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Elder Council

Bible Baptist Church is congregationally goverened and Elder led. The Elders embody the biblical concept of shepherd and overseer with the Lead Pastor serving as the presiding Elder. Some Elders are employed by the church as professional clergy and some are elected as non-vocational lay Elders. All Elders are appointed to give spiritual oversight to the church.

Elders shall meet the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 6:10-12; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3 and Acts 20:17-35.

Ron Berrus

Lead Pastor (Chairman)

Ron, and his wife Valorie, live in Camp Hill. Ron serves as the Lead Pastor of Bible Baptist Church. Ron and Val have four grown children, three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and eight grandchildren. Val serves in KidsCare, teahches Ladies Bible Study, and volunteers at The Community Classroom

Laverne Black

Elder (Facilities Committee)

Laverne, and his wife Shirley, live in Gardeners where Laverne owns and operates a water conditioning business. Laverne and Shirley have four grown boys, two (soon to be three) daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. Laverne is the Audio Director and Chairman of the Facilities Committee, and Shirley volunteers in KidsClub (AWANA). They have been members at Bible Baptist Church for over 25 years.

Philip Drake


Philip, and his wife Elisabeth, live in Harrisburg. Philip is the Director of Mt. Lou San Bible Camp. Philip and Elisabeth have three children. Philip serves as the Game Master for AWANA, Song Leader in KidsChurch, Root Group Leader, Choir Director, and Worship Team Instrumentalist. Elisabeth volunteers in BBCKids and serves on the Ladies Ministry Team.

Dave Dyson

Elder (Community Classroom)

Dave, and his wife Jill, live in Camp Hill. Dave is a Senior Vice President at Property Management Incorperated where he has worked for 36 years. Dave and Jill have three grown daughters, three son-in-laws, and four grandchildren. Dave serves as an ABF Teacher, Root Group Leader, and ESL Instructor, and Jill serves as the Director of The Community Classroom.

Hal Griffiths

Elder (Missions Committee)

Hal, and his wife Linda, live in Mechanicsburg. Hal is a Bible Teacher at West Shore Christian Academy where he has served in many capacities for the last 25 years. Hal and Linda have five grown children, two son-in-laws, one daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. Hal and Linda serve as Leaders of Thrive, our Young Adult Group.

Phil Simmons

Elder (Deacon Board Chairman)

Phil, and his wife Suzanne, live in Dillsburg. Phil is a Site Manager at Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station. Phil and Suzanne have two young adult children. Phil teaches the Upper Elementary KidsClass and Suzanne volunteers in KidsClub (AWANA).

Kelly Solomon


Kelly, and his wife Betsy, live in Dillsburg. Kelly is an attorney with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Kelly and Betsy have two daughters. Kelly and Betsy both volunteer in Oasis Youth Ministry as Youth Leaders and serve as Root Group Leaders.

Dick Stagg

Elder (Finance Committee)

Dick, and his wife Linda, live in Mechanicsburg. Dick is a retired medical doctor and medical missionary - having served in Bangladesh for over a decade. Dick and Linda have three grown daughters. Both Dick and Linda volunteer in The Community Classroom and serve as Root Group Leaders.

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