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Ryan Cooper-  Ryan is currently serving as Pastor of Emmanuel Church of the Brethren in Mt. Solon, Va, as well as chair of the Ministerial Leadership Team for the Shenandoah District. Ryan has a deep love and passion for the Hebrew Bible and showing that even though Brethren hold the New Testament as its creed, the New Testament had its foundations shaped by the worldview established in the Hebrew Bible.

Jon Prater- Jon is the Pastor of Mt Zion Church of the Brethren just outside Harrisonburg, Va. and a Co-Host of the 2 Preachers Talking Podcast. A 2018 Graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary, Jon graduated with a Master's in Theology with an emphasis in Theopoetics. Jon is passionate about practical theology and empowering all people to live out God's shalom in their lives. When he is not ministering or playing music, Jon spends his time with his wife, Jessica, their twin sons, and any foster kids that are currently with them. 

Ryan Braught- Ryan Braught is a follower of Jesus, the husband of Kim Braught, Father to son Kaiden
(15) and daughter Trinity (12), and is a church planter in Lancaster, PA planting a
missional church called Veritas. (


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