Meet The Team
Phil helps direct the team and congregation in the mission of the church! He has been part of CEFC for over 10 years. Phil has a passion for people to know God and the One He has sent (Jesus, the Son of Man), and in knowing Him that we would truly come to know ourselves. This has developed in him a deep passion and love for the Word of God and a desire to show people it's beauty and practicality. It took Phil many years to learn that he is not defined by what he does, knows, has, looks like, or what people say or think about him but by what Christ has done, Who he knows, what he has in Him, how the Father views him through the Son, and what He says and thinks. It is important to Phil that others come to find the freedom that exists in this understanding. Phil loves the game of basketball and plays anywhere from 3-5 times a week. He has always been a pretty big gamer going all the way back to Atari. He's a big fan of Chipotle and would rather ride a motorcycle than drive a car.
Pete's main role is leading and guiding the ministry staff but, as a small team, he wears many hats! Some of his responsibilities also include leading & encouraging small group leaders, giving messages from the main stage, walking the team through weekly staff meetings, providing leadership to volunteer staff over guest services, vision casting, dreaming, lying awake at night mulling over the potential of CEFC, and all the other duties that come across his desk. Pete's passion is truly to help people walk closer with Jesus. So much of his life he thought that meant to live by a certain set of rules and he didn't realize how life-less his faith was for such a long time. He actually believed that he could make mistakes that would convince God that he wasn't worth His time, and that He shouldn't love him. As Pete has come in contact with His Grace, and grown in what it means to follow Jesus, he has become more and more passionate about people knowing our God who loves them no matter the baggage we've carried through life! Pete volunteered in our student ministry when he was 18 and came on staff as a 21-year-old graduate of Lancaster Bible College, remaining here until God shifted his life to a small church in Ohio when he was 30. He has been back at CEFC for 4.5 years bringing his grand total of years on staff to 13.5. He really likes spicy food and usually puts hot sauce on everything! He hasn't found a spicy food he can't eat! If you'd like to present him with one...challenge accepted! The bottom line is Pastor Pete loves this church and its people and he's excited for the future and the difference we can make in our surrounding communities!
Pastor of Care & Counseling
Greg is the father of three daughters and grandfather to two ridiculously amazing granddaughters. Greg was married for forty-five wonderful years to Esterina Francesca Giorgio. Greg finds great joy spending gobs of time with his family, two Shih Tzu, and many life-long friendships. For fun and relaxation Greg bikes – indoors and out – and attempts to hit targets at The 911 Armory. Greg has been serving in pastoral care, counseling, and chaplaincy ministry for almost four decades. He has served as pastor of care and counseling at the Evangelical Free Church of Hershey and as chaplain, counselor, coach and relationship mediator for the faculty and staff at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Penn State University College of Medicine. Greg finds great joy and satisfaction in caring and comforting and offering hope to patients, their families and those within or outside our community of faith. Greg’s spiritual motivations are encouraging and exhortation. His sense of calling and inspiration is found in II Corinthians 1:3, 4, 6: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. . . .If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
Student Ministries Pastor
Paul's passion is to make disciples of the next generation who point people to Jesus. Paul is an "athletic nerd" who loves playing sports but is also big into card and computer games. He's glad to be here at CEFC and helping to lead the next generation closer to Christ. Paul can usually be found leading the teens in the Youth Mod on Sunday mornings and Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Worship Arts Director
Caleb loves cultivating and creating the same community and relationships that he has benefited from in his time here at CEFC. The friends that he has made have been crucial in his understanding of what it means to follow Jesus and love people. You may be shocked to know that Caleb's favorite hobby is to play...GUITAR! His favorite game is 13 (if you know, you know), and he really enjoys skateboarding with his friends. Caleb is half British on his mum's side!
Children's Ministry Director
Sue's passion is giving children a Biblical, gospel-focused foundation so they can love God and serve Him with their lives. Sue loves to garden, read and spend time with her children and grandchildren. Her family has called CEFC home for over 20 years. Our church has helped their children to build their faith and now it's helping their grandchildren to do the same thing. Sue can usually be found working behind the scenes and in the Adventure Kids building on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Lisa has a passion to help facilitate tithes, gifts and offerings to be used for God's glory and honor. Lisa's favorite restaurant is Palermos, her favorite food is Luigi's Brick Oven Sicilian Pizza, and her favorite hobby is scrapbooking. She loves working with numbers and to bake! She feels honored to work with a great team of passionate servants of Christ. Lisa and her husband love glamping in their 5th wheel with their three Shih-tzus. She also serves as the elected tax collector in Upper Tulpehocken Twp.