Our Staff


virgil brazle // Connections Pastor

Virgil left a long time career in 2011 to answer a calling to full time ministry. His heart’s desire is that people of all ages find their place, purpose and passion within the family of God. He and Barb, his wife of 35 years, make “doing life” with others a priority. This includes time with their 3 sons and their wives who live in MD, MO and NY as well as their 3 grandchildren. Besides family time, Virgil likes doing just about anything “hands on” that involves tools as well as hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping. Though he and Barb have been in MD for a relatively short time, they are both glad to call this place “home”.


Ben Cantler // Student Pastor

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josh haltom // lead pastor

Josh was born and raised in the Midwestern-paradise known as “Indiana”. At the age of 17 Josh started attending church for the first time and answered many questions such as “Why are you here?”“Don’t you know Church is for good folks, not punks?” and “Are you serious?”.  Josh was a punk, but at least he was a serious punk. After falling in love with Jesus Josh came to realize that Church is indeed for those “punks”, the “not good enough” and even for those who think they are “good enough”, even though they aren’t. It was through his own relationship with Jesus that Josh realized the message of Christ is often lost in the message of Christians. It was at this point that he enrolled at Johnson University (JU) with the hope of better equipping himself to getting the message of Christ out to as many people as possible. It was at JU that Josh received a Bachelors Degree in Preaching, Bible, Youth Ministry, and a fiancé. Josh is now married to Julie who is beautiful, kind, loving, and works full-time to fight the ever-growing epidemic of sex trafficking. Josh and Julie reside in the spirited town of “Hydes” and have two dogs that they never should have let sleep in the bed “just this one time.” Josh enjoys when his sports teams are winning and talking out-loud about Jesus. 


Dennis kozlowski // Lead care pastor

Dennis has been serving at Fork for ten years and loves spending time with God's people and encouraging them through His Word.  Dennis' family, his wife Deb, and his three daughters mean the world to him.  Dennis loves serving God with supportive elders and staff and looks forward to seeing the ministry grow.  Dennis is an avid Orioles, Ravens, and Capitals fan.  He also enjoys music.


April Leilich // Financial Administrator

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Nick Smith // Worship Pastor

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Mike Strittmatter // creative & communications director

Mike has been attending Fork Christian Church since he was 5 years old and, as far as we can tell, has turned out alright. When he's not at work, he's featured prominently at home as a husband, father, and dishwasher. Mike enjoys spicy food, foreign movies, and playing music.


harold wells // facilities manager

Harold has been a member of Fork for 25 years. He has extensive experience in the construction and landscaping businesses, and currently owns a lawn and landscaping company. He, along with his wife, has three sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Harold is an avid Ravens fan and enjoys watching the game with a group of guys who have been watching football together for 20 years. He enjoys hosting backyard barbecues. And, for stress relief he enjoys challenging some of the staff in ping pong. 


stephanie yang // Children's Pastor

Bio coming soon!

Elder Leadership


Russ Bohart // Children's Ministries

Scott Cantner // student ministries

Jack Lofland // Pastoral Care Ministries

Bruce Pennewill // Adult Ministries

 Josh Walker // Financial & Worship Ministries

Mark Warner // chairman of the elders & Lead Pastor Ministries