We declare that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God as revealed in the Bible, the written Word of God, is the only Savior and Lord. He is the center of our shared experience of true biblical unity.
Our mission is to make fully-developing disciples of Jesus Christ, who ...
...passionately pursue Christ,
...desire life change,
...serve others effectively, and
...seek those who need Christ.
Our four-step strategy to make disciples is
...making relationships with non-believers,
...worshiping together on Sunday mornings,
...serving others in church and community, and
...growing in obedience in small groups and Sunday School
Get to know some of the leadership at Maranatha.
Dan joined Maranatha as Executive Pastor in 2010. He comes to Hagerstown from Soldotna, Alaska, where he served at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church for twenty years. In addition to preaching and teaching, Dan enjoys Bible study, playing trombone, and directing music groups. He has been married to Susan since 1980 and they have four adult children and five grandchildren. In his spare time, Dan is section-hiking the Appalachian Trail. You can contact Dan by email or check out his Facebook page.
Ron began his ministry at Maranatha in 1985 as the full-time Youth Pastor, later serving as Associate Pastor. He served in the church for 23 years. He then became the Director of Pastoral Care at Brook Lane Health Services in Hagerstown. He continues to serve at Maranatha as one of the Preaching Pastors. He and his wife Nancy have been married since 1982 and have two grown children Matthew and Bethany. In his spare time he enjoys singing, gardening, and snow! He currently serves on the Board of CE National, which is one of the ministries of the Grace Brethren Fellowship.
John and Melissa Miller are full-time missionaries with Churches in Mission. Prior to that, John was the founding pastor of Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport. They assisted Maranatha starting in 2008 during the transition between Pastors. Ever since, they come and share their hearts for the Lord when they are available. John is part of the Preaching Team.
Cheryl became Church Secretary in 2017. She worked as a public school teacher a few years before leaving the profession to be a stay-at-home mom. For seventeen years she cared for her family and educated their children, while serving Christ at Maranatha and in the community.
Her primary ministries have been in children's and youth ministries. Cheryl and her husband Tim have been married since 1990 and have four children: Megan, Jacob, Jesse and Jason.
Heidi became the Ministry Teams Assistant during the summer of 2017. She is a substitute teacher for Washington County and a photographer at Heidi Feight Photography. Both Heidi and her husband Jason came to Hagerstown from North Dakota in 2003 and have been part of Maranatha since that time. They have 2 children: Rebekah and Michael.
The following men generously give of their time to serve Maranatha as elders: Eric Barger, Joe Hartt, Dave Pryor, Jeff Reed, Russ Robinson, Dan Thornton.
We encourage every member of Maranatha to experience at least one cross-cultural mission trip. These adventures open up our eyes to what God is doing in the world. We have partnered with John and Melissa Miller of Churches in Missions who facilitate these mission trips.
Sharing the gospel and starting churches - Encompass World Partners
- Roy and Holly Angle - Ireland
- Dave and Sue Griffith - France
- Bill and Beckie Kiddoo - England
Providing clean water in the heart of Africa - Water for Good
Reaching children in Africa - World Venture - Caleb and Suz Smagacz - Uganda
Presenting Jesus to Jewish adventurers - Chosen People - Scott and Margie Brown - New Zealand
Offering spiritual retreats - Mt. Makiling Re-Creation Center - Shane and Rachel Stevenson - Philippines
Translating Scripture - The Seed Company
Meeting community needs through Christ - Navigators - Bob and Sarah Steiger - Senegal