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Every church staff member has a ministry to the lost. And our ministry to the lost trumps our other responsibilities every time. We advocate for the lost, relate to the lost, and give our time and energy to bringing lost people to Jesus, first and foremost.

Every church staff member has a ministry to the church. If we aren’t thinking about the lost and how to creatively reach them as much as we think about getting our jobs done, we’re toast.

 Every church staff member has a ministry to his or her peers. That is, we have a responsibility to pour into and invest in the lives of those we serve with.  Ministering to our peers keeps us in the company of encouragers, prevents isolation and burnout and is ultimately good for the kingdom (and heaven knows how we need more kingdom-minded churches!).


Larry Baker, headshot 2, Jun15Pastor Larry Baker

Pastor Baker brings over 20 years of ministry experience in churches in Maryland and Louisiana. He is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and has served in ministry since 1996. He served over a decade at a young vibrant church in Baltimore, Md., helped plant churches in New Orleans, La., and in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Md., as a North American Mission Board church-planting missionary, and in youth ministry in Zachary, La.

Pastor Baker earned both a bachelor of arts degree in pastoral ministries and a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently completing a doctor of ministry degree, with an emphasis on discipleship, from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in San Francisco, Calif.



Weezy Bennetch/Administrative Asst.Weezy (for website)

Weezy (aka Mary Louise) is the Bridge’s Administrative Assistant and has served in this position since January 2006.  She is a life-long resident of Berks County and a product of its schools (K thru college).  In the 90’s she was a homeschooling mom and experienced the awesome rewards of teaching young minds. At the Bridge she is responsible for the flow of information between the congregation and the church staff and ministry leaders.  She loves to be given opportunities to be creative in the promotional requirements of her position.  While away from the Bridge, Weezy enjoys spending time with her husband Duane, serving on her church’s healing team, prayer warrior-ing, reading and visiting with their son Andrew, who is currently stationed at a North Carolina air force base.

Dennis Derstine/Youth MinistryDennis Derstine

I am honored and glad to be involved in the Youth Ministry  at the BRIDGE. It is exciting to watch as God works in the lives of our youth.  Not only do I watch the youth mature physically, but more importantly is how  they mature spiritually. The youth are the future leaders of the church. What  they learn today they will teach tomorrow. God tells us in 1 Timothy 4:12  not to let anyone look down on the youth because they are young. The Youth  Ministry is an exciting part of the BRIDGE. I look forward to the youth growing  in numbers and their passion for the Lord.

Karen Gausch Karen Gausch/Human Resources/Bookkeeper

Karen has been on staff at The Bridge since 2007.  Karen is happily married to her husband Larry, has 5 children and 2 grandchildren.  Not only is Karen a member of our staff but also serves as a volunteer in the AWANA ministry.






Mindy Long/Worship Leader

I was born in Lincoln, NE and since I am the daughter of a Baptist preacher I grew up going to church every Sunday.  As a little girl I asked Jesus into my heart, however it wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I surrendered my life to Him. I have always loved singing. I grew up singing in church with my sister and also in school choirs. I started attending The Bridge in 2003 and began serving as a vocalist on the worship team in 2009. However, I never dreamed in 2011 that God would call me to become the worship leader here at The Bridge. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to bring our congregation into the presence of God. My goal as the worship leader is to help facilitate an atmosphere for you to be able to lift your heart in worship to God.  We are singing to an audience of ONE and He and He alone is worthy of our praise!