Pastors

Our Pastors

According to the New Testament, pastors are to be the spiritual leaders and protectors of God’s people. There are several words that are used to describe the person who is often titled “pastor” in the local church. These words are “overseer”, “elder”, “bishop”, and, of course, “pastor/teacher”. This variety of words helps to define the God-given responsibilities that this individual has in the local church.

Every man who is recognized as a pastor at the Grace Brethren Chapel meets the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We believe that the office of pastor/elder is limited to men.

Plurality of Leadership

One consistent theme found in New Testament churches is that each local church was governed by a plurality of elders. Consider the following verses (emphasis added):

Acts 14:23 “When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”

Titus 1:5 “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you...

1 Peter 5:1 “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed...”

Because of this clear pattern in Scripture, the Chapel has established a leadership group of multiple elders/pastors to provide directional decision making for the church, preach and teach God’s Word, and devote themselves to prayer and equipping the saints for the works of ministry.

The elders who serve at the Chapel do so on equal footing – we do not have a hierarchy of authority within the group of elders. Each elder has the same authority as every other elder – we don’t have a “lead” pastor and “associate” or “junior” pastors. The elders work together to exercise oversight of God’s church, using their unique areas of giftedness to serve and bless the local church.

Get to Know Our Pastors

Pastor Dave Damschroder

Pastor
A lifelong Fremont resident, Dave has been attending the Chapel since he heard the gospel preached on the radio and got saved at age 21. Over the last 40+ years, Dave has had a desire to grow in his personal walk with Christ and help others grow too. He has served as an elder since 2002. He is married to Melissa and they have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

Pastor Jonathan Edwards

Pastor
Having grown up the son of a pastor in Kalamazoo, MI, Jonathan wasn't seeking to pursue the career choice of his father. Yet, the Holy Spirit had other plans and placed a burden on his heart to shepherd God's people. He graduated from the Christian Workman Schools of Theology and has served as an elder at the Chapel since September of 2012. He is married to Meredith and they have four children: Vera, Adele, Levi, and Wesley.

Pastor John Fahrbach

Pastor
John grew up in the Fremont area and was saved in the early 70's through the ministry of Floyd and Ann Waggoner. He attended Grace Theological Seminary and graduated with a BA in History & Biblical Studies and an M. Div. in Theology. He pastored the Trinity Grace Brethren Church in Northwood for over 15 years before joining the Chapel as an elder in 2002. John is married to Sharon. Two of his adult children attend the Chapel with him, while two live on other parts of the country. His son-in-law, Ron, has the privilege of serving with him as a fellow-elder.

Pastor Ron Kreager, Jr.

Pastor
Ron was born and raised in Northwest Ohio. After graduating from Genoa High School in 2004, Ron attended the University of Toledo, where he graduated with degrees in business and law. It during college that he began attending the Chapel and after a short while, Ron began to desire to help others to understand God’s Word. Consequently, he began teaching youth at the Chapel and helped oversee the youth ministries. He also had a desire to contribute in the music ministry, so he learned to play guitar and began playing on Sunday mornings at the Chapel. Recognizing his gifting in music and leadership, he eventually assumed a leadership position within the music ministry. Around 2015, he began wondering whether God was calling him to serve as an elder. After several years of prayer and consideration, he began diligently pursuing God's call by attending Practorium classes (seminary-level training based in the local church) and seeking the affirmation of the other elders at the Chapel. After meeting the qualifications listed in 1 Tim. 3 and being affirmed by both the current elders and the congregation, Ron was ordained as an elder in January of 2022.

He is married to Ruth and they share four beautiful children: Caroline, Ellie, Rose, and Betsy.

Pastor Keith Merriman

Pastor
Keith is from Indianapolis, IN, and if you ask him to tell you how he got saved, you'll hear the exact day and hour! A former Roman Catholic, Keith came to Christ at age 25 and began his studies at Grace Theological seminary a mere nine months later. His ministry experience includes 13 years of pastoral leadership at the Orrville Grace Brethren Church, 5 years at the Parkersburg Grace Brethren Church, and 2 years of teaching seminary in Cameroon, Africa. He joined the Chapel as an elder in 2003. He is married to Nancy and they have two grown children, one of whom attends the Chapel. He is blessed with seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild!

Pastor Daniel Miller

Pastor
Daniel grew up on the west coast in Albany, Oregon. He was raised in church and was saved by the Lord at the age of 12. At 18, after traveling with a summer ministry team, he thought the Lord was prompting him towards vocational ministry. He attended Bible college in West Virginia and graduated in 2017. He then went on to seminary, completing a Master of Divinity from Central Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota. He started serving as an elder at the Chapel in July of 2023. He is married to Harmony and they have one daughter: Amelia.

WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE, THE WHOLE BIBLE, AND NOTHING BUT THE BIBLE.

OUR BELIEFS

Calendar



Jul
21

Chapel Picnic

Join us after service at the Wendell C. Miller Park in Lindsey for food, fun, and fellowship!


Jul
27

Lindsey Homecoming Festival

Join the Chapel as we share the Gospel at a tent with face painting,and the Chapel Band playing music on ...


Sep
8

3-Fold Communion

All believers are invited to join us for the love feast, foot washing, and the bread and the cup.


Nov
10

3-Fold Communion

All believers are invited to join us for the love feast, foot washing, and the bread and the cup.

Full CalendarFeatured Events

Grace Brethen Chapel

1820 State Route 590 | Gibsonburg, OH 43431-7800
(419) 665.4024
gracebrethrenchapel@gmail.com


CONTACT USBLOG

SERVICE TIMES
Sunday School - 9:30am
Sunday Worship - 10:30am
Wednesday Dinner - 6:00pm
Wednesday Services - 6:45pm

Top