LEADERSHIP

New Castle Bible Church has many godly men and women in leadership serving under the authority of the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Get to know our elders, deacons and staff below.

PASTORS

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Kevin Sauder

Senior Pastor

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Scott Gnuse

Assoc. Pastor Student Minitries

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Shaun Lewis

Assoc. Pastor Care & Discipleship

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Overseeing Life Groups, Adult Discipleship Electives, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Phase 4 Seniors, all Service Teams, Membership, Shape, Discipleship path, Resource Center, etc.

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Shaun Lewis

Elder Chairman/Associate Pastor of Care and Discipleship

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Denny Schlappi

Elder Member

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Ben Holman

Elder-in-Development

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Teresa Krause

Deacon-in-Development/Staff Ministry Resource Director

PRAYER & CARE

Overseeing the prayer ministry, care and visitation ministry, compassion ministries, pastoral counseling and spiritual restoration ministries, biblical counseling ministry, benevolence needs, etc.

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Shaun Lewis

Team Chairman and Elder Chairman/Associate Pastor of Care and Discipleship

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Scott Gnuse

Elder/Associate Pastor of Student Ministries

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Jerry Mooberry

Deacon

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Mike Hanson

Deacon-in-Development/Staff Biblical Counseling Director

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Joe Beeney

Deacon-in-Development

WORSHIP MINISTRY

Overseeing preaching ministry, all music ministries, audio, video ministry, all church-wide communications (print & online, internal & external), Church Community Builder (ChMS), all Sunday morning ministries:
hospitality/cafe ministries, ushers, security teams, ordinances, etc.; etc.

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Kevin Sauder

Elder Chairman/Senior Pastor

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Scott Gnuse

Elder/Associate Pastor of Student Ministries

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Kurt Iwankovitsch

Deacon

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Kevin Garman

Deacon-in-Development

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Tom Felix

Deacon-in-Development/Staff Facilities Director & Interim Worship Leader

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Connie Johnson

Deacon-in-Development/Staff Communications Director

STUDENT & CHILDREN MINISTRY

Overseeing all children’s ministry, including but not limited to: Nursery, Sunday school, Children’s Church, AWANA, VBS, children’s Christmas program, etc.; Overseeing Jr High, Sr High, and College Ministries, and all their various ministry activities and outreaches, etc.

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Scott Gnuse

Elder Chairman/Associate Pastor of Student Ministries

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Scott Krause

Elder

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Craig Delagrange

Deacon

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Sharon Carey

Deacon-in-Development/Staff Children's Ministries Director

OUTREACH

Overseeing the outreach of NCBC; missions conferences; shepherding and caring for all Global Outreach (GO) Partners including visitation, development, rest, care, funding, etc.; all evangelism and outreach ministries etc.

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Kyle Krall

Elder Chairman

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Justin Delagrange

Deacon-in-Development

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Kevin Sauder

Elder/Senior Pastor

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Matt Miller

Elder-in-Development

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Kris Kampas

Deacon

PERSONNEL

Overseeing the church’s vision for leadership development including recruiting and developing new leaders, human resources/personnel decisions, teachers of the church including shepherding, training, vetting, continuing education for staff or interns, and coordination of all elder team assignments.

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Chad Leman

Elder Chairman

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Kevin Sauder

Elder/Senior Pastor

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Brent Pflederer

Elder

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Rob Huschen

Deacon

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Joel Nafziger

Deacon

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Lisa Willmert

Deacon-in-Development/Staff Office Manager

STEWARDSHIP

Overseeing the grounds and facilities, budgets and finances, building usage policies and practices, operational and campus planning priorities and strategies, etc.

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Mike Rassi

Team Chairmen/Elder-in-Development

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Craig Delagrange

Deacon

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Lisa Willmert

Deacon-in-Development/Staff Office Manager

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Tom Felix

Deacon-in-Development/Staff Facilities Director & Interim Worship Leader

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Kris Mettelmann

Elder-in-Development

Two Church Leadership Offices: Elders and Deacons

Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 3:1-13

An elder is a recognized, God-called servant-leader in Jesus’ church, equipped with the head, heart, hands, and home of a spiritual shepherd, who serves alongside other elders in the church.

A deacon is a recognized, God-called ministry leader in Jesus’ church, equipped with the head, heart, hands, and home of a spiritual servant, who serves alongside other deacons and under the spiritual leadership of the elders in the church.

The primary spiritual leaders of a local church are the elders, who are also called overseers or pastors in the New Testament. Elders shepherd the flock through the ministry of God’s Word and prayer (Acts 6:4, c.f. Eph. 4:11; 1 Tim. 3:1-7, 5:17; Titus 1:9; Heb. 13:17). Deacons also have a crucial role in the life and health of the local church, but their role is different from the elders’.

The biblical role of the deacons is to act as the elders’ agents to lead and administrate the church’s ministries according to the elders’ direction. Therefore, the scope and kind of deacon ministry is as varied as could be assigned by the elders. Because both elders and deacons are spiritual leaders in the church, they both possess leadership giftings and seek to equip and serve the saints for ministry. So truly the work of a biblical deacon is not limited to custodial service and facilities!

Scripture reveals some real distinctions between elders and deacons: elders are only male (1 Tim. 2:12-3:7; c.f. 1 Cor. 14:34), while deacons may be male or female (1 Tim. 3:11; Rom. 16:1). The elder’s
appointment transcends culture and is permanent, while a deacon’s appointment may be culturally-specific and temporary. According to Acts 6:4, elders focus primarily on spiritual priorities, while deacons may focus on both spiritual and physical leadership priorities within the church. Elders must be gifted to teach according to 1 Tim. 3:2, while deacons may or may not be gifted to teach.

For Further Study

The following two sermons will help you learn more about God’s design for elders and deacons.

Heart Qualities Essential for the Elder & Deacon

  1. Irreproachable character; unquestionable integrity, impeccable in reputation.
  2. Faithful to his own wife; a one-woman man.
  3. Leading his own family well, having children who believe, who are under control and who respect him.
  4. Not likely to be accused of reckless living or of lawbreaking.
  5. Not self-willed, overbearing, or stubborn.
  6. Not quick-tempered or quarrelsome.
  7. Not given to wine.
  8. Gentle; not a physically violent man.
  9. Not a lover of money; not fond of dishonest gain.
  10. Hospitable; opening his house freely to guests.
  11. A lover of goodness.
  12. Sensible; using good judgement.
  13. Just and holy.
  14. Self-controlled, temperate.
  15. Able to encourage and exhort with sound doctrine.
  16. Able to refute error in doctrine.
  17. Disciplined in life.
  18. Not a recent convert.
  19. Good reputation among unbelievers.
  1. Worthy of respect.
  2. Trustworthy in word; sincere in their speech.
  3. Not given to excessive drinking.
  4. Not greedy; not fond of dishonest gain.
  5. Clear conscience and tight grip on the truths of the faith.
  6. Tested and approved.
  7. Faithful to spouse; marital faithfulness.
  8. Leading his/her children and family well.

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality. Do not lay hands upon any one too hastily and thus share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

1 Timothy 5:21, 22