John F. Smith

Blog: PJ’s Spiritual Meanderings

Pastor John has a passion to see people come to know and love God as they journey
through His Word. This passion has taken him from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh before
arriving in Lancaster in 1989 to become the Lead Pastor of Grace Church. In September of 2022, John stepped out of the lead pastoral role and into the part time position of Senior Associate. He oversees our Legacy Ministries (older adults ministry), our Kids Express PreSchool Board, and is involved in other pastoral tasks.

John was prepared for pastoral ministry through his studies at Philadelphia College of Bible (now Kairn University), Biblical Theological Seminary (now Missio Seminary) and Grace Theological Seminary. He continues to be involved in the academic world through his role as a part time instructor with Grace Theological Seminary.

John loves a good theological discussion as well as a Pittsburgh Steeler or a Penn State win on the gridiron. You can also find him with his nose in a good book (anything historical or a good legal thriller) or a fishing rod in his hand. And although he doesn’t play golf, he loves to watch the pros who do.

John and his wife, Sharon, love to take walks together and talk about their grandchildren
(they have 8). They have two daughters, Emily who is married to Matthew Hershey and
Kate who is married to Ryan Aument. They also have a son, Tim who is married to Kelly
Rohrer Smith. All their family lives in Lancaster County.

Director of Children's Ministries
Makensy Pletcher
Charlie Hirschy