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Jesus Christ is the supreme and only Head of the Church.  He doesn’t merely teach us what to believe and do in our personal lives but also much about structuring and governing His Church.  Whereas many churches have adopted a leadership model that resembles the business-world, where the pastor functions like a CEO, we recognize the importance that Christ places upon mutual accountability.  The Scriptures teach that there be a plurality of elders to rule, a minister to preach, and deacons to serve.  Further, both Scripture and church history inform us that it is not good for a church to operate independently.  Therefore, we find further accountability and wisdom in our ecclesiastical ties.  Our regional assembly is called Classis Eastern U.S. and our denomination, the United Reformed Churches in North America.

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L to R: Ryan Lemmel (elder), Zachary Wyse (minister), & Troy Ellens (deacon) (not pictured – Ray Brinker, deacon)

We are currently operating under the oversight of Zeltenreich Reformed Church (New Holland, PA).  They initiated this church plant and are responsible for ensuring that the word is rightly preached, the sacraments are rightly administered, and that our church strives for holiness.

The leaders of Zeltenreich have called Zachary Wyse to be our minister.  He is from Stryker, Ohio and a graduate of Miami University (Zoology, B.S.).  Though he grew up as a regular churchgoer, he was converted in college.  Zac, then, spent five years serving campus fellowships in Europe, working for Campus Crusade for Christ and UCCF: The Christian Unions.  These years were especially helpful for him in understanding the Christian faith and learning to defend it.  He is a graduate of Westminster Seminary California (M.Div, 2013) and was ordained in November of 2013.

Ryan Lemmel, Troy Ellens, and Ray Brinker have been ordained as our first elder and deacons, respectively.  They are members of the Council of Zeltenreich but attend WRC and serve us locally.