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Lamech Marsh

Lead Pastor

I was called into full time ministry at the age of 18.  In 2005 I graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in pastoral ministries and I married my wife, AnneMarie and now God has blessed us with two wonderful children, Nora and Noah.  In 2009, I graduated from Asbury Seminary with a Masters of Divinity.  Since then, I have been on the pastoral staff full time at GAC. 

 

It has been an amazing experience to see the Lord’s hand on and in my life! I am passionate about the vision God has for Girard Alliance Church. I want to see GAC become a place where we are ENGAGED in the church and in the community! I pray that we will ENABLE each other through an authentic relationship with Jesus to serve Him. My hope is we take ownership to live the call God has for us as a community who loves Jesus and others.   As the church seeks the Lord,  I pray that the GAC community will ENHANCE the call and mission that God has for His church and we will glorify His name!

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Annemarie Marsh

Children's Ministry Director

I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve the families of this community and church.

GAC KIDS (God's Appointed Children) ministries provide an environment where children have an opportunity to begin or build on a life long relationship with Jesus and learn what it means to live out their faith every day.  As a children's ministry team we are dedicated to creating an experience that is fun and exciting; that hopefully becomes a highlight of each child's week.  We want the children's ministry programs to be an  irresistible experience for the children; that encourages them to desire more of Jesus.  In Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
 

It is a great blessing to serve the Lord at Girard Alliance. As a mother of two this is a place I have seen people connect with not only me, but my children.  This church embodies "Love". I remember visiting the church for the first time and immediately I felt welcomed and accepted; which really showed me that this community of believers understands who Jesus is and I hope you will feel the same. Please reach out and connect with me if you have any questions, I would love to meet you!

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Tyler Puharic

Youth & Young Adult Pastor

I am so excited to be here and serve the youth and young adults!
 

I accepted the Lord as my personal savior at the age of 16 and that same night I felt the call to ministry. 2017 was a big year in my life, I graduated from Geneva college in May with a B.S. in Student Ministries and I got married to my wife Amy in June. We are both delighted to be here in Girard. I look forward to working with the youth and the young adults in the church and community! If you have ANY questions, please contact me!

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Patience Jefferson

Administrative Assistant

Patience attended Girard Alliance Church for over 5 years as a kid/student. She began attending again in May of 2021 and began getting involved in different ministries at the church including Foundation Youth, Children’s Church and Kid’s Connect along with her Fiancé Trevor. Getting involved then lead her to then be offered the job as Administrative Assistant. She is very grateful and thankful to be able to be serving the Lord along with serving the church.

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Dale Shatto

Head Elder

Dale is the leader of our Elder Board and Head Administrator of Leadership Christian Academy in Erie, PA.  Dale attends Girard Alliance with his wife Cindy. 

2022 Elder Board:

Franklin Klein, Dean Schlosser, John Ayers, Troy Schlosser,  Jeff Taylor, Bob Woodard, and Tyler Puharic

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Kim Kooken

Women's JOY Lead

Kim has been the facilitator of JOY (Jesus, Others, and You) since 2013. JOY is mainly a women's fellowship ministry based on Matthew 22:37-39 which states: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself."  We encourage each other to keep Jesus first in our hearts and lives and to care for others as well as ourselves. We spend time doing a short devotion with discussion as well as take time to pray for each other. 

Kim is the devoted wife of Scott and loving pet parent to her dog Otis. Her mission is to continually grow in an initiate relationship with Jesus and to encourage others to do the same.

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Jan Borland

PrimeTimers Lead (55+)

Jan is the Lead for our 55+ age group known as "PrimeTimers". She has held this position for many years and uses her energy, love for the Lord, and great ideas to keep this wonderful group very active. Jan has held many positions during her years at Girard Alliance and keeps very busy as well in her sister church in Florida during the winter season.

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Justin Couse

Worship Lead

I am a 2002 Graduate from Mercyhurst University’s D’Angelo School of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music Performance

I have been leading worship and performing as solo Christian acoustic artist since 2012.
My goal as worship leader is to connect with God on a personal level and help others build their relationships with God and glorify His kingdom through music and praise. 

“I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.”
-Psalm 108:3

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Jeremy Kropf

Men's "Band of Brothers" Lead

Jeremy spent most of his growing up years on the mission field as his parents served the Lord in Botswana and South Africa. After graduating high school, he attended Zion Ministerial Institute in Waverly, NY where he met and eventually married his lovely wife, Kim. Since then, they have lived in Erie, Pennsylvania, except for 2 years when he and his family served as missionaries in Cameroon, Africa.

It is a privilege to serve the Lord, and Jeremy is honored to lead the BOB group. God has called us men to a vital role in our families and communities and it is Jeremy’s desire that each man fulfill that God-given purpose.

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”  (Rom. 12:9-11).

Living the Call Together!