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 34 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 2 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”.


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. 


grace hansen // worship pastor

Grace spent most of her childhood on the mission field in South America, where she developed a love of culture and language, as well as a passion for the Gospel in a global context. She is also passionate about seeing people connect with God through meaningful, authentic, Christ-centered worship! She graduated from Boise Bible College with a BS in Intercultural Studies. While in Boise, she met her husband, Joe (the crazy cool cat who gets to hang out with your HS and MS students every week!). They have the joy of being momma and daddy to the beautiful 1.5 year old daughter, Elizabeth, and a crazy 8 year old Chocolate Lab, Abe. On any given day, you may find Grace with a cup of coffee in hand, Chacos or Birkenstocks on her feet, surrounded by the smell of essential oils, and ready to share in a good laugh. She would love to meet you on a Sunday morning, so feel free to say hello! 


joe hansen // hs & ms student pastor

Joe was born and raised in Kimberly, Idaho. He graduated from Boise Bible College with a BA in Preaching Ministry. Joe is passionate about middle school and high school students and considers it a privilege to inspire, empower, and train the next generation of kingdom workers. He loves exploring outdoors, college football, playing music, and is always looking for a new person to scare! Joe's favorite part of youth ministry is seeing young students begin to dream about changing the world in Jesus' name. 


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.


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 likes spicy food, foreign movies, and playing music.


harold wells // facilities manager

Harold has been a member of Fork for 23 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 // finance coordinator

elder leadership


Russ Bohart // Children's Ministries

Scott Cantner // student ministries

kelly cessna // Facilities & building Ministries

Jack Lofland // Pastoral Care Ministries

Bruce Pennewill // Adult Ministries

 Josh Walker // Financial & Worship Ministries

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