Allen and Julie live near Elm, PA and are parents to three college students: David, Domenic, and Elana. Allen works full-time for Newport Church as senior pastor/elder. Julie is trained as an accountant and works for Stewardship Advisors. Together they enjoy John Grisham books, beaches, trying new restaurants, and exploring new places by bicycle. Julie loves cooking and music; Allen likes running, gardening, and computers.
Merle and Cheree Shenk live in Lititz, PA with their five children. Merle is an associate pastor at Newport Church, and oversees small groups, training for outreach, and church-planting. Merle also serves as resource director for church planting for DOVE USA. Cheree leads the children's ministry and is involved in Dove Missions International.
Merle loves the woods, hunting & fishing and bbqing. Cheree loves good books, friends and making things happen. Merle and Cheree Shenk also serve on the DOVE International Apostolic team. Together they lead the apostolic team for DOVE Zambia and DOVE South Africa, where they lived for over 11 years and pioneered an inner city, multi-ethnic church.
They have 15 years in cross cultural ministry experience and a passion for evangelism, training and discipleship work. Merle has also co-authored a book with Larry Kreider and Kevin Kazemi called “Encountering the Supernatural” which will be released in 2018.