Brandywine Collaborative Ministries

Meet The Staff

Pastors
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Email: BCMRector@comcast.net 

Rev. Dr. Ketlen A. Solak - Covenant Rector

Many years ago, I worked at a popular retail store where the norm was for all employees to wear name tags. One day, one of the customers whose needs I was attending to noticed my first name, Ketlen (pronounced as it looks) and became very excited. This customer, who was from Wales, made a point of telling me that my name was Welsh, and at the end of our conversation she happily exclaimed: “Madam, you are Welsh!” I could not help but be amused by her genuine and enthusiastic affirmation.

“Madam, you are Welsh!”
I was born and raised for the first sixteen years of my life in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While my family can claim a rich mix of European and African ethnic and cultural heritage, I was not aware of any familial connection to Wales. Nonetheless, I was tickled about my newly-given “Welsh identity” which I have learned to joyfully embrace.

In addition to being from Haiti I also hail from Northern Virginia where I have lived ever since I moved from Haiti. In terms of ordained ministry, I studied at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), class of 2005, and I have served as Associate Rector at St. Luke’s, Alexandria for over nine years. I am currently a candidate for the Doctor in Ministry at VTS. My husband Scott and I both studied music in college. He is a composer and pianist in the classical tradition and has written a number of commissioned works. We both enjoy going to concerts, reading, and absorbing the beauty of nature.

I am humbled and excited to be called as Covenant Rector of the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries. I admire the vision and commitment of the people of Ascension, Calvary, and Grace. Together we are embarking on a great new venture, and I am convinced that, with God’s blessing and help, a bright future lies ahead.

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Email: staff@bvln.com

Rev. Christopher C. Moore - Assistant to the Covenant Rector

The Rev. Christopher C. Moore was named as a permanent team member of the BCM ministry. He serves as assistant to the Covenant Rector, The Rev. Ketlen Solak, and will, with her, share the preaching rotation at the three member churches.

“It’s a real blessing to share this ministry,” says Chris. “Grace, Ascension and Calvary have made my wife Janice and me feel so welcome since we arrived. I look forward to participating on a more permanent basis in this ministry.”
Chris’ most recent ministry was also a collaborative ministry involving more than one church. From 2006 to 2013 he served as assistant to the rector at the Parish of All Saints’ Church and St. George’s Chapel in Rehoboth, Delaware, where he alternated with the rector in preaching and celebrating at the two churches.

Ordained in 1974, Chris served churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California. With degrees from Muhlenberg College, Drew University and Andover Newton Theological School, Chris also studied theology at Cambridge University in England. Accomplishments include running a Marathon in under four hours, winning an Emmy Award (along with his wife Janice) for Excellence in Religious Broadcasting, and writing and publishing three books on religion and psychology. His latest is Solitude: A Neglected Path to God (Cowley Press, 2001).

Chris and Janice live in Media, PA, with their two dogs and a cat, where he enjoys working on his one-acre property, hiking on the Appalachian Trail at the Delaware Water Gap, and spending time with his four grandchildren, aged three and under.

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Rev. Dr. Edwin C. Pease, Jr. - Assistant to the Covenant Rector

The Rev. Dr. Ed Pease has been in parish ministry for 36 years, having served parishes in New England as Rector, and occasionally as Interim. He recently worked as Assistant for Christian Education at Grace Church, Newton, MA. His last interim appointment was at All Saints’ Church, Stoneham, MA.

Ongoing with parish ministry, Ed has frequently been a consultant to parishes. He has been a trained Congregational Coach for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for a number of years assisting parishes dealing with loss and change; he also served on the bishop’s staff of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia for 3 years as Deputy for Congregational and Clergy Development. There he visited many congregations in that diocese as a coach and consultant.

He prefers to be addressed as Ed, or Father Ed if you prefer. Ed is a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, having earned the degree of Master of Divinity in 1979 and Doctor of Ministry in 1992. Before entering the ordained ministry Ed was an executive for a manufacturing company, and prior to that he was business manager and a teacher in independent schools in the Hudson Valley of New York. Using his accounting background he has been of help to a number of congregations in conducting parish audits.

