Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Leon Brubaker, Elder
Leon and his wife Mary have attended Hephzibah since 2008. They moved to Coatesville to be part of the ministry Jack Crans has with local prisoners, their families, and the children of Coatesville. Leon gave his heart to the Lord in his late teens and desires to be part of what God is doing in bringing people to Christ in salvation and spiritual growth.
David Needham, Elder
Dave and his wife Michele have been members of Hephzibah Baptist Church since 1999. Both Dave and Michele have been actively serving over the years in Sunday School, VBS, and various other capacities. Dave sang with the choir for many years. Their faithfulness is a tremendous blessing to Christ and His body that gather here at Hephzibah.
Jonathan Stitzel, Elder
Jon was born in Painesville, Ohio to parents who were dedicated to serving the Lord. This instilled in him a conviction and desire to serve the Lord. At age 8, he placed his faith in what Christ did on the cross for his sin. At age thirteen, he acknowledged God’s call to become a pastor. He graduated from high school in New York State. God used his many years of working on dairy farms to instill the ability to stay the course in challenging tasks and seeing them through.
In addition to years of faithful involvement in local churches, God sent him to Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pa to obtain further training for pastoral ministry. It was here that he met his life partner, Brenda. Their first ministry was in a Christian School in Hazleton, Pa. From there, God led them to plant two Churches, one in WV and the other in New York. Our final Pastoral ministry was back to WV.
In 2020, due to aging issues they moved to Pennsylvania to be near their son’s family who could help care for their aging needs. They are thrilled to not only attend, but serve in the local church pastored by their son, Michael Stitzel