our leaders

  • Lead pastors, Merle and cheree shenk

    Merle and Cheree Shenk live in Lititz, PA with their five children. Merle is the lead elder at Newport Church, and oversees small groups, training for outreach, and church-planting.  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 over 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 was released in 2018.

  • Associate Pastors allen and julie dise

    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 associate 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.

our elder team

  • Bob and Danielle Kreider

    Bob and Danielle live in Landisville, PA and are parents to Shawn and Josh. Bob works in real estate and property management and enjoys sports and business. Danielle is an elementary reading specialist and likes gardening, cooking, and creating. They enjoy spending time with family and friends at Raystown Lake and also own The Cruisin' Creamery, an event-focused soft serve ice cream truck.

  • Joe and Julia Witmer

    Joe and Julia are parents to six children: Josiah, Timothy, Zachary, Sarah, Samuel, and Gabriel. Joe works as an HVAC installer for Home Climates and Julia is a full- time homemaker who volunteers in school and the community. As a family, they enjoy playing sports, family movie night, going for hikes, and playing games. Joe enjoys fishing, reading, and exploring outdoors. Julia enjoys being with family, worship, musicals/theater, reading, and healthy gourmet food.

  • David and Katrina Brechbill

    David and Katrina are parents to Connor, Jocelyn and Ella and live in Lititz PA. As a couple, they love to ride bikes, go for walks, spend time with family and friends and try out new local restaurants. David is involved in Telecom Sales, while Katrina volunteers in various capacities at church and in their local community.