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, and two sons, Daniel and Matthew.
Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach: 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 enjoys hunting and fishing and other outdoor activities. Sara enjoys scrapbooking pictures of her granddaughters Alexa and Avery and spending time with family and friends. She is currently the Administrative Clerk for the District Court of Washington County. Together Curt and Sara have three sons: Michael, married to Amy and father to Alexa and Avery, Robby, and Steven.
Executive Pastor of Administration: 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. You can find Dean involved in many things at Lifehouse from building carts, to serving on our arrangements and security teams. They have a daughter, Kayla, who serves with her husband, Nick, in Kid's Ministry. Austin, a high school student, is active in Boy Scouts and serves as a fire fighter. He helps out on Sundays with arrangements, running sound for the Kid's Ministry, and directing traffic in the parking lot on Saturday nights. Michelle also serves as a board member of the Chambersburg Project, a week-long local missions project for teens and adults serving Franklin County; she spends the week helping with home repairs and building into the lives of teenagers.
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."
Pastor of Campuses and Assimilation: 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 team in the summer of 2010.
He and his family have a passion for people and a passion to see real life change in their community.
Saturday Campus Pastor: Spencer Jackson
Spencer and Audrey, both from Hagerstown, have been married since 2000 and are raising three kids, Keshawn, Jaden, and Damari. Ministry has always been both a calling and conviction of theirs and they first began serving in youth ministry at Broadfording Church. Spencer would continue serving youth within Cedar Ridge Ministries, and then returned to school to receive his Bachelors in Music Production.
Shortly after graduating, Spencer officially joined the Lifehouse team where he serves as Saturday Campus Pastor and Creative Director. Spencer and Audrey love people, and seeing them grow in Christ. They have a heart for culture and diversity in the family of God and they currently lead Turntables, a Hip Hop outreach ministry that presents Christ to the urban community. "We party on Purpose, come through".
Leitersburg Campus Pastor: Dave Johnson
Dave and Jenn joined the pastoral staff of Lifehouse upon moving to Hagerstown in August of 2005 serving as youth pastors and network pastors before becoming the Campus Pastors at the Leitersburg Campus in 2014. Dave has been a credentialed minister for 27 years and Jenn, also a credentialed minister, has 22 years in ministry. Their passion is being the church in a non-traditional location, providing a place where those who are uncomfortable with a traditional church atmosphere can find a home where they can worship with a cup of coffee and cheez-its in a movie theater! They also find joy and excitement in passing the torch to young leaders that God is raising up to make an impact in our community.
In addition to serving on the pastoral staff, Dave coaches softball for Lifehouse and teaches math at North Hagerstown High School, and Jenn has worked at Citicorp for the past 12 years. They have two children, Kaila - a college sophomore, and Dylan - a senior at Williamsport High. Together, they enjoy traveling as a family reaching all 50 states and 12 foreign countries together over the past 7 years with plenty more adventures on the horizon!
Jay Snyder, Larry McDonald, Rich Vieira, Ted Henson
Business Management Team:
Jason Mellott, Bud Layman, Steve Young