Celebration Ministries

About Us

 Celebration Ministries is based in Hagerstown, Maryland. The members of the Board of Directors come from several different churches and ministries and provide ministry oversight. Each Board member has a passion to see those that call Hagerstown and the surrounding area home grow into the fullness of God's love and grace. The ministry operates on three primary platforms: Recovery Programs, Residential Programs and Training Programs. 


Celebration Ministries was formed in January, 2008. An outgrowth of 2nd Acts Ministries, Inc. that was formed in 2003, Celebration Ministries is modeled after the Biblical New Testament Church as recorded in the New Testament, specifically in the Book of Acts. This ministry was created for the purpose of celebrating what God is doing in and through the lives of individuals and the Body of Christ. This includes creating a safe environment where people can be trained while encouraging them to grow spiritually, mentally and physically; a ministry that is networking with what is working and implementing and/or facilitating what is missing; a ministry that is constantly moving Onward and Upward!

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Clarence and Kathy Horst

Clarence- CHorst@CMHag.org
KHorst@CMHag.org    Clarence and Kathy Horst have a passion to see the Body of Christ come together to see Hagerstown transformed by the power of God and become an Isaiah 62 city, to see the city changed one life at a time. Their life mission is to see leaders be all that God has formed them to be. Clarence serves as the president of Celebration Ministries and together he and Kathy serve as ministry leaders of Celebrate Recovery Hagerstown. They also serve as Maryland State Representatives for Celebrate Recovery. Clarence serves on the Board of Directors for the Hagerstown Rescue Mission, R.E.A.C.H. as well as numerous other community organizations including the Executive Board for the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Board. Kathy is very involved in the local community, serving on various organizations and committees as well as leading Mercy’s Call, a post-abortive ministry. She also serves as the post-abortive resource coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Aglow International. They have served as Executive Pastors, Care Pastors, Church Elders, Trustees and many other various roles in the church and their local community. They have worked extensively with boys and girls ministries as well as building churches, schools and teaching leadership around the world. Clarence, an ordained minister of the Gospel serves bio-vocational. He has been a builder, masonry contractor and currently Co-Owner of Real Estate Innovations Group Inc., Power Marketing and Advertsiing LLC and  Coldwell Banker Innovations with offices in Hagerstown and Frederick. Clarence and Kathy live in the Hagerstown Maryland Area; they have seven children and  seven grandchildren. _________________ 


       Denny and Debbie Newcomer 
 Denny - DNewcomer@CMHag.org 

Denny & Debbie Newcomer are the founders and leaders of The Fire-Place; an outreach into the city of Hagerstown where the focus is on reaching the un-churched with the experience of freedom, healing, and hope through Spirit-led worship, prophetic impartation, and the message of God’s love and grace. Prior to founding The Fire-Place, Denny & Debbie co-pastored Living Word Worship Center in Hagerstown, MD, for 12 years. During that time, they both served in various capacities with other ministries in the Hagerstown area. They have two married children and five of the world’s most awesome grandchildren. Their passion is to see the city of Hagerstown transformed by the Glory of God coming upon them and the city.   

Jerry and Linda Jones                                      

 Jerry and Linda Jones serve on the Board of Directors of Celebration Ministries, where Jerry is the Treasurer.   They are the proud parents of six biological sons, two adopted sons, 23 foster sons (over the past six years - as part of the exempt organization Redemption Farm), and have many spiritual sons and daughters.  They have served as church elders, taught many years of Sunday School, shepherded many small groups, and mentored dozens.  Both have a teaching background (Jerry - math, and Linda - science), and Jerry served in upper management at the Internal Revenue Service in Washington.   They have been very active with Celebrate Recovery Hagerstown - both leading Open Share Groups as well as Step Studies.   Currently, they are serving the Lord by mentoring many individuals, leading a prayer ministry and helping to launch a new CR Group in the Crofton Area.


Karen Starliper
Karen- KStarliper@CMHag.org 

Karen Starliper serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Celebration Ministries.   She has lived most of her life in the Hagerstown area and is the Executive Secretary at Brook Lane Health Services, where she has worked since 1991.  Prior to that, she worked in the office of Dr. Howard Weeks, a local family practitioner, for many years.  Her children and grandchildren are the center of her life, three wonderful daughters, five granddaughters and three grandsons.  Karen has been very involved in her church, LifeHouse Bethel, over the years, serving in several Care Ministries and facilitating a Single Moms’ Life Group.  She co-founded and co-facilitated a local divorce recovery group in the community for many years and in the past has volunteered at the REACH shelter.  She is part of the leadership team for Celebrate Recovery, teaching the Newcomers 101 class and facilitating a women’s step study.   Karen has a servant’s heart and believes that God has called her to Celebration Ministries to do her part in His plan for Changing the City…One Life at a Time.   


David & Jeannie Ramos
David- DRamos@CMHag.org 

David and Jeannie Ramos serve as lay pastors of the FaithStep Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Hagerstown, MD.  FaithStep was founded as a home based cell church in 2001 after many months of prayer and was commissioned as a church plant of the Chesapeake Conference of SDA in 2007.  FaithStep is committed to reaching out to the people of Hagerstown with the hope of the Gospel and in demonstrating the love of Christ by addressing the spiritual, social, and economic needs of the community.  David is a bi-vocational pastor and also serves as an operational manager at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick.  Jeannie is a homemaker and mother to their four children, Stephen, Brian, Jacqueline, and Christopher.  She is an active member of the Evangelical Christian Leaders Network (ECLN) here in Hagerstown.  David and Jeannie have a passion  to seek and to save the lost.  They long to see revival come and to see Christ proclaimed and exalted in the Cumberland Valley.

Ed & Kim Kennedy
Ed- EKennedy@CMHag.org 

Ed and Kim Kennedy have been married since 2001.  They have 4 children, 3 grandchildren and a fourth on the way!  They began volunteering in benevolence ministry 12 + years ago and have helped to start several food pantries, a clothes closet, and organized the Community Christmas Day dinner for 11 years. They have also worked with people to overcome financial challenges and learn effective money management. Ed helped to implement and continues to oversee the growth and development of Celebration Farm, which began in 2009 in response to the tough economic times.  The purpose of Celebration Farm is to grow food that can be distributed through local food pantries, in addition to providing a place where families can learn to grow their own food.  Ed is also involved with the ‘Helping Hands’ ministry that assists low income homeowners and/or the elderly with small household projects.  They attend Crosswalk Church in Waynesboro, PA. and are currently leading a small group study.





 The ministry is funded by tax deductible donations given by individuals, businesses, churches and foundations. If you would like to be a part of this exciting ministry, send your tax deductible donation to:

Celebration Ministries
PO Box 2976
Hagerstown, MD 21741-2976

Email: Info@CMHag.org


Celebration Ministries is a part of 2nd Acts Ministries, Inc.
A 501 (C) (3) Charitable Organization. All donations are tax deductible.

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