Trent Thompson, Senior Pastor
The most important thing to know about Trent (and the thing of which he is constantly reminding himself), is that He is loved by God because of Christ. He came to this understanding at a relatively young age thanks in large part to faithful parents and a sister who liked to pretend she was his parent. But if you’re interested in some of the secondary details, Trent grew up in Dallas which means that most of his formative experiences revolved around heat, bbq, and the Cowboys (not necessarily in that order). He spent a lot of time playing sports, mostly basketball, which is unfortunate because he is neither exceedingly quick or tall. He went to school at Texas A&M University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and then moved to Austin where he met his wife, had two girls, and got to tell people about Jesus with some of the best friends and teammates he could have ever hoped for. Trent and Amanda are excited to now be in Central PA and to follow Christ with the people of West Shore Free. They have also welcomed a son to their family since moving to PA.
Tim Ryan, Executive Pastor & Director of Junior High Ministries
Tim experienced the Father’s faithful, loving pursuit until Jesus captured his life at age 17. Since then, God has opened many doors of ministry in and through his life for rewarding involvement in short-term mission trips, camps, and ministry to children, youth and men. Tim loves to travel, adventure and the outdoors—especially hiking, camping, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. Tim and Amy are celebrating over 25 years of marriage and are launching their four girls into adult life. They have attended the church since 2002.
Terry Allison, Pastor of Children’s Ministry
Terry Allison served as a senior pastor for 16 years before God “promoted” him to be a pastor of children’s ministry. After serving as Pastor of Christian Education at a church in northern Kentucky, Terry came to West Shore in 2000 with a great passion to provide children with the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and to live a life completely devoted to Him. West Shore’s Awesome Adventure children’s ministry reflects Terry’s vision for making church an exciting and challenging community where children want to belong, grow and serve.
The Allisons live in Dillsburg and have two married sons and three grandsons and a granddaughter. Their love for children extends beyond the church family. They have served as foster parents, elementary school mentors, and Terry is very devoted to the children who live in the Cumberland Pointe community.
Russ Allen, Senior High Director
Russ has been part of student ministry at the church since 2011, starting as a LifeGroup leader. He attended graduate school at Liberty University and is currently finishing his Doctor of Education degree in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction. At Liberty, Russ instructed church history courses through the School of Divinity and was a student fellow with the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement. Russ’ greatest passion is sharing the gospel with younger generations and leading them into a joy-filled, faithful walk with Christ. In his spare time, Russ likes to read books, write, and play sports.
Born and raised in North Africa, Ian was exposed to the realities of growing up in a developing country, learning a foreign language and integrating multiple cultures. God has used these many experiences to give him a real passion to welcome and serve people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. He and his wife Jennie met as students at Messiah College and attended West Shore when it was just getting launched. Shortly after they felt God calling them to serve overseas and ended up spending 23 years abroad. Over the years Ian has taught classes in various contexts, led outreach, co-pastored a bilingual church, spearheaded diverse community development efforts in several inner city immigrant neighborhoods. In 2006, the family returned to the States where Ian accepted the position here at West Shore. He currently develops international partnerships, mobilizes ministry teams, leads Alpha and is involved in prison work. Ian has a BS in civil engineering from Temple U and an MBA in economic development from Eastern U. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, reading, following the Premier League and a variety of outdoor projects. He and Jennie have three children, Nicolas, who resides in England, Alex and Sabrina.
Ned Davis, Church Administrator
Ned and his family have been members of the church since 1994 during which time he has been active in the church, serving as an elder, a fellowship group leader, and a member of our worship team. Now, as Church Administrator, Ned oversees operations, finances, and human resources. Prior to joining our staff in 2007, Ned served as a career Marine Corps officer, retiring in 1994. Subsequently, he served in industry as a program manager, strategic planner, and in business development. Ned is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School. He and his wife Janet are the proud parents of four married sons and have ten grandchildren. Ned enjoys drumming, fitness and outdoor activities, reading, mentoring, and teaching.
