The Leadership Team
In accordance with Ephesians chapter four, we believe that the proper structure for a church governing body is evident in verse 11, commonly known as the five-fold ministry model.
"11So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." EPHESIANS 4:11-13
For the sake and the end goal of unity and maturity, this model is given to lead, nurture and develop the body of Christ, locally and globally, and we intend to follow it.
Pastor, Worship Director
Pastor Ryan serves currently as a worship leader and Minister/shepherd for Live with Purpose Church. Ryan has served in various leadership roles over the years at In the Light Ministries, Lancaster City.
With a pastoral anointing, creative personality and a heart for worship, Ryan is the perfect complement to the otherwise apostolic minded leadership team. Ryan is intensely directed in ministry by the active and uncompromising word of God yet deeply grounded by an uncommon compassion for his neighbor. Ryan in tandem with the other leaders will look to build up, maintain and sustain the spiritual and practical health of the ministry core team and congregation. He lives in Lancaster with his beautiful wife Jodi, and their four boys. Ryan and Jodi co-labor for the gospel in so many ways as an amazing team in our ministry including small groups leadership. He became a licensed minister, and then an ordained pastor through In the Light Ministries Fellowship International.
Pastor, Managing Director
Every leadership team needs a true visionary to anchor its core group. Pastor Joe, the originating messenger of the Live with Purpose Church vision, fits this spiritual and physical mold. A leader in business, strategy and ministry, Joe is also genuinely and wholeheartedly pursuant of the heart of God, which led to the founding of Live with Purpose Church. With an apostolic anointing, he serves as Co-Pastor and Managing Director. Joe will also contribute by helping to ignite the vision in its fullest, and taking the lead in the strategic and spiritual births of all seven cultural mountains that the Live with Purpose team(s) have been called to traverse. He has helped Live with Purpose birth ministries in 3 of those mountains to date. He has a passion to see the purposes of God advanced in the world and for inspiring the world to give generously for the King of Kings. He models that through various businesses and ministries he leads. Joe lives in Conestoga with his beautiful wife, Jen, and their 4 children, Joshua, Samuel, Madalyn Grace & Joyanna. Joe and Jen co-labor for the gospel in many ways within their gifting in our ministries. Their family was led by God to the town and called into the ministry efforts in the town He brought them to.
Pastor Phil has been involved in apostolic ministry leadership for a quarter century through the fellowship of churches within: In the Light Ministries. In planting numerous churches, ordaining a small army of pastors and licensed ministers of the Gospel, pastoring congregations, and training up teams to lead and flourish, it's apparent that he has assumed the role of spiritual father to many. As a Mentoring Pastor within the Pastoral Leadership Team of Live with Purpose Church, Pastor Phil's goal remains consistent with his role in the body of Christ for the past few decades: lead, train, develop, impart, release and partner.
Jen Sharp & Jodi Lapp
Kids with Purpose Shepherd Overseers & Special Needs Family Ministry Leader (Jen)
Jen and Jodi do a wonderful job working together with their team of loving volunteers to invest significantly into the lives of youth in our community. They are also wives of the co-pastors within Live with Purpose Church and help them to lead the flock in various capacities as servant leaders. Jodi is a mother of 4 boys in our church, and works part-time in the chiropractic field, as well as cares for the needs of a busy household and leads in women’s ministry. Jen is the mother of 2 boys and 1 girl in our ministry, and she is currently a homemaker, but she brings years of experience as a pediatric nurse with special skills to help our volunteer care for any dynamic needs that may arise. Together, they love all of the youth that come to our gatherings in our safe, yet fun environment.
Kids with Purpose Director & Church Coordinator
I am the Church Coordinator and Kids with Purpose Director. I have a background in running my own business and bring some of those communication and administrative duties along with me. I attend Live with Purpose Church with my husband Cody and our 2 kids, 1 girl and 1 boy. In my spare time I enjoy being outside, especially gardening or you can usually find me in the kitchen. I also homeschool our children which has been such a blessing to our family. It has definitely grown my heart to minister to children beyond the walls of our home.
Kids with Purpose Assistant Director
Kelly is assistant director for Live With Purpose Kids. Kelly loves teaching kids and helping volunteers reach children in the best way possible. She has an elementary education teaching degree with a variety of teaching experiences through local schools, organizations, and ministries. God has called Kelly to reach and support local families and children within the Conestoga community. In addition to ministry, Kelly also has a passion for supporting natural health, outdoor education, hiking, boating, and other outdoor activities with her family and friends.
Elders at Live with Purpose Church
Evan is a respected young business leader in our community that brings his heart for Jesus to his role within Live with Purpose Church. He was divinely connected to us through Live with Purpose Coaching years prior to the church. He is co-owner of a plumbing company in the county, and brings his gifts along with those of his wonderful wife, Helena, into their role in youth ministry as well.
Joe currently serves Live With Purpose church as elder, home group leader, and co-leader of the teen youth program. Joe is employed as a technology and engineering teacher at a local high school with subjects ranging from robotics to welding and machining. Joe and his wife Kelly live in Conestoga with their three children. Joe and his family enjoy spending time outdoors boating, camping, skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting, and gardening. God has called Joe and his family to serve the community of Conestoga and to build up the young families and youth of the church.
Even Jesus said He came to serve, not to be served (Matt. 20:28). This example from Jesus is why serving (both in the church and within our community) is so important to us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us (from God) so we can help each other (1 Cor. 12:7), so we encourage everyone to serve. The needs of a dynamic, growing church vary. If you are interested in learning more about how you can serve, please email email@example.com.