Meet our Pastors!


Len Harper, Lead Pastor

Family: Married to the "love of my life and girl of my dreams", Robin Kelly since 1983. 4 awesome sons: Luke , Matthew (not pictured), Aaron and Joshua!

"What do you love about being a Pastor of SBWC?"   I truly feel like I am the most blessed Pastor in the world! In my over 16 years serving here, I have never once thought about leaving for another church.  I love this church!  We are family!  We are not perfect . . . but we love each other and we love God!

"What are your favorite movies?"    My all time favorite movie is the original Star Wars!  I also enjoy Jurassic ParkRaiders of the Lost Ark, and Lord of the Rings.

What is God teaching you right now? It's time to get back in the marketplace and be a light in my neighborhood, at the YMCA, at the baseball field...wherever I go! And to remember, "He goes with me as I share His love with others!

Chris Thomas, Worship and Family Pastor

Family: Married to my beautiful princess Julie. I have six children: Luke (Not pictured), Noah (Not pictured), Isabelle, Caroline, Micah, & Julianna. 

"What do you love about being a Pastor of SBWC?"  This is a church with real people in love with an awesome God! I have served here for 13 years because I believe in the vision we have to Worship God, Grow Together & Serve Others. Pastor Len is a true shepherd who encourages us to be all that God created us to be!

"What are your favorite movies?"   Raiders of the Lost ArkSecond Hand LionsPrincess BrideNacho LibreSignsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs & many more...

What is God teaching you right now? To release the direction & leadership of everything to Him. He has set me in the current of His River. I need to just rest in that & let Him take me where I need to go! To be intentional about not missing valuable moments with my family.

Chuck Ammons, Teaching Pastor

Family: Married to my best friend, Jill since 2002. 5 amazing kids: Bradley, Josiah, Gabriel and twins Andrew and Annabelle!

"What do you love about being a Pastor of SBWC?"  I love that I have found a family in our Pastors and our members that I can grow alongside. The genuine love of the people makes it such an honor to come to work everyday!

"What are your favorite movies?"  I’m big on movies that reflect truth about life. Some fav’s: Lord of the Rings, Gladiator.  I also love a great love story with my bride – our fav’s: The Lakehouse, The Vow.

What's God teaching you right now? That He LOVES me! Despite my shortcomings, He really, truly loves me! That is amazingly Good News!

Sheila Jones, Children's Pastor

Brian Jones, Wedding Outreach Pastor

Family: Highschool sweethearts and best friends, married since June 1999. 3 children: Preston, Gwendolyn and Clara - And 1 chihuahua named Lucy!

What do you love about being a Pastor of SBWC?

Sheila: I love that I have a church that is truly home, that I have the honor and privilege to serve children and families of SBWC and watch God work in their lives. South Brandon Worship Center is truly a special place!

Brian: I love seeing God bring ordinary people together for an extraordinary purpose. He has strengthened me as a believer and a servant, allowing me to lead others and preach the gospel through teaching and music while developing lifelong friendships.

"What are your favorite movies?"    

Sheila: I have a weakness for romantic comedies! I also love the Chronicles of Narnia movies, “Annie” the musical, The Goonies and pretty much anything made by Disney!

 Brian: Back to the Future Trilogy, The Wedding Singer, Music & Lyrics, Forest Gump, The Beach Boys "An American Family"

What is God teaching you right now?  

Sheila: To trust Him even when life doesn’t make sense because He truly does love me in ways that I can’t comprehend and He will take care of me! 

Brian: "Relax Brian, I've got this. All the uncertainties of this life, well I've taken you through them before and I will do it again."

Jasmin Vargas, Preschool Pastor

Family: I am married to my hardworking husband, Ron, since 2005. We have 2 awesome sons: Ethan and Aiden. 

"What do you love about being a Pastor of SBWC?"  I have the joy and honor to serve our amazing birth thru 5 year old children and their families! God gave me the priviledge to be able to witness the little children develop and grow in becoming disciples of Christ Jesus! How awesome is that?

"What are your favorite movies?"  The Count of Monte Cristo, About Time, The Siege of Jadotville, Moana and many, many more!

What's God teaching you right now?  God is teaching me that I can do ALL things through Him. Who I think I am, what I do or do not have can’t interfere with His purpose in my life! “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”- Isaiah 55:10-11. 

Ken Ackerman, Outreach Pastor

Cindy Ackerman, Prayer Pastor

Family: Married for 30 amazing years! Between us, we have 3 grown children and 6 way above average grandchildren and our first Great grandchild, "Harper Skyler" due this Fall, Sept 2016! We also consider all the families of our church as family, as we love them dearly.

What do you love about being a Pastor of SBWC? 

Ken: Serving and loving God's people as I watch their hearts open up to and receive the love of God.

Cindy: The love we share for one another, the sweet fellowship within the church, and the unique blend of leaders that the Lord has brought together.

What are your favorite movies?  

Ken: Christmas VacationTrue Grit (new one), TombstoneNacho Libre and all Westerns.

Cindy: Captain RonChristmas VacationThe Bourne TrilogyStar Wars.  I also enjoy many of the animated comedies and James Bond movies.

What is God teaching you right now? 

Ken: That through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I am free from things about me that used to torment me!

Cindy: He is waiting for us to bring all our issues to Him and to pray for greater things! He's so faithful and is ready to bring the waves of revival that have been envisioned and prayed for! 

Rich Tiemann, Wedding Outreach Pastor

Family: Married for 13 years to my amazing wife, Jessica. We have two children: Leah, 9, and Levi, 6. We also have a dog, Mokey.

What do you love about being a Pastor of SBWC? I enjoy the opportunity to serve in many areas using the talents God has given me. As a wedding outreach pastor, specifically, I really enjoy meeting new couples and hearing their stories and helping them get started off on the right foot as they begin their married life together.

What are your favorite movies?  Star Wars. I also enjoy many of Wes Anderson's films and many of the Coen Brother's films as well.

What is God teaching you right now? God is teaching me to rely on Him more in life's daily challenges and to resist the temptation to tackle everything I face on my own and in my own strength.