Our Leadership

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

Associate Pastor

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

Associate Pastor

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

Youth Pastors

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

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 Manheim, 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. She also works as a home health care aide. As a family, they enjoy playing sports, family movie nights, 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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