Christ Our Focus

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.

Evangelical Core

We affirm our commitment to the core truths of the Bible which we share with other evangelical believers in Jesus Christ.

See full statement here.

Membership in the Charis Fellowship

We hold to the doctrines and practices shared by those in the Charis Fellowship movement in America and the Charis Alliance world-wide. This is our commitment to Biblical truth, Biblical relationships, and Biblical mission.

See full statement here.


Our mission is to make fully-developing disciples of Jesus Christ, who ...

...passionately pursue Christ,

...desire life change,

...serve others effectively, and 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 Thornton

    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 Shank

    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 Miller

    John and Melissa Miller are full-time missionaries with Churches in Missions. Prior to that, John was the founding pastor of Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport. They started assisting Maranatha 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 Leisinger

    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 Feight

    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.

  • Elders

    The following men generously give of their time to serve Maranatha as elders: Eric Barger, Joe Hartt, Jeff Reed, Russ Robinson, Dan Thornton.

National Outreach

We have partnered with the following ministries to reach out to various groups in our nation.

Mission Encounters

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.

Worldwide Outreach

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

Translating Scripture - The Seed Company

Meeting community needs through Christ - Navigators - Bob and Sarah Steiger - Senegal

Fellowship of Churches

Maranatha Brethren Church is a part of a movement of churches begun under great persecution in 1708. In the United States we are called the Charis Fellowship. Internationally we are part of the Charis Alliance.