Leadership

 

Bill Mayk

Pastor Bill Mayk

Bill Mayk is the founding pastor of Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church.                             

Prior to beginning this church planting work in the Pottstown area, Bill served as a hospice chaplain and a missionary to Mexico and Jordan. In Mexico, he was co-founder and instructor at the “Seminario Theologica Interdenominacional.” In Jordan, he served with Samaritan’s Purse during the First Gulf War.                                                     

He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and prior to that, he worked in the IT field for various corporations for over twenty years.

Bill earned his M.Div from Biblical Theological Seminary.

He is married to Renee, and they have two children, Daniel and Michelle.

The Pastor’s Monthly Book Suggestion

 

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Elders

Elders must watch diligently over the flock committed to their charge, that no corruption of doctrine or of morals enter therein. They must exercise government and discipline, and take oversight…of the spiritual interests of the…church. All those duties which private Christians are bound to discharge by the law of love are especially incumbent upon them by divine vocation, and are to be discharged as official duties. They should pray with and for the people, being careful and diligent in seeking the fruit of the preached Word among the flock. (PCA Book of Church Order, paragraph 8-3.)

 

Tom Albrecht

Tom was ordained to the office of elder in 1984 while his family worshiped at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Malvern, PA. Prior to that, he served as a deacon in the congregation. He transferred his membership to Grace & Peace in 2014. He’s had the opportunity to teach a number of Bible studies and Sunday School classes on topics such as church history, the Westminster Standards, Presbyterian polity, various books of the Bible, and eschatology. 

His 45-year career as a computer scientist has spanned both industry and academia. Tom has undergraduate and graduate degrees from West Chester University and currently serves as Professor of Practice and Department Chair of Computer and Information Sciences at Cabrini University in Radnor. 

His wife Becky serves the congregation in many ways including teaching and outreach. They live in Downingtown, PA and have seven adult children and 17 grandchildren.

 

Nick Rhoads

 
 

Gabe SantaMaria

Gabe, originally from Manila, Philippines, has served in children’s and adult Sunday school as well as youth, singles, and young adults ministries. In 1984, his family settled in Philadelphia, PA where he joined Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City in 1985 and served in the International Students and Single Adults ministries until 1989.

He attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA from 1984 to 1986 and earned his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix in 2004. He has 20 years of IT experience and does contract work in training & development and information systems.

In 2003, he transferred his membership to Christ the King Presbyterian Church, a daughter church planted by Tenth Church in Conshohocken, PA. Gabe has been involved with Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church since its launch in 2007. In 2015, with a core of men, Gabe launched the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast that meets every quarter focusing on discipleship, prayer, and outreach. He also teaches Kid’s Club and Co-chairs the Outreach Committee.

He is husband to Linda and dad to Laura. They live in Phoenixville, PA.

 
 

Paul Shane

Paul Shane was an elder at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Conshohocken when Bill Mayk presented the idea of planting a church in the Pottstown area. It was a great blessing for Paul and his family when they joined that new church (Grace & Peace) a few years later in 2005 where Paul continues to serve as a ruling elder.

He received an M.Div at Gordon-Conwell in 1994 and was licensed to preach by the Philadelphia Metro-West Presbytery.

Paul wears many hats — serving as an IT director at Milliman, a podcaster and video producer with Handyguys Productions, and a youth leader, musician, and elder at Grace & Peace.

He lives with his wife and three children in East Vincent, PA.

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Deacons

Deacons minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. (PCA Book of Church Order, paragraph 9-2.)

 

deaconrudyRudy Kancianic

Rudy grew up locally and came to Christ later in life, getting saved at a local independent church before he and his wife Paula made their way to Grace & Peace.

Rudy has worked for the past 35 years at Parkhouse Nursing & Rehab Center, earning his nursing degree at Montgomery Community College and his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Albright College while employed there.                                 

Rudy has been a faithful servant of his Lord and Savior Jesus at Grace & Peace for close to 10 years.                         

He has four children as well as multiple grandchildren, and he loves spending time with his family.  

 

 

James Paster

Jim surrendered his life to Christ on November 8, 2005. While attending church at Vincent Baptist, he served on the Missions Committee as secretary for several years. His family was later sent out to assist in planting Iron Works Church. He served on the Mercy Team and ran local outreach there, attending First Friday events to reach the community for Christ. He and his wife went out again to assist in planting Grace Baptist Church, but after six months, they returned to Iron Works. They then began attending Grace & Peace in September, 2015.

Jim was ordained to the office of deacon in November, 2018. He teaches Sunday School, leads a Home Group, assists with the Men’s Fellowship, and serves on the Outreach Committee. 

Jim has worked as a maintenance mechanic at Davlyn Mfg. in Spring City since December, 1994. He enjoys cooking and following Philadelphia sports teams.

He is married to Christine. They have three children: Rachel, Shelby, and Ashley.

 

Christian Walsh

Christian grew up in a Christian home and attended West-Mont Christian Academy from pre-school through graduation. He became a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harleysville as a youth. Soon after Grace and Peace was planted, Christian and his family became regular attenders. While Christian does not remember a day without Christ, it wasn’t until his senior year of high school that he got serious about his faith. 

Throughout high school, Christian was involved with the West-Mont Missions Team. He continued as a leader after high school. This is where he met his wife Sarah. Both served as missions team leaders post high school and continued  to take groups on trips for a number of years. They were married in 2013 and have been serving at Grace and Peace as Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, and other various roles since. Christian also became a deacon in 2018. 

In addition to serving at church, Christian enjoys fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors. 

Sarah and Christian have two children, Hannah and Reuben.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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