He prefers to be addressed as Ed, or Father Ed if you prefer. Ed and his spouse, Linda Clark, a church musician and professor emerita of Boston University School of Theology, moved in March 2013 from the Boston area to Coniston, one of the Kendal communities, in West Chester, PA. He has worked as a supply priest in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and in the Diocese of Delaware.

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Welcoming a special guest

Pictured are from left to right, the Rev. Chris Moore, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the Rev. Dr. Ketlen Solak, and the Rev. Dr. Ed Pease. Bishop Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. The BCM was very privileged to have Bishop Curry visit the BCM this past Sunday December 10, 2017

Music Department
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Sandra Pierce - Music Director at Ascension

A life long member of The Church of the Ascension, I  was so excited to become a chorister in the Junior Choir when I was eight. Choir was my whole life and I was so lucky to be surrounded by a faithful parish family who helped me to grow in the Light of Christ. I continued in choir ministry as a chorister in the Senior Choir until I was called to my present position.

I have served my parish as a lay reader and Eucharistic minister, Sunday School teacher, served on women’s guilds , altar guild and was the musician for the Brandywine Parishes Vacation Bible School for  many years.

I studied piano with the late Blema J. Tatman, and was inspired to play organ by the late Mabel Bard Pierce, and the late J. Harrison Walker. At Westminster Choir College, I took classes  to become a licenced Kindermusick  teacher and I was fortunate to take a workshop with the  late Helen Kemp an extraordinary master teacher of creative teaching pedagogy for young singers. I recently semi retired from St. David’s Episcopal Day School after twenty six years, but I still work as their music specialist, helping the children prepare for their Halloween and Christmas Programs and playing music for their weekly chapel service.

At Calvary Church, I served as Junior Choir Director from 1988 until the summer of 1996 and my great grandparents on both sides of my father’s family were members of Grace Church,  so I feel a connection with all three parishes.

My husband Gilbert and I have three daughters, three son in laws, three grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

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Darlene Hobbs - Music Director at Calvary Hillcrest

Darlene is a graduate of West Chester University with a Music Education concentration. She also studied with the late Orlando Otey who resided in Wilmington. A relative newcomer to Calvary Episcopal (October, 2013), she served in various churches in Chester and Delaware Counties. Darlene also taught private piano, worked as a substitute teacher and held music positions at Garnet Valley School District and Octorara Area School District in Atglen, Pennsylvania. She resides in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Mark Foulsham- Music Director at Grace Chruch

Information about Mark is coming soon.

Secretaries
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Chrissie Lockwood - Administrative Assistant at Ascension

I have been a member of Church of the Ascension since 2009 and have been a member of the Administrative team for the past 2 years. I have taken on many positions here at the church which includes Sexton, Sunday School Teacher for COTA Kids, and Youth Leader for the Launch Pad (youth group). I am also a member of the Altar Guild, The Women’s Guild and the Special Events & Fundraising committee.

I am married to Jodie Lockwood and we have five children, three adult children who have given us eight wonderful grandchildren, and we have two children ages 11 & 9 that are still at home with us. We are the human caretakers to two dogs and two cats.

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Lyndie Mozzoni - Administrative Assistant at Ascension

I am a fourth generation member of Church of the Ascension.  I have been the Treasurer and part of the Administration Team for the past 2 years.  I am an active member and business owner in the community of Claymont.

I am married to Leo Mozzoni and we have 3 children, ages 14, 9 and 6.

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Mary Morgan - Administrative Assistant at Calvary

I have been a member of Calvary Church, Hillcrest since 2004.  I am one of the founding members of the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries.  I am very proud of all that we have accomplished so far.  The BCM is leading the way in a new structure of ministry.  Once my tenure as Sr. Warden was over, I was asked to run the office, where I have been since April 1, 2014.

Additional information and a proper photograph of Mary will be coming soon.

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Twyla Evitts - Administrative Assistant at Grace

As both a church musician and administrator, Twyla has served many different denominations — United Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Full Gospel, and Presbyterian. She is currently also working at Hanover Presbyterian Church here in Wilmington with their music program.

Twyla says, “I enjoy working for the church because I feel that it is a privilege to be able to live out your faith through your work. I also enjoy the Christian journey with the staff and parish members. We build caring relationships, serve others, glorify God, and have fun along the way.”
Twyla is delighted to be a part of the staff at Grace Church and the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries.

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