West Shore Evangelical Free Church is a congregational church. This means that ultimate governing authority, under God, resides in the congregational members. The members delegate the ultimate leadership of the church to the elders, elected on a yearly basis. The elders, most of whom are laymen, in turn, delegate the day-to-day operation of the church to the pastoral staff and oversee the staff’s fulfillment of the mission and goals of the church. The Senior Pastor and the Executive Pastor are the only staff members who serve on the Board of Elders. The Elder Board is responsible for guarding doctrine, setting directions and exercising discipline in the church.
Mark Blanchard, Chair
Dave Balinski, Vice Chair
Joel Gordon, Secretary
Matt Krise, Treasurer
01-09-18 Elder Board Meeting
01-21-18 Congregational Meeting
02-13-18 Elder Board Meeting
03-13-18 Elder Board Meeting
03-25-18 Congregational Meeting
David has served West Shore in a variety of ministry related roles since 1993, primarily on the Elder Board, men’s ministry council, fellowship leader in Vineyard and is currently on the teaching team.
David is a Certified Facility Manager and had worked in the real estate and facility management field for over 30 years. Seven years ago, David joined the full time ministry of CBMC, Christian Business Men’s Connection. CBMC is an evangelism and discipleship organization focused on marketplace ministry.
David enjoys connecting with other men in the discipleship process so that they are equipped to disciple others also (2 Tim 2:2). David and his wife, Cheryl, of 34 years, are blessed with four grown children, a wonderful daughter in law and one grandchild. David and Cheryl live in Hampden Township.
Mark and his wife Renee have been attending West Shore since 1997. During that time, Mark has served as a teacher for the Koinonia fellowship group. Mark is currently the chair of the Board’s Human Resources team. After working as a teacher and a high school principal, Mark currently serves as a district administrator for the Cumberland Valley School District. Mark and Renee live in Mt. Holly Springs with their four children – Matthew, Ellie, Taryn, and Tyler.
Jim and Lisa Dymski have been married since 1988 and have attended West Shore for nine years. Their children Andrew and his wife Rachel, Chris, Brooke and Grace were all homeschooled and all are alums of Grove City College. Jim has been employed in the pharmaceutical industry for 27 years with the last 13 years spent in medical oncology; he is a small group leader and currently leads the Grove City College Fellowship of Christian Athletes Community Partnership. Jim and Lisa reside in Carlisle where they enjoy all the activities that come with living on a small farm.
Joel and his wife, Rachel have been married for thirty years and are the parents of young adults, Joshua and Jenna, who reside in California and Virginia respectively. Joel has been a member of West Shore since 1983 and a life group leader for more than twenty years. A retired federal employee, Joel currently serves on the Life Group Council and in the Cumberland Pointe food distribution and after school programs. Life experiences have led Joel to cherish the wisdom found in Proberbs 3: 5&6..
Ryan has been attending West Shore since 2002. He and his wife, Katie, have been married since 2007 and have 3 children: Avery, Lia, and Camden. Ryan has served as a youth leader, was on the preaching team, and used to lead small groups for young adults in our church. He now joyfully volunteers in Awesome Adventure and with the City Team. He and his wife help teach the Preparing for Marriage Class. Ryan is the President and Founder of Forgotten Voices, a ministry equipping local churches in Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned in their communities. Forgotten Voices emerged out of a missions trip of West Shore back in 2004. In addition to playing outside with his family, Ryan enjoys talking with strangers, making animal sounds, and cheering on all of Boston’s teams after growing up in the Boston area.
Matt and his wife, Minta, have attended West Shore since 2001. They currently attend the Koinonia Fellowship Group. Matt has been involved as a small group leader in the Senior High Youth ministry, he facilitates a small group in the Christian Businessman’s Connection and he and Minta lead the Money and Finance section of the Preparing for Marriage class. Matt is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual in Harrisburg. Matt and Minta live in Dillsburg with their daughter Julia and son Zachary. In his free time Matt enjoys fly fishing and spending time at his family cabin in Northern PA.
Tony and his wife Tara have attended West Shore since 2001 and became members in 2006. Tony has been one of the teachers in the Koinonia fellowship group for several years. He is a lawyer with the firm of Johnson Duffie Stewart & Weidner, with his practice focused on civil litigation. He and Tara live in Boiling Springs with their three children — Isaac, Riley and Anna.
As West Shore’s executive pastor, John leads and supports the ministerial staff, and oversees the implementation of our strategic plan. His greatest passions are encouraging spiritual health, supporting organizational systems that work well, and helping people find their God-designed place for ministry. He and his wife, Terry, are the parents of two adult children: Chris, who lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Sarah, and stepdaughter Ali; and Ben, who lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Janina, and their daughter Maya and son Micah.
Jeff has been attending West Shore since 1994. He met his wife, Angie, while they were in youth group. Jeff and Angie were married in 2003 and now have three children: Jadon, Katie and Devin. Jeff has served in different areas of the church through the years including the Jr. High Ministry, the Becomer’s Fellowship class, and the widow care ministry, called Courage to Care. Jeff has worked in construction for many years while specializing in plumbing. Presently, he is self-employed as the owner of Niner Plumbing, LLC. Jeff loves the outdoors, and in his spare time, enjoys spending time with friends and family, 4-wheeling and kayaking.
Qualifications for an Elder
An elder at WSEFC must be a male member of our church.
While no one is perfect, an elder consistently exhibits in his life and character the Biblical profile of a spiritual leader as identified by Paul in I Timothy and Titus:
Timothy 3:1-7: Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. NIV
Titus 1:5-9: The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. NIV