our staff

  • Dave Wolf | Senior Pastor

    Dave comes to Grace Point with a passion for seeing the church bring the love of Christ to a broken world, both in the local community and globally. After graduating from the University of Maryland at College Park with a degree in electrical engineering, Dave felt a call to ministry and made a move to Texas where he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and met his wife, Sherri.


    Before his time at Grace Point, Dave has served in various roles including equipping/care pastor, lead teaching pastor, and senior pastor. Dave’s experience and team approach to church leadership make him a great fit for our church. He loves to preach the Word of God with relevance and meaning, helping others to be challenged by biblical truth.


    Dave and Sherri have three children, Jessica, Marissa and Nathan. Dave enjoys running, reading, and watching college football.


  • Jay Button | Pastor of Connection

    Jay hails from Chittenango, NY and came to Christ at a young age after talking with a relative about heaven and hell. “I took seriously my life as a disciple of Christ in high school after attending a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp with one of my high school teachers. All he did was become a friend and invite me. I went and it changed my life,” says Jay, and is a firm believer in the statement, “All of us need to invite more and leave the results with God.”


    Having graduated from Houghton College and Dallas Seminary, Jay served as Lead Pastor for 21 years at a local congregation. Regarding his role at Grace Point, Jay says, “what I enjoy most about serving Christ at Grace Point is meeting with men, seeing them get saved, seeing them get rooted and grounded in the Word of God and seeing them begin to serve Christ in their home, their work and Church.”


    Jay and Kim have three adult sons, Jon Eric, Jeremy and Joshua.


    Jay’s life verse is Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”


  • Chuck arnold | Pastor of Congregational Care

    Chuck is a New York City native who moved his family to PA in 1983 . After High School he joined the United States Marine Corps where he served tours in Cuba and Vietnam. Chuck continued his military career serving in the New Jersey Army National Guard for 32 years and retired from Military Service in 2005 with the rank of Master Sergeant.


    Chuck served as Clinical Supervisor for Veterans Mental Health for the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs from 2005 to 2011. Chuck holds a BA degree in Social Science from Montclair State College, a Training and Development Certification from Trenton State College, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Cairn University and a Theology studies certificate from Liberty University. 


    Chuck and Annette live in Newtown. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.


  • Darrell Benjamin | Worship Coordinator

    Darrell was raised here in Bucks County where he spent the bulk of his childhood, but not all of it. Darrell hails from an extremely musically gifted family wherein they served the Lord together by traveling and performing concerts. They also spent two years serving as missionaries in Kenya. It was during his family’s time in East Africa when Darrell was in the 10th grade that he committed his life to following Christ. 


    Darrell’s natural and sincere passion for the Lord as well as his musical giftedness is evident the moment you see him up on the stage as he exhorts the congregation to enter into worship together. He considers it a “privilege to worship and lead others each week into God’s Holy Presence.” Darrell and his wife, Mindy, have three kids, Brooke, Ethan and Jenna.


    His favorite verse is Psalm 37:4,”Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” And if you know Darrell, you know he not only loves this verse but lives it as well. 


  • dave crist | custodian

    Dave has the unique privilege of being on staff, probably the longest. A native of Parkland, PA Dave grew up in the church and credits his parents for his involvement in the church. As a boy he spent countless hours volunteering at church, a practice that Dave continues diligently.


    When he isn’t serving around the church or at work, Dave enjoys watching the Philadelphia sports teams and spending time with his family.


    Dave’s “life verse” is 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”


  • cassandra dewitt | Director of children's ministry

    Cassandra was born and raised in Salem, New Hampshire. She came to know the Lord as a child and credits her father for guiding her spiritually. She considers living the Christian life “exciting and humbling” as she pursues an “understanding of the sovereignty of our mighty God.” 


    Cassandra feels that through the years the people of Grace Point have become family to her in ways she never thought possible, which she considers to be a gift from God. Working and serving at Grace Point affords Cassandra the privilege of “seeing God at work in his appointed leaders” and “can truly see the miraculous works of God’s hand.” Cassandra and her husband, Dennis, have two sons, Tyler and Chase, and their daughter, Aurora.


    Her favorite verse is Titus 2:11-13, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”


  • joann mcdowell | secretary

    JoAnn has been a staple to the GP staff since 2000 and loves the opportunity to pray with people in response to needs, whether they are calling the church office or stopping by in-person. In her own words, “It’s an absolute privilege to serve the staff and family of Grace Point!”


