Church Leadership

Transformational Leadership

Life involves change. Some changes are painful, such as saying “Farewell” to a beloved pastor. We more readily welcome other changes, such as the transformation the Holy Spirit does in our hearts, individually and as a congregation.  We have been experiencing both types of change recently.

Our pastor retired at the end of 2018 to follow his lifelong passion of veterinary medicine. The goodbyes were painful, but the transformation that has followed has been very good. We are leaning into and loving God and each other while growing in fresh and exciting ways.

Gingrichs is currently led pastorally by the Elder Team while we engage prayerfully in the pastoral search process. Assisting the elders are the deacons, the trustees and multiple volunteers from our church family.

Our Elders

Dean Hoover

Dean Hoover

Dean first came to Gingrichs with his family as a six-year old boy.  After college years at Eastern Mennonite College and Penn State University, he returned to Lebanon County and has been involved at Gingrichs ever since.  Dean has held various leadership positions in the congregation over the years and currently serves as Interim Pastoral Elder of Administration.  Planning and leading worship remains one of his main interests. 

Dean grew up on a dairy farm and owned and managed a farming enterprise with his brothers until 1996.  He has stayed involved with agriculture and for the last fifteen years has been working in sales and design for a construction company building barns.

Dean and his wife Mary Ann reside near Mt. Gretna and are parents of two children, Maria, who lives in Atlanta, GA, and Tyler, married to Allison, who live in Elizabethtown, PA.

Doreen Miller

Doreen Miller

Doreen Miller is licensed by Lancaster Mennonite Conference as Congregational Spiritual Director. A member of Gingrichs since 1991, she is currently serving as Interim Pastoral Elder of Spiritual Formation. 

Born a missionary kid in Africa, Doreen is a wife to Myron (40+ years), mother (of four daughters and four sons-in-law), grandmother (of seven), retired physician and missionary, trained spiritual director, and trained supervisor of spiritual directors. Her BSW and MD are from the University of Illinois, and her MAR in Spiritual Formation is from Evangelical Theological Seminary. 

Doreen’s lifelong passion has been learning to  love God and others (Mt 22:37-39) and encouraging others to do the same. To learn more about Doreen and/or the Christian practice of spiritual direction, go to  eyesarentenough.com.

Bob Horlacher

Bob Horlacher

Active in the Grace Lutheran Church with his family, Bob grew up in State College, PA. After serving as an Army first lieutenant in Vietnam, Bob graduated from Shippensburg University. He has worked in quality control and testing and is currently employed part-time in the glued-laminated timber industry. 

In the early 1980’s, Bob, his wife Diane, and their two children began attending Gingrichs Mennonite Church. On March 31, 1985, Bob and Diane were baptized as believers in Jesus and became members at Gingrichs. Bob has taught Sunday School classes and currently serves as Interim Pastoral Elder of Visitation. He also serves on the board of Vision Care Ethiopia. 

Bob desires that we draw closer to God and each other and has a passion for reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Our Trustees

Les Frey

Les Frey

Reid Hoover

Reid Hoover

Jerry Layton

Jerry Layton

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

– John 12:24