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 and comedically stubborn son Chancellor.
Amy is fresh on board GVF as the Director of Community Life and Women's Ministry. Born and raised in Texas, she holds her Masters and Doctorate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is an avocados worst nightmare. Amy 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.
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 diabetes educator. She loves spending one-on-one time with women of all ages. She also enjoys reading, going for walks with her husband and organizing anything that gets in her way.
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.
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.
Aaron, along with his wife Brittney and his daughter Madelyn, stared attending GVF in 2013 after moving to the area from New Jersey. Aaron works at the Limerick power plant and loves spending time with his family and loves to go running. In the past, he has led small groups and been involved in children's ministry. He has a passion for each individual at GVF to follow God wherever He leads.
Bob and his wife Wendy have a bunch of kids: Erica and son-in-law Derek, Tori and son-in-law Evan, Meredith (Sr. at Penn State), Rachel (Jr. at Conestoga), Krisit (8th grade) and Javon (Jr at Cheyney). Bob works for Voya Financial as an actuary and helps to coordinate the men's ministry at GVF. Wendy serves in the G3 youth ministry. Together they host the 20 something small group. They live in Wayne near the Arch in Valley Forge Park and they are long time attenders at GVF.
Andy and his wife Marilyn have been attending GVF since 2011. Andy currently co-leads a men's discipleship group, and, in the past, has led small groups with his wife. He works at SEI Investments in Oaks as a product manager. Andy & Marilyn live in Collegeville with their 2 dogs, Sabi and Penny.
Erik and his family (wife Patti, kids Abigail, Lucy and Sam) have been attending GVF since 2006. In addition to serving on the Elder Board, Erik co-leads a small group and assists with the Pre-K Sunday class. Previously, he has worked with the youth ministry and served on staff search committees. Erik has a BS in Computer Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering. He works as an FPGA engineer for Finisar Corporation.