    JoAnn considers Newtown her hometown, and has two grown children (four if you include their wonderful spouses!), and six grandchildren. Her son serves as a pastor at a church in Minnesota and her daughter is CEO of a regional nonprofit in Philadelphia.


  • Liz REIM | Nursery Coordinator

    Liz’s heart and love for spending time with kids is evident in her role at Grace Point. She loves to serve alongside great people who also love the Lord and kids. A part of our staff since August 2012, Liz’s hometown is Jersey Shore, PA.


    Her parents being a major influence in her relationship with Christ and her passion for serving, still live in Jersey Shore. Liz’s brother and best friend, Matt has relocated to Bucks County and has joined her at Grace Point - which Liz just loves!


  • Laura schlenker | bookkeeper

    Laura hails from a small town just north of Butler, PA, and has served at Grace Point since June of 1990. When asked what her favorite thing is about working at Grace Point, Laura says, “I enjoy keeping the finances organized so ministry leaders and staff can better manage the church funds. I also enjoy seeing how God meets the financial needs of the church and his people.”


    Laura and her husband, Steve, have three daughters. Their oldest is married and works in a school as a teacher’s aid, while their two younger daughters attend college.


  • greg shelton | youth pastor

    Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in a Christian home, Greg comes with a passion for Youth Ministry. With over 12 years experience in ministry, Greg has worked in a variety of ministry settings from large multi-site churches to smaller church youth groups. 


    When asked about God’s calling on his life, Greg says, “I seek to make disciples who are fully devoted followers of Christ who know the Word of God, believe it so that it changes their lives, and then will go and share it with others.” Greg’s heart for family ministry is evident in all that he does; in his words, “I want to equip parents to fulfill their role as a student’s main discipler.”  


    Greg and Allie were married in 2006 and now have two beautiful daughters. Greg’s hobbies include spending time with his family, reading, wood-working, tennis, golf, photography and hiking.


  • steve weir | director of missions & Communications

    Steve, a native of Cape May County, New Jersey, loves the variety of projects and work that his role at Grace Point provides.


    Steve’s passion and talent for what he does began in high school where he was afforded the opportunity to work in technical theater. Steve comes highly qualified as he has worked with such artists and performers including the Metropolitan Opera, The New Jersey Ballet, Michael Card, Unspoken, The Philadelphia Orchestra, David Meece, Sister Sledge and Taste of Home Magazine’s Cooking School, just to name a few. 


    He can often be found building LEGOs with his sons Reilly and Connor or taking pictures with his wife, Sarah, who shares his love of photography.



  • bill wright | Director of administration

    Bill is from Ligonier, PA. He came to know Christ at an early age and in high school enjoyed playing percussion on his church’s worship team. While a student at Penn State University Bill went through one of the most difficult times in his life when his father passed away. Bill credits Jodi, a fellow Penn State student who later became his wife with encouraging him to recommit his life to the Lord. 


    While Bill takes his position as Church Administrator very seriously, he is often the subject of many a practical joke as he is involved with both the Middle School and High School ministries. Bill embraces all outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and hiking, mountain biking, hunting and canoeing. Bill and Jodi have one daughter, Alexis, and their two beagles, Toby & Murphy.


    Bill clings to Romans 5:1-5, “Therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”


  • joan zeberlein | director of women's ministries

    Joan was born and raised in, as she describes it, “the very small town of Smethport, PA,” which borders NY State. Joan grew up in the church but as she states, “I knew about God, but I didn’t know him.” Joan credits the Rick Warren book, The Purpose Driven Life for helping to bring her to the realization that God desired a personal relationship with her.


    Joan's held the position of Director of Women’s Ministries since 2005 and as she states, “I feel that God’s gifting of interpersonal skills is what makes serving as the director of women's ministries so rewarding as I genuinely love and feel deeply for every woman in the flock.” Joan is extremely at ease whether counseling a woman one-on-one, leading a small group or emceeing a packed house for a large event. 


    Joan’s life verse is Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


OUr Elders

Phil Anders, Chuck Arnold (Pastor of Congregational Care), Paco Batres, Keith Brown, Jay Button (Pastor of Connection), Jack Edmond, Glenn Ely (Elder Chairman), Martin Hack, David Holmes, David Kneller, Ken Kovalik, Scott Leuz, Rich Speeney, James Weber, Dave Wolf (Senior Pastor), Barry Yoder (Elder Emeritus)