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 (Intermin)
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.
Jessica Cole, Director of Women’s Ministries
Jessica joined West Shore staff in September of 2016. Prior to serving at West Shore, for several years Jessica was a music evangelist and had the opportunity to proclaim the gospel through music internationally and in almost every state in the US. Most recently she served on staff as the Director of Worship Arts for almost 13 years at Salem Church in Staten Island, NY.
Serving alongside her husband as a senior pastor’s wife she had the opportunity to serve women in various capacities, including teaching Bible Studies, mentoring younger women, counseling, and ministering to seniors and widows. Jessica’s greatest passion is missions and she has a heart to encourage and equip women to live on mission for God. She is a graduate of the Gateway Theological Institute and is continuing her theological education online through Liberty University.
She and her husband Eddie we were married in 1996 and have a 20 year old daughter. Eddie currently serves as our Superintendent in the Eastern District of the EFCA. Jessica travels with him once a month to minister alongside him and serve pastors wives in our district.They love to travel, try new restaurants, and play tennis together (and laugh at how bad they both play).
Ned Davis, Church Administrator
Ned and his family have been members at West Shore 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, aspects of financial systems 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 grown sons and have eight grandchildren. Ned enjoys drumming, fitness and outdoor activities, reading, studying, 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 serves as Worship Pastor at West Shore. He has been leading worship in multiple settings for the past 13 years and is a songwriter for Sovereign Grace Music. Growing up in New Jersey and spending years in Orlando, Florida, he now returns to the northeast. He and his wife Noelle also lead the anti-human trafficking ministry, “Set Free Event” doing high school assemblies and church presentations with awareness, prevention, and mobilization in mind against modern-day slavery. George is currently pursuing an MDiv in Worship Leadership from Southern Seminary. With their three children, Brynn, William and Benjamin, 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
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. Most recently, God has led them to Central Pennsylvania from the Chicago area. Dan is a Buffalo Sabres fan and a food and coffee snob. He thoroughly loves every dining experience and enjoys creative outlets in cooking and woodworking. He and Stephanie love to explore new cities, checking out cafes along the way.
Ken Thompson, Pastor of Visitation and Caring Ministries
Ken came to West Shore in 1996, serving for five year 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 members of the West Shore Church body 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, Pastor of Discipleship
Nate serves the church as Pastor of Discipleship, caring for and overseeing various people groups within the church, including Men’s Ministry, Small Group and Fellowship Group Ministries, and young adults. 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 are particularly pleased to be part of SixTen, the young adult fellowship group that meets Sunday morning and throughout the week.
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 West Shore 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 children: Joseph Micaiah, and Anna Leah. In his spare time, Nate enjoys yardwork, 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.
Dave 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 soft spot in his heart for those who face challenges in their lives. His road to his current position as pastor of the disabilities ministry began in September of 1983 when he first joined the pastoral staff at West Shore EFC. Then after being on staff for 14 years and attending the church for 20 years, God called Dave and his wife Kathy away to serve in another pastoral position. After being away from West Shore for 17 years God led them to once again become a part of the West Shore EFC family. His second stint as Pastor of the Disabilities Ministries began in April 2015. Dave’s passion is to do all he can to come alongside people who are challenged by a 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.