Dr. Paul Auckland, Interim Senior Pastor
It is with excitement and gratitude that the Transition Leadership Team announces that Rev. Dr. Paul Auckland has been selected to serve as our Interim Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church of Hawk Mountain until the Lord identifies our permanent Senior Pastor.
Paul has been married to his wife, Leslie since 1975. They have three adult daughters and six grandchildren. With more than 38 years of ministry experience, Paul is a highly relational, collaborative, and intuitive leader who loves God and loves people. His many gifts include an approachable style, strong expository preaching ability, and experience shepherding a congregation through and beyond challenging seasons. What we see in Paul is someone with the capacity to help lead us through this transitional period and who can help our church and staff grow and thrive.
Pastor Paul most recently served as Lead Pastor of Faith Church of Sellersville, PA from 1978 to 2016 when he retired. Prior to that, he ministered as a Youth Pastor and Co-pastor. Pastor Auckland has a B.A. degree from Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN, an M.div from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, Lansdale, PA. He received his doctorate of divinity from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Watertown, WI.
He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Clark Summit University, formally, Bible BaptistCollege. He also is a member of the “Warriors Watch Riders” motorcycle club. This club supports military families by honoring the Warrior in their family, by providing motorcycle escorts, adding some excitement to their Welcome Home or Sendoff Parties and promote their troop-support fundraising efforts.
First and foremost, Pastor Paul sees his role as pastor, shepherd, team leader and coach. Over his years of ministry he gives God the glory for allowing him to help plant nine churches and also guide many men and women to enter full time ministry. We are tremendously grateful for God’s faithful provision of such an experienced pastor as Pastor Paul who will provide loving, steady leadership to our church and prepare us to receive our permanent Senior Pastor when the time comes.
Pastor Paul officially started his interim ministry at Grace Bible Church on Sunday, April 22nd.
We give thanks to God for the many ways He has extended his grace to us and for your steadfastness in prayer during this time. We are grateful to Him and look forward to this next season of leadership with the expectation of great blessings in store as we partner together in our service to our Lord. Here are YouTube links to a few of Pastor Paul’s sermons at Faith Community Church – Sermon 1 and Sermon 2 .
Kathy Gallo, Church Administrative Assistant and Church Clerk
Phone: (570) 366-2658
I was born & raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA and worked as a secretary for 6 years. I was married there in 1964 to Dave Gallo. While I had been raised in a church and thought I was a Christian, I accepted Christ as my Savior at a Billy Graham movie in Pittsburgh in 1965. It was then that I realized I had only head knowledge about Christ, but did not know Him in my heart. We moved to Orwigsburg in 1971 when Dave was transferred for his job, and became part of the church the next year. Our 4 children grew up in the church and graduated from Blue Mt. schools. They are all married and have their own families, as well as 11 grandchildren who are precious to our hearts!
I worked as a part-time volunteer church secretary from l978 to 1988. From l988 until the present, I have been paid on an hourly basis as a part-time administrative assistant. I have had the privilege of working with Pastors Pierce, Mellon, Keeler and Stauff. It has been a joy to serve the Lord in this way, as well as being part of our worship team, leading a bi-weekly ladies Bible study, being secretary of our ladies Missionary Fellowship, being part of a small group Bible Study, teaching children, and just being involved with our local church body in any way.
Dave and I will be married 54 years in 2018. I enjoy cooking, music, sewing, arts and crafts, traveling, hiking and especially spending precious time with our children and grandchildren!
Don Johnson, Worship Team Director
Phone: (610) 488-1473
Christi Reppert,Church Treasurer
Steve Derstine, Chairman – Elder Board
Dave Koch, Elder, Financial Secretary, Adult Christian Ed Director, Youth Leadership Team
Phone: (570) 668-2543
Gary Billman, Elder, Staff Relations Chairman, Small Group Leader, Website Administrator
Phone: (570) 617-1749
Brian Blatt, Elder, Liaison with Worship Team
Phone: (610) 488-1793
Randy Reppert, Deacon, Benevolence Ministry
Phone: (484) 955-9458
Rodger Stine, Deacon, Coordinator of Ushers and Greeters
Phone: (570) 366-2732
Gerry Pawlowski, Deacon, Building Maintenance
Phone: (570) 943-2862 (H)E-mail: email@example.com
Glenn Kershner, Deacon, Building Maintenance
Phone: (570) 745-7042
Tim Brady, Deacon
Phone: (610) 488-0803
Jeff Steencken, Deacon, Benevolence Ministry
Phone: (570) 573-1426