Our Staff

Russ Long

Senior Pastor

Pastor Russ Long assumed the position as our Senior Pastor in May of 1995. He is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, Nazarene Theological Seminary and Boston University. His wife, Debb, is also a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College. Pastor Long came to us after serving the previous eleven years as pastor in Plattsburgh, New York. Russ & Debb have three married daughters: Heather, Andrea & Kristen.

Earlier this Summer, Pastor Russ announced that he would be transitioning out of his role as Lead Pastor at Bel Air Church of the Nazarene.  His last Sunday will be October 28th.  For more information on succession planning, CLICK HERE.

Noah Tharp

Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care

Pastor Noah Tharp joined our staff in October of 1999. Noah is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College and Nazarene Theological Seminary. His wife, Linda, also graduated from Eastern Nazarene College. Pastor Tharp has pastored in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Noah & Linda have three grown daughters: Kim, Amber & Amanda.

Gregg Alsbrooks

Associate Pastor of Youth & Young Adults

Pastor Gregg Alsbrooks joined our staff in February of 2006. Gregg is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University. He met Dodi, who is now his wife, at Trevecca; she is also a graduate of Trevecca with a major in Elementary Education. Gregg and Dodi have three children: Alycia, Grant & Haven. Before coming to Bel Air, Gregg pastored in Jacksonville, FL and Raleigh, NC.

Kathy Peter

Children’s Ministry Director

Kathy Peter joined the staff in October of 2008. She is a graduate of Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, GA and Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY. Her husband, Mike is a graduate of Towson University.  Mike and Kathy have two grown children: Kate and Mikey.

Deb Sword

Administrative Assistant

Deb Sword began working in the Church Office in May 1999 and is now the Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of Liberty University. Deb and her husband, Terry moved to the area in December 1998 from Hagerstown, MD. Terry & Deb have 2 adult children. Brandon lives in Havre de Grace with his wife, Meg, and children, Madison.  Brooke and her husband, Aaron are graduates of Eastern Nazarene College and live in Boston.

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Daycare Director

Tabitha Horn became the Director of Hickory Child Development Center in December 2016 after serving as a teacher and then the Assistant Director.  She has a degree in Elementary Education and has 15 years of experience with children and 10 years experience in management of a daycare center. Tabitha and her husband, Kevin, live in Bel Air with their daughter, Savannah.