Interim Pastor: Dave Van Wingerden
Pastor Dave was born and grew up in Bay City, Michigan. He attended Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. While attending Trinity, he met and married his wife, Cherie. Dave and Cherie have been married for 47 years and have two daughters and ten grandchildren.
Dave has pastored churches for 42 years in the states of California, New Jersey, Iowa and Minnesota. After retiring from pastoral ministry, Pastor Dave and Cherie moved to Haiti as missionaries. Pastor Dave is now employed with Interim Pastor Ministries and has served churches in New York and Wisconsin before moving to Grace Chapel as interim pastor in 2017.
Director of Youth Ministries: Matt Meeder
Matt & Leslie have been involved in church ministry together the past 30 years in both rural and urban/suburban settings. They have four adult children and four grandchildren. Matt and Leslie crossed paths at Grace Chapel while doing youth ministry and were married here in 1981.
Matt received a B.S. degree in Bible and Christian Education from Cairn University (then PCB) and his M. Div. from Grace Theological Seminary. Matt and Leslie enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing and being with their children and grandkids whenever possible. On long winter nights Matt can be found streaming detective shows on Netflix, playing with his model trains or, now and then, immersed in a good book.
Pastor to International Scholars and Students: Gregg Smyrl
Samuel Gregg Smyrl (we know him as Gregg) has been on staff at Grace Chapel since 2005. He served as the Pastor of Missions and Seniors until 2011 and now, as the pastor of International Students and Scholars, although he first started attending Grace Chapel in 1956, when he was 5 years old. Gregg received his B.A. in History at Wheaton College, and earned his M.Div from Biblical Theological Seminary. Gregg and his wife Nancy were married in 1977 and served together with CrossWorld in the Dominican Republic from 1981 to 2004. Their children, Jonathan, Philip, and Anne were all born there.
Gregg also serves with China Outreach Ministries, and he loves the opportunities he has to meet new people from many parts of China, and showing them new things – especially the Gospel. Gregg has an interest in learning many aspects of different cultures to be able to communicate more effectively.
Office Manager: Terry Hosan
Terry Hosan is Grace Chapel’s Office Manager; coordinating day-to-day operations and providing support to all our ministry leaders.
Terry has attended Grace Chapel since 1985 when her family moved to this area. She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is glad to be putting that to use in her role as Office Manager. She has served in many capacities at Grace Chapel including Children’s Ministries, Mom’s Unlimited, short-term missions teams and various places in the music ministry before starting to work in the office in 2006. In her “spare time”, she loves to read.
Terry and her husband, David, have 10 children, 3 grandchildren and reside in Havertown.
Children’s Ministry Co-Director: MaryAnn Alderfer
MaryAnn Alderfer has been involved in teaching children about the Bible for nearly 20 years. She has a BA in education and six years of classroom teaching experience, and has worked with children in many different venues. She loves telling stories, especially when those stories communicate the truth of God’s word to children (and if the stories include silly voices and sound effects then that’s even better). MaryAnn and her husband Dave have two young sons. She acknowledges that parenting is hard work, and says she has a weekly goal of keeping her children alive until Saturday. Eighteen years is overwhelming; it’s easier to just start over every Sunday. MaryAnn is responsible for the first through fifth grade programming and is excited about partnering with parents to raise children who love Jesus.
Children’s Ministry Co-Director: Amy Mensch
Amy Mensch started working in Children’s ministry over 20 years ago and believes that each child is being uniquely shaped for a specific place in the world and in our church. “God makes stones, not bricks.” Amy serves as the Coordinator for children from birth through kindergarten. She’s a 3rd generation pastor’s daughter and she and her husband Bill have two boys, Mike and Ben. Amy works as a software representative for the family business, helping churches use software to organize and run their ministries. She thinks that anything can and should be tracked in a spreadsheet! Amy loves craft projects, though they quickly become more complicated than originally planned. She also loves sports and will watch almost any event. She just learned curling and hopes to get on the ice as often as possible.
Worship Arts: Mark Jacobs
Having no artistic talents, Mark has applied his professional skills, as a project manager, to oversee a team of artistically and technically talented people who desire to lead believers in worship of their Lord. While his personal worship music preference is predominantly that which came out of the 1970’s Jesus Movement, he nonetheless encourages the team in selecting more contemporary styles and modern arrangements of classic hymns. He is seeking to strategically introduce instruments not common to a typical contemporary band. Mark’s favorite beverage is an ice cold Coca-Cola in a glass bottle and imported from Mexico.