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GrachsLead Pastor: Patrick & Laura Grach

Patrick is the founding and Lead Pastor of Lifehouse Church.  While God laid this church-planting vision on Patrick’s heart back in college, the process did not begin until 2003 when he and Laura moved to Hagerstown, Maryland.  While Patrick and Laura are both originally from New York, they have ministered in the Maryland/West Virginia region since 1999.
Patrick and Laura are graduates of Northpoint Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts (formally known as Zion Bible College), both earning BA’s in Biblical Studies.  Patrick has a minor in Pastoral Ministry and Laura has a minor in Christian Education.  Patrick also holds an MA in Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.
Patrick feels privileged and honored to pastor Lifehouse and is not afraid to talk about any subject, keeping his sermons practical, relevant, and humorous.  He also enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and golfing, and is frequently looking forward to the next opportunity to compete in a marathon, triathlon or mud race that comes his way.  Laura has been serving on staff at Lifehouse Church since 2010 and holds down the fort at home.  Patrick and Laura have three daughters – Rebecca, Carissa, and Bethany.

Snyders--150x150Associate Pastor: Curt & Sara Snyder

After 16 years in the business world, Curt joined the LifeHouse team in 1998. Curt and Sara are both from Clear Spring, Maryland and even though for many years they lived only a few miles apart, they really did not meet until they were adults. They were married at Bethel in 1984 and both served in the Youth and Music ministries for many years.

Curt enjoys sports of all kinds but is particularly partial to baseball, (Go Cardinals) having played in college. He also likes to hunt, fish and pretty much anything that is done outdoors. Sara enjoys scrapbooking pictures of Alexa and Avery and spending time with family and friends. She is currently the Administrative Clerk for the District Court of Washington County. They have three sons: Michael, married to Amy and father to Alexa and Avery the greatest granddaughters ever; Robby, and Steven.

 

WilliamsExecutive Pastor: Michelle Williams

Pastor Michelle has a passion and desire to see kids develop a relationship with God. She graduated from Antietam Bible College in 2007 with a B.S in Church Education. She continued her education at Shippensburg University where she graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a coaching minor. Michelle and her family helped with their first church plant in 2000 and fell in love with church planting. ”For us, we love the process of taking an everyday business space and transforming it into a place where people gather for worship and to serve God and others. Some of our greatest relationships have been built while serving alongside others.”
Michelle and her husband Dean were married in 1990 and they have two children, Kayla and Austin. You can find Dean involved in many things at Lifehouse from building carts, to serving on our arrangements and security teams. Kayla serves in our toddler’s room and has a huge heart for kids. She is currently attending college,  enjoys just hanging out with friends and serving with the Chambersburg Project. Austin is in high school and is active in Boy Scouts and is a junior fire fighter. You can find Austin helping on Sunday’s with arrangements, running sound for the kids ministry, and directing traffic in the parking lot on Saturday nights. Michelle also serves the Chambersburg Project, a week long local missions project for teens and adults serving Franklin County. Michelle serves as a board member, as well as spends the week helping with home repairs and building into the lives of teenagers.

PetersonsDiscipleship Pastor: Dean & Kim Peterson

Dean and Kim became friends in college and later began their dating relationship when they were reunited through the game of baseball.  They were married in 1998 and continue to share a love of baseball by serving as the Baseball Chapel leaders for the Hagerstown Suns.

One of Dean’s other passions is motorcycles.  He and Kim enjoy relaxing rides on their Harley.  While Kim can appreciate the open road; her real passion is Holy Yoga. She recently completed her instructor certification and loves connecting people to God through this holistic form of worship.

Dean received his Masters of Divinity from Liberty University.  Kim is a graduate of Edinboro University where she received a BA in English/Communications.  They have three very active sons: Quinn, Ryan, and Jaeden.

 

SchwindtCreative Arts Pastor: Aaron Schwindt

God has given Aaron and Keren a heart for worship ministry and seeing God’s Kingdom advanced in all the arts.  After studying music at Wichita State University, Aaron has had the opportunity to serve in churches across the country as well as consulting for church planting organizations and initiatives.  Keren’s lifelong career is in the medical industry, and she is currently on staff at George Washington University Hospital in DC.  When they’re not working, Aaron and Keren love to have fun with the kids, Chloe and Colin.

photoGlobal Outreach Pastor/Missions/Communications: Bruce Ladson

Bruce has a broad range of experience that he brings to Lifehouse. After graduating from Columbia International University in South Carolina with a B.S. in Bible/Teaching, Bruce oversaw the youth, college students and singles ministry in Silver Spring, Maryland. After a few years, he began a new career in radio broadcasting, working as an on-air personality, as well as the operations manager, for popular Christian radio stations in Virginia and Florida. Most recently, Bruce managed communications projects for five different campuses at his church in Florida.  His move back to Maryland was driven mostly to be close to his nephews.

Bruce loves sports, whether it’s training for a marathon, a friendly game of football or a backpacking  trip.  With any extra free time, he likes painting, cartooning, drawing and photography.

