Our Elders and Deacons

The elders of Crossway Church consider it a great privilege to be able to care for and to lead this church. Below you will find a brief biography for each man. Though not exhaustive, we hope that this list gives you some idea of who we are, of how we are structured and of who you might turn to with appropriate questions.
Peter Privitera

Peter serves as our senior pastor, having come on staff in April 2004. He has over 25 years of pastoral experience and holds a B.A. in Bible & Missions from Central Bible College. He is currently pursuing an M.Div. from Southern Seminary. Peter and his wife, Grace, have 5 daughters.

Steve Heitland Steve came on staff in June 2008. He leads our Caregroups, Adult Education (Vital Life), Counseling training and Deacon training. He holds an M.A.R. from Reformed Theological Seminary and is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Steve and his wife, Lori, have five children.
Doug Plank Doug came on staff in June 2003. He is a graduate of Millersville University with a B.S.E. in Elementary Education/Special Education. A gifted songwriter, Doug leads our worship team, Children’s Ministry (Entrust), Men’s and Women’s Ministries and our Counseling team. He is currently pursuing an M.Div. from Southern Seminary. Doug and his wife, Brenda, have five children.

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 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 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 over 35 years Ken was employed in diverse types of management roles in high-paced manufacturing settings, and is currently enjoying retirement.

Andrew Odell

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 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.