Senior Pastor

Thomas Schaller, Senior Pastor

The Chairman of the Board of Elders is at the same time the Senior Pastor of the church. As the Senior Pastor, he is the spiritual and administrative leader of the church. His responsibilities include the vision, direction, and operation of the church including its affiliated institutions (MBCS, GGCA, The Grace Hour), as well as its service departments and ministries.

Elders

The Board of Elders oversees the spiritual growth and leadership of the church. The Board of Elders exercises veto powers, but not direct managerial control, over the Board of Trustees as well as any and all ministries directly or indirectly associated with the church. They review all activities and programs of the church to ensure that everything is done to the glory of our Lord and Savior, in the harmony of the Holy Bible, and at the direction of the Holy Spirit.

 

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Thomas Schaller

A pastor and missionary for more than 30 years, Pastor Schaller led the establishment of thriving churches and Bible schools in Finland in 1975 and Hungary in 1990. In April 2005, he was named Presiding Elder and Overseeing Pastor of Greater Grace Church in Baltimore, the home base church for...

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Steven S. Scibelli

In addition to being the Vice President of the GGWO Board of Elders, Pastor Scibelli is the Director of Missions for GGWO. He has led teams to West Africa and East Africa. Today, the Greater Grace work in Africa includes more than 200 churches in over 20 countries. Currently, he...

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John A. Love

Pastor John Love graduated from Stevens School of the Bible in 1984 with a three-year diploma in Pastoral Studies and was then ordained that same year as a Minister of the Gospel. He is the Youth Pastor of Greater Grace World Outreach in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has been working...

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John J. Hadley

This former Peace Corps volunteer serves as the Dean of Students for Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He is also the Director of biblical counseling at Greater Grace Church. He was a missionary to Ecuador for about six years and is fluent in Spanish. By God’s grace the church he...

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Glen J. Cannon

Missions has marked this man´s life since his graduation from Stevens School of the Bible 1985 and his ordination in 1988. He spent seven years in India and then five years in Azerbaijan, where he helped establish a strong Christian church and Bible college in a nominally Islamic culture. He...

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Kim Shibley

Kim Shibley has been a minister of the Gospel for over 28 years since his graduation from Stevens School of the Bible in Lenox, Mass., in 1982. Upon receiving his degree in Christian Leadership, Kim was bound for southern France where, with an international missionary team, he helped establish a...

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Bruce McM. Wright

A pastor for nearly 30 years, Pastor Wright established a church in Paterson, N.J., and later came to Baltimore to serve as President of Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He currently is an Assisting Pastor at Greater Grace in Baltimore, focusing on the church´s Office of Community Service and the...

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Gary Groenewold

Pastor Groenewold graduated from Maryland Bible College and Seminary in 1992 and was ordained in 2001. He has served as a missionary in Kenya, Ukraine, and Germany. Prior to attending Bible college, Pastor Groenewold studied at Boston University where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1986. He currently...

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Mark Minichiello

Pastor Minichiello is a graduate of Stevens School of the Bible and Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He was a missionary for seven years in Nimes, France, and was ordained in 1994. He spent the next three years ministering in Brasov, Romania. While in Europe, he was involved in many...

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Robert J. Colban

Pastor Colban has worked as Project Manager for Taylor Made Construction, based in Edgewood, Md., for the past 14 years. He is 1974 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where he earned a degree in accounting and a 1989 graduate of Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He was ordained as...

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Jim Hadley

Jim Hadley has served in the ministry of Greater Grace as a pastor and musician since 1988. Upon moving to Maryland from Massachusetts in 1992, he started a painting business. He is a graduate of Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He and his wife, Marie, are the parents of three...

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Trustees

This church is managed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has full authority and management of all the affairs of Greater Grace Church, subject only to veto powers reserved by the Board of Elders of the church. The function of the Board of Trustees is to establish policy and directives, determine budget limitations, review all fiscal policies and financial matters, approve contractual obligations, and review and approve the activities, programs, and projects of the church. The Trustees generally provide leadership and guidance in keeping with the purposes, goals, and objectives of the church.

 

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Mike Williams

A one-time major college football prospect at Boston U., Pastor Williams has run a different pattern since coming to Christ in 1976. He became a believer after attending a Bible Study in Framingham, Mass., and quickly became active in ministry, helping to establish churches in the Springfield area and in...

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Jomy Antony

Pastor Antony hails from India where he met the ministry in 1988. He completed his MS in Computer Engineering from University of Lafayette, LA. He works in the field of electronic design automation and was the CEO of a Software Consulting company in the late 1990s. He is currently employed...

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Douglas G. Brooks

A financial administrator for Johns Hopkins Hospital and University in Baltimore, Mr. Brooks brings a great measure of experience to the Board of Trustees. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Pensacola Christian College and his Master’s from Johns Hopkins University. He spent two years as missionary to Ecuador and then...

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Peter S. Taggart

Pastor Peter Taggart has been on the GGWO staff since 1999, serving first in the Community Service office, then for a decade as Controller, and currently as the COO.  He is also President of Moravia Park CDC, dedicated to improving the East Baltimore neighborhood of which GGWO is part. He...

