Lead Pastor & Staff Elder
Pastor Dave is a veteran pastor-teacher and shepherd having served several churches in Illinois and Pennsylvania throughout the past three decades. He has the heart, passion and vision of a church planter having been used of the Lord to successfully re-plant a local church in Central IL. As a graduate of Baptist Bible College and Seminary of PA, he is a careful student and teacher of the Word of God, loves theology and is an avid reader. He is the founder of Sports4Him, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 ministry that assists local churches in their desire to minister to athletes, coaches, officials and sports fans alike. His vision for GraceLife Church is to raise up and train an assembly of believers who passionately love, serve, and proclaim Christ. He has a heart for evangelism and loves the Doctrines of Grace. Pastor Dave is an avid sports fan and sometimes feels like a fish out of water in the northeast. He follows the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Bears and Illinois Fighting Illini but secretly enjoys watching the Phillies, Eagles and the Nittany Lions as well. He and his wife Kathy have three children who all love the Lord.
Executive Pastor of Ministries & Staff Elder
After faithfully serving as an elder and ministry leader for many years, Pastor Flip naturally transitioned in to full-time ministry in February 2011. His extensive experience in discipleship, teaching, and administration is a true blessing at GraceLife. Prior to entering the ministry full-time, he spent the past twenty years in the broadcast industry, as well as with print and social media. Highlights include managing the daily operations of Washington DC's Christian radio station WAVA, launching and producing radio programs, writing for national publications (see articles from Billboard Magazine and WSJ.com), and overseeing large scale digital and interactive media projects. As Executive Pastor of Ministries, Pastor Flip's desire is to "proclaim Him… that we may present every man complete in Christ." (Col 1:28) He received his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from Summit University and completed his Master of Ministry at Baptist Bible Seminary. Flip resides in Schaefferstown with his wife Missy and their three daughters. He loves his coffee, enjoys reading, writing (flipmichaels.com), running, and fly-fishing.
Lay Elder & Director of Worship
Bruce, who completed his undergraduate training at Trinity College in Florida with graduate work at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, has been involved in ministry since his days as a student pastor in the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area. Having done extensive evangelistic work throughout the Eastern United States and Canada, he was the founder and Executive Director of Genesis Ministries, a ministry that served local churches in south-central Pennsylvania via the creation and sponsorship of varied workshops and seminars featuring renowned theologians and Bible teachers from around the country. Currently an instructor in social studies at the Milton Hershey School where he has worked for the past fifteen years, his love of american history led him to found the school’s HISTORY AMERICA program providing students the opportunity to travel to historic sites. Serving in the capacity of Elder, Adult Sunday School teacher and Director of Worship, Bruce’s heartbeat is to assist in the on-going cultivation of corporate worship that honors God, and to promote (through tour bookstore), materials designed to enrich and strengthen a deep and abiding love for God’s sovereign grace. A rabid Pittsburg Steeler’s fan, who also enjoys a good suspenseful movie now and then, he resides in Hershey and has two sons.
Lay Elder & Treasurer
Jeff has served in various local church ministry leadership positions over the past three decades, utilizing his musical giftedness, financial training and administrative skills to serve others. Jeff's varied experience in areas of church leadership, financial management and music ministry is an asset to GraceLife. An accountant by training and profession, he has spent the past twenty-plus years working as a financial executive in the insurance industry, overseeing the financial management and reporting of several property and casualty insurance companies. As lay Elder, Director of GraceLife’s College and Career Ministry, Praise Band Leader, and Church Treasurer, Jeff desires to provide administrative leadership and support to facilitate ministry that glorifies God and edifies our congregation. He resides in Elizabethtown with his wife Gail. He has three daughters and a son, enjoys spending time with his family, and has been trying to learn the game of golf in his limited spare time.
Lay Elder & Financial Secretary
Tim is a native of the Harrisburg area and currently resides in Hershey with his wife Brenda. They have 2 children: Logan and Chelsea. Tim was a local police officer and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Tim and Brenda have served in a number of capacities at Milton Hershey School. Tim currently serves as the Director of the Home Life Program which encompasses all residential components for students and staff at the School. Over the years, Tim has served in a variety of teaching ministries including prison ministry, urban youth ministry, men's ministry, Sunday School, and has gone on a number of short-term mission trips to train national pastors and church leaders in disciple making. Tim, who serves as an Elder, Grace Group co-leader, Financial Secretary and teacher at GraceLife, loves to study history, and reads as often as possible. He has been known to do both with copious amounts of Starbucks coffee! Tim's passion for life is the Glory of God in all things - Romans 11:36.
Lay Elder & Sunday School Superintendent
In addition to his responsibilities as an Elder, Leon serves as Sunday School Superintendent, Grace Group co-leader and teacher at GraceLife. He grew up on a southeast Lebanon dairy farm, the youngest of five children. At an early age, with family and church always being a big part of his life, God revealed to him through His Word that he was a sinner (Rom 3:23), and needed a Savior (Rom 5:8). After some turbulent teenage years, Leon met a precious family from Nebraska who the Lord used to disciple him and draw him back to Himself. At the age of 19, he met his wife Donna and they were married in 1981. Together, Leon and Donna, who own and operate a dairy farm, have been blessed to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have five children: Ryan, Craig, David, Katie, and Sarah. Their heart’s desire is to serve the Lord until He comes or calls them home. To God be the glory! Job 23:10; Acts 20:24; Prov 3:5-6.