MEET THE STAFF
Jim Grossnickle-Batterton is the Pastor. Jim's passion for ministry derives from his own spiritual journey. That journey continues to be marked by walking in the Way of Jesus, practicing radical hospitality, and learning to see the Reign of God in the art, community, and world around us. Raised in the Church of the Brethren in the Midwest, he drifted from the church during his “wilderness” years. Upon returning, Jim felt a deep kinship with the misfits, outcasts, seekers, and others genuinely struggling with faith and their understanding of God's work in the world. He spent nearly a decade living and doing ministry in San Antonio, TX at the Catholic Worker House. In the intervening years, Jim graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary, entered ordained congregational pastoral ministry, and consumed hours of science fiction and superhero content. Among the many things he picked up in San Antonio were an abiding appreciation of Tex-Mex cuisine, a conversational fluency in Mennonite, and his partner Stephanie. They are raising their sons Elias and Reid with their own appreciations for rice and beans, superheroes, and big imaginations.
Jeannine Strom Boyer is the Outreach and Relationship Ministry Coordinator. She began this position in January 2022. She is interested in finding opportunities in the local and greater community where our church members and others in our community can serve and build relationships with people in our neighborhood. She wants to help others put their faith into action by coordinating connections and creatively expanding on the many ways people are already serving and sharing Christ’s love. Jeannine’s work and volunteer experience includes years in nonprofit administration and program management, church leadership, volunteer coordination, staff and volunteer supervision and training, social work, and services for children and youth. Her work is enhanced through collaboration with schools, churches, agencies, and businesses. Jeannine is married to husband Guy and has two young adult children. She enjoys outside activities (all seasons!) and time with family and friends.
Susan Haddad Faulkner is the Congregational Administrator. Susan takes care of the communication, record keeping and general needs of the congregation, as well as the staff. If you’ve ever visited the church office or have called with a question, you have likely met her. Susan lives in Lititz and enjoys a variety of hobbies, such as managing her Etsy shop of crafts and craft supplies, rug hooking, punch needle, paper making and many others. Susan spends all of her free time from April – November at her little place right off of Long Beach Island, NJ, her favorite place on earth! Susan’s adult son, Adam, resides with her, as well as two Yorkies, Minnie and Toto. Susan also has a son, Alexander (fiancé, Megan), a stepdaughter, Kiersten (Matt) and two grandchildren, Karlie and Chase; and a stepson, Noah (Jen) and granddaughter, Lillian.