Bill is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) and has lived in and around the Philadelphia area most of his life. He has pastored a couple different churches, been a faculty member and counselor at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, taught practical theology at several seminaries and authored a number of books and booklets. Bill and his wife Sally are closing in on three decades of marriage and have three children that they are helping launch into adulthood. Bill enjoys being with his family, cheering at his kids’ sporting events, rehabbing his home, gardening, cooking, watching movies and reading, especially novels. He is regularly captured by the unexpected ways that God engages people in scripture and loves unpacking those interactions so that modern people can experience Christ’s grace and kindness in the messiness of their own lives.
Nicholas was born in Wilmington, DE, but spent much of his life as a Philadelphian. There he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of the Sciences. Afterwards, desiring to be a physician of the soul instead, he attended and graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served at Emmanuel Church in Philadelphia in the English Ministry and Youth Group for four years and one year respectively. During his free time he enjoys spending time with people, watching movies, reading, and fishkeeping. Driven by his love for Christ and His people, he always welcomes fellowship whether scheduled or spontaneous!
Gentri was born in Baton Rouge, LA and has lived there and in New Orleans, LA for most of his life. He attended college at Xavier University of Louisiana and finished with a degree in Chemistry and a Master in Education. He served at St. Roch Community Church as an elder and interim pastor and is currently working toward a Master of Divinity at Covenant Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kayti have three girls, Elyse, Esther, and Evelyn. Gentri enjoys jazz and hip-hop, sports, reading, and loves cooking. He enjoys spending time with family and enjoying nature as well.
Betty began attending Renewal in 2002 and after all these years she is thankful to still call Renewal her church family. It is at Renewal she also met her husband and became a mom to three children. Other than attending college in the Midwest and living in Guam for four years, Betty has grown up and lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia all her life. She and her husband, Juwon, along with their children, and a Mini Bernedoodle live in Blue Bell. In her free time, Betty loves game and movie nights with her family, baking, reading, and going on walks with her fur baby.
Samantha came to Philadelphia from Toronto to attend the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate and Master of Architecture degrees. Throughout her years at Renewal, she has served in various capacities including children’s ministry, youth group, praise team, and as a deaconess. She has a desire to see relationships formed within the church that cross age, occupational, and social boundaries. She also loves seeing people use the gifts God has given them to build bridges between the church and the community. Sam lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, Ed, their three children, and one dog. When she’s not busy momming, practicing architecture, or managing their coworking space, you might find her baking, watching tv, or making lists — lots and lots of lists.
Esther grew up in Lower Merion. She attended Penn State University for Elementary Education and Villanova University for her Masters in Educational Leadership. Her teaching career began at the School District of Philadelphia where she taught as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. She is currently teaching at Germantown Academy as a fourth grade teacher. Esther loves children and has a big heart for children’s ministry. She served as a Children’s Ministry Director at Emmanuel Church in Philadelphia for both the Preschool/Pre-K and Elementary departments. Esther loves spending time with her husband Kevin and their two sons.