Echo values all of the leaders and volunteers who make up our church community!

Above you can see photos of our youth leaders, support group teachers, serving team leaders and others who assist the Echo staff in providing safe programs for the whole family. If you would like to contact a leader but are not sure who to email, you can reach out to us at and one of our team members will connect with you.

  • Phil Knauer - Pastor

    Pastor Phil grew up in SE Pennsylvania as the son of a pastor. He graduated from the University of Valley Forge where he met his wife Kendra. They have two sons, Chase and Isaiah. Phil has served in pastoral leadership for 19 years in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Georgia. In his spare time, he enjoys Philadelphia sports teams, Starbucks coffee, and Clash of Clans.

    Email PhilListen to Sunday Podcast

  • James Yeich - Discipleship pastor

    James and his wife, Chelsea, just welcomed their first child, Esther, in 2017. He leads Echo's Growth Groups and helps people find their Next Step at Echo through serving teams.

    Email James

  • Brian Griswold - Pastoral care PASTOR

    Brian oversees Echo's pastoral care ministry, including the Visitation volunteers who visit Echo family members who are in the hospital. He also serves as a leader in Celebrate Recovery, a Christian recovery program that hosts weekly meetings for men and women throughout Baltimore.

  • Kendra knauer - Children's director

    Kendra oversees all program for kids, starting with new-borns up to the 5th grade. She and Phil are the proud parents of two boys, Chase & Isaiah.

    Email Kendra

  • Bob & alecia barlow - youth leaders

    The Barlows serve as Youth Directors in The Well Student Ministry. They have four children and have attended Echo since 2013.

    Email Bob and Alecia

  • LINDA HARTMAN - Administrative Assistant

    Linda has been serving at Echo for almost 5 years. If you happen to call the Echo office, you may hear her friendly voice on the other line! She keeps the staff organized and makes sure all Welcome Team and Load-In team members are scheduled on Sunday mornings.

    Email Linda

  • Havilah mendez - administrator & Guest Ministry

    Havilah grew up in Baltimore and she leads church communications, graphic design, and Echo's guest ministry.

    Email Havilah