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.

Noah Tharp

Associate Pastor of Worship & 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 and Brooke. Brandon lives in Havre de Grace with his wife, Meg, and daughter, Madison.  Brooke is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College and is currently living 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.