Carl S. McGarvey was raised in north central Pennsylvania. After attending Asbury College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he pastored the Des Plaines Alliance Bible Church in suburban Chicago for five years. In 1985, the McGarveys were appointed as Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries to the Philippines where they served in church planting and leadership development ministries. In 1991 Carl was asked to return to the headquarters of the C&MA in Colorado Springs, CO, where he served for 11 years as the missionary candidate director responsible for the preparation and selection of Alliance missionary personnel. In 2002 he became the director for candidate development for the Alliance in the US, focusing on the regionalization and reengineering of the movement's personnel development strategy. McGarvey became lead pastor of the Lancaster Alliance Church in September of 2008.
Carl is married to Patty since 1978. They are the parents of three children. Kristy lives in Wheaton, IL; Nathan lives with his wife, Emily, and sons Silas and August in Englewood, CO; and David and his wife Jennifer lives in Denver, CO.
Pastor Joe Burchill grew up in Coalport, PA. Following graduation from Toccoa Falls College, he pastored Alliances Churches in Corry and then Butler, PA. For sixteen years, Joe served the Western PA District of the C&MA as the Director of Christian Education and Administration. He traveled extensively as a teacher trainer, curriculum developer, and consultant for the C&MA and other evangelical organizations. He has served on various county and state education boards as well as completed his master's degree in adult and community education at IUP. In 2002, the Burchills joined the C&MA National Office as Associate Director of Life Impact Ministries.
He joined the LAC Staff in August of 2009 as the Pastor for Discipleship Ministries. Joe and his wife, Joy, live in Landisville, love to travel, love good books and good food. They have two children. Beth is a corporate conference planner in Alexandria, VA. Nathan is a researcher in Baltimore.
Bernt grew up in the country of Sweden as a missionary kid. While his career has centered around a passion for student development in higher education, he is also deeply committed to worship ministries and outreach in each of the contexts that he has served in. Bernt has led worship in a variety of settings, such as in church, college chapels, conferences and other special events. However, Bernt's primary joy comes from simply being part of a team of people that strive together to lead worship in meaningful ways. You will find he and his wife Ginger, are deeply committed to encouraging followers of Christ to seek a life that glorifies God first.
Bernt's college education began at LeTourneau University and he completed his B.A. from Washington Bible College. He holds an M.Div. and a Th.M. from Capital Bible Seminary and an Ed.D. from Azusa Pacific University. Bernt and Ginger have been best friends and close allies since the summer of 1995, and they have been married since 1996. The Lord has gifted them with four beautiful children, Joanna, Ashley, Kaeleigh, and JB (or Joseph). The family enjoys anything active, and chances are you will find them wrapped around some game somewhere. You can't miss them ... they are loud.
Rev. Jason R. Snyder, Pastor for Student Ministries
Jason R Snyder was born and raised in Lima, Ohio. After graduating from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a bachelor's degree in youth ministry in 2003, Jason served as the Interim Youth Pastor at Cable Road Alliance Church. In 2004, just two weeks after getting married, Jason and his wife Wendy moved to Emporium, Pennsylvania where Jason served as the youth pastor for 6 years at Emporium Alliance Church. The Lord called the Snyders to serve at Lancaster Alliance Church in September of 2010.
Jason and Wendy have two sons named Jonan and Henry "Hank," and a daughter named Roslin. Jason's hobbies include Wendy, Jonan, Roslin, Hank, sports, sharing life with teenagers, beating teenagers in Monopoly, feeding ducks, and synchronized swimming. The Snyders live in Lancaster.
Melissa is a Lancaster County gal, born and raised. She and her husband, Eric, have been attending LAC since 1991 and have been involved in many areas of ministry through the years. She became Director of Elementary Children's ministry in October 2012. She has three daughters: Janae, Becca Jo, and Jessica. Melissa is very involved in her community and their family farm.
Patty has attended LAC for over 25 years with her husband Joe. Patty and Joe have two daughters, Rebecca and Laurel. Patty is in her 17th year as Director of Preschool Ministries. If you walk down the hallway, you will see it is a family affair as Mr. Joe, Becca and Laurel, when she's not at college, are a huge part of the preschool ministry. Patty loves spending time with her family. In a rare moment of downtime, Patty likes scrapbooking, sewing, and reading.
