Lead 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.
Associate Pastor: Curt 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 served on staff at Bethel Assembly of God for several years before taking on the role of Lead Pastor of Lifehouse Bethel for five 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.
Executive 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.
Discipleship Pastor: Dean 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.
Creative 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.
Youth Pastor: Corey 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."
Outreach/Campus Pastor: Jay Recto
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.
Jay Snyder, Larry McDonanld, Rich Vieira, Joe Quesenberry, Ted Henson
Business Management Team:
Michael Gardner (CFO), Bill Reno, Lou Troppman, Jason Mellott, Dave Johnson, Bud Layman