NFBC Pastoral and support Staff

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  • Tom Schiefer

    Lead Pastor

    Connect with me at TomNFBC@gmail.com


    Tom has served as the Lead Pastor of the Nappanee First Brethren Church since August of 2003, having first come to this congregation as Associate Pastor for one year. Prior to his service with this congregation, he was Senior Pastor of Smoky Row Brethren Church in Columbus, Ohio from 1992-2002 and pastor of the Lanark, IL First Brethren Church for 5 years (1987-1992). He has served the Brethren Church as Moderator of General Conference (2007-2009), member of the Indiana District Ministry of Pastoral and Congregational Care, Moderator of the Central District, a trustee of the Retirement Board, and as chair of the Ohio District Ministerial Examining Board. Prior to entering the pastoral ministry, Tom was band director at Crestline (OH) High School, Wynford High School in Bucyrus, OH, and marching band director at Ashland University. He grew up on the family farm outside of Bucyrus, Ohio, has been a Minnesota Vikings fan since Jr. High and is a Graduate of Ashland University (Bachelor of Music) and Ashland Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). Tom and his wife Julie are the proud parents of 3 adult daughters Kimberly (Brian) Bell (and their granddaughter Kaitlyn and grandson Nathaniel) of Nappanee, Bethel (Andrew) Burton (their granddaughter Abigail) of Lexington, Ohio, and Laura (Aaron) Penhorwood of Columbus, Ohio.

  • John Howenstine

    Pastor of student ministries

    Connect with me at HowieNFBC@gmail.com

    John "Howie" Howenstine Pastor of Student Ministries Howie is the newest staff member at Nappanee First Brethren Church. He has served as Pastor of Student Ministries since January 2014. Howie has been in youth ministry for over 20 years as either a part or full-time staff member within the Brethren Church. Howie has been married to his wife, Kim, since 1991 and has a college student and a high schooler, Kaity and Caleb. He loves spending time with his family and being active in the lives of his children via show choir, marching band, lacrosse, and church camp. His all-time favorite musician is Phil Collins and he loves to watch cooking shows. His true love is making a difference in teenager’s lives and trying to find new and creative ways to communicate the life altering message of Jesus Christ to this generation and beyond.



  • Heidi Helmuth

    Office Administrator

    Connect with me at OfficeNFBC@gmail.com


    Heidi began working at NFBC in 2015 after many years as an office administrator for a local auto dealership.  In her spare time you'll find her spending time with her three beautiful children and her husband.

  • Lisa miller

    Facilities/Custodial


2016 Advisory board members

The NFBC Advisory Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm to work and pray through important next steps for the life of the congregation.  This meeting is open to any member to observe and share.

  • moderator

    Bruce Wells

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  • vice moderator

    Rod stump jr.

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  • Secretary

    Alice Hershberger

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  • Trustees

    Nate Yoder

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  • Outreach

    Kenny Miller

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  • Kid's Quest director

    Jana MIller

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  • Finance/Treasurer

    Carl Borkholder

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  • Fellowship

    Carla Mullet

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  • Lead Pastor

    Tom Schiefer

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  • Student ministries

    John Howenstine

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