Jesus is our boss. Really. According to the Apostle Paul, Jesus is "the head of the church." And at GVF we take that very seriously, which is why you won't find one, single person in charge. We're a family. We're a team. Some people on the team have different roles, some lead out front and others lead from behind, but we all work together to build God's kingdom.
As lead pastor, Paul is a member of the Elder Board and serves as the spiritual and strategic leader for GVF. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Paul spent just over a decade doing ministry in the land of Longhorns & Cowboys before moving to the Philly area in 2010. Paul is an incurable coffee drinker, avid reader, & dedicated treehouse-builder. When Paul isn’t writing a sermon or meeting with a GVF ministry leader, he likes to explore the edges of faith & science, debate the Scriptures with Rabbis, check out archaeological sites, & play kickball with his kids. His wife, Jenny, and kids, Jillian & Caleb, are a great source of joy (& sermon illustrations).
Erik, a GVF attendee since 2006, spent nearly 20 years as an engineer before being called in 2019 to serve as Executive Director and lead GVF’s staff. He was born and raised on Long Island and studied at Polytechnic University in New York. Erik is married to Patti; they have three children (Abigail, Lucy, & Sam) and four pet rabbits. Erik has traveled to Zimbabwe twice on mission trips. He loves to read, play games, hike, and zip line through his own back yard.
Originally from Ohio, Brittney moved to the Philadelphia suburbs and began attending GVF in 2013. She is a graduate of Cedarville University and Michigan State University. Brittney previously worked for GVF from 2014 to 2017 and came back on staff in November of 2018 to help new people take their next step in getting connected. She enjoys getting to know new faces and encouraging others in their faith journeys. You can find Brittney spending time with her husband and daughter, working out, reading, and drinking all of the coffee.
A Philadelphia-area native, Brooke has been attending GVF since 2015 and joined staff in June of 2018. Brooke studied Economic Development at Eastern University, where she met her husband, Kyle. When she’s not coordinating GVF’s marketing efforts, Brooke spends her time at the non-profit Worthwhile Wear, which works to equip and empower survivors of human trafficking. You can often find Brooke scouring thrift stores in search of a great bargain.
A filmmaker based out of Philadelphia and New York, Nico oversees all video production at GVF. He produces and edits the weekly sermon broadcast in addition to creating the church’s online video content. Outside GVF, Nico also professionally directs and produces commercials, film, and television content. He has attended GVF since 2012 and started in his position in 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree in Digital Media & Communications from the University of Valley Forge. Nico enjoys running, reading, playing & watching hockey, and traveling. His talented cat, Finch, can sit, stand, and high-five on command.
Mike attended Messiah College and Evangelical Seminary. Over the last 31 years he has served in various pastoral ministry roles. Prior to joining GVF, Mike helped start a church in Philadelphia, serving as the executive pastor. In addition to Mike's part-time ministry at GVF he serves as the full-time Executive Director of Global Youth Initiative, a ministry that equips and mentors ministry leaders in over 100 countries. He loves writing, experiencing new cultures, and spending time with family, friends, and young leaders. Mike and his wife Teresa live in the Philadelphia suburbs with their children, Nathan, Lauren and Arianna.
A gifted musician, pianist, and singer, Greg leads our Sunday morning worship. Employing a variety of musical styles ranging from classic hymns to contemporary Christian rock and a little of everything in between, each Sunday Greg and his team create a unique worship experience that engages the church in worship and prepares us to hear and respond to God's Word. Greg is passionate about Phoenixville and making God's name known throughout the region. When not serving at GVF, Greg loves renovating old houses, meeting and greeting everyone in town, and regularly playing for local venues with his musically-talented family.
Betsey joined GVF staff in 2017; she has always loved children and has volunteered in children’s ministry from a young age. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Covenant College and earned her master’s degree in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. Betsey and Robert have been married since 2014; they have one daughter. Betsey enjoys watching movies with her husband, painting, and long walks around Target.
Marcella hails from Athens, PA, a small town near the NY border. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and master’s degree in Special Education at Eastern University. Marcella spent some time training in Auckland, NZ, and then moved to Jacksonville, FL, starting her career as a kindergarten teacher, before returning to Philly to be closer to family. She joined GVF staff in June of 2018 and still works as a kindergarten teacher in Philadelphia. In her role at GVF, Marcella helps schedule and recruit volunteers for the worship band and assists in coordinating the Sunday service. She loves being able to serve and aid others in worship. In her free time, Marcella enjoys baking, spinning, and spending time with her friends and family.
Amy, born and raised in Texas, holds her master’s and doctoral degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has worked in various global ministries including the Middle East and South Africa. She moved back to the States in 2016 after living abroad for six years, bringing with her a passion to equip, encourage, and empower the local church--specifically, the women. Amy; her South African husband, Marnus; and their baby boy, Levi, can be found outside enjoying a climate with four seasons and--let’s be honest--close to home these days because, ya know, new parents.
A GVF attendee since 2016, Rick joined the staff in early 2019. He previously served as the Finance & Administrative Pastor at BranchCreek Community Church in Harleysville and as Executive Pastor at Victory Church in Audubon. In addition to his part-time position at GVF, Rick works as an IT business analyst. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bridgewater College and his Master of Divinity degree from Eastern University. Rick lives in Collegeville with his wife, Amanda; their two sons, Eric & Drew; and their family dog, Radar. Rick’s happy places are the Wildwood boardwalk and Mackinac Island, MI.
As a sound engineer by trade, Clint runs the technical side of things at GVF, making sure everything goes smoothly with sound, lighting, etc. Graduating with a B.A. in youth ministry from Eastern University, his part in ministry looks a bit different from what he imagined, but he loves it. After starting a company called Philamedia with his twin brother, Clint currently runs the audio side of the business, focusing on their recording studio and live venue. He lives with his wife, Ally, in Brewerytown, Philadelphia and coaches high school wrestling in that area. As a musician, Clint usually spends his free time blurring the line between what he does for work and fun, because they’re pretty much the same thing.
Born and raised near Cleveland, OH, Ben studied at Cedarville University. After college, he moved to Hawaii, where he met his Australian wife, Kate. Ben & Kate then spent 14 years on the Gold Coast of Australia. He has worked with youth in several capacities, first as a chaplain at a large Christian school and then as a youth pastor. A huge advocate of the mentoring process, Ben thinks everyone should have a “Paul” (mentor) and “Timothy” (mentee) in their lives. In his spare time, Ben enjoys his role as a character coach for the Phoenixville football team. Ben loves coffee, nature, Nikes, and wrestling with his boys.
Emily was raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and joined GVF staff in 2016. A graduate of UConn in Animal Science, she spent several years working as an animal behavior specialist and then as a diabetes educator. Emily’s professional background also includes two years in youth ministry and another two years working with young adults and women. She loves the challenge of a jigsaw puzzle and enjoys crocheting blankets. You can sometimes find Emily roaming bookstores or relaxing in a coffee shop.
Heather has been part of the worship team since 2013, shortly after she started attending GVF. She's been playing piano since the age of five and leading worship for over 20 years in a variety of settings. Hailing from northeastern PA, she grew up as a pastor's kid and was active in her church’s youth group and music ministry. She and her husband, Charles, live in Phoenixville with their four children. In their free time, they love to travel; play with their dogs, Fenway & Brooklyn; take in professional football and baseball games (primarily the Patriots and Red Sox); and spend quality time together as a family.