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.

  • James Yeich - Discipleship pastor

    James and his wife, Chelsea, are proud parents of their daughter, Esther. He leads Echo's Growth Groups and helps people find their Next Step at Echo through serving teams.

  • 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.

  • Havilah mendez - Communications & Social Media Director

    Havilah leads Echo's communications, including graphic design and social media, as well as Echo's guest ministry, the First Step Team. 

    If you've ever sent a DM on Facebook and Instagram - you probably chatted with her!  

    Some of her favorite things: coffee, tiny houses, and the book of Psalms

  • ZACHARY BARLOW - Youth Pastor

    Zach joined the Echo team in summer 2019. He leads the middle school and high school student ministry, Resonate.

  • LINDA HARTMAN - Administrative & FINANCE 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.


    Julie has served at Echo for 10 years as a volunteer. She recently joined the staff when we moved to our White Marsh Ministry Center!