Assistant Pastor: Joshua Nuss
Pastor Josh and his wife Hannah are both graduates of Elim Bible Institute, Lima NY (www.elim.edu). Joshua and Hannah have hearts to see young and old alike grow to be passionate disciples of Jesus and to see people healed and set free through the power of Christ in the Holy Spirit. Josh is a gifted teacher and worshiper and desires to help others know God genuinely and reach the world around them for Him. Josh and Hannah especially have hearts to reach and disciple young people in the will and ways of God; ministering God's grace to teens, pre-teens, and young adults. Josh also serves with the worship team and with our Hand-of Grace food distribution ministry and assists with overall pastoral care. Pastor Josh is ordained through Elim Fellowship, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies through Lancaster Bible College, and a Master of Divinity through Liberty University. Joshua and Hannah live in Lewistown with their five children, Nathanael, Adalynn, Elizabeth, Levi, and Everly.
Hand of Grace Pastor: Barbara Mannino
Pastor Barbara has a heart for the hurting and downcast. Her ministry of compassion through word and song inspires hope to the hopeless and joy to the distressed and sorrowful. She has been pastoring our Hand-of-Grace congregation from the inception of our food distribution ministry since 1999 and also ministers in a variety of ways in our community. Her passion is to see folks completely set free by the love and grace of God. Barb holds a Bachelor's degree with the Christian Life School of Theology, Columbus, GA. She lives in the Strodes Mills area in her and her late husband Cosmo's home. She has five adult children Cindy (deceased), Tina, Tim, Justin, and Jason.
PASTORS AND ELDERS
Senior Pastor: Ron Neff
Pastor Ron and his wife Cyndi are a blessing to the church. Through their Faith, Hope and Love, they have exemplified a Godly relationship and household and have inspired others to follow Christ. Pastor Ron has a shepherds heart, is a gifted preacher and teacher, and has an incredible hunger to know God deeper and to edify others about Jesus. Cyndi's passion is to encourage homemakers to be virtuous women and to strengthen marriages and families. The Neff's desire to see hearts and homes honoring the Father through intimacy and friendship with the Holy Spirit, and with one another. Ron holds a Bachelors's degree with the Christian Life School of Theology, Columbus, GA., and has been a past member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Ron and Cyndi have also completed a 3yr Pastoral Leadership program (WINGS) at Elim Fellowship where Pastor Ron is ordained as a credential holder (see www.elimfellowship.org). The Neff's reside in the Lewistown area and are the proud parents of three adult children, Ryan (wife Laura), Samantha (husband Andrew), and Johnathan (wife Amelia).
Elder: Larry Shaffer
Elder Larry and his wife Lucy have demonstrated through word and deed and have personified the position of servant-leaders in our church. The Shaffer's are a role model to many through their love and dedication to Jesus Christ and His people. The Shaffers also faithfully serve in our Hand of Grace food distribution ministry. In addition to serving as an Elder, Larry is also a gifted Bible teacher, equipper of the Word, and businessman. The Shaffer's have a passion to see the Body of Christ fully functioning as "Kings and Priests" moving with the Holy Spirit in our daily walk with Him. The Shaffer's reside in the Penns-Valley area and are the proud parents of four adult children; Eva, Julie, Candace, and Larry Jr.
Elder: Terri Johnson
Elder Terri and her husband Rodney (deacon) have been long-time leaders within Grace Covenant Church. They have been especially active with Women's and Men's Ministries and have also been vital Student Ministry leaders. Terri is a gifted and humble teacher with a prophetic anointing. She also has a passion for prayer. Rodney has a strong gift of encouragement. The Johnson's have a heart for families and a desire to see the generations coming together to honor God. The Johnson's reside in the Reedsville area and are the proud parents of two adult children; Joelle and Kelsey.
Elder: Randy Pepple
Elder Randy and his wife Brook (deacon) have a heart for the things of God and His Church. Randy is a gifted teacher with a humorous heart and a love of history that flavors his style of ministry. Brook has a passion for God and a desire to serve Christ with her whole heart. Brook is a vital leader in our Audio and Visual ministry at the church. Randy also serves with the worship team and with our Hand-of Grace food distribution ministry. Randy and Brook have hearts to see people worshipping God with heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving each other with the kindness and faithfulness of Christ. The Pepple's reside in the Lewistown area.