Our Leadership

Our Leaders

Merle and Cheree Shenk

Lead Pastors


Merle and Cheree Shenk live in Lititz, PA with their five children. They have over 15 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 BBQing. Cheree enjoys reading and times with friends and family. Merle and Cheree Shenk 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.

Allen and Julie Dise

Associate Pastors


Allen and Julie live near Elm, PA and are parents to three young adults: David, Domenic, and Elana. Allen works full-time for Newport Church as associate pastor/elder. Together Allen and Julie 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

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.

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.

Brian and Janet Sauder


Brian and Janet have over 35 years of experience in leadership of churches, small groups, youth groups, government and business. They currently serve on the International Apostolic Council of DOVE and Brian directs the DOVE International Training Schools. Janet's years of ministry include outreach to children and youth. In addition to serving with Brian and traveling with him, Janet works part time as a surgical technologist.

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.

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.
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