Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church
1050 South York Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
PT Pastoral Care & Counseling
High School and Young Adult Pastor
Middle School & Young Adult Pastor
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Layne grew up in the Mechanicsburg BIC Church and after graduating from seminary he began his ministry as Youth Pastor here at the church in June of 1991. Layne served on staff at McBIC in a variety of pastoral roles for ten years and he became McBIC’s Senior Pastor in 2001.
Layne and his wife Greta met at seminary and were married in 1992. They have three children: Bronte, Treyton and Kerrigan.
Layne graduated from Messiah College with a double major in History and Bible and continued his education at Asbury Seminary earning a Master's Degree of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in Leadership and Church Growth.
As McBIC's Senior Pastor, Layne believes his job description is found in Ephesians 4:11-13: "Preparing God's people for works of service so the body of Christ can be built up." "I love investing in our staff and watching God use us to put people in a place where God can transform their lives. As people come to know Christ and grow in Him, I want them to view their neighborhoods, workplaces and schools as mission fields where they can shine Jesus' light brightly."
In addition to coaching his kids’ sports teams and watching them play sports, Layne’s hobbies include: reading, gardening, watching basketball and cycling.
Susan has been in her ministry role here at McBIC since 2015.
Susan and her husband Joe got married in 2000. They have three children: Michael, Gabriel, and Elizabeth.
Susan spent 18 years working in leadership roles in the corporate arena and then took ten years off to do the most rewarding of all jobs; a stay-at-home mom. In 2012 she entered Ashland Theological seminary in the Master’s of Arts in Practical Theology Program and received her degree in 2015.
Susan is passionate about relationship with Christ and the life transformation He brings to broken people. She is an advocate for victims of sex trafficking through her work at Peace Promise. And she lives to pray.
Susan’s hobbies include lots of time on the sidelines of soccer, football, lacrosse, basketball games, and cross-country and gymnastics meets. She loves to read, garden, vacation with her family, and spend quality time with Joe.
Dave Hershberger (aka "Hersh") has been serving as the Pastor of Worship Ministries at McBIC since 1997.
Dave and his wife Bonnie have been married since 1996. They have a miniature schnauzer named Titus.
Dave graduated from Messiah College with an accounting degree and continued his education at Shippensburg University earning a Master's degree in Psychology. He also completed a two-year course of study with the Pacific School of Worship.
"My goal in leading Worship Ministries here is to foster times of corporate and personal connections with God in powerful ways through the expression of our love for Him in music and song and to gain understanding of how worship is to permeate all aspects of life...our church life, our work life, our home life and our personal life. Worship is so much more than the expression itself...and all of us are on a journey of finding out what that means!"
Watching and playing sports especially volleyball, basketball and tennis, listening and playing music…especially in Jazz Rhythm and Blues Playing music in the local community with purpose is a great and fun "connecting point!"
John King served as Associate Pastor since 2003, in 2018 he took the role of Part-Time Pastoral Care & Counseling to begin working full-time at Liberty University Online.
John and his wife, Cindy, were married in 1991 and have nine children: Andrew, Jesse, Mariana, Mary, Shoun, Isaac, Eden, HopeAnne, and Victor.
John has his Ph.D. from Regent University (2013) in Counselor Education and Supervision, his M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary (2004), his M.A., in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University of PA (1994).
"We were clearly called to serve here at McBIC, and since then we have seen amazing fruit through God's handiwork here. My long-term goal is to leave behind a legacy of pastors, counselors, worship leaders, missionaries, and especially children who are committed to expanding the Kingdom of God in this world."
When not involved at McBIC, you can see John and his family involved in their family group, The King's Strings, as well as advocating for adoption and orphan care through Victorious Hope Adoption Consulting, LLC.
Cody has served as the Pastor of Senior High Students and Young Adults since April of 2017.
Cody’s family lives outside of Philadelphia, PA where he grew up his entire life. He now owns a home in Mechanicsburg.
Cody graduated from Messiah College in 2011 with a degree in Christian Ministries, concentration in Youth Ministry. He hopes to attend grad school to obtain his Masters in Counseling or Divinity.
Cody has always had a heart for students; to watch a young person come into a deeper understanding of the Father and of themselves is one of his greatest joys. He believes teenagers have some of the most unlocked potential of any demographic, and he loves to see students realize that and step into their true identities.
Cody enjoys playing volleyball, spikeball, and tennis. He loves singing, playing guitar and piano, and leading worship. His favorite thing in the world is taking naps, though a good conversation at Chick-Fil-A or Juice ’N Java will pull him out of bed any day.
Mitch was hired on staff in July of 2015, and he serves as the Interim Pastor of Young Adults.
Mitch is the son of Bill and Deb Wirth, and has one older sister, Chelsey. Mitch’s parents are grace-filled and haven’t kicked him out of the house yet, where he lives with his family and dog, Max, and two cats, Ashes and Skidders.
Mitch will graduate from Messiah College in December of 2015 with a B.A. in Christian Ministries, Youth Ministry Concentration. He plans to continue his education in January of 2016 at Biblical Theological Seminary to earn his M. Div.
"I have a huge passion for equipping and encouraging people of all ages to seek the abundant life only Christ can offer. God has granted us with this gift we call ‘life’ because he wants us to use our unique personalities, passions, and abilities for the sake of his kingdom. I wish to help people discover, mature, and utilize these special characteristics, all within knowing and experiencing the incredible love of Christ."
