Leadership

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John F. Smith

Blog: PJ’s Spiritual Meanderings Pastor John is most visible in his role as Lead Pastor on Sunday mornings, but his passion to help others grow in their relationship with Christ spills over into his entire week. John and his wife, Sharon, arrived in Lancaster in September of 1989. Prior to his pastoral ministry at Grace, John led congregations in both the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. He was equipped for ministry via his training at Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn…
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Adam Swift

Adam is the Associate Pastor of Family and Worship Ministries. He is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College and husband to his childhood sweetheart, Hannah. Adam is pursuing an MDiv at Grace Theological Seminary. Here at Grace, Adam gives leadership to two of his favorite things: Adult Ministries (ABFs, LIFE Groups, Women’s Ministry, Marriage and Family Ministries) and our Worship Ministries . He enjoys talking about the Bible, church history, playing and writing music, and exploring new places outdoors.
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Charlie Hirschy

Charlie Hirschy is the Pastor of Student, Young Adult and Outreach Ministries. Charlie hails from Indiana and graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a degree in Youth Ministry. He was recently ordained by the Charis Fellowship of churches, of which Grace Church is a member. Charlie says, “I am excited to be at Grace Church. I grew up in Indiana on a small dairy farm. I have 4 brothers (3 older 1 younger). I love exercising, reading, and sports (wrestling is…
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Caleb Brussel

Caleb is originally from The Netherlands, the country that has more bikes than people! He is a recent graduate of Lancaster Bible College, with a degree in Bible and Pastoral Ministry. When he is not at work, he enjoys a good book or a game of soccer. Caleb says, “I love working at Grace Church because of the family-atmosphere and the intentional focus on applying the Word to our lives.”
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Bethany Hirschy

Bethany Hirschy was born and raised in Lancaster County and has been involved in Children’s Ministry almost all of her life. She has attended Lancaster Bible College and is working to complete an Associates Degree in Biblical Studies. “Through several classes at LBC, I realized the passion that God has given me for ministry and for children. Children are such important members of the body of Christ. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that…
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Shannon Heverin

In her role as Office Manager, Shannon is the face and voice of Grace Church during the week. In addition to answering the phones and greeting guests, Shannon oversees our events and transportation calendars, and works with our S.O.S. (Serve our Staff) volunteers on Friday mornings. Shannon is married to her best friend, Frank and they have two school-aged children.  As a family they enjoy board games, movies, miniature golf and archery. In ministry, she enjoys caring for and sharing…
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Terri McMullen

Terri joined the Grace Staff Team in 2014.  Terri pays bills, creates financial reports, prepares payroll, and facilitates registration and tuition payments for Kids Express Preschool. Terri and her husband Tim have been married for over 30 years and have been blessed with 4 children: one is school-aged and three are grown.  In her spare time, Terri enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, and working on puzzles.
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Rebecca Shiffer

Rebecca coordinates Hospitality teams which focus on caring for the Grace Church family and our guests. Raised in upstate New York, Rebecca graduated from Mansfield University. Her work experience includes teaching, healthcare administration, and electronic publishing. She and her husband, Joe, live in Lancaster and have three children: Mary, Joey, and Elizabeth.
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Holly Wismer

In this role, Holly provides encouragement, resources, and training for our church leaders, serves as a member of the LIFE Group Leadership team, and works to develop an equipping culture here at Grace. Holly also leads our Global Outreach Team, helping to mobilize the entire Grace Church family to be involved in cross-cultural missions. Outside of her ministry at Grace, Holly has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Encompass World Partners (formerly Grace Brethren International Missions). Holly’s husband,…
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Mary Liz Youtz

Mary Liz Youtz has served in Christian education for over 30 years.  She graduated from Millersville University with her Masters of Education and was received her certification as an Elementary Principalship from Penn State.  Mrs. Youtz enjoys seeing the excitement in children’s faces as they begin to explore and learn.  Mrs. Youtz also enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and serving others on mission trips with her husband, Steve. Mrs. Youtz attends Christ the King Community Church and lives in Mountville.
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Don Mills

Don and his wife Dawn have attended Grace Church since 2002. Don Graduated from Millersville University in 1974 and later earned his Masters In Education with Certification in Leadership from Immaculata College. He is enjoying retirement after teaching 32 years in the Octorara School District. At Grace Church he is also involved as an ABF teacher and a Life Group Leader, in addition to mentoring and discipling a number of young men. Don has been married to his wife Dawn…
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Rich Feaster

Rich and his wife Patty have been married for over 25 years. They are the parents of four children; Maranda, Matt, Karli and Robin, and they have two grandchildren. Rich grew up in Aston, PA while Patty has lived in the Willow Street area her entire life. The Feasters have been attending Grace Church at Willow Valley since 2004. Rich graduated from The Williamson School of Mechanical Trades in 1981 receiving a degree in Construction Technology. He is currently employed…
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John Heffley

John has served in a variety of ministries since he began attending Grace Church in 2001, including: Grace Brethren Boys, the Sound/Power Point Team, the Facility Team, Vacation Bible School and the Awana Clubs ministry. John and his wife, Dawn have two sons: Nathan and Shawn. John is self-employed as a property manager. “The Biblical teaching here is steadfast and am blessed to call Grace Church at Willow Valley my home church. My family and I have grown stronger in…
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Chris Leaman

Chris and his wife, Ali, have been married since 1996 and have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Anne and Laura. After graduating from Grove City College in 1995 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Chris worked for AMP Incorporated in Harrisburg (later became Tyco Electronics). During his time with AMP and Tyco, Chris and Ali moved to the Chicago area. While working for Tyco Electronics, Chris had the opportunity to return to school at Northwestern University and graduated in…
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Mike Murry

Mike and his wife Teresa have been attending Grace Church since 1995 . Lifelong residents of Lancaster County and High School sweethearts, they were married in 1971 and both pursued their individual careers. Teresa was a dental hygienist for 23 years, and Mike held various technical and leadership positions in the transportation industry for 45 years with the High Companies. Mike and Teresa serve on numerous teams at Grace and feel blessed to be a part of a Bible believing,…

Chuck Pletcher

Chuck and his wife, Kerri, have been attending Grace Church since 2001. They have five children and two grandchildren. In addition to serving as an elder, Chuck currently serves as a Life Group Leader, an usher, and previously as a member of the GO Team. He is also a director on the board of the Mix at Arbor Place. Chuck graduated from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 1991 and Elizabethtown College in 2008. He worked in a family-owned automotive…

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