Our Elder Team
As our pastors, these men provide spiritual leadership for our church through administrative oversight, shepherding care, and faithfully teaching and applying God's Word to our lives.
Teaching & Administration Pastor
Thomas grew up in Indiana, then spent his early adulthood and ministry in Milwaukee, WI. After pastoring Faith Baptist Church in Queens, NY, he moved to Moorhead when Brookdale called him to be their pastor. He and his wife, Sarah, have six children at home and enjoy cheering on the Mets, getting outdoors, and playing table games together. Thomas received his graduate training from Baptist Bible Seminary and is passionate about helping people learn and live the Bible. He blogs at Shepherd Thoughts.
Outreach & Discipleship Pastor
From Washington, D.C., Will moved to Fargo when Brookdale called him as pastor after serving at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Milledgville, GA. He and his wife, Sarah, have two young children and enjoy meeting new people and learning new things. Will is a loyal DC sports fan and can be a bit of a tech nerd. He received his ministerial training from Ambassador Baptist College and loves building close relationships around God's Word. He also serves as Campus Minister of Capstone Classical Academy in Fargo.
Our Support Team
These members enable us to fulfill our mission more effectively by devoting their energy, time, and spiritual gifts to serving the church in crucial ways.
Children's Ministries Director
Zach and Shelley have lived in Fargo for over 20 years. They own and serve Custom Graphics, where they first met. In 15+ years at Brookdale, they've raised four children and served in a variety of ways. They strive to help parents teach their children to follow Jesus by providing a safe, caring environment for growth, fun, and understanding for all ages. They enjoy camping, hiking, taking in a concert, or walking their dog, Loki, and Shelley's acrylics and other artwork are displayed around the F-M area.
Natalie is a grateful graduate of Park Christian School, where she currently serves as assistant coach for the high school girls’ volleyball squad. She sings and plays guitar for Sunday morning worship and serves in the youth worship hour, too. She desires to be a Christ-focused, service-minded role model for young people in the church and embraces life with cautious enthusiasm and joy. She's wrapping up her Elementary Education training through Faith Baptist Bible College.
Administrative & Communications Secretary
Zerella is an enthusiastic honor student in the Ginger Homeschool Academy for Girls (for real!). Having been part of the Brookdale church family her entire life, she loves giving back by serving as secretary, participating in the children's ministries, and helping decorate the church for different seasons. Beyond church, she enjoys serving at summer Bible camp, gardening, crystal mining, and playing the piano, violin, and ukulele.
Zach and Carrie are lifelong F-M residents who find joy serving Brookdale in a variety of ways. Zac is a skilled engineer who enjoys crafting things from scratch. Carrie a compassionate teacher with a passion for learning about other cultures and languages. They have two energetic young daughters who love being in the Brookdale children's ministries.
Nancy has been actively involved in church work for many years serving in children's and teen ministries and more. Missions have always been near to her heart. She and her husband Ed have found Brookdale to be a real and inviting faith family of which they are thrilled to be members. Her hobbies include cooking, camping, fishing, gardening, sewing, crocheting, and reading.