Terry Allison, Pastor of Children’s Ministries
“I hated going to church when I was a boy,” recalls Pastor Terry. Although he’d wake up early on Sunday mornings, he would watch television with the volume off so his parents would hopefully oversleep and miss church. If anyone had told Terry that he was going to grow up to be a pastor, he would have thought they were crazy.
That all changed when Terry entered into a personal relationship with Jesus at the age of 15 and discovered just how awesome Jesus is. Soon afterwards, he committed his life to teaching others about Jesus. When Terry became a pastor, he dedicated himself to making church an exciting and interesting place for kids so they’d never feel about church the same way he did at their age.
Awesome Adventure reflects Pastor Terry’s deep love for Jesus and children, his passionate vision for building a children’s ministry that makes a significant spiritual impact, and his intense dedication to seeing children become all they can be in Jesus Christ.
Educational Ministries Associate
Amy grew up in New Jersey and majored in Family Studies at Messiah College. Upon graduating, she stayed in the area and worked in the human services field for ten years. In 2013, God put a fire in her heart to lead children’s ministry at a local church, and she served in that capacity for five years until God brought her family to West Shore. She is thrilled for the opportunity to invest further in the lives of children,parents, and leaders here! Amy is married to Joe and has two boys in the Mechanicsburg School District.
Alesha Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator
Alesha graduated from Art Institute of York with a degree in Interior Design. Since that time, she had various experiences in customer service and travel advisory work. She has had the privilege of been a stay-at-home mom since the birth of her first child in 2008. During this time, she served within youth ministries and as a church nursery coordination. She is married to Matt and has three children: Emma, Luke, and Cole. She is excited to connect West Shore attendees with serving opportunities that match their gifts and interests to build up the body of Christ!
Stacy Masshardt, Nursery Coordinator
Stacy is honored to care for the youngest children in our church. She will be continually looking for ways to instill the Gospel through warmth and attentiveness so that even the smallest ears can sense the Good News. Stacy has a Bachelors degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Eastern University and a Masters in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Messiah College. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Mechanicsburg. Stacy, her husband Joe, and their son Charlie have been attending the church since 2017. Stacy enjoys crafts, day trip adventures with her family, crocheting, and being outdoors. Stacy sees it as a privilege to be a steward of the precious ones in our congregation and she greatly values those who serve alongside of her.
Kristin Pepper, Preschool Coordinator
Since high school, Kristin has known that God has been calling her to work with young children. “I decided to get my degree in early childhood education because of my love for children, but I never anticipated the exciting opportunities that God would put in my path when I got involved in Awesome Adventure at West Shore,” says Kristin. Her extensive background as an educator has prepared her in countless ways to serve young children, their parents, and Awesome Adventure preschool teachers. Kristin has been attending the church since her Messiah College days with her husband Rob. She has three children, Colby, Micah and Aubrey.
Tifany Banks, Elementary & Outreach Coordinator
Tifany has served in the Children’s Ministry for over 13 years. First as a volunteer and for the last 6 1/2 years on staff at a local church. She has had the roles of Children’s Ministry Director, Volunteer and Event Coordinator, and as Elementary Coordinator. Tifany loves children and their hunger and thirst for the things of God. It is her desire to share with them how much they are loved by Christ. She is excited to serve in this role and come alongside families in raising up lifelong disciples! She is married to Paul and has two adult children, Iain and Ciarra (who is married to Evan). She has a deep love for animals, family, and being gathered with friends. She also enjoys getting outdoors for hikes, time at the beach and quick getaways to B&B’s or trying out different Tiny Homes.
Emily Tuschak, Special Needs Coordinator
Emily has attended this church for the majority of her life. She grew up in Dillsburg and spent a lot of time in the youth ministries. Since a young age, Emily has had a desire to work with children, especially those with special needs. She has always felt that seeing children’s understanding of the love of Jesus is one of the most beautiful things.
Emily is a graduate of Shippensburg University with two degrees in Early Childhood Education PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8. After graduating she began her career at a nearby public school and here at West Shore Free Church as the Special Needs Coordinator. She enjoys working with children with special needs and their families.
Outside of work, you will find Emily painting, going to baseball games, running or spending time hiking with her husband, Joe, and 2 dogs.
Lisa Dunlap, Ministry Support
Lisa graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia with a dual emphasis BSEd in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She worked with Campus Crusade for Christ for eight years leading both the women’s ministry at Missouri State University as well as short term mission teams to Budapest, Hungary and Mongolia. Lisa’s passion is seeing people take the next step in their relationship with Jesus and launching them out to be actively involved in making disciples. You can find her serving in several ministries around the church. She and her husband have four children, Hannah, Zach, Libby & Noah.