 

BroadwaterclYouth Pastor: Corey & Lauren Broadwater

Corey and Lauren both have a passion for youth and the creative arts. Corey has a major in graphic design and Lauren has an associate in visual arts and a BA in photography/computer digital imagery. Corey served on the adult worship team and led the youth worship at Bethel Assembly of God in Hagerstown, MD for 5 years before having the opportunity to step in and oversee worship & arts at Lifehouse Church.  In 2014, he transitioned into serving as the Youth Pastor for the Lifehouse Church Network.  On another note, they love to do just about everything under the sun. “So if you want to get together and grab some Chinese food (our favorite, just so you know) and be spontaneous, hit us up! We’d love to just hang out.”

 

JohnsonAssociate Pastors: Dave & Jenn Johnson

Dave and Jenn met as counselors at a youth camp in Pennsylvania and were married 11 months later in 1996. Together, they have served as youth pastors in PA, junior high pastors in WV, and senior pastors in Oakland, MD. They moved to Hagerstown in 2005 from Morgantown, WV to become the Youth Pastors at Lifehouse Church. They have since transitioned to oversee multiple ministries as Associate Pastors. Dave and Jenn are both credentialed ministers, and “enjoy ministering to the church with all our heart. We love being part of Lifehouse Church!”

Dave is currently a 7th grade math teacher in the magnet program at Springfield Middle School in Williamsport. He holds a BA in Math Education, BS in Mathematics from Fairmont State University, and a BA in Youth Ministry and Bible from Central Bible College. He is also a graduate student at Hood College seeking his Masters in Math Education. Dave loves to play drums, cook, golf, kayak, and root for his NY Yankees and Giants.

Jenn is a trainer at Citi Mortgage in Frederick, MD. She has worked in the banking industry for six years as a personal banker, sales coach, and trainer. Jenn is from Pittsburgh, PA and attended North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. She enjoys running, baking, reading, and cheering for the Steelers.

More than anything, Dave and Jenn love being mom and dad to their two kids, Kaila and Dylan. Kaila plays flute, drums, and soccer while Dylan is into soccer and video games.

 

Rectos--150x150Outreach/Campus Pastor: Jay and Margaret are both natives of the Philippines.  They have been married since 2008 and have two children, Sean and Emma.  They graduated from and worked as executive staff members at Capital Region Master’s Commission.  They felt the call of God to move to Hagerstown from Woodbridge, VA where they served on staff at Christ Chapel A/G.

Jay served as the Middle School Bible Teacher/Assistant Student Ministries Pastor, and Margaret was the Administrative Assistant to the Student Ministries Pastor.

They joined the LifeHouse Bethel team in the summer of 2010.  Jay is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and is serving as Outreach and Campus Pastor of our Wilson Boulevard Campus.

He and his family have a passion for people and a passion to see real life change in their community.

 

Duncansons--150x150Associate Pastor: Pete & Hannah began serving as volunteers in Student Ministries in 2009. They came on staff as our Students Pastors in 2010 and continue to expand their role at Lifehouse Church. They have been married since 2005, and have two children, Trey and Isaac.

Pete says, “I really love pizza and God, but not in that order.”

 

 

Quesenberry

Congregational Pastor: Joe & Lois Quesenberry

Joe and Lois married in 1958 and have enjoyed 50+ years of marriage thus far. They have also been in the pastoral ministry for over 50 years. They have 3 children and 11 grandchildren. Their oldest son, Jonathan, is planting a church near Charlottesville, VA. Their second son, Paul, is a family practice doctor in Chambersburg, PA. Their daughter, Diana, is a paramedic and drives a “chase car” in Frederick County, MD.

Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL, and Lois graduated from Towson University, Baltimore, MD with a Masters in Music Education.

They have always loved people and thoroughly enjoy Pastoral ministry. Joe and Lois say they, “count it a privilege to serve at Lifehouse Church with all of the leadership there.”

 

ShankChurch Planter: Brandon & Casey Shank

While Brandon is originally from Hagerstown, MD, he grew up in the Washington D.C. area since age six.  In 2004, he graduated from Evangel University with a BA in Biblical Studies and a minor in Psychology.  He currently is pursuing a MA in Organizational Leadership.

In May 2005, Brandon married his high school sweetheart, Casey, and they began their ministry life as church planting interns at Mechanicsville Christian Center in Virginia.  They later transitioned out the church-planting track and became Youth Pastors at Clover Hill Assembly of God in Midlothian, VA.

In 2006, Brandon felt drawn to create a traveling evangelism ministry and eventually founded Tour 29:11 in 2007.  Tour 29:11 offered a platform for Brandon to present the gospel at school assemblies, youth camps, colleges, camps and wherever opportunities arose.  During this time, Casey took a position as a Resident Director at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.  Their first son Cayden was born in 2010, and another son is expected in October of 2012.

During the summer of 2012, Brandon accepted the position of Outreach Pastor at Lifehouse Church and relocated to Hagerstown, MD.  As a husband, father, entrepreneur and sports fanatic, Brandon stays pretty busy, but he always keeps his focus on people. “I have a passion and never-ending desire to see peoples’ lives changed. I have dedicated my life to preaching the Gospel and getting the message of Jeremiah 29:11 to as many people as I can.”

 

Eldership Team:

Ted Henson, Eldin House, Larry McDonald, Joe Quesenberry, Bill Reno, Dave Shinham, Jay Snyder, Lou Troppman, Rich Vieira

Business Management Team: 

Jason Mellott, Michael Gardner, Roland Layman, Dave Johnson, Dave Knickerbocker

Lifehouse Church
PO Box 4145
Hagerstown, MD 21741
(301) 824-4656