- Pastor -

Mark Stryjak

Pastor Mark began his theological education at Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2006 and then participated in a year-long chaplaincy program at Lancaster General Hospital in 2010, where he received training in clinical pastor education.

His call into ministry developed in 2000, when he was living in San Diego, California, and ever since then, he has been continually surprised by the wonderful places and people he has had the opportunity to meet and minister to. 


Pastor Mark worked at Brownback’s UCC as an intentional interim for one year in 2013 before receiving his official call as sole Pastor to St. John’s in Southern Illinois in 2014. After three years, he was able to return to where he began his ministry here at Brownback’s. 

- Parish Administrator -
Kris Houck

As Parish Administrator, Kris provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for church members and visitors who call or visit the church. Kris provides general office support to the parish, staff, congregation, and committees, in order to support the ministries and mission of Brownback's UCC. Kris and her husband, Mike, have three children -- Taggart, Kennedy, and Beckett.

- Organist -

Patricia Kandler

Pat, whose family has deep roots at Brownback's Church going back to the original Brownback family, has served as church organist since April 1954! She started playing the organ when she was just 15 years old. Pat has 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Her outstanding gifts as a musician truly enrich our worship.

- Choir Director -

Penny Sallade

Penny directs the Chancel Choir, Chancel Handbell Choir, Good News Singers, Worship Ensemble, and Youth Handbell Choir. With the help of Kaitlin Iezzi, she also leads Kids JAM music during Worship Play. Penny coordinates all of the special music that is performed during the summer Sunday services. Penny has two daughters, Kaitlin and Amanda.