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Robert J. Colban

Pastor Colban has worked as Project Manager for Taylor Made Construction, based in Edgewood, Md., for the past 14 years. He is 1974 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where he earned a degree in accounting and a 1989 graduate of Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He was ordained as...

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Pete Westera

Pastor Westera was born in the Netherlands and introduced to Greater Grace through missionaries in 1977. He is the owner of foundation repair company called Basement Systems Inc. established in Elkton, Md.,16 years ago. He began serving as a youth leader for Greater Grace in 2005 and became Youth Director...

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Barry Quirk

Barry joined Greater Grace Christian Academy in July 2014, fresh off the mission field from Budapest, Hungary, where he and his wife, Veronica, and their daughter, Kendel, served since 2004. During the last seven years in Hungary, Barry was Managing Director of Greater Grace International School. Barry is an administrator,...

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GGWO Church Leadership

“I will build my church.” What a declaration! Jesus Christ has been building His church for 2,000 years. The organization He has designed and built is not like a company or an army. There are some principles that are shared, but there is one fundamental difference. A church derives its mission from the Person of Jesus Christ. The Father´s love for the Son is the life-flow of the church. Worldly ambitions for money, power, recognition, or experience have no place in what Christ is building. It is for this reason that while a church is organized like any other organization, it is not organized for the same purposes. Those who lead, by God´s grace, are leading with the energy and actions that have Jesus Christ as a source.

 

 

 

Ministry Departments

Ministry departments are those that relate to ministering to people whether it be in the area of education, missions, pastoral care, or other.

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John A. Love

Pastor John Love graduated from Stevens School of the Bible in 1984 with a three-year diploma in Pastoral Studies and was then ordained that same year as a Minister of the Gospel. He is the Youth Pastor of Greater Grace World Outreach in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has been working...

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Kevin Cooper

Kevin Cooper

Born in New York City, Pastor Cooper met Greater Grace in New Jersey, through Pastor Bruce Wright, in 1979. He attended Stevens School of the Bible in Massachusetts and developed an outreach ministry in Holyoke, Mass. As an assisting pastor with Greater Grace, Pastor Cooper directs the ministry’s Outreach programs...

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John J. Hadley

This former Peace Corps volunteer serves as the Dean of Students for Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He is also the Director of biblical counseling at Greater Grace Church. He was a missionary to Ecuador for about six years and is fluent in Spanish. By God’s grace the church he...

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Glen J. Cannon

Missions has marked this man´s life since his graduation from Stevens School of the Bible 1985 and his ordination in 1988. He spent seven years in India and then five years in Azerbaijan, where he helped establish a strong Christian church and Bible college in a nominally Islamic culture. He...

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Philippe Serradji

Philippe Serradji was born in France, where he served as the director for Bible colleges at Nimes in Southern France and at Paris, where he also taught for more than 20 years. He met Christ at the age of 13 and attended the Institut Théologique & Missionnaire, earning his Bachelor...

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Jason Moore

Jason is a graduate from Maryland Bible College and Seminary, and presently he leads the Pastoral Care Team of Greater Grace Church in Baltimore. Since age 16, Jason has been involved with mission work among the former Soviet-Bloc countries in Eastern Europe, as well as in Asia, and in the...

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Pete Westera

Pastor Westera was born in the Netherlands and introduced to Greater Grace through missionaries in 1977. He is the owner of foundation repair company called Basement Systems Inc. established in Elkton, Md.,16 years ago. He began serving as a youth leader for Greater Grace in 2005 and became Youth Director...

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Steve Andrulonis

After spending more than 25 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, Steve entered full-time ministry in 2006 and is now the Assistant to the Senior Pastor at Greater Grace Church in Baltimore. He helps manage the church’s four weekly services; he also serves as writer and editor of its...

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Bryan Ackerman

A native of southern Maryland, Bryan made his way to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County. There he received his BS and MS in Information Systems and was introduced to Greater Grace Church at that time. While completing his Masters at UMBC, he began studies at MBCS...

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Bob Bridges

Born and raised in New York City, Pastor Bridges graduated from Stevens School of the Bible in 1987 and received his ordination in 2011.He also is a 1983 graduate of the Pruden School of Sports Medicine and is certified in Physical Therapy and a onetime bicycle messenger in NYC. Pastor...

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Kim Yanosky

Kimberly is Director of Greater Grace Learning Center married to Edward Yanosky, and has two sons- Tyler and Thomas, a Senior in GGCA. Kimberly has wide experience as an administrator.

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Angela Delaware

Angela is happily serving as the Academic Dean for Greater Grace Christian Academy. She graduated from MCB&S and went to Guatemala to be a missionary and learned Spanish there. Returned to Baltimore to teach Spanish in the Bible College and during that time earned a BA from Towson University in...

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Sarah Reagan

Sarah is a singer and teacher who grew up in Baltimore. She studied music and graduated from Baltimore School for the Arts, then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Sarah attended Greater Grace Christian Academy through grade 8,...

