OUR STAFF

Matt Maloney 
Senior Pastor

Matt grew up in this area and is from Wakarusa, Indiana. When God called him to Brenneman, he was bringing him full circle.  He had an encounter with Jesus Christ when he was 17, a junior in high school. It was a youth pastor that took a risk and shared the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. It was during these high school years that God placed a call of ministry on his heart. From there, God has used him all over the world and continues to mold him into the person the Lord created him to be. After some soul searching and confirmation of this call, he then went to Bethel College (University) and graduated in 1999 with a degree in Christian Ministries. He received his ordination in 2001. He has served in several churches within the Missionary Church and most recently was the Senior Pastor of Walled Lake Missionary Church in Walled Lake, MI, for almost six years. He has a strong passion for people to be taking steps towards Jesus and for followers of Jesus to have significant relationships with one another.


He is married to Susie, and they have been married for over 20 years. They have five children, Jonny, Sophie, Ellie, Josie, and Timmy. Matt enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, traveling, and is a huge movie buff. He has been on staff at Brenneman since July 2014.

Josh Hilty 
Executive & Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Josh grew up in New Paris and felt a call to ministry during high school as part of the youth group at St. Mark's UMC, just down the road from Brenneman. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006 with a degree in Christian Ministry and from Wesley Seminary in 2013 with an MDIV. His previous ministry experience includes serving as a solo pastor in Baraboo, WI and as pastor of discipleship in North Branch, MI - both in The Wesleyan Church. Josh met his wife, Jamie, at Indiana Wesleyan as they both sang in the chorale. They have been married since 2004 and have three children: Isabelle, Brennan, and Maryn. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, card games, cooking, landscaping, dating his wife, and playing with his kids. He has been on staff at Brenneman since January 2018. 

Carter Ammerman 
Youth Pastor

Pastor Carter grew up in Nappanee, Indiana where he graduated from NorthWood High School. After high school he went on to graduate from Bethel College (University) in Mishawaka, IN with his B.A. in Youth Ministry and Masters in Ministry. Shortly after graduating he married his wife Abby and then relocated to Terre Haute, where she worked on her Master's in School Psychology and Carter was a youth pastor. He enjoys coffee, hiking, Batman, board games, Chicagoland sports, and music. Fun fact: When he was growing up, Carter wanted to be an architect and still hopes to design and build a house someday. He has been on staff at Brenneman since July 2017.

Kelli Armentrout
Director of Worship Arts

Kelli grew up in the tiny town of Mahomet, IL which is just outside Champaign, home of the University of Illinois.  She had three older sisters who traveled and sang. Her first experiences with music were sitting under the piano as a young girl listening to them sing and rehearse while her mother played. This formative time shaped her future and as her relationship with Christ grew, she recognized the call He placed on her heart to minister to people through music. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL with a degree in Music Education and has taught music in private and public schools.  She began her fulltime music ministry in 1995 at Gospel Center Missionary Church in South Bend, IN.


She and her husband, Wade, met in Orpheus Choir at Olivet and married in 1983. They have 6 children and 14 and counting grandchildren and this, of course, is the joy and focus of their time at home. Their shared passion in music has given them both many opportunities to build relationships and be involved in the community. Kelli began her ministry at Brenneman in 2007.

Alicia Burns
Director of Children's Ministry

Alicia grew up in Middlebury and graduated from Northridge High School. After high school, she headed to Taylor University, where she felt a call to ministry during her sophomore year. In 2005, Alicia graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education Ministries. After college, Alicia worked for a year as the Summer Fun Director in Middlebury, as well as an ESL paraprofessional at Middlebury Elementary. In March 2007, she married her husband Eric. They have three children: Landon, Logan, and Lauren. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family, playing piano, organizing and purging things, and shopping. She has been on staff at Brenneman as the Director of Children’s Ministries since September 2006.

Alison Weldy
Director of Preschool Ministry

Alison is a lifetime resident of the Goshen area. She graduated from Manchester College in 2010 with a degree in elementary and special education. Alison taught at Wawasee Middle School for five years before she and her husband had their first child. She and Jeff married in 2011 and have four children, Jairus, Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Annabelle. Alison enjoys camping with her family, cooking/baking, and digital scrapbooking. She began working at Brenneman in June 2016.

Colene Graber
Director of Special Friends Ministry

Colene grew up in a small town in southern Michigan where she attended Burr Oak Missionary Church with her parents and brother. She is a graduate of Bethel College with a degree in Elementary Education and taught for many years in local Christian Montessori schools. Colene and her husband, Justin have attended Brenneman since shortly after they were married in 1999 with the exception of a three year span when they helped with a church plant in the Elkhart area. The Grabers have three sons, Micah, Peyton and Joren. Colene enjoys reading and camping and hiking with her family during the summer. She joined the Brenneman Staff in April 2018. 

Patricia Bainter
Business Administrator

Patricia, being a lifelong resident of Goshen, has attended Brenneman most of her life. Patricia attended IUSB and previously served as First Deputy of Goshen City Court prior to coming to Brenneman as the secretary to the Senior Pastor. Patricia and her husband, Lyle, are parents of two sons and a daughter, grandparents to 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters and great-grandparents to a great-granddaughter and awaiting a 2nd great-grand baby in October of 2020. Lyle and Patricia enjoy their family’s numerous activities and along with their dog, Murphy, love to travel to Colorado for vacations. Patricia feels a tremendous blessing in serving the BMMC family in any way she can be of help! Patricia began her employment with Brenneman in 1994 and after 2 years, was promoted to Office Manager and then promoted to Business Administrator in 2004.

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Janece Smallwood
Finance and Office Manager

Janece has lived most of her life in the Goshen area and has attended Brenneman for over 47 years. She worked at Heartland Manufacturing in Goshen for 9 ½ years with office and bookkeeping duties prior to coming to the Brenneman office. She's been married to her husband, Ben, for over 30 years. They have four adult children (3 boys and 1 girl). They also have 2 cats, 2 rescue puppies, and chickens. She and Ben love spending time with their family. They like to play games, garden, garage sale and spend time outdoors. Janece started working at Brenneman in July 2000 and she is very thankful for her Brenneman family!

Dave Unrue
Facilities Manager

Dave and his family have been attending Brenneman for approximately the last 10 years. He retired from the Elkhart County Public Safety Communications Center (911) in 2016 after 36 years. He has been married to Tammy for 27 years. He enjoys working on cars and home projects in his spare time. Dave started working part time at Brenneman in 2015.