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. He loves playing kickball with his kids, swing dancing with his wife, studying ancient Hebrew texts, and Jesus (not in that order).
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 and her South African husband, Marnus, can be found walking other people's dogs and outside enjoying a climate with four seasons. Amy is an avocado’s worst nightmare.
Mike was born in Germany where his dad served in the military. He spent his childhood years in NYC and the metro area. He attended Messiah College and Evangelical Seminary. Over the last 31 years he has served in various pastoral ministry roles including involvement in youth & young adults, church planting, leadership development, missions, and business outreach. Prior to joining GVF's staff, Mike helped start a two-campus church in Philadelphia and the metro area 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. Teresa works for the American Bible Society in development.
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.
Born and raised near Cleveland, OH, Ben studied Business Marketing and Management, in addition to receiving a Bible minor, at Cedarville University. After that, he moved to Hawaii, where he met his Australian wife, Kate, at Bible Study. The couple then spent 14 years on the Gold Coast of Australia with their three boys. Prior to responding to the Lord’s call to relocate to the US, Ben was a high school chaplain at a large Christian school in Australia, and, most recently, he served as a youth pastor before joining GVF in the fall of 2018. A huge advocate of the mentoring process, Ben thinks all Christians should have a “Paul” and “Timothy” in their lives. He loves coffee, nature, and Nikes and is an unapologetic Mac user. In his spare time, Ben enjoys working out, having a good laugh, wrestling with his boys, and playing board games. Email
Betsey Iannarelli, Director of Children’s Ministry
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.
Steph Gehman, Connections and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Steph, a GVF attendee since 2014, joined staff in 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education at Millersville University and her master’s degree in Education at Cabrini College. Before having her two daughters, Steph taught middle school history. She has also served in a variety of ministry roles--including youth leader and small group leader--and she has traveled to South America on several occasions for mission trips. Steph loves books, chocolate chip cookies, and her family.
A gifted musician, pianist, and singer, Greg leads our Sunday morning worship. Employing a variety of muscial 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.
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.
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.
A filmmaker based out of Philadelphia & New York, Nico oversees all video production here at GVF. This includes each week’s multi-cam service, sermon visual bumpers, as well as any promotional video. Nico has attended GVF since 2012, and he is always excited to utilize his experience in film and television in order to provide a different perspective on the classic idea of church video production.
Brooke Engelbart, Director of Communications & Marketing
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.