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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.

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).

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.

Bob Tress


Bob, and his wife Lynette live in Enola. Bob has retired from a position at the Navy Depot in Mechanicsburg. Bob and Lynette have three grown sons. Both Bob and Lynette volunteer as part of the first impressions team and serve as Root Group leaders.

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