Kurt Stout

Senior Pastor
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“Christ is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Colossians 1:17

Before becoming the Senior Pastor, Kurt came to First Brethren as an intern 27 years ago.  He fell in love with the people (especially one young girl who he married the following year!).  Kurt and Heidi have four kids.  They are a global family.  Isaac (21) is from India.  Caleb (19) is theirs biologically.  Beletu (17) and Hanna (13) are from Ethiopia.  They live on a small plot of land at the edge of town and enjoy walking the creek, hiking the trails, shooting hoops, and having campfires.  The Stouts used to have 4H goats in their small barn, but now it’s an Airbnb called The Shed Retreat.  People from all over find their way to the shed, and hopefully experience God there too. Kurt can juggle three balls in the air, but with so many responsibilities, he will tell you that this verse is a good reminder that Jesus (not Kurt) is the One who keeps everything in place.

Ron Burns

Adult Discipleship Coordinator
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 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Galatians 2:20

Ron has been with NMFBC for 13 years, and he and Pei Eng have been married for 36 years.  He was born and raised a Buckeye (which some say is a useless nut) and likes sports, especially baseball, and follows Cleveland teams and Ohio State.  He also likes jokes, especially funny ones. 

Dylan Stillman

Youth Discipleship Coordinator
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“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

Psalm 34:8

Pastor Dylan joined the NMFBC staff team as Youth Discipleship Coordinator in September of 2019. Dylan is a husband, dad, and coffee lover! His wife Megan is a mom, caregiver, and an amazing cook! Dylan and Megan live in Winona Lake, Indiana with their beautiful daughter Annette. They have two huskies named Juno and Koda and all enjoy their family walks to the park. As Youth Discipleship Coordinator, Dylan has a passion for helping teens understand how much God loves them and equipping them in their life as followers of Jesus. Dylan holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Studies from Grace College and Seminary and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Anabaptist Mennonite Bible Seminary. 

Julie Burlingames

Children’s Discipleship Coordinator
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Julie began as Children’s Discipleship Coordinator in March of 2022. She and her husband, Matt, have 3 young adult children. They have attended First Brethren for 15+ years.

Nicole McKee

Worship Coordinator & Office Manager
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“Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15:58

Nicole has been with NMFBC since 2014. She married her high school sweetheart, Mark (who serves as the church’s Property Coordinator), in 2003 and they spend most of their time raising their two daughters, Jessilyn and Analeigh. She’s the oldest, and shortest, of 3 girls and is proud to count her two younger sisters among her best friends. She worked a fast paced and stressful, but very rewarding, job for the American Red Cross for 11 years before taking a part time position with the church in order to spend more time with her young family. She served as Administrative Assistant until November of 2020 when she was hired as the Worship Coordinator. Nicole loves to sing and started learning to play piano a few years ago to help our worship team. In her spare time, she likes to crochet, read, and lounge in her backyard pool – but not all at the same time.

Debra Pyrah

Administrative Assistant
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Jim Mishler

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We are accepting applications now for the part-time position of Children’s Discipleship Coordinator. If you are interested in applying please send your resume to by June 11, 2023. Click here to view the full job description and qualifications.