Leadership and Staff
Our congregation is committed to a team approach to leadership. A group of elders meet twice a month to pray and seek the Lord's direction for our church. We understand the role of the elders to be pastors (shepherds) and servants who seek to follow the Chief Shepherd. Among the present elders, Dave Dunbar is specifically tasked with the duties of Teaching Pastor, and Wes Ehret is the pastor of Student Ministries.
Along side the elders there are other men and women who serve and lead various ministry capacities including teaching, administration, pastoral care, compassion, and outreach. Our desire for all those who attend Grace Bible Church is that they will find a spiritually healthy place to grow and serve.
Our Current Elders:
Don Dressler, Jesse Dressler, Dave Dunbar, Wes Ehret, Seth Mangum, Jack Merzig & Dave Ramage
Dave was born in Philadelphia and grew up in farm country in nearby Bucks county. He graduated from Pennridge High School and then from Penn State. A week after college graduation, he married Sharon, his high school sweet-heart. Later that same year he began theological studies which took him from Biblical Seminary, to Westminster Seminary, and finally to Drew University, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He has taught at The King’s College, Northeastern Bible College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Biblical Seminary, where he served as president for 27 years. He was appointed as teaching pastor at GBC in 2015. His primary focus is to help people to understand the “big story” of the Bible and how their lives fit in to what God is doing in the world.
Dave and Sharon have four adult children—two married and two single-- and seven grandchildren.
Dave enjoys hunting, fishing, reading mystery novels, and riding his bike with the grand kids.
Wes was born in Johnson City, NY and graduated from Maine-Endwell High School in 1993. After graduating college in 1997 with his BS in Youth Ministry, he took a Youth Pastor position in Endicott, NY where he worked for 5 years. It was at the church where he met and married his wife, Kaley in 2002. Wes and Kaley accepted the Pastor of Student Ministries position here at GBC in the Fall of 2009. Wes continued his Master’s studies and earned his Masters of Missional Theology degree from Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. His primary focus is to help shepherd and disciple students and families to become faithful followers of Jesus.
Wes and Kaley have three boys—two in elementary school and one in middle school.
Wes enjoys laughing, joking, being married, playing with his boys, grooming the family dog, deer hunting and fiddling around with his grill.
Heidi has been attending GBC since 2015 with her husband Jesse and children 3 children (2 in middle school and one preschooler). She has a degree from Columbia International University in Bible Teaching and Bible Curriculum Development. Having spent many years working with children and youth, she loves being with people but is most passionate about helping them see God in a new and fresh way through the lens of Scripture, understanding God as He teaches us through His Word and changes our daily lives. Heidi is excited to get to know your children, build a community where they feel valued, can learn about God and embrace their faith so that they can confidently and openly grow.
Karen has been attending GBC for over 20 years with her family: husband Duane, and 5 children (3 in college and 2 in high school). She graduated from Messiah College with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has taken additional Graduate Classes in Educational Leadership and Instruction for Children with Special Needs. Karen has done coursework and certification as a RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) and taught/did therapy with children ages 3-13 with special needs. Prior to that, she was the Director of Indian Valley Nursery School & Kindergarten for 12 years. Karen looks forward to serving, teaching and growing together with our children as we worship, learn, grow and explore who God is and the part that they each play now and in the future in the family of God.