- Currently serving: Bloomfield, New Mexico
- Home church: Antrim (Pa.) BIC
- Serving since: 2007
- Married: 1994
- Children: Noah, Lydia, Elijah, Mercy, Sarah, and Rhema
Brian and Rochelle both grew up in Pennsylvania. Brian grew up on the family dairy farm and Rochelle’s parents served in pastoral ministry. They both were raised to follow Christ and made decisions for Him at early ages. Brian made a recommitment to Christ his senior year of high school and Rochelle had a similar experience at Roxbury Camp the summer of her 8th grade year.
They were married on December 17, 1994. Brian worked in agriculture and at a grain mill, and Rochelle worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. They have been members of Antrim BIC in Greencastle, Pa. since 1996 and served there in a variety of venues.
Early in their marriage, they sensed a call to full-time ministry but did not actively pursue it until the summer of 2005 while at Roxbury Camp. While on a short-term mission’s trip to New Mexico the summer of 2006, they felt the Lord affirming them to serve there. They moved to New Mexico in September of 2007 as church-planters and missionaries under BIC U.S. World Missions.
Soon after moving to New Mexico, Brian got involved in prison ministry, and in 2011 cofounded Convicted by Christ (CBC), a non-profit men’s prison ministry and recovery support group. He currently serves the pastor of CBC and Director of Byron’s House of Hope, a transition home born out of CBC. Rochelle is involved healing prayer ministry, leading worship at their local church, and directs Sparks, an evening program for children whose parents are in recovery.
Brian and Rochelle want to demonstrate the power of Christ through an intact family and have six children at various stages of life. Their two oldest, Noah (born ’99) and Lydia (’01), currently live in Hays, Kansas. Noah works for Farmers Insurance and enjoys leading worship, hunting, camping, and backpacking. Lydia is studying education at Fort Hays State University and enjoys creative arts in her spare time. Elijah (’03) works for Pesco, a company in Farmington, NM, that provides equipment and parts for oil-field companies; he also enjoys cross-fit, music, and backpacking. Mercy (’05) enjoys dancing, specifically jazz and ballet. Sara (‘08) also enjoys dancing, hiking, and playing games. Rhema (’12) enjoys swimming, gymnastics, dance, and playing games.
Brian enjoys sports, hunting, backpacking, hiking, and time with family. Rochelle works as a stay-at-home mom and homeschools their three younger children; she enjoys leading worship, hunting, hiking, and time with family.