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Joy Macchione, Admin. Asst./Treasurer
Pastor Jim Bitner, Senior Pastor
Khyle Keener, Associate Pastor
Danna Keener, KidMin Director
Joy was born in Georgia but has lived in Mississippi and New York before moving to Pennsylvania to attend Philadelphia Biblical University. Being raised in the church, she asked Jesus to be her Savior at the age of 7 but then rededicated her life at age 15.
In 2002, she met her husband, Tom, and they married in 2004. Joy graduated from Liberty University in 2006 with a Bachelor's in Business Finance and Bible. Tom grew up in Myerstown Baptist Church and they returned to MBC in 2008. Joy became Treasurer in late 2008 and then joined the staff as Secretary in 2009. She is involved in teaching children's Sunday School, singing and playing piano for the Worship Band, and helping with the website ministry.
Tom and Joy have three daughters, Selah, Kalyn, and Leena.
Jim was born and raised in northern Pennsylvania and was privileged to have been raised in a Christian home. In July of 1966 Jim trusted Christ as his Savior at Montrose Bible Conference. At the age of 17 he fully committed himself to the Lord’s service.
After graduating from Cameron County high School he enrolled for the fall semester at Liberty University (1973). The four years he attended Liberty University were instrumental in preparing him to be a full-time Pastor. Through the years Jim has served in various ministries (Interim Pastor, Youth Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, School Teacher, and bus worker).
The Lord called Jim to MBC in January of 1996. He considers it a privilege to serve the Lord and the people of MBC. Jim has been married to his wife, Sue, since 1977 and they have four children.
Khyle was blessed to grow up in a Christian family in Lancaster County. As a result of his parent's influence and their home churches ministry he became a disciple of Jesus Christ at a young age.
After graduating from high school Khyle committed himself to full time ministry and began attending Lancaster Bible College studying youth ministry. He graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible Ministry. It was while at LBC that Khyle met his wife Danna. Danna shares Khyle's passion for youth and children's ministry as well as a burden for women's ministry. Khyle and Danna were married in 2006, have three sons, Samuel, Micah, and Ezra, and two daughters, Riley and Gail.
Khyle began serving in January 2010 at MBC as the Youth and Children's Pastor. He is excited about what God can do in and through the people of MBC.
Danna went to Lancaster Bible College, and has her Bachelor's degree in Bible Ministry. She decided to follow Jesus as a teenager and loves working alongside her husband in ministry.
Brandon Bernheisel, Deacon - Chairman
Brandon was born and raised into a Christian family in Lebanon, PA. He accepted Christ as savior at the age of 5. He grew up going to MBC where his family was actively involved in serving. As a teenager he helped in the A/V department and went on visitation with Pastor Bitner. In 2009 Brandon met Jalisa and they were married in 2011 at MBC. He is still involved in the A/V department as well as other areas such as VBS, and assisting his wife with the Pre-K Sunday school class. Jalisa also helps with VBS and the nursery.
They have a daughter, Addisyn, and a son, Elliott.
Mark grew up in Adams County and, at a young age, accepted Christ through a Bible tract. As a child, he entered Milton Hershey School. Graduating from MHS in 1983 and Millersville University in 1987, he married Lori in 1988 and began a military career with the US Air Force.
While attending the Rio Rancho Community Christian Church in NM, Mark re-dedicated his life to the Lord. Since then, he has served in many capacities in churches in New Mexico, Virginia, Germany and Hawaii. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Mark and Lori moved to Lebanon County and joined MBC in 2014.
Mark currently serves as a Deacon and Trustee. He also assists Lori in teaching Sunday School.
Justin was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He was fortunate to have loving grandparents who provided the opportunity for him to attend a Christian school. It was while in elementary school, Justin’s grandfather lead him to Christ. His grandfather’s consistent walk with the Lord, left a lasting impression on Justin’s life and it is what Justin strives for today.
In 2004, Justin met his future wife, Nicole, and in June 2007, they were married. They joined MBC in 2005 and were baptized together. Justin and Nicole are excited about what the Lord is doing in their lives and at Myerstown Baptist Church. Justin serves on the A/V team, New Movers Evangelism, Trustee, VBS, and EPIC Kids program.
Nicole Kuhne, Youth Director
Nicole was born and raised in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. She was blessed to have been raised by Christian parents, and as a result of their influence came to know the Lord at a young age. She has enjoyed the challenge and blessing of growing in her relationship with Jesus since that time.
After graduating from Elizabethtown Area High School, she went to Lancaster Bible College where she received a degree in Bible with an emphasis in Social Services. While in college, she met her husband Chad Kuhne who was in the same major. Chad went on to receive another degree in nursing from HACC and currently works at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Chad shares Nicole’s passion for ministering to children and youth, and they work together in various capacities helping with those ministries at MBC. Together they have three children, James, Jacob, and Chloe.
Georgia-born, Dr. David Pope spent the first decade of his career as an accountant and administrator in the public utility industry. For the next two decades, he pastored local churches in Mississippi, New York, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
For the past ten years, Dr. Pope has served overseas in West Africa and helped lead two US-based missions organizations. Currently, he is the Founder and CEO of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization that exists to advocate for an obedient, unified response to Christ’s global Great Commission. David and his wife of 42+ years (Cindy) reside in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.