Staff- Bios

Rev. Brian Doherty

Youth Pastor

Paramedic/Husband/Dad

Pastor Brian, his wife Susan, and their two children Amanda and Christopher have been part of the church family at Oxford since Easter Sunday of 2005. Brian and his wife Susan have been married for twenty-five years, and they also have three spoiled beagles. Pastor Brian was born in Scranton, PA and spent eleven years of his childhood in Southern California before returning to Pennsylvania.

Rev. Brian Doherty

Youth Pastor

Paramedic/Husband/Dad


Pastor Brian, his wife Susan, and their two children Amanda and Christopher have been part of the church family at Oxford since Easter Sunday of 2005. Brian and his wife Susan have been married for twenty-five years, and they also have three spoiled beagles. Pastor Brian was born in Scranton, PA and spent eleven years of his childhood in Southern California before returning to Pennsylvania.

Pastor Brian sensed a call to pastoral ministry while on a mission trip to Guatemala and began pursuing God’s call in 2009. In 2010 he was brought on staff as associate pastor for youth ministry where has been serving for the past ten years. Pastor Brian completed his ministry preparation and studies through Nazarene Bible College and was ordained an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2019.

Pastor Brian has been involved in the Emergency Services field for over thirty years, and for the past twenty-one years he has worked full-time as a field paramedic first class in urban and suburban environments. He has a diploma in paramedicine from Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. His experiences have helped shape his understanding of the intrinsic and eternal value of life. He has a passion for the Word of God, for communicating that powerful life-giving message, and striving to inspire that same passion in the life of others.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58

Pastor Brian (affectionately called “PB”) enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping, and hunting, as well as has a fondness for baseball and reading.

Pastor Maris P. Hufnal

Life Groups Pastor

Chaplain/Wife/Mother

Pastor Maris grew up in Berks County, PA area. She and her family have been attending Oxford Nazarene since 2015. Pastor Maris coordinates our life groups and also provides training for the leaders and hosts of these groups. Additionally, she serves on OCN’s Adult Ministry Team, assists with the Children’s Ministry, and helps wherever needed in other areas of ministry need.

Pastor Maris P. Hufnal

Life Groups Pastor/Chaplain/Wife/Mother


Pastor Maris grew up in Berks County, PA area. She and her family have been attending Oxford Nazarene since 2015. Pastor Maris is currently pursuing ordination and serves as unpaid staff, coordinaing our life groups and also providing training for the leaders and hosts of these groups. Additionally, she serves on OCN’s Adult Ministry Team, assists with the Children’s Ministry, and helps wherever needed in other areas of ministry need.


She graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Writing Concentration, and a Minor in Religion. Later, she graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School with a Master of Theological Studies degree. She also completed training through Clinical Pastoral Education. She has worked in Education and has experience as a Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator.


She and her best friend and husband, Philip, have one daughter. They share a single desire to live their lives, serving and loving God as well as others.


“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21


Maris enjoys learning, teaching, reading, and writing.

Rev. Kerry Jo Powell

Worship Pastor

Worship Pastor/HR Administrator/Wife/Mom

Kerry’s roots are found in the cornfields of Pekin, Illinois. She is the last born of 5 great kids to Don and Doloros Cooper. Kerry, very early and naturally, fell into a music career with her song evangelist parents. She started her public singing career at the age of 2 with her whole family and started playing the violin at the age of 5. Her natural abilities for singing, especially harmonies, are a gift from God.

Rev. Kerry Jo Powell

Worship Pastor

HR Administrator/Wife/Mom


Kerry’s roots are found in the cornfields of Pekin, Illinois. She is the last born of 5 great kids to Don and Doloros Cooper. Kerry, very early and naturally, fell into a music career with her song evangelist parents. She started her public singing career at the age of 2 with her whole family and started playing the violin at the age of 5. Her natural abilities for singing, especially harmonies, are a gift from God.


Kerry attended Olivet Nazarene University where she met her husband, Larry Powell. Kerry’s degree in Elementary Education and her administrative skills have served the couple well throughout their married life of ministry that has taken them to a handful of different states over the last 30 years. More recently, Kerry finished the course of study to fulfill the call of God on her life into ordained ministry. She was ordained as Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in April 2021.


