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Judah Thomas
Lead Elder/Pastor
Judah joined us with his family in 2013 and serves as our lead elder/pastor. Judah oversees the general running of the church and serves in the teaching, worship and children’s ministries as well. Prior to coming to be with us, Judah and Hannah lived in London, UK where he served as the Worship pastor of a local church. Since they got married, they have served together on worship teams; equipping worshipers and musicians. They have three little kids, Levi and Asher, and Evelyn. Judah has served churches in various countries in youth, worship, missions and children’s ministries.  As a family they have a passion for seeing the church impacting the local community and the world through each member.
Allen Affolter
Teaching Elder/Pastor
Allen and Carol have been members of this church since the 80’s and have served us in several capacities. Allen served as a deacon for the church before he became a teaching elder/pastor. He has been involved with teaching regular services as well as adult Sunday School for many years. Carol leads our GraceKidz Children’s ministry to 3-7 year old’s. Allen and Carol together, have a great ministry supporting many singles and students who are part of our congregation.
Harry Carnahan 
Elder/Pastor
Harry and Mary Lou have been part of WGF from its early days as a Bible study that met in their home. Harry, a Mathematics teacher by vocation, has served as a teaching and ministering elder/pastor in our church for over 40 years where he has preached the Bible, taught on relationships for married couples, and finances for Christians.  Both Harry and Mary Lou have taught at Christian conferences in many countries as part of a team of partner churches.  They have developed many precious relationships, and have seen the church grow at home and abroad. Mary Lou is active in WGF women’s outreach in the community and has a heart for evangelism. Together, they count it such a blessing to be able to share the Word of God and see that the power of God behind it change lives.
Dr. Robert Mencer
Teaching Elder/Pastor
Bob and Danni Mencer became Christians in 1974 after very dramatic conversions. They came to WGF in 1989 when Bob became the chief school administrator in a nearby school district and have remained here since.  Bob currently serves as one of our teaching elders/pastors. Danni is involved with heading up the Gracekidz Children’s ministry team. As a couple they head our family ministries, especially working with marriage development. and also work as regional volunteer staff for Family Life ministries.  They have been married for over 45 years and have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Frank Petrillo
Elder/Pastor
Frank and Rosie Petrillo have been members of Word of Grace Fellowship from its humble beginnings. Having come to Indiana, PA, to attend the university there in the early 1970’s, Frank became involved with a group of believers who wanted to serve the Lord by presenting the good news of Jesus to others. Shortly after this, a church organization was formed. He has been active as an elder/pastor and worship pastor since that time. Rosie is a gifted teacher and leads our Thrive Women’s Ministry and also teaches our church wide Growth Sessions and Foundations classes. Frank and Rosie are an effective couple in nurturing and instructing people in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Nevin Saylor
Elder/Pastor
Nevin and Paula met while in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Marching Band in 1980 and have been best friends ever since.  They were married in 1984.  Both are graduates of IUP with degrees in music education. They have been attending the WGF since 1982. Nevin and Paula have led small groups in their home for years and serve our church in a variety of ways. Nevin was a deacon for many years prior to his appointment as an elder/pastor in 2009.  They are excited to bear witness to the many ways that Christ is being formed in the members of WGF.