Rev. Dr. Douglas Cripe
Pastor Doug began serving our congregation in September 2016 after having served congregations in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. Having grown up in Goshen, he was delighted to return back home again to Indiana! In August 2017, Doug began serving First Christian Church in Mishawaka in a shared ministry with our congregation. He also serves part time as an on-call chaplain with Elkhart General Hospital.
In addition to his ministerial experience, Pastor Doug brings teaching experience from his years as a Head Start teacher, youth group leader, and religion adjunct faculty at McKendree University. He has also served as a hospital chaplain and a curriculum editor, and he brings a passion for ecumenical and interfaith ministry.
Vern began serving as our custodian in 2005 and continues to keep our building clean and in good repair. From his sense of humor to his eagerness to help, he adds a wonderful dimension to our team.
Our Choir and Music Director, Dave Swihart, has a Bachelor's and Masters's degree in music from Indiana University.
He directs and plays percussion with the Elkhart Municipal Band and performs with the Elkhart County Symphony. He has a son Robert, a stepdaughter Elizabeth, and lives in Goshen with his wife Mary.
Anna has been a secretary on and off for the past 20 years. She enjoys communicating with anyone and helping individuals out as much as she can.
Anna has been saved for almost 38 years and has been serving God almost as long. She says, "I love singing for the Lord and serving Him whenever/wherever He sends me."