David J. Bell
Senior Pastor

Pastor Bell grew up on a farm in Franklin, Pennsylvania, one of ten children.  He served in Vietnam with the US Marine Corps from 1968-70.  He graduated from Asbury College in 1974 and served as pastor of a Christian & Missionary Alliance Church near Tyronne, PA from 1975-77.

He then graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY in 1980 and served as pastor of Faith Country Chapel Evangelical Methodist Church in New Castle from 1979-1984.

In 1984 he began his ministry with the United Brethren Conference serving as a church planter in Erie, PA, until 1990 when he began his ministry at First United Brethren Church.  Pastor Bell also served for nine years as District Superintendent of Sandusky Conference of the United Brethren Church.  He also served two years as president of the Greater New Castle Ministerial Fellowship and five years as a chaplain for the New Castle Police Department. Dave’s hobbies include making maple syrup every spring, woodworking, hiking and backpacking, hunting, fishing, and anything else outdoors. He enjoys playing the bagpipes and is a member of the New Castle Area Honor Guard and American Legion.

Alan DeCristoforo
Prayer and Spiritual Care Pastor

The son of the late Millie and Louie DeCristoforo, Pastor Alan grew up with one sister, Alana;   Pastor Al has always attended the First United Brethren Church.  He graduated from Asbury College in 1990 and majored in Religion and Bible and minored in Philosophy.  He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1996.  During his time at seminary he served as teaching and grading assistant to the head of the Department of Preaching and Worship and taught several seminars on prayer.

He served as pastor of the Maitland Memorial Primitive Methodist Church as well as Highland Heights United Brethren Church before coming back to the First United Brethren Church.  His duties include Prayer and Spiritual Care Pastor.  Alan and his wife, Marlene, are both natives of New Castle.  They were married on June 13, 1987, and have four children. In January of 2000 Alan was left paralyzed from the waist down due to complications from leukemia. He enjoys being able to help other people with disabilities and is thankful that God has opened up this new area of ministry for him.  He is employed by DON (Disabilities Options Network),

Ann Bell, Secretary
Secretary’s Hours:
September-May     Tuesday, Thursday, Friday     9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
June – August          Tuesday, Friday                          9:00 AM – 3:00 PM