Wayne Heffelfinger  |  Senior Pastor
Pastor Wayne has been serving here at Grace since 1989 – first as Associate Pastor To Youth (1989-2005), then as Associate Pastor Of Discipleship And Worship (2005-2015), and currently as Senior Pastor.

Pastor Wayne has earned degrees from Northeastern Bible College in 1983 (Bachelor Of Arts In Biblical Literature) as well as Biblical Theological Seminary in 1987 (Master Of Divinity, Master Of Arts In Bible).  He has a passion to teach and preach the Bible in a practical, understandable way that will lead to life change among his hearers.  Pastor Wayne also longs to see each and every believer involved in the process of making and growing disciples.

In his spare time, Pastor Wayne enjoys spending time with his family – his wife, Beth, as well as his grown children and 4 grandchildren.  Pastor Wayne also enjoys trail running, golf, bow hunting, and spending time with friends.

Pastor Wayne can be reached at pastorwayne@gracebiblechapel.org.


Steve Schappert | Associate Pastor
with his wife Annie
Pastor Steve came to know the Lord as his personal Savior when he was in grad school, age 23. Shortly after he married Annie he began his three-year journey through Capital Bible Seminary from which he graduated in 1980. After spending two years raising support, he along with Annie and two young daughters, traveled to Ireland to be church planters. They spent the next 10 years successfully planting a thriving church in Swords, County Dublin. Today that church, Seward’s Baptist Church, is one of the leading evangelical institutes in the country.

In November 1992 the Schapperts, now with four children, moved back to Maryland where Pastor Steve became Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Chapel. During his 23 years as Senior Pastor the church was able to move from their original site on less than 2 acres to their current location sitting on 30 acres. Truly God has done great things. Wanting the church to have a smooth transition to the next leadership team in late 2015 Pastor Schappert took the role of Associate Pastor while Pastor Heffelfinger became the new Senior Pastor. This has provided a seamless transition for the entire congregation.

Presently Pastor Steve is heavily involved with the Adult Bible Class ministry, chairs the Missions Committee, provides family counseling and assists Pastor Heffelfinger in whatever ways are helpful.

Pastor Steve can be reached at pastorsteve@gracebiblechapel.org.


Robert Rohrer  |  Pastor of Student Ministries
with his wife Cathy
Pastor Rob started at GBC as a volunteer middle school youth leader in May of 1996. He became the Pastor of Student Ministries, for youth in grades 6-12, in June of 2005 while working towards his master’s degree. He graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a Master of Bible in 2008.

Pastor Rob has been married to Cathy since October 31, 1998. They have two daughters, Brianna & Meghan. When he isn’t working, he enjoys hunting, sports, and spending time with his family.

Pastor Rob can be reached at pastorrob@gracebiblechapel.org.



Bonnie Kirkley  |  Office Manager

What I love about my job:
   I like the variety of my job; I never know what a day will bring.
My favorite scripture:
   I don’t really have a favorite scripture but I like the book of James because it’s so practical.
My hobbies include:
   Puzzles, reading, knitting/crocheting, walking and kayaking. But most of all hanging out with family.
My favorite book, movie, TV show or song:
   I’m not really into favorites but my first real favorite book was “The Secret Garden” which I still enjoy and the book “Made to Crave” has had possibly the biggest impact on my spiritual life of any book outside of the Bible.
If I could visit any place in the world, I would go to:
   I would definitely go to Ireland. It looks like such a beautiful place and I love the castles and the Irish accent.
My favorite person in the Bible is:
   Off the top of my head I would have to say that my favorite person would be the Apostle John because I would love to understand and experience the love of God like he did.

Bonnie can be reached at office@gracebiblechapel.org.


Jesse Neustadter |  Worship Team Leader

What I love about my job:
   There is so much to love about this job!  I love the volunteers that I work with on a regular basis.  Not only are they excellent musicians, singers, and technicians, but their love for God and their desire to worship is evident.  Also, leading the people of GBC before God’s throne in worship every week has been a joy and a privilege.  I also love music and having the opportunity to develop my skills as a musician and a worship leader has been tremendous.
My favorite scripture:
   Colossians 1:15-23
My hobbies include:
   Hiking and backpacking when I can, playing music, reading, playing with my kids and trying out coffee shops with my wife.
My favorite book, movie, TV show or song:
   Favorite book: toss up between “Hannah Coulter” by Wendell Berry and “The Johnstown Flood” by David McCullough
   Favorite song (for now): “The Stable Song” by Gregory Alan Isakov
If I could visit any place in the world, I would go to:
   A couple years back, Heather and I went to the UK... I would go back to London in a heartbeat if I could.
My favorite person in the Bible is:
   Going obscure here... Asaph.  The Bible doesn’t say much about him, but he wrote some great songs (including Psalm 73 and 77).

Jesse can be reached at jneustadter@gracebiblechapel.org.


Lauren Dymond |  Children's Ministries

Lauren can be reached at childrensministry@gracebiblechapel.org.


Jack Dye |  Facilities Manager

What I love about my job:
   Being part of the big picture and serving God at Grace Bible Chapel.
My favorite scripture:
   My favorite scripture would be John 3-16.
My hobbies include:
   My hobbies would be fishing and boating.
My favorite book, movie, TV show or song:
   My favortie song is “This Is Amazing Grace.”
If I could visit any place in the world, I would go to:
   I would stay in the United States and visit the Grand Canyons.
My favorite person in the Bible is:

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