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Julius Thompson

Born and raised in Baltimore, Julius has served in the Greater Grace music ministry for 12 years, starting at a trumpet player in the Greater Grace Christian Academy Jazz Band as an eighth-grader. He is currently pursuing music studies at a local college. His favorite Bible passage is Titus 2:11-12:...

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Adam Speedy

Adam, from Durban, South Africa, and London, UK, is a graduate of Maryland Bible College and Seminary, where he displayed a passion for soul-winning. He has pastored in Lusaka and Kitwe, Zambia. He is also a teacher, husband, and father of three.

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Laura Littlefield

Within the first month of getting saved at 19, Laura felt the Lord calling her to serve Him in foreign missions. Answering the call, she found her whole life suddenly made sense. Laura headed to Bible college for training. Her last year in Bible College she went on a short-term...

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Aeden O’Connell

Aedan, a native of Dublin, Ireland, presently serves as Financial Controller and Security Director for GGWO. He graduated from Maryland Bible College and Seminary in 1993 and 1995. He served as the maintenance manager for GGWO before pioneering as pastor of a church plant in Dublin. He returned to the U.S. in...

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Barry Quirk

Barry joined Greater Grace Christian Academy in July 2014, fresh off the mission field from Budapest, Hungary, where he and his wife, Veronica, and their daughter, Kendel, served since 2004. During the last seven years in Hungary, Barry was Managing Director of Greater Grace International School. Barry is an administrator,...

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Elizabeth Shibley

A native of upstate New York, Elizabeth served as an assistant to the youth pastor in Malta, N.Y. She graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an Associates degree in Business Administration in 2012 and from Maryland Bible College and Seminary in 2015 with an Associates in Biblical Studies. She...

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Carla Foekens

Carla, a native of the Netherlands, became a Christian while working as a midwife in 1988. She graduated from MBCS in 1992 and then served for five years on the mission field in Bratislava, Slovakia. She then returned to the Netherlands and worked as a midwife serving in refugee camps....

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Roelof Foekens

Roelof traces his vision from God back to 1956 while growing up in the Netherlands. He connected with Greater Grace in 1984 and got his first taste of Bible college in 1987 and came to Baltimore with his wife, Carla, for one year in 1991. He then served in Bratislava,...

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Pat Lynch

Pat graduated from Stevens Christian School in 1983 and Stevens School of the Bible in 1987. He became the Athletic Director at GGCA in 1990. He served as president of the Maryland Christian Athletic League for 18 years. Has successfully led the GGCA Eagles to numerous national, state, and league...

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Service Departments

Service departments are those departments that provide the practical services needed to operate the church such as the technical operations, IT/Web, Finance or other.

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Peter S. Taggart

Pastor Peter Taggart has been on the GGWO staff since 1999, serving first in the Community Service office, then for a decade as Controller, and currently as the COO.  He is also President of Moravia Park CDC, dedicated to improving the East Baltimore neighborhood of which GGWO is part. He...

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Trish Watson

Trish Watson has been serving GGWO in Baltimore for more than 10 years. She recently transitioned from a position she held for 8 years as the GGWO Event Manager and is currently applying her organizational skills in her new role as an Administrative Assistant at GGCA. In addition, she continues...

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Scott Dubay

Scott was born in Portland, Maine. Through the incredible sacrifice of his parents, he and his four brothers and sisters attended Southern Maine Christian School from 1972 to 1984. He attended Stevens School of the Bible in Lenox, Massachusetts, and graduated from Baltimore’s Maryland Bible College and Seminary in 1988....

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Russel Hoffses

Russell leads the ushers staff for Greater Grace. He has been a member of GGWO since 1987. He has been an usher at GGWO for 27 years and became Head Usher December 2013. He has attended Maryland Bible College and Seminary for 3.5 years and has taught classes at MBCS....

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Ryan Reagan

Ryan was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Greater Grace Christian Academy in 2000 and from Maryland Bible College and Seminary in 2012. He spent five years as a missionary in Budapest, Hungary, where he served as manager for Greater Grace International School and the A Bibla Szol church cafe....

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Sebastien Palmieri

Sebastien Palmieri manages all details and scheduling of events requiring audio and visual equipment. He has a wife and two daughters.

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Paul Nye

Paul, a native of the United Kingdom, came to Christ through a Greater Grace church plant in England in 1989. He became IT Director at Greater Grace in Baltimore in 1993, after volunteering in that department during his time at Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He enjoys supporting the vision...

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Sue May

Sue met the ministry in 1976 while she was co-owner of a small print shop in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts. About a year later, she began what has been an almost continuous run of service in the publications ministry of Greater Grace. She has edited, formatted, and typeset thousands...

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Anna Braganza

Anna was born in Finland and lived in Hungary with her missionary mom and sisters from 1993 to 1996, when she graduated from Greater Grace Christian Academy in Budapest. Her family moved to Baltimore in 1997 and she married Neil Braganza, from India, in 1998. She is the mother of...

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Bruce May

Ordained with his son, Matt, in 2012, Bruce has served in the publications ministry of Greater Grace since the early 1980s. He has managed printing operations in Massachusetts and Maryland and served in a number of other capacities with Greater Grace. He currently assists in the Seven Footsteps newcomers program...

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