Sunday Services: 9:00am & 10:45am

Pastor Elders

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

Benjamin Vrbicek, Elder & Teaching PastorBenjamin Vrbicek

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 six children (Noah, Hudson, Eden, Israel, Judah, and Salem). 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.

Ben Bechtel, Elder & Associate PastorBen Bechtel

My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church is that we would experience together the freedom and joy that comes from living under the reign of King Jesus. I pray that we would be a people who delight in the good news of Jesus, proclaim it into the lives of one another and our neighbors, and showcase it with our deeds of justice and mercy to the city of Harrisburg.

Ben and his wife, Whitley, live in Midtown Harrisburg. Ben enjoys walking along the Susquehanna river, reading, running, hiking, and just about anything else he can do outside with Whitley and their two Labrador retrievers.

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.

Mike Grenier, ElderMike Grenier

My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg at a base level is this: that we as a church would bring glory to God through lives changed by the powerful gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray that God would deepen our understanding of His character and that we as a church would be centered on and motivated by the gospel in all we do. My prayer is that His powerful gospel would propel us into authentic Christian community with each other and out into our immediate community and city to extend the love and hope of Christ to all we encounter.

Mike lives in Lower Paxton Township with his wife Emily and three children – Noah, Gracelyn, and Evangeline and works at TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics) as an IT Systems Analyst. Competitive by nature, he enjoys sports of all kinds – most notably vicariously reliving his glory days in the form of church softball, and through involvement with the central PA ultimate frisbee league. Mike and his wife are also rabid Phillies fans and enjoy taking summer trips to Ocean City, New Jersey.

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.

Davis Younts, ElderDavis Younts

My hope and prayer for Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg is that we are a community of believers living out the first and second greatest commandments—to love God and love others. My prayer is that we are a church passionate about the gospel and biblical teaching and motivated by compassion for the people God brings into our lives.

Davis lives in Marysville with his wife Elizabeth and two daughters, Felicity and Mercy. He is a former active duty Air Force officer and continues to serve in the Air Force Reserves. He is the founder and owner of a law firm that focuses on criminal defense and military law. Davis and Elizabeth are avid readers and love finding and exploring used bookstores and drinking good coffee.