeter Church of the Brethren since 2004. He is married to Michelle Diffendarfer, and together they are raising three wonderful boys, Judah, Silas, and Ezra. They currently live on a farm in the Lampeter Strasburg school district. Jack enjoys a range of outdoor activities like running, bike riding, and fishing. He recently accepted the role of Youth Director, and is excited about how God is using his gifts and abilities to lead our church’s youth.

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  • Micki Bohannon

    Director of Children's Ministries

    Micki Bohannon is the Director of Children’s Ministry. She has attended Lampeter Church of the Brethren since she was born. Before joining the staff, Micki served on the Children’s Ministry Team and the Preschool Committee. She is also a substitute teacher in many of the Lancaster County School Districts. Micki loves teaching the young children of our congregation about the love of Christ.

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  • Sandy King

    Administrative Associate

    Sandy joined our staff in July of 2021 after retiring following 20 years of work in public education. She has a bachelor's degree in Organizational Dynamics and completed her master's degree in Business Administration. She has been a long-term church member and over the years has volunteered in children's ministries and served on leadership teams. She has been active in our music ministries, leading children's choir, singing with the adult choir and playing the bass with our worship team. Sandy lives in Willow Street with her husband Reuben.

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  • Toni Phillips


    Toni Phillips joined our staff in March as our secretary. Toni and her family have attended Lampeter Church of the Brethren for the past 20 years. Prior to joining the staff, Toni worked as a bank teller and in various other customer service positions. Toni serves on Worship Team and, along with her husband Jeff, as a greeter. Toni looks forward to greeting you with a smile and friendly hello when you call or stop into the church office! Her heart's desire is to serve Jesus by serving you!

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  • Sue Ringer


    Sue enjoys keeping Lampeter COB clean and tidy. She also works as a teacher's assistant in the Lampeter Community Preschool.  Sue has been a member our church since 2013. She serves as a member of the Children's Ministry Team, and is a vital part of our Giving Garden ministry. Sue and her family live in Lancaster.