Our Worship Leaders
Church on Main uses a rotating preaching schedule, so you’ll almost never hear from the same preacher 2 weeks in a row. Here are some of the faces you’ll regularly see!
Pastoral Resident – Brent C. O’Neill (he/him/his) is a queer cisgender Christian who seeks to continually grow in his love of God, others, self, and Creation (but Middletown’s traffic often tests this love!). While growing up in Odessa, Brent attended an evangelical congregation that gave him a heart for ministry, which he lived out as he planted Bible studies at Middletown High School. He went on to earn a B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies from Messiah College, with a double minor in Spanish and TESOL. He then served as the Assistant Minister at a United Methodist Church in Wilmington for two years. He is currently a Dean’s Fellow at Boston University where he actively participates in the seminary’s LGBTQ+ Student Association while pursing a dual Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work. He is also a visiting student at Harvard Divinity. He served as Church on Main’s Pastoral Intern during summer 2019. Brent is currently a deacon at Fourth Presbyterian Church of South Boston, an Inquirer in the ordination process in the Presbytery of Boston, and Church on Main’s Pastoral Resident.
Part-Time Temporary Pastor – Rev. Dr. Anne Ledbetter was born and raised in Louisiana. She lived in Texas 20 years where she studied religion and philosophy, graduated from seminary, and gave birth to three children. The family moved to Delaware in 1994 when Anne accepted a call to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington where she worked until 2013. She is now an empty nester in Spring Arbor in Middletown and serves as Chaplain at Heron Point, a retirement community in Chestertown, Maryland. Anne leads Community Yoga at Church on Saturdays and spends her spare time reading, biking and traveling.
Clerk of the Board – Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris is an ordained Baptist minister who holds dual citizenship with Canada and the United States. He is a retired professor of Christian Social Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has lectured and preached widely in Canada, the United States, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil and India. He has published several books including “Black Religious Leaders: Unity in Diversity” and “The Spirituality of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral Discourse,” and he currently serves as Editor of the “Religion, Race, and Ethnicity” series at New York University Press. Peter and his wife Adrienne Daniels have lived in Middletown, DE for five years and regularly worship and serve at Church on Main.
Our Guest Preachers
Salina Brett is a transgender woman who came out openly to the world at New Castle Presbyterian Church in 2017. Prior to that, she served several churches and denominations across the county in just about every capacity, as well as ministering in song and message to the elderly and ill in nursing homes. She is now powerfully called to be an inspirational voice of Divine Love at a national level to all, but especially for the LGBTQ+ community. She is a board member of LGBT Equality Alliance in Chester County, PA, and a deacon for New Castle Presbyterian Church. Salina professionally teaches young adults how to safely operate the nuclear reactors at Salem, NJ and lives with Lilly, her reclusive hedgehog, in New Castle, DE.
A native of Grasonville, MD, Demetrio Beach spent over twelve years in faithful ministry with the United Methodist Church. He studied at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC and has a passionate love for Christ, the church and the world.
Rev. Ryan Scott has lived in Middletown with his wife, daughter, and two cats since 2012. Delaware is the 10th state he’s lived in, but one of the few to really feel like home. Ryan has a history degree from Eastern Nazarene College and a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has worked as a pastor and in various non-profits and was ordained by the Church of the Nazarene in 2010. Ryan is author of The Sinai Experiment and is the national columnist for D3hoops.com. He loves watching sports, overanalyzing movies, and attempting to stand on the highest point in every state. Ryan and his family live in Middletown Village where they strive to be good neighbors and build community. He’s passionate about helping people think through what it means to live out Christ’s love in the world. He writes regularly at onemorething.blogspot.com.