Our Leaders & Staff
Merle and Cheree Shenk
Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor
Merle and Cheree Shenk live in Lititz, PA with their five children. They have over 20 years in cross cultural ministry experience and a passion for evangelism, training and discipleship work. Merle has co-authored a book with Larry Kreider and Kevin Kazemi called “Encountering the Supernatural” which was released in 2018.
Merle loves the woods, hunting, fishing, and barbecuing. Cheree enjoys reading and times with friends and family. The Shenks serve on the DOVE International Apostolic team. Together they lead the apostolic team for DOVE South Africa where they lived for over 11 years and planted an inner city, multi-ethnic church. They also lead the apostolic team for DOVE Zambia. Cheree is ordained through DOVE International and loves spending time with her children and developing new ministry initiatives. She has recently served as the Children’s Ministry Director in Newport Church.
Duane Britton has 40 years of experience in ministry and business. He has served in various leadership roles for non-profits as well as for Fortune 500 companies. Duane has a master’s degree in Psychology/Counseling. He is a Certified Professional Coach and served as a marriage/family counselor.
Duane is passionate about serving within his local community and beyond. He is a member of the DCFI Latin America Apostolic Council. In the past Duane served as the lead pastor of DOVE Westgate and more recently the interim lead pastor in Hopewell Christian Fellowship in Elverson, PA. Duane and his wife Reyna own and manage Britton Consulting Group.
Matt Shenk started attending Newport Church youth group in 2008. He was a student of the inaugural year of REACH School of Ministry in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a graduate the DOVE/Hopewell Leadership School and spent 6 months on the DOVE Missions Internship in Scotland. Matt is passionate about connecting with people and ministering the love of God.
Shawn & Andrea Sauder
Both Shawn and Andrea Sauder have served overseeing Senior High and Junior High youth ministry in Newport Church since 2018. Before this they have were members of these leadership teams. They have a heart to see young people grow into all that God has for them. Shawn is an engineer and Andrea is a registered nurse. Though they have served for years we are officially recognizing them as Youth Pastors in Newport Church.
Our Elder Team
David and Katrina Brechbill
Bob and Danielle Kreider
Brian and Janet Sauder
Brian and Janet have five children and have been married for 32 years. They have discovered that in the busyness of life; a good cup of coffee, a round of golf, a fun movie or a book to read go a long way towards relaxing and refreshing the soul.