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


  • John D. Hostetter
    Senior Pastor

    John D. Hostetter is Senior Pastor of Lampeter Church of the Brethren where he has served since September, 1999. Before coming to Lampeter, he served as a Senior Pastor in Hagerstown, Maryland, and in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he was a President of the Board of Pottstown Cluster of Churches Social Organization. Before entering college and the ministry, he worked at a machine shop for a year and spent a year in volunteer service. He holds a BA degree from Washington Bible College, and earned a Master of Theology degree from Capital Bible Seminary. He married his college sweetheart, Beth, in 1979. They have six children, two sons and four daughters; all are married.

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  • Nichole Whiteman
    Pastor of Discernment & Prayer

    Nichole began attending Lampeter in 2001. Since that time she felt a call to ministry and has completed Ministry Training through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. Nichole has been a Licensed Minister since 2005 and is pursuing ordination. She is also serving the Atlantic Northeast District Board as a member of the Commission for Witness and Outreach. Nichole has a passion for prayer and sharing Jesus' love for each person. She is the Chair of  Lampeter's Discernment Team which leads the congregation through times of individual prayer and congregational discernment. Nichole has been married to her husband Michael since 1993. They have two daughters.

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  • Kim Nielsen

    Interim Director of Discipleship

    Kim is a member of  Lampeter Church of the Brethren. She has just joined the church staff and will be working as Interim Director of Discipleship.

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  • Christopher Shelly

    Youth Director

    Chris grew up in Manheim, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, Chris went to Philadelphia Biblical University, and graduated with a dual degree in Biblical Studies and Music Education. While in college, he became the Youth Pastor at Coventry Church of the Brethren in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he continued to work until he joined the staff at Lampeter Church of the Brethren in June 2011.

    Chris married his high school sweetheart, Janelle, and they reside in Lancaster with their two children. He is thoroughly enjoying his time with all the 6th-12th graders!

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  • Micki Bohannon

    Interim Director of Children's Ministries

    Micki Bohannon is the Interim 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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  • Stephanie Amos

    Administrative Associate

    Stephanie began working as our Administrative Associate in April, 2018. She lives in,and attends church in, the Coatesville area. Her prior experience was gained in many non-profit settings. She is blessed to be able to share her talents and gifts with Lampeter COB.

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  • Melody Risser


    Melody originally began working as our Administrative Associate in April, 2008 and is now serving as our Church Secretary. Prior to becoming staff, she was involved in many ministry areas at Lampeter COB including the Leadership Team, Wednesday Night Happenings Ministry Team, Kitchen Ministry Team and preparing videos for worship. Her prior experience was gained in the corporate setting, and she enjoys sharing her talents and gifts with our church family. Melody lives in Lancaster with her husband, Craig, and their two children.

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  • Sue Ringer

    Preschool Custodian

    Sue enjoys keeping the Lampeter Community Preschool clean and tidy. She also works as a teacher's assistant in the 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.  

  • Sara Petersen

    Open Door After School Program Director

    Sara has recently joined us as Program Director for Lampeter COB's Open Door After School Program.  In December, 2018, Sara graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a degree in Youth Ministry and Young Adults.  She has a passion for helping others and spreading the love of God to hurting teenagers.