Elders

 
 
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Ben Reaoch

Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision

My parents became Christians when I was very young, and they faithfully taught me the Gospel as I grew up. I’m not sure exactly when I was converted, but God was working on me. Definitely by my senior year in high school I was seeking the Lord and praying about how He would use me in the future. During my freshman year at Wheaton College, I felt very clearly that God was calling me into vocational ministry. Stacy and I were married in 1999, and we spent two years at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, where I was an apprentice. We then went to Southern Seminary in Louisville for my M.Div. and Ph.D. I served a church in Elizabethtown, KY for 3 years as Minister of Students, and then came to 3RG in 2006 as a vocational elder. We are blessed to have 4 wonderful kids: Milaina, Noah, Annalyse, and Micah.

Originally From
Midland, MI

Education/Experience
B.A. Wheaton College
M.Div./Ph.D. Southern Seminary

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy running, attending our kids’ extracurricular activities, and going on dates with Stacy.

Most Influential Books
Desiring God by John Piper
Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper
The End for Which God Created the World by Jonathan Edwards
Revival and Revivalism by Iain Murray

Interesting Fact
Stacy and I dated in high school.

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Gary White

Pastor for Preaching and Discipleship

I grew up in central Florida where I gave my life to Christ just before my senior year of high school having been influenced by the Fellowship of Christian athletes. After graduation, I started a job in the circuit board industry which I eventually left in order to attend college. John MacArthur’s ministry had such a profound impact on me at this time that I enrolled at The Master’s College and also became a member of Grace Community Church. 

After graduating from college, I attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida where I completed my Master of Divinity degree. At the end of 2003 the search committee for Bethany Baptist Church (Pittsburgh, PA) called me to be the pastor. I served as the senior pastor of Bethany for 14 years and now serve as one of two preaching & teaching elders after merging with Three Rivers Grace. During my time in Pittsburgh I met and fell in love with the former Barbara Duessel-Emminger, whom the Lord gave to me as both my wife and best friend.

Originally From
Hampton, Virginia

Education
B.A. (Bible), The Master’s College
M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando)

Hobbies/Interests
Working out; Cheering on the Dolphins, A’s, Celtics, and Gators; Watching a good movie with my wife

Most Influential Books
The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur
Desiring God by John Piper
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
George Whitefield (vols. 1 & 2) by Arnold Dallimore

Interesting fact
My all-time favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings

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Ken Hovis

Elder

I was raised in a Christian home, and my family was very active in the local Church. Growing up, my parents owned a Christian bookstore, and I was exposed to the Gospel at a young age through the local church. By God’s grace, I was saved at the age of 6 in the basement of this church and was baptized shortly after.

Hobbies/Interests:
Hunting, Fishing, Outdoor Sports

Most Influential Books:
Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
The Shepherd Leader - Timothy Witmer
The Attributes of God - Arthur Pink
Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp

Interesting fact:
My wife, Jen, and I lived in the Middle East in Doha, Qatar for five and a half years. We have three children, Levi, Alivia, and Micah, two of whom were born in Doha.

 
 
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Jamen Walker

Elder

I was converted at age 26 after many years of being at church and thinking I was a Christian from a young age. I attended a couple churches for the first few years after believing in Christ before visiting and remaining at 3RG. I have been teaching Sunday school for the youth since 2013 and occasionally teach adult Sunday school.

Hobbies/Interests
Watching/listening to Pirates and Steelers, reading Christian living and Christian fiction books, going to camp

Most Influential Books
The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur,
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
by Mark Dever,
The Attributes of God
by Arthur Pink,
The Holiness of God by RC Sproul,
In the Defense of Jesus, the New Lawgiver by John G. Reisinger

Interesting Fact
I met my wife, Faith, at Three Rivers Grace Church. We have two boys, Silas and Zeke.

 

You can contact the elders at elders@3riversgrace.org

 

Deacons

 

MIKE DOVE

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Paul Platte

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GENO HOOVER

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Steve Schumacher

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Rob Myroniuk

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Ed Timko

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You can contact the deacons at deacons@3riversgrace.org

 

STAFF

 
 

Joseph Joiner

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Curt Leonard

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