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Laurie Sweigard began her pastorate at Central Baptist in 2006. She immensely enjoys working in a pastoral partnership model and with CBCers, whose creativity, care for one another, compassion for the marginalized, and passion for justice never cease to amaze her. Previous to her pastorate at Central Baptist, Laurie worked for nearly 20 years in the Social Work field. She holds Masters degrees from Palmer Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Bryn Mawr College (M.S.S.) . In addition to her present vocation, Laurie's loves include traveling to out-of-the-ordinary places; spending time in nature; all God's creatures; life-long learning; an eclectic mix of music, and her extended and nuclear family. Her current household includes feline companions Mo, Kobe, and Marley, Russian tortoise, Myrt, and life companion, Jackie.
Tom Beers has been serving as a Pastoral Partner at CBC since 2011. Prior to coming to CBC Tom served in both congregational and regional ministry roles. Before entering the ministry Tom taught Philosophy as an adjunct at Eastern and Villanova Universities.
Director of Music: Elizabeth Cochra
Childcare Attendant: Priyadarshani Wadanamby emigrated from Sri Lanka when her husband's work brought the family to the United States. Priya works full time in the Radnor School District as an assistant. Her gentle, caring and attentive manner with children have been a gift to both public school students as well as the CBC Community.
Facilities Manager: James Jennings is our longest serving employee, joining the CBC team in 1987. James holds that “God has wired me with a natural technical ability and I like using it along with my school training at CBC now that I have retired (from the McDonald’s Corporation as a Regional Maintenance Manager).” James credits CBC with helping him to nurture his son through his formative years, and affording him the opportunity to work in his areas of passion: Social Justice and Undoing Racism. Born and raised in Chester, PA and now living in nearby Berwyn, James’ likes include music of all kinds, reading technical and history books, football and soccer, playing Volleyball and dancing, and watching movies of real-life drama and Westerns. James proudly claims his Christian faith and his roles of father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. He writes, “I cherish the love, and benefited from, acquaintances and friendships of the Church Community.”
Custodian: Elider Nyeme provides custodial services for Central Baptist Church, in addition to her full-time work as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Originally from Tanzania, Elider has been on staff at CBC since 2003. She enjoys working outside, including gardening. Her hobbies also include cooking and reading.
All members of this congregation are called into Special Ministry!