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Elders of Grace Chapel

The elders may be reached at elders@gracechapelpa.org

Paul Browne | Elder, Co-Chair
P BrownePaul has been a member at Grace Chapel since 1977. He and his family spent 17 years in Haiti before returning to the US and serving in various ways in the church. He is currently serving as an elder, although his vocation has him working as a telecommunications engineer. His favorite part of the Bible is the book of Philippians. In his spare time, you might find him fixing cars, building things or playing computer games. Paul and his wife, Nancy, have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.


Glenn Harper | Elder, Secretary
G Harper Glenn has been a member at Grace Chapel since 1992. He is currently serving as an elder and the liaison to Grace’s Kids Preschool. Glenn works as a physician but can also be found bike riding, horseback riding or pursuing photography. His favorite verse is II Corinthians 3:18. Glenn and his wife, Linda, have 3 children and 1 grandchild.

 


Chris Kirchner | Elder, Treasurer
CKpicChris has been attending Grace Chapel since 2014 and was drawn here because of the strong discipleship opportunities. He is currently serving as an Elder and the Treasurer of the church. Chris is reminded of the “steadfastness of the Lord” in Psalm 136:1-26. Things around us may change, but He remains the same. Chris works in IT supporting the Aerospace and Defense Industry. You might find him working on house projects, hiking, skiing, or looking for the best burger around. Chris and his wife, Jessica, have 3 young boys who keep them busy.


Scott McClelland | Elder
SMcClellandScott has been part of Grace Chapel for 20 years. He has been involved in Men’s Ministry and Children’s Ministry as well as currently serving as an Elder. Ephesians 2:8-10 helped him comprehend God’s mercy in order to be able to share it with others. Scott is an electrician by trade, currently working for Exelon. He likes to learn to do his own house projects instead of hiring a contractor. Scott and his wife, MaryJo have 3 adult children and 7 grandsons.


Matt Meeder | Elder - Pastor
MMMatt & Leslie have been involved in church ministry together the past 30 years in both rural and urban/suburban settings. Matt and Leslie crossed paths at Grace Chapel while doing youth ministry and were married here in 1981. He has served on our staff since 2017.

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 4 children and 7 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.


David Mingle | Elder, Co-Chair
DMingleDavid has been part of Grace Chapel since 1999 and has spent much time developing relationships within the church and teaching the Bible. Philippians 3:8-11 has been a central theme for his life, in general, with Ezra 7:10 being his focus as a Bible teacher. He is a “semi-retired” medical doctor who loves being outdoors (especially on his bicycle). David and his wife, Laurel, have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

 

Elder Qualifications

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.” 1 Tim 3:1-7

Elder Leadership:

  • Pastoral leadership
  • Shared leadership
  • Male leadership
  • Qualified leadership
  • Servant leadership

Elder Responsibilities:

  • Know the sheep
  • Feed the sheep
  • Lead the sheep
  • Protect the sheep.

Elders are primarily concerned with the ministries of the Word and Prayer (Acts 6:4; 1 Timothy 3:2).

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. (1 Peter 5:1-3)