Pastors Ryan & Lisa Smith are a husband and wife, that were joined together to devote their lives to pursuing the Lord. They were both rescued by the Lord from lifestyles of addictions to a variety of vices, and were filled with His Spirit, to be witnesses of the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ. Ryan & Lisa now carry a vision to lead a people who want to know Jesus and follow Him everywhere He leads us. Ryan & Lisa are the Founders & Senior Pastors of Great Reward Ministries.
What is a Leader? A leader is loving, a leader speaks truth, a leader serves others, a leader is always giving, a leader is sacrificial and lays down their life for another. A leader possesses these qualities because their desires and values come from the heart of the Father. The character of God is formed from the inside out, through our relationship with Christ. These are all natural characteristics and expressions of an inward reality.
Jesus was the greatest leader of all and He showed His leadership by being the greatest Servant of all. He is our example to follow.
You will lead by a different model. The greatest one among you will live as one called to serve others without honor. The greatest honor and authority is reserved for the one who has a servant heart. Luke 22:26 TPT
But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11 NKJV
Core Group Leadership
Peter and Danielle Lentz enjoy working together as a couple to partner with the Lord to accomplish what they believe He is wanting to do on the earth, drawing all men unto Jesus. ( John 12:32; And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.)
Peter and Danielle are both natives to the York, Pa area. While in their twenties, the Lord captured both of their hearts. Although at times the road was rocky, God never stopped pursuing them, reminding both Peter and Danielle of His unfailing love!
They love God, and people! They enjoy nature walks with family, fellowship with friends, and worshipping the Lord with music.
The simple gospel has captured their hearts and they are blessed to be able to share God's love with others. It doesn't take much to make them happy. It truly is the simple things in life that they are thankful for!
Greg & Carla are blessed to have 41 years of choosing life as a couple. They are certain that Jesus is the healer and lover of their souls. Greg & Carla's story is woven with times of much joy, pain, confidence, doubt, peace, and chaos as they continue to seek the Lord to grow and unite them. Their desire is to encourage and challenge others as they walk the marriage road with truth and hope in the one who created them.
Steven and Elena Patton are honored to be the worship leaders here at GRM!
They are founders of Elevate and Flow where they teach piano, voice, guitar, and songwriting. They are also involved in recording, song production, and music engineering.
Steve and Elena are blessed to be a part of a church that is living the gospel and moving people to fall deeper in love with Christ.
The scripture they love and live by is Psalms 100!
Karen is alive to declare the beauty and power of a wonderful and wild God who is making all things new! She carries a passion for inspiring others to love, know and "see" God and invest in that which is eternal. Serving at GRM has been a delight because the house is being built by grace.
Craig & Deborah Nell live in East Berlin on 13 acres where they raise sheep and a few chickens. Both Craig & Deborah have a Masters of Science Degree in Pastoral Counseling. Craig worked for 22 year as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant for at risk youth in the city of York. Deborah is a professional prophetic artist who's work has blessed many people in the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Craig & Deborah love giving day retreats at their home where they provide families and individuals the space and guidance to connect deeper with the Lord and with one another. Before moving to Pennsylvania in 1998, the Nells attended the Vineyard of Anaheim where John Wimber was their Pastor. They experienced revival there and are looking forward to being a part of the new move of God that is coming to the church.
Kim is a remarkable individual with a unique blend of talents in Administration, Encouragement, and Helps. With a heart of a servant, Kim delights in leading and serving the local community.
Her passion for spreading the love of God drives her to create an environment where everyone can experience a personal relationship with Jesus. She firmly believes that true healing and freedom can only be found through the Lord.
At GRM, Kim serves in a leadership role, utilizing her exceptional skills to inspire and empower others to fulfill their potential.