Our Ministry Team

Our Staff, Elders, and Deacons

Our Staff

The staff at The Bridge lead and support our ministries in various ways.  Get to know our staff with the pictures and bios below.

Pastor John Casteel

I’ve been the pastor at The Bridge since July 2016 and I could tell you all about how I got here. But here’s the deal: what I really want you to know is that even though I went to college and seminary and have been in ministry for 5 years, I don’t have it all together. That’s okay though because the Christian life is not about having it all together; it’s about Jesus having it all together in our place. I want to treasure Jesus more deeply each day because of what He has done for me. That’s what this is all about.  The best part about my life is my wife of ten years, Kristen, and our two boys, Wyeth (4) and Knox (1). Some stuff I enjoy: good conversation, food, beer, music, working out, sports, books, and movies. And I’d love to have you come and be a part of our community, so that we can grow in grace together.

Children’s Ministry Director

Ashlee O’Dell

Ashlee O’Dell graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC with a degree in Religion and Psychology. She has been a member of The Bridge since 2009, and loves seeing God at work in the lives of families and children. Ashlee enjoys dinner parties, live music, hiking, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Youth Director

Ryan Barton

Championships, awards, diplomas, nothing comes close to serving my Lord and Savior. I am humbled and honored to be here at the Bridge, serving the future of the Church. Without God, none of us here at the Bridge would be where we are today. Thanks to him, we can serve as his saved sons and daughters in Christ, abounding in his grace. Our goal as the Youth Team is to facilitate a place of spiritual learning and nurturing for our students. God has given me a heart and passion for our students, I can’t wait to see where he takes us in the future.

Worship Director Nate McDowell

I am excited about the direction God has been moving us in here at The Bridge. The praise team continues to grow in number and strength. With each new voice and idea flowing in, worship feels more powerful than ever before. We sing new songs and old songs new ways! We sing from the heart to stimulate our minds as we worship in spirit and truth. Anyone desiring to join the praise team please email me … We are always looking for more additions! I have a wonderful wife, Adrienne, and 2 sons named Carter and Colton.

Church Secretary Cindy Burchill

I was born in Gaffney, South Carolina, the town known for the huge peach water tower. Currently living here in beautiful Simpsonville with my husband of 10 years, Jason, and our 8 year old son Colin. My husband and I have been serving alongside of our Bridge family for 3 years. It’s exciting to see how many new ministries have formed in that time, you will find something for everyone happening here. During my time in the office, the most common comment I come across from visitors about The Bridge is how loving and open hearted the people are here.  My responsibilities include updating the online weekly bulletin and directory and facilitating ministries.  I would be happy to answer any questions, give you a tour of our building or put you in contact with someone from our mercy ministry for counsel, please contact me at cindy.burchill@thebridgearp.org or 864.967.2986.   

 Our Elders

Elders are lay leaders who care for the spiritual needs of our church., by teaching, caring, and praying for the church.
Boo Beaty
Nate McDowell
Jerry Davis
Fred Dotson
Ben O’Dell

Our Deacons

Deacons are lay leaders who care for the physical needs of our church, such as our building, finances, and mercy needs.
Jason Burchill
Louis Sabo
Keith Gosnell
Greg Guy
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Bill Zimmerman
The Bridge
257 Harrison Bridge Road
Simpsonville, SC 29680
(864) 967-2986
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