BCM History

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WHO WE ARE

Brandywine Collaborative Ministries (BCM) is a partnership of three congregations: Grace Episcopal Church, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, and Calvary-Hillcrest Episcopal Church. As partners with God and each other in mission to God’s world, we faithfully strive to:

  • Live into and spread the Good News of God in Christ.
  • Develop together relevant and vital ministries to reach Brandywine Hundred and beyond.
  • Strengthen the mission and ministry of our three congregations.

BCM Clergy



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Rev. Dr. Ketlen A. Solak – 1st Rector of the BCM

Bishop-elect IX Bishop of Pittsburgh June 2021

Brandywine Collaborative Ministries (BCM), Wilmington, Delaware                                                         ccccc          ccccc2014 - 2018, Covenant Rector                                   ccccc2018 - August 2021, Rector

Formation of BCM

Rev. Dr,Ketlen Solak served as lead pastor and administrator of three Episcopal congregations engaged in covenant-based ministry,  She joined the Diocese of Delaware charged with leading three Delaware congregations into becoming a cohesive community for effective, joint ministry.  Ketlen, working with representatives from all 3 congregations (Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Calvary Episcopal Church and Grace Episcpal Church) casted a vision for developing and planning new worship services and educational programs, as well as for deepening engagement in pastoral care, fellowship and outreach initiatives.

Working with the Bradywine Collaborative Ministries (BCM) Council, 3 parish Vestries, parish staff and several ad hoc committees, Ketlen imagined, organized  and developed an efficient administrativ structure and new ministry programs for BCM 

Accomplishments at BCM

Ketlen led BCM to envision, create, and select platforms and processes to improve communication, including a new BCM logo and slogan  (Serving Christ in Community), a new Website showcasing BCM as well as the individual parish Websites, a presence in social media (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram), electronic news distribution, live online broadcast of worship services, and various online meetings. Ketlen recruited volunteer and paid personnel to maintain/update Website, social media pages, and facilitate the sharing of electronic communications

Despite the huge changes needed to protect one another from the global COVID-19 pandemic,  under Ketlen's leadership, relationships with outreach partners and new ways of working together were planned, developed and implemented. 

BCM continued to nurture an ethos of year-around stewardship, leading the parishes to pull their resources to engage in joint annual giving Campaigns, started a planned giving program, adopted electronic giving, and organized programs centered on care for the environment. A highlight of Ketlen's tenure at BCM was to promote annual field trips to inspiring venues to nurture spirituality, deepen bond of fellowship, and increase social justice awareness amongst BCM members


Personal Strengths and Skills 

The many characteristics, skills and qualifications Ketlen has brought to all of her endeavors include the following:                     

cccccc♦  Joyful, energetic, creative person with a deep passion for Jesus Christ                                                                                          ccc♦  Visionary, dynamic leader energized by new challenges and new visions                                                                                           ♦  Creative strategist who helps others with visioning  Excellent communicator and keen listener                                                           ♦  Collaborative and encouraging leader and team player in partnership with others                                                                               ♦  Skillful coach who sees the potential in others, encouraging them to recognize and develop their strengths                                      ♦  Vibrant preacher; engaging teacher; prayerful and compassionate pastor; adept facilitator                                                                 ♦  Self-differentiated leader committed to self-reflection/awareness, and a balanced life for self and others

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The Rev. Dr. Ed Pease –  Assistant to the BCM Rector   

After serving churches in Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Rev. Edwin Pease joined the clergy staff of the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries in 2015 as semi-pemanent Supply Clergy.

In 2016 Father Ed took on more responsibilities as Assistant to the Rector.  Along with the BCM Rector: the Rev.Ketlen Solak, Priest Associate the Rev. Christopher Moore, and Deacon and later Priest Associate the Rev. Marta Illuecca, he helped guide the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries in its early years.

Father Ed brought skills in liturgy and children’s ministry and helped redesign the liturgy of the three churches. He retired from the BCM in December 2018. 

Grace Episcopal Church

Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Calvary Hillcrest Episcopal Church

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