Ryan Keith, Pastor of Strategic Initiatives
Ryan assists us to live out our mission and values by launching church-wide, strategic initiatives that help us more effectively engage with our neighbors in the West Shore and beyond. Before joining the staff in July 2018, Ryan served as President and Founder of Forgotten Voices, a ministry equipping local churches in Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned in their communities. Forgotten Voices emerged out of a missions trip of West Shore back in 2004. Over his years at West Shore, Ryan has enjoyed serving as an elder, being on the preaching team, and volunteering in Awesome Adventure, youth group, and young adult ministries. Ryan is a proud Falcon, graduating from Messiah College in 2002 with a BA in Politics. Later, Ryan received his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition to playing outside with his family, Ryan enjoys talking with strangers, learning to make animal sounds, and cheering on all of Boston’s sports teams after growing up in the Boston area. He and his wife, Katie, have been married since 2007 and have 3 children: Avery, Lia, and Camden.
George Romanacce, Worship Pastor
George grew up in New Jersey and spending years in Florida, he returned to the northeast in 2016 to begin his role here. He has been leading worship in different settings for the past 17 years and is a songwriter for Sovereign Grace Music. George is currently pursuing an MDiv in Worship Leadership from Southern Seminary. With his wife Noelle and their four children, their family loves to travel, try new foods, and do ministry together. George has a passion to see the church treasure the Gospel in song and have a Biblical understanding of worship as it relates to the church and our individual lives.
Dan Spino, Belong Pastor
Dan’s honest faith journey started in his mid-twenties. Since then God has taken him on a journey, drawing him into deeper waters through various life experiences, people, and most importantly – His Word. Now as the Belong Pastor, Dan gets to live out his passion of creating pathways for others to connect and do life together. Dan has spent several years serving in churches and in the Human Resource Management field. Originally from the Buffalo, New York area, he has moved around the country throughout his professional career. While living in northern New Jersey, he met and married Stephanie. He has both an MDiv (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and a Masters in Human Resource Management. He and Stephanie love to explore new cities, checking out cafes along the way. As avenues of rest, Dan likes to do woodworking, gardening and watching the Buffalo Sabres.
Ken Thompson, Pastor of Visitation and Caring Ministries
Ken came to the church in 1996, serving for five years as pastor of student ministries. In 2000, Ken moved into his present ministry role as Pastor of Caring Ministries. It has been his privilege to serve the church family during times of sickness and loss as well as moments of great joy and celebration. Ken oversees a team of people committed to caring for those who are a part of our body and beyond. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and Philadelphia Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Carol, live in Dillsburg and have three grown children.
Nate Winters, Train Pastor
Nate serves the church as the Train Pastor, caring for and overseeing various people groups within the church, including Men’s Ministry, the Leadership Development Track and Fellowship Group Ministries. With a passion for people, Nate is earnest to see genuine, permanent transformation in hearts and lives—that we all become more and more like Jesus. He and his wife Kim love going to dinner with couples in the congregation now that they are empty-nesters.
Nate has worked at Calvin College, Trinity International University, and Wheaton College, as well as serving as director of ministries for CAMP-of-the-WOODS and, prior to coming to the church in 2007, served as associate pastor at the Adirondack Bible Chapel in Piseco, New York. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2001 and was ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America in April 2011.
Nate and his wife, Kim, have two grown children: Joseph Micaiah, and Anna Leah. In his spare time, Nate enjoys yard work, geography, playing the guitar, trail running, caving, and fishing.
Dave Zimmerman, Pastor of Disabilities Ministries
Dave accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was ten years old. He is constantly reminded of God’s grace and goodness in his life. He has a degree in Bible and Behavioral Science from Messiah College, as well as a Master’s of Ministry degree from Lancaster Bible College. He loves studying God’s word and teaching it to others.
Dave has a heart for those who face challenges in their lives and has been on staff twice as the pastor of disabilities after being called to serve at another church for 17 years. His second stint began in April 2015. Dave’s passion is to do all he can to come alongside people who are challenged by disability to allow them to become active members of our church family.
Dave is extremely blessed to be married to his Kathy since January 1980. They are both thankful for the many ways God allows them to serve Him in ministry together. Dave loves spending time with his three grown children – Ben, Amber and Molly, their spouses, and each one of his grandchildren. Along with spending time with his family, Dave enjoys cutting firewood, studying the weather, gardening, biking, hiking, hunting, and sports.