Naturally an introvert and contemplative, Mitch enjoys quiet time alone reading, reflecting, and rejoicing. He also likes being active through playing a variety of sports, and he always loves spending time with family and friends.
Traci has served on staff at McBIC since March 2012.
Traci and her husband Brandon have been married since 2009 and have two daughters: Bailee and Henlee.
Traci graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in social work and minor in child psychology. She continued her education at Shippensburg University earning a master’s degree in mental health counseling.
"I love seeing the lives of people changed by encounters with Jesus. Whether in a worship service, a time of prayer, bible study, connection over coffee, God’s work to restore and heal is constantly at the forefront of His heart. God’s work in the most impossible situations as well as the seemingly small things of life, continue to amaze me each and every day. My goal and desire is to see young adults come to know the Lord intimately and personally and then out of that serve with their gifts and passions to draw others into His love. I love to see both men and women embrace the calling God has for their lives and to live in the freedom and in the abundant life He offers."
Running, listening to music, reading, vacations to see different parts of the world, and spending time with my family.
Jason Kleese has been serving as the Youth Pastor at McBIC since 2014.
Jason and his wife Tabi have been married since 2009 and have two children: Joel and Faith.
Jason graduated from Shippensburg University with a BSEd in Social Studies with a concentration in Geography and a M.Ed in Curriculum & Development with a concentration in History. Prior to being Youth Pastor, Jason was a Social Studies Teacher at Shippensburg High School for 9 years.
"I love seeing students find their passion and allow Jesus to guide them. The moment where they release control and relinquish trust in Jesus as He leads them on their life journey. I am committed to helping each student recognize their gifts and talents God provided and encourage them to use those gifts as daily missionaries for the glory of God’s Kingdom."
I love traveling, camping, hiking, golfing, reading, and attending ball games with family and friends.
In 2014, Kyle began serving at McBIC as a small group leader for the High School Ministry. He became the Summer Intern at McBIC during the Summer of 2016 and is now the Middle School Youth Pastor of McBIC.
Kyle and his fiancé, Emily, met at Messiah College and are getting married on October 22, 2017.
Kyle is senior at Messiah College and is majoring in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Youth Ministries
Kyle has a passion for seeing young people embrace the love of Christ and spread that love to others. He also has a passion for creating communities and reaching out to marginalized people groups.
Kyle enjoys playing ice hockey for Messiah, playing drums, listening to music, doing a variety of outdoor activities, watching sports, and hanging out with friends and family
Dave (TRU) has been our Children’s Pastor since 2004.
Dave and his wife Beth met while attending Messiah College and got married in 1994. They have two boys: John and Josiah.
Dave got his Bachelor’s Degree from Messiah College and his Master’s Degree in Ministry Leadership from Lancaster Bible College.
"McBIC rocks and so do the families and kids that attend here. My wife and I both attended here while at Messiah College. My goal is to see families grow in their relationship, dedication and service to our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus."
Dave enjoys balloon twisting, playing disc golf and anything related to technology.
Sarah has served on staff at McBIC since October of 2013.
Sarah obtained her Associate of Arts in Education from Liberty University in March of 2014 and continued her education at Eastern University earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in August of 2016.
"The first years of a child's life are the most important to build the foundation of their faith. I love seeing children grasp the concept of just how much Jesus loves them and for them to become excited about this truth. I want to see the families in the community find God's grace, become strong in their overall authentic faith in Jesus Christ, and love one another genuinely."
Sarah enjoys baking, and being outdoors - anything from camping, gardening, or sitting around the fire with friends and family.
Sherry has served in the worship ministry teams since 1992 and has been on staff at McBIC since August of 2014.
Sherry and her husband Chris were married in 1991 and have 3 children, Josiah, Gabrielle and Hailey.
Sherry obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Messiah College.
"I love seeing people’s hearts touched by Our Father; through a simple act of kindness, seeing them engage in worship or through prayer, it’s always amazing to see His love for them pour over them as they turn to Him. Creating atmospheres where it makes it easy for people to connect with Christ is where God has allowed me to serve Him."
Sherry enjoys traveling with her family, watching her kids on the soccer field and all their other activities. She also enjoys music, photography and scrapbooking.
Ministry at MCBIC: Marj has served as a Bible Fellowship Group leader since 2011 and joined the McBIC staff in April of 2016.
Marj and her husband Mark have been married since 1994 and have 4 children: Perry, Peter, Sarah and Savannah.
Marj obtained her bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science from Penn State University.
"I love to see the transformation God can bring to broken people. I enjoy doing outreach events to build His Kingdom."
Marj enjoys watching her children, play baseball, football and cheer, She also enjoys being outdoors, gardening, growing raspberries and reading.
Evan has served as the Middle School Pastor as of May, 2017.
Evan grew up in Bucks County, PA with his mom and dad and two siblings, Allison and Thomas.
Evan graduated from Messiah College in May 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Ministries, with a concentration in Youth Ministry.
Evan is passionate about encouraging young people to mature into faithful followers of Jesus. Adolescence is a time permeated with change and Evan loves to see teenagers find safety, rest, and confidence in God.
Evan enjoys playing music, spending time on the golf course, and eating Chick-Fil-A. He’d love to get a meal or just hang out with you!