Rev. Dr. Deborah Stevens, Pastor

Deborah Stevens (who is usually called Pastor Deb) was raised in the Methodist Church – baptized, confirmed and married in the church. She and Gary were active lay members of the UMC before Deb responded to her call to ministry, participating in Disciple Bible Study and in the Walk to Emmaus. After an early career as a Pharmacist, Deb earned the Master of Divinity Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, and was ordained in the West Ohio Conference in 1995. In 2005, she earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree, also from United.

Deb has served small, mid-size and large churches, and has served in several capacities in the District and Annual Conference, and as an Alternate Delegate to the United Methodist General Conference and a Delegate to Jurisdictional Conference. She currently serves on the Worship Committee for West Ohio Annual Conference, helping to plan worship at Lakeside.  For the past 10 years she has been active in the work of the Reconciling Ministries network, advocating for full inclusion of GLBTQI persons in the life of the church.

Core beliefs that shape Pastor Deb’s faith are the conviction that God’s grace and love are for all people; love ultimately wins; the power of resurrection is stronger than the forces of death; light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it; and that we are called to walk in the way of Jesus, loving God and neighbor with all that we are and all that we have.

Creatively designed traditional worship, preaching, Bible Study, mission and justice work, and spirituality practices are Deb’s sweet spots in local church life.

Deb and Gary have called Columbus home since 2006, and love living here. They have two adult sons and four granddaughters who live in Findlay and Troy, Ohio.  Deb’s siblings and Mom live in Arizona and Oregon. Gary works as an aviation classroom instructor at Flight Safety International, based at John Glenn Columbus Airport. They enjoy traveling to visit family, Great Lakes beaches, discovering local food, and cooking together.

Rev. Pete Elliott, Associate Pastor

Pastor Pete is in his fourth career at Broad St. UMC, though he would tell you that it is all one connected journey. After graduating from Ball State University and marrying his wife Susan in 1986, Pete taught mathematics at Red Bird Mission High School. While at Red Bird Pete also served on the volunteer fire department and led work-camp groups.

After serving at Red Bird, Pete attended the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) where he earned a Masters of Arts in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Ministry in 1989. After 15 years of working in counseling and social work, Pete left that field to combine his technical and people skills as a technology consultant.

Pete completed his Masters of Divinity degree at MTSO in May 2015. He was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in 2016. At Broad Street, Pete draws on his wide-ranging experience to serve in outreach, education, technology, worship design, and pastoral care roles.

Gary Everts, Chancel Choir Director

Gary Everts has been Chancel Choir Director since 1999. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:00, from September through May, and sings for the 10:45 worship services most Sundays during the year and special music and special musical events. Membership in the Chancel Choir is open to all. Gary holds degrees from Westminster College (PA) and Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

Brian Johnson, Organist

Brian Johnson has served as Organist of Broad Street United Methodist Church since March 1992. His leadership in worship preparation and planning is the focus of his music ministry. Brian carefully studies the appointed lectionary for the day (and season) to begin a disciplined process in choosing service music which best reflects the theme of each worship service. He works closely in a collaborative spirit with the staff, clergy and worship committee of Broad St. Consequently, worship at Broad St. is always fresh and alive in spirit. His preparation is constantly in progress as you may hear him practicing when you enter the church other than for worship.

Brian holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ and sacred music from Wittenberg University. He has completed further studies in music education at Wright State University, Ball State University, Capital University and Westminster Choir College. He earned his specialist diploma in Orff-Schulwerk from the Orff Institute, Salzburg, Austria, and completed Kodaly certification at Capital University. In addition he holds a second graduate degree in school administration from the University of Dayton. He has been a guest organist for the summer movie series at the Ohio Theater in Columbus, OH.

In the world of handbell ringing, Brian is a past-chairman of Area V of The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc. His original composition “A Simple Celebration” has been rung as part of the national young ringers festival. He has been actively involved in handbells for over thirty years and was a member of the twenty-fifth anniversary AGEHR choir.  In addition to serving Broad Street UMC as organist and handbell director, Brian recently retired from teaching elementary vocal music (Columbus City Schools and St. Joseph Montessori School).

Deb Brierly, Church Administrator

Deb Brierly has been with Broad St. UMC since 1995. She is the first voice many hear when they call into or visit the church. Deb facilitates the communication between the church staff and leaders and advises staff and leaders of member requests, illnesses, concerns, etc. She produces the church newsletter and bulletins, maintains the church calendar and mailing lists, files & records for church and committee functions, including attendance. Deb manages the church website, schedules the usage of the various spaces in the church building including parking, and manages church use fees. Deb also maintains the quality of the computer systems, office equipment, and evaluates and recommends improvements. Deb is mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of four wonderful grandchildren. Deb dearly loves Max, her terrier. When she is not at work, she can be found in the garden tending to her veggies and flowers.