A native of Bucks County, Holly was first drawn to First Baptist Church of Newtown (now Grace Point) when her family returned to Newtown in the early 1980’s. She first came to know the Lord while attending Vacation Bible School as a child.
Holly and her family have enjoyed watching Grace Point grow while serving in many different areas over the years. One of her goals is not to just serve, but to “Serve the Lord thy God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things”(Deuteronomy 28:47).
Holly also strives to “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” as instructed to us in Micah 6:9.
Holly and her husband, Tom, have three grown children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren, for which they are very thankful and feel very blessed.
Chuck is a New York City native, who moved his family to Pennsylvania 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 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 gifts from the Lord are evident the moment you see him 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.
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.”
David feels privileged by serving on the Grace Point staff since 1996. A native of Parkland, PA, David 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 David continues diligently.
When he isn’t serving around the church or at work, David enjoys watching the Philadelphia sports teams and spending time with his family.
David’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 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 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 seeing 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.”
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, who are a major influence in her relationship with Christ and her passion for serving, still live in Jersey Shore. Liz’s brother, Matt, who is also her best friend, relocated to Bucks County and has joined her at Grace Point, which Liz just loves!
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 grown daughters and a son-in-law. The Lord has also blessed them with a beautiful granddaughter. Laura's hobbies include gardening, photography, baking, and doing arts and crafts.
Sharon is a Bucks County native and has resided here her entire life. Her greatest joy is her family. She is wife to Jim and mom to Joshua and Gabrielle. Sharon is grateful to the Lord for the privilege of serving at Grace Point on the administrative support team as of January 2019.
Sharon earned a degree in Executive Office Administration from Gwynedd Mercy University and studied paralegal courses at BCCC. Before coming to Grace Point, she worked as a paralegal for 12 years at a law firm in Montgomery County and served on church ministry staff for 18 years. She enjoys writing devotions and contributions to faith-based books. Her own little book is called “SerenDIPity ~ Celebrating Dips, Faith & Friendship”.
Sharon considers herself a forever student of God's Word. She says she is delighted by His Word and dependent on His grace. Sharon’s new-life verse is: “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7 NKJV)
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 is from Ligonier, PA. He came to know Christ at an early age and enjoyed playing percussion on his church’s worship team in high school. 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.
Bill enjoys serving on the Grace Point worship team by playing drums. 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 and 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 was born and raised in, as she describes it, “the very small town of Smethport, PA,” which borders New York 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 has held the position of Director of Women’s Ministries since 2005. "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.”
Chuck Arnold (Pastor of Congregational Care), Paco Batres (Elder Emeritus), Keith Brown, Jay Button (Pastor of Connection), Jack Edmond, Glenn Ely, Martin Hack, David Holmes, David Kneller, Ken Kovalik, Scott Leuz (Elder Chairman), Rich Speeney, James Weber,
Dave Wolf (Lead Pastor), Barry Yoder (Elder Emeritus)