Lead Teaching Pastor: Kevin Crawford
Pastor Kevin came to Bowling Green in the fall of 2001, as the planting and first pastor of Brookside. His genuine affection for people, a deep love for God’s Word, and a passion for the Glory of God characterize his ministry. He earned his bachelors degree in Rhetoric and Communications from Kent State University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Kevin has previously served as a Young life volunteer, pastoral intern in Northwest Ohio, and associate pastor in Chicago and Michigan. In addition to his role at Brookside, he is the lead church planting coach for the Great Lakes Disctrict of the EFCA: coaching individual church planters, leading a monthly cohort of church planters, and teaching at national events on church planting. He and his wife, Dulcie, have four sons (Colin, Micah, Caleb, and Jacob) and reside in Bowling Green.
Assistant Pastor: Craig Flack
Pastor Craig has been on staff with Brookside since August of 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in History and his Masters of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, OH in 2014. Craig mainly focuses on the administration, structure, men's ministry, and Life Groups of Brookside. Some of Craig’s passions include teaching and preaching the Word of God, Ohio State football, golf, fishing, and good coffee. Craig married his wife Becca in October of 2009. They welcomed their first child, Elsie, in April of 2013 and the three reside in Bowling Green.
Care Pastor: Steve Rieske
Pastor Steve joined Brookside’s staff as the Care Pastor in January of 2015. While Steve just has just recently joined the pastoral team, he has been involved with Brookside since its creation serving in multiple roles including as an Elder. In addition to serving Brookside Part-time Steve also serves with CRU part-time, a ministry he has been on staff with since 1999. Steve holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and in 2014 received his Masters of Arts and Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife Sandy were married in 1997 and have three children (Narnia, Danny, and Jack).
Church Administrator: Sara Martin
Sara came to study education at BGSU in 2000 and hasn't been able to shake BG since. She married her husband, Ben, in 2005 and together they have two children, Asher and Amelia. Sara has been beyond blessed to serve Brookside part-time as administrator when she decided to leave her teaching career upon the birth of their son in 2009. She has a passion for people, cooking, health and nutrition, mothering/parenting, homemaking, crafting, frugal living and discovering God in the midst of it all.
Director of Brookside Kids: Ashley Braucksieck
Ashley has been involved with Brookside Church since 2005 when she first moved to the Bowling Green area for college. In college, Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Interpersonal Communications, and then later earned a Masters of Education in School Counseling, both degrees are from BGSU. Ashley and her husband, Ryan Braucksieck, met through Brookside Church and were married in June of 2013. Ashley has been on staff with Brookside since May of 2011 as the Director of Children’s Ministries, and prior to this ministry position she was also actively involved in the ministry of Young Life as a leader and committee member. The combination of Ashley's passion for the Great Commission going forth and the spiritual development of children and young people comes to life in our growing Brookside Kids ministry.
Director of Counseling: Kimberly Duvall
Kimberly and her husband Dave, have lived near Wayne, Ohio with their two sons, Jonathan & Daniel, for seven years. She has felt the call to help others since her undergraduate time at Ohio Northern University as a Criminal Justice major. Upon graduation from ONU in 1994, Kimberly began working with juvenile felon offenders at the Juvenile Residential Center of NWO, in BG. While employed at JRC, she completed her Master's studies in Mental Health Counseling and graduated from BGSU in 1999. Kimberly's post-graduate education and training included Addictions, Prevention & Nouthetic counseling. She became licensed as a chemical dependency counselor in 2008. After 16 years of service at JRC, Kimberly resigned and began offering counseling services through Brookside and Cru. She is continually grateful for the opportunity to serve those in need and to be a part of the team at Brookside.
Director Of Cru (Brookside's College Ministry): Lori Brittenham
Lori graduated from Mount Union College in 2008 and has been on staff with CRU at BGSU since 2009. Upon making her home in Bowling Green in 2009, she was immediately drawn to the people of Brookside and their genuine love for others -- she has, since then, made Brookside her church home. Lori is an Ohio State Buckeye fanatic, has her beverage of choice found in a soy chai latte, has developed a recent passion for playing racquetball, and has a dream of becoming a surfer one day. More than anything, however, Lori has a passion for college students to know Jesus and loves getting to invest in their lives through the ministry of Brookside and CRU.
Director Of Cru (Brookside's College Ministry): Nicholas Gillispie
Nick came to Bowling Green State University in 2000 and quickly got involved with Cru. After marrying the woman of his dreams, Ali, in 2004 they moved around before coming back to Bowling Green. Nick and Ali served a year in Germany as missionaries then joined staff with Cru full time. In 2007 they started going to Brookside and experienced immediately an authentic community that is passionate about Jesus. Nick is one of the leaders for Cru, the college ministry of Brookside. Nick cares deeply that students understand and can study God's word, know how God has made them, and have a genuine understanding of God's love for the nations. Nick and Ali have four children (Grant, Madison, Riley, Griffin).