Pastoral Team

Grace Bible Church has three vocational elders who serve as the pastors of the congregation.

Dave Emmons

Senior Pastor
Dave enjoys sports (go Eagles!), music, fishing, and spending time with his family. He holds a B.S. in Bible and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership, both from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University). His passion is for individuals and families in the church to continue to grow up in Christ, exhibiting genuine love, knowledge, and discernment (Phil. 1:9). Dave is married to Makenzie, and they have three children: Luke, Jack, and Mercy.

Nate Hlad

Associate Pastor
Nate enjoys fishing, biking, hunting, camping, anything outdoors, reading and the company of his wife, Lydia and children, Sophia, Helena, Jude, and Isaac. He graduated from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania with a BS in Bible and an MA in Worldview Studies. Nate desires to see God glorified through making much of Christ for our abundant joy together. He feels particularly blessed to be a part of the community of Newfane and is looking forward to the glory God will reveal in and through His people.

Matt Weir

Associate Pastor
Matt enjoys hiking/backpacking, biking, playing guitar, reading, journaling, conversation with his wife (Laura), and spending time with his three kids, Adelynn, Ember, and Everett. He holds a B.A. in Bible from Moody Bible Institute. Matt gets excited about people coming to know God more intimately and accurately through the study of the Bible and through relational interaction with Him. He desires to help people behold Jesus in the Gospel in such a way that every area of their life becomes more centered on Him. 

Administrative Team

Grace Bible Church employs administrative assistants to help with the daily operations of the church.

Cherié Garven

Administrative Assistant
Cherié and her family have been an integral part of Grace for a long time, but she just recently started working in the office and is the newest addition to our team.


Janell Rohring

Administrative Assistant
Janell returns to the Church office after a 19-year "hiatus" and is enjoying working in such  a fun atmosphere!



Elder Board

Grace Bible Church's Elder Board is comprised of the three pastors in addition to other men from the congregation. The Elders work to lead the body and oversee the spiritual health of the congregation.
Burf Bowman
Dave Emmons (Senior Pastor)
Jim Estes
Nate Hlad (Associate Pastor)
John Syracuse
Dave Talladay
Pat Weidel (Chairman)
Matt Weir (Associate Pastor)
Walt Whitenight

Deacon Board

Along with the Elders, the Deacons of Grace Bible Church work to care for the needs of the body. They primarily focus on meeting the physical needs of congregants in need as well as maintaining and improving the church facility.
Jim Bachman
Herb DeLine
Clay Gifford

Ryan Gifford
Dan Joseph

Seth Joseph
Ron Malone
Dave Pendino
Jason Poeller (Chairman)
Jim Weber

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