Our Deacons

Deacons are "esteemed servants" in the church. They lead in our care for one another, especially with regard to mercy ministry and benevolence. Jesus made this love a hallmark of his church, as we read in John 13:34-35:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

In October 2017 we ordained four men as the first Deacons in our history. This culminated a two-year process of nomination, training and evaluation, as they studied the role and responsibilities of deacons, the mission of the church and the manner in which the gospel transforms our love for one another.

 

tom eckman

Tom

Tom has been married to his wife, Lara, for nearly 20 years. They have three children, and have been members of Crossway for over 25 years. Tom has overseen our Farm Team and the Eckmans have served in many other roles in the church. Tom teaches at Manheim Central High School.

ken herr

Ken

Ken has been married to his wife, Beejee, for over 45 years. They have four children and thirteen grandchildren. They have been members of Crossway for over 25 years, and have served as Caregroup leaders and in many other roles in the church. For 35 years Ken has been employed in diverse types of management roles in high-paced manufacturing settings.  Currently Ken oversees property management and operations of The Noble Group.

andrew odell

Andrew

Andrew has been married to his wife, Abby, for over 30 years. They have five children and two grandchildren. They have been members of Crossway for over 30 years, and have served as Caregroup leaders and in many other roles in the church. Andrew works as an engineer in nuclear power, and Abby served her children as a homeschooling mom for 24 years.

Vernon Stoltzfus

Vernon

Vernon has been married to his wife, Melissa, for over 30 years. They have three children. They have been members of Crossway for over 25 years, and have served as Caregroup leaders and in many other roles in the church. Vernon and Melissa run Stone Hill Catering and served the church for years through overseeing our kitchen.