Jean was born in Lancaster County, but moved with her family at age ten to Tioga County where her parents were church planters for the Mennonite church. She returned to Lancaster County to attend Lancaster Mennonite High School and upon graduation entered the RN Nursing Program at LGH. She retired from Ephrata Hospital. Jean has three children and four grandchildren. She and her husband, Vic, enjoy traveling, especially in the New England states. She enjoys anything outdoors and just being in the woods.
Anita serves as an Associate for Worship & Outreach as well as Assistant to the Lead Pastor and has been on staff since September 2002. She is grateful for the opportunity to utilize her gifts while serving together with some amazing people. After receiving her Music Education degree in 1991 from Lancaster Bible College, she taught music at Lititz Christian School for three years, but then transitioned into full-time mom for her three great kids, Austin, Kiersten & Kaley, who are either in college or nearing the end of their high school years. Anita is married to Kelvin, whom she met at LAC and were married at the church in 1991 and continue to serve in various leadership roles. Soccer, scrapbooking, entertaining and camping are a few of Anita's favorite activities.
Beginning in January 2011, Renee began working part time as the Student Ministries Assistant, supporting the Youth Department with all the organizational behind the scene details. She originally started working with youth as an area of ministry in college but took a break for a season of "family time". She came back to her passion for youth ministry in 2004, in OH, and has served in youth ministry since 2008 at Lancaster Alliance. She absolutely LOVES working with middle school. She loves the chaos and the laughter and the brutal honesty of this age. There is so much potential. Renee has been married to her husband, Randy for 26 years. In addition to Katy, they have two grown children, Kaylyn and Kyle. Renee enjoys traveling and digital scrapbooking.
Since 1992, Karen has been a part of the C&MA staff, serving wherever needed. Variety is definitely the spice of life when it comes to her work. She moved into her current role as full time secretary in January of 2002. Karen enjoys having a behind-the-scenes role in church. On the home front, she has three children - Chad, TJ, and Tara. She is dedicated to lifting up God's people in prayer.
Kathy was born and raised in Lebanon, PA. She married her high school sweetheart, Mark, in 1980. They have two grown sons, Matthew and Andrew, and will add a daughter-in-law, Shannon, soon. Mark’s job has taken them from Lancaster to Florida, to Mississippi, to Illinois, to Pittsburgh, and back to Lancaster. Kathy worked as a secretary at two college libraries, a stenographer for PPL, and most recently, an administrative assistant at Mars Alliance Church in the Pittsburgh area. Mark and Kathy have been attending LAC since moving back to Lancaster in 2013. She joined the LAC staff in May of 2015. Kathy is involved with LAC’s Great Commission Women and Page Turners. Her other interests include gardening, hiking, and spending time with family.
Beginning in 1997, Mike Rankin has overseen the upkeep of the buildings and grounds here at LAC. In addition to his work at the church, he has served on a number of short-term missions trips, and enjoys woodworking and home remodeling in his spare time. Mike and his wife, Kay, have married twin daughters, Monette and Michelle.
Sue Tordoff lives with her husband Kevin and children Luke, Kaitlyn, and Hannah in Lancaster. They moved from New England in 2008 and have been attending LAC ever since. Sue has worked as a bookkeeper for 19 years and loves it. In her spare time she likes to read, sew, spend time with her family, and play with their dog. Although Sue loves the Amish farmlands here, her favorite place to be is the beach!
Jen lives with her husband Eric and children Emma and Matthew in West Lampeter. They moved from Maine in 2011 and have been attending LAC since coming to Pennsylvania. Jen graduated from Salve Regina University, Newport, RI with a BA degree, majoring in English. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, walking, and vacationing at the beach.
Andy was born and raised in Lancaster County. Although he went to LeTourneau University for engineering, he has also held positions in IT and Product Marketing/Product Management. His experiences in the business world give him a solid foundation for directing the business operations of the church. He feels blessed and honored to be given the opportunity to make a difference in God's kingdom. Andy and his wife, Elizabeth, were married in 2006, and together they have three wonderful children - Adam, Lily, and Nate. Andy enjoys working on cars and on projects around the house.