We are an assembly of flawed people who love Jesus. Our ages vary, our looks diverse, our financial status inconsistent, but we have been drawn together by the grace of God and linked by His love for us all. We welcome all and invite you to seek the Lord with us.
Pastor Robert F. McKnight is a life-long resident of North East, Maryland. He has been married to his wife, Virginia, for over 40 years and they have three grown children. After completing 2 years of college, formal education took a back seat to supporting a family and raising children. A complete practical education took place through 25 years of self-employment in businesses that he either owned or managed. He is a full-time employee at the church where he handles administrative as well as pastoral responsibilities.
Pastor Matthew Kenenske loves the Lord and is committed to serving and bringing Him glory through proclaiming the Gospel to the lost and building up the Church. Matthew and his wife, Tiffany, married in 1990. Their two teenage sons, Zaavan Michael and Elias Stephen Resurrection, are a special blessing to Matthew and he loves spending time with them. Before coming to the church, Matthew founded Crossroads Church in his childhood hometown of New Castle, DE in July of 1999 and pastored it for thirteen years. During those years, he saw God move in amazing ways, touching many hearts and bringing many unsaved people into the church family. Missions work is also important to Matthew and his family and they have served in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Japan and Haiti. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys watching terrible B movies, eating grilled meats, choking people unconscious via Brazialian Jiu Jitsu and laughing with family and friends.
Elder Jerry Baranski has lived in Elkton since he was a child. He was raised in church and prayed to receive Jesus when just a young boy. But it was in his teens that he wholeheartedly started serving Him. He married Kellie in 1993 after just a couple months of dating (though they had known each other since childhood). They now have 3 children, Madeline, Daniel, and Jonas. Jerry and family attended the church for 7 years before leaving to help start Crossroads in 2000. There he became a worship leader and Elder. In those roles he used his gifts of gentleness and plain talk to help shepherd their people. He also owns and runs a construction business. Jerry refuses to get involved in sports or board games, so don’t start any of that nonsense. Level headed, even tempered, committed to God’s people, Jerry looks for ways to serve, a faithful man with a good heart.
Elder Theodore Lambert III was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1952 and attended the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. After becoming a Christian at age 5, he had a renewal in 1971 while attending the Jesus People meetings. He has been blessed with three wonderful children, all of whom are married to fine Christian spouses. Ted joined the church in 1994. He has been working with teenagers since 1975. In September 2009, Ted married Selina and today they enjoy their new life together including six grandchildren.
Elder James L. Ford was born in Suffern, New York. He and his wife, Mary Jo, attended the same church and school while growing up. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Villanova University, they were married in 1985. They moved from Wilmington and settled in Elkton in 1988 where they raised their four children. Jim is currently employed by Associates Graphic Services working as an Account Executive. He began his walk with the Lord in 1991. Jim was ordained as an Elder in September of 2007, and continues to work with our Deacons and other Men’s Ministries as well as serving the entire body as a faithful servant of God.
Elder Craig Worley was born in Moravia, New York. After completing his one year program at Lancaster Bible College, where he met his future wife, Deb, he continued his education at The Culinary Institute of America where he earned an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He married his college sweetheart in 1982 and they moved to Arlington, VA. After only a few months, Craig and Deb got plugged into the Youth Ministry at their local church and have worked with teenagers ever since in various capacities. They moved to Cecil County in 1998 with their three children because of a job change at Sandy Cove Ministries. Craig is currently the Dining Services Manager at NorthBay Adventure Camp in North East, MD. In addition to working with the youth group at the church, Craig has led short term mission teams on nine separate trips.
Luke Kenenske/Minister of Music
Deb Worley/Minister to Women
Deb Worley is the Church Secretary and Minister to Women at the church. She was born in Lancaster, PA and graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a major in Biblical Studies and minor in Youth Ministry. Deb and her husband, Craig, were married in 1982 and have 3 children. Since moving to Elkton in 1997, she has served with her husband as part of the leadership team for the Youth Ministry at the church. Deb was asked to be Minister of Women in 2009. This added ministry responsibility is only made possible with a wonderful support staff of volunteers in the office as well as an excellent team of women– UR (United Redeemed) Committee. Deb loves to do visitation, counsel and spend time praying with ladies.
John Kalesse/Minister to Youth
John R. Kalesse was born in 1984 and raised in New Castle, DE. He graduated from Hodgson Vocational Technical High School in 2002. Shortly after high school, John was invited to some events at Crossroads Church in New Castle, DE and slowly became more familiar with the Gospel of Christ. He asked Jesus into his life during a church play that his cousin’s church’s youth group organized and was baptized in 2003. He has been loyal to the church ever since, serving on the worship team, mission trips to El Salvador and Haiti, and youth-led ministries. He was married to his wife, Aleigh, in 2007 and now has three children, Natalie, Nathan and Emmett. John has been a youth group leader since 2011 and stepped into a full-time youth ministry role in 2015. John has made a commitment to serving the youth at United Redeemed in a caring and relational way, working to form long-term relationships as we build strong disciples of the Lord Jesus.