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. He loves playing kickball with his kids, swing dancing with his wife, studying ancient Hebrew texts, and Jesus (not in that order).
Born into a large and loud Italian family, Michael grew up around Hershey, PA. He has served in the National Guard since 2001, and today serves as an officer in the Chaplaincy of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He holds a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Cairn University, and is a graduate of Evangelical Seminary where he earned an MDiv with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling. His greatest accomplishment was marrying his beautiful wife Anna. Because of her, he gets to run around building forts and battling imaginary bad guys with their adorably silly daughter Maszie, comedically stubborn son Chancellor, and faithfully determined son Coulson.
Amy was born and raised in Texas, she holds her Masters and Doctorate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is an avocados worst nightmare. She has worked in various global ministries including the Middle East and South Africa. Recently moving back to the States from living abroad for the past 6 years, she brings with her passion to equip, encourage, and empower the local church and specifically the women in their congregations. Amy and her South African husband, Marnus, can be found walking other people's dogs, settling into their gingerbread of a house, and outside enjoying a climate with four seasons.
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 joined our staff in Fall of 2016. Before coming to GVF, Emily worked full-time for two years in youth ministry and another two years with young adults and women. Emily studied Animal Science at UConn (Go Huskies!) and spent several years working as an animal behavior specialist and then as a diabetes educator. She loves spending one-on-one time with women of all ages, reading and doing house projects with her husband.
In the fall of 2017, Betsey joined the staff at GVF working with kids; she has always loved children and previously volunteered in children’s and student ministry since the age of 12. She received her BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Covenant College. Then, she got an MA in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Outside of work, she enjoys painting or relaxing with tea and a good book.
Betsey met her husband, Robert, on a mission trip to Bulgaria where they bonded over their love for Jesus and for music. As of 2018, their home will include a cat and a child (and she always keeps flowers in her home!).
Steph and her husband found GVF in 2014 and she joined the staff in 2016. Before having their two daughters, Steph taught middle school history. She has served in a variety of ministry roles including youth leader, small group leader and she traveled to South America on several mission trips. Steph earned her B.S. in Social Studies Education from Millersville University and her Masters of Education from Cabrini College. Some of her favorite things are 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 attending GVF since 2013 where she joined the worship team shortly after coming to GVF. She's been playing piano since the age of 5 and leading worship for over 20 years in a variety of settings. Hailing from northeast PA, she grew up as a PK (pastor's kid) where she was active in her church youth group and music ministry. She and her husband, Charles, live in Phoenixville with their 4 children, Noah, Kiersten, Ella & Hutchinson. 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.
Claire was born and raised on the shore of New Jersey. She started attending GVF while she pursued her undergraduate degree at Eastern University. Upon graduation, she joined staff and works alongside the worship and teach teams, helping to keep all the details for Sunday services organized and communicated. Claire also coordinate volunteers on Sunday mornings.
Outside of GVF Claire enjoys any outdoor activity, going to the beach, and traveling.
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.