Kerry is our Worship Pastor. She has been pointing people to Jesus for a very long time. She counts this a privilege and a great blessing. When she was younger, she was often embarrassed with her talents and was uncomfortable when folks would compliment her musical talents. In a heart to heart with her mom, Kerry was gently reminded that it was nothing she had done to earn this ability; it was a gift from God. Her mom helped her see it was her job to give it back to God, and He could use it however he saw fit. Kerry could get behind that thought, and it has always helped guard her heart with a sincere humility. Larry and Kerry have 3 brilliant children. Caleb, Clark, and Cameo are young adults, each pursuing their own careers and dreams. They have brought great joy and pride to their parents. They are kind and loving people who genuinely care for others.


Kerry has several favorite Bible verses. Here is one she especially loves:
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14


Pastor Kerry loves all four seasons, especially crisp fall days and snowy winters. She enjoys yard work and can even wield a chainsaw! But what really warms her heart is grabbing a cup of coffee and going for a drive with Larry.

Rev. Larry Powell

Lead Pastor

Minister/Geologist/Husband/Dad

Pastor Larry Powell (PL) grew up in a family of seven in the village of Oxford, Michigan. His father and grandfather were carpenters and Larry spent many summers building houses. Though he left Michigan when he joined the Army immediately following high school, he still loves to root for the University of Michigan. His biggest challenge in ministry is loving the Ohio State Buckeye fans in his congregation. 

Larry D. Powell

Lead Pastor

Minister/Geologist/Husband/Dad


Pastor Larry Powell (PL) grew up in a family of seven in the village of Oxford, Michigan. His father and grandfather were carpenters and Larry spent many summers building houses. Though he left Michigan when he joined the Army immediately following high school, he still loves to root for the University of Michigan. His biggest challenge in ministry is loving the Ohio State Buckeye fans in his congregation.


After returning from his assignment in Germany, PL attended Olivet Nazarene University. He planned to be a physical science teacher. These plans changed when he felt called into ministry his junior year. He graduated with a B.S. in Geology with plans to attend seminary after graduation. His plans changed when he and his wife Kerry were appointed to a small church in rural Illinois in 1990—two weeks after they were married. Four years later they did make it to Kansas City where Larry graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Their first church after seminary (1998), was the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. Although Midwesterners at heart, most of their ministry has been in the Southeastern, Pennsylvania—an area of the country they love.


Pastor Larry met his beautiful wife, Kerry, on the first day of classes his freshman year. He told his buddy that summer that he found the girl he wanted to marry. It took him several semesters to convince her, but Larry married Kerry in November of 1990—they have been married and in ministry ever since. They have three grown children who are brilliant like their dad and gorgeous like their mom.


PL tells people that he is in the ministry because God so radically changed his life that he wanted to spend the rest of it telling people that God is not only real, but that he can change their lives for the good in ways that are unimaginable. He shares God’s word in ways that are easy to understand and loves to tell a funny story when he can.


One of PL’s many favorite verses:
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”


At his leisure, Pastor Larry can often be found taking relaxing drives around the tri-state area with Kerry, picking up a piping hot coffee along the way. He also enjoys golfing, hiking, trips to Chick-fil-a, yardwork, home improvement projects, and most recently… letting the wind blow through his hair when he takes late night rides on his motorcycle. Well, not really “blowing through his hair” because he does wear a helmet. Plus, he doesn’t really have much hair.

Rev. Heather Roberts

Children’s and Connections

Pastor/Wife/Mom

Pastor Heather is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University where she studied Christian Education with an emphasis on Children's Ministry. While in Olathe Kansas Heather attended College Church of the Nazarene where she completed her ministry practicum and also met her husband, Justin. Heather was ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene on the South Texas district in 2015.

Rev. Heather G. Roberts

Children’s and Connections

Pastor/Wife/Mom


Pastor Heather is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University where she studied Christian Education with an emphasis on Children's Ministry. While in Olathe Kansas Heather attended College Church of the Nazarene where she completed her ministry practicum and also met her husband, Justin. Heather was ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene on the South Texas district in 2015.


Heather and Justin have been married 15 years and have 5 boys - yes, all boys! Their oldest is a junior in high school and is thinking about colleges (Go MNU!) and their youngest is still in diapers. As you might imagine, there is always plenty of noise in their home! They also have a giant dog named Phoebe Palmer who protects them from trash trucks.


Heather is passionate about sharing her faith and life with children and their families. She looks for opportunities to disciple and train children to become leaders. Matthew 5:16 is important to Heather as she reflects on her life and how God has placed so many people in her life who “let their light shine” in such a way that not only led her to Jesus but then encouraged her to grow in her faith.


“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16


When Heather gets a free moment, she enjoys coffee, napping, coffee, shopping, decorating and coffee. She loves to meet friends at the local coffee shop on Saturdays to share a cup of coffee and catch up on life.