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Pastor Elders

What are the Pastor Elders’ hopes and prayers for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg?

Jason Abbott, Teaching PastorJason Abbott

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My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg is that all who come would clearly hear and rehear the good news. We do not become Christians through this message of God’s reconciling work accomplished for us in Jesus then proceed to follow him without it. Rather, we must apply and reapply it throughout our earthly lives. It is a message that both humbles and exalts us; it convicts us that there is nothing we could do to earn our salvation on our own, and it encourages us that God has nonetheless loved us and called us into his eternally blessed family. We need this good news preached to us whether we are just beginning to awaken to God’s love for us or whether we are finishing up a lifelong marathon in his service.

Jason and his wife, Natalie, were married in November of 1999 (safely tying the knot before the impending technological doom of Y2K). They live in Hummelstown with their five children—Josiah, Esther, Miriam, Ezra, and Silas. They enjoy finding excuses to drink coffee and watching mildly successful television shows on PBS.

Benjamin Vrbicek, Teaching PastorBenjamin Vrbicek

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My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg is twofold. First, I hope and pray that we would be a people enthralled with God’s Word. Second, since God is passionate about restoring and growing relationships, I hope and pray that we will be a congregation in which people are ever more intimately connected to Jesus and, as a consequence, to their fellow members of his church.

Benjamin and his wife Brooke have five children (Noah, Hudson, Eden, Israel and Judah). Benjamin enjoys reading, wrestling with his children, dating his wife on Friday nights, eating at Chipotle, and riding his bicycle in the early hours of the morning.

Mike Aiken, ElderMike Aiken

My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg is that every person we minister to would truly see how great and good our triune God is, and that they would be transformed by a renewed mind which meditates upon the great mercy of God demonstrated to us in the sending of his Son to die for our sins on the cross. My prayer is that we would grow in this grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and faithfully proclaim and defend the gospel in a culture that is becoming more hostile to biblical Christianity.

Mike and his wife, Carolyn, were married on December 19, 1983. They reside in Oberlin (Swatara Township) and have two adult sons, Aaron and Stephen. Mike is a self-employed residential house painter and also a student, with a Th.M. in Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary with the long term goal of earning the Ph.D. Mike and Carolyn both love to read and watch mysteries and good drama. Mike is also an avid tennis player in his spare time.

Scott Dunford, ElderScott Dunford

My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg is that we would make much of Jesus through the multiplication of disciples both in Harrisburg and around the world. It is my hope that the gospel will so captivate us that we will do anything, go anywhere, and risk everything to make Jesus known and loved. I desire to see our church love our neighbors as ourselves, and show them the love of Christ through word and deed. I would love to see our local church reflect the diversity of our community around us, and be a place where strangers find family.

Scott and his wife Tara live in the city of Harrisburg with their four children—Halee, Basil, Augustine, and Caedmon. They have been involved in full-time Christian ministry since 2001 with Scott serving at a ABWE International and Tara at Harrisburg Christian School. They love the Green Bay Packers, have most of The Office memorized, and think Harrisburg is the place to be.

Scott Elder, ElderScott Elder

My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg is that we would be a discerning family of believers, who are so convinced of the truth of the gospel and transformed by its power that we stand firmly against the current of popular beliefs, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to present Jesus Christ as the only true source of joy, freedom, hope and life. I want for those, who already know Jesus, to be strengthened and encouraged in that relationship and for those, who are investigating Him for the first time, to be wonderfully shocked at what they find; seeing through us and through the study of the Word that He is so much greater than the common characterization of Him, far more than we deserve and infinitely better than anything else the world has to offer.

Scott and his wife, Susan live in the Manada Hill area with their three daughters. They enjoy family time, hiking, kayaking and watching their girls play volleyball and soccer. Susan is an avid reader. Scott aspires to be a voracious reader too, but only really succeeds in being a zealous purchaser of books and listener of podcasts.

Lukeman Harvey, ElderLukeman Harvey

My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg is that every person who has placed his or her trust in Christ would find in us a body of believers, though imperfect, who are being transformed through the power of God’s Spirit. And, for those who still have questions about Christ, I hope and pray that CEFC would be a place of grace and love in a world which often offers only confusion. My hope is that, through searching and studying the Scriptures, all who come would discover true freedom and joy which is only found in Christ.

Lukeman and his wife Carolina have been married since 2000. They have three children and have lived in the Harrisburg area since 2002.

Jim Pace, ElderJim Pace

My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg is that we might continue to develop relationships in our local community in order to strengthen and support the families in our church. I pray that we will encourage all those with whom we come in contact to draw closer to Jesus Christ and that our church will be a welcoming representation of his body.

Jim lives in Marysville with his wife Bonnie. They have been married since September of 1977 and have three children. Jim is an insurance agent with Christian Baker Co.