Bonnie & Steve are the Founders & Directors of Priority 1. They have been in various kinds of short-term missions’ ministry for almost 30 years as trainers, mentors, teachers, team leaders, etc. Before serving with Priority 1 Steve worked as Superintendent of Heavy Highway construction in the Washington, DC/upper Virginia areas, and, Bonnie taught Accounting & Math classes at Shalom Christian Academy in Chambersburg, PA. They have loved being parents of 3 sons & Grammy & Pappy to 8 wonderful grandchildren. Family is most important to them & many of their grandchildren have participated with them in NYC ministry. Their passion is to bring people, especially children, into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ!
Greg and Bethany Glidden, Assistant Directors
Greg and Bethany serve as Priority 1’s Assistant Directors. Before joining the P1 team, they taught English in China for three years, earned their Master’s Degrees in Missions and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, and taught in public school. In July 2014, they moved from central PA to the Bronx so they could work with Priority 1 full-time. Greg enjoys playing his guitar and following the Pirates and Penguins. Bethany enjoys cooking and playing games (Settlers of Catan, anyone?). The greatest pleasure they share is in loving and nurturing their three daughters: Ginny, Cora, and Juliet. Greg, Bethany, and their girls also love training teens in missions, whether speaking to youth groups or guiding groups around New York City. Email them if you’re interested in missions or you’d like to comment on how cute their girls are. Either way, they would love to hear from you.
Amber Howell, Children's Ministry Coordinator
Amber grew up in Sharon, Pennsylvania and earned her degree in Social Work from Edinboro University. She has worked in child care for 4 years, is an extremely creative person, and has a deep love for the Lord and for children. Amber trains summer interns, directs Urban Outreach Bible clubs, and assists in numerous ways with Urban Encounter teams. In 2015 she also became the Director of the After-School Program at Manhattan Christian Academy.
Erin Burkholder, Administrative Assistant
Erin grew up in Morrison, Illinois and has years of experience in short-term missions both as a team member and a team leader. Erin previously taught music in public school and has a real heart to see children come to the Lord. Erin served with Priority 1 as Children’s Ministries Coordinator for several years but with the birth of her twin sons, Caleb and Jacob, she has changed her job description so she can work from home as Administrative Assistant. She will also handle (along with her husband, Matt) specific projects, such as grant writing and accounting.
Priority 1 Ministries PO Box 226 Chambersburg, PA 17201