Staff

Ministry Staff

Butch Pursley

Pastor Pursley draws upon his 40+ years of pastoral experience to lead and disciple the staff of Maranatha Bible Church. Under Butch’s leadership Maranatha has planted 5 daughter churches in neighboring communities. He serves with the elders in providing vision and direction for Maranatha Bible Church. As the senior and founding pastor for over 20 […]

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Craig Peters

Craig has served in full-time ministry for over 25 years and speaks passionately about the life transformation which Jesus can make in our lives. Craig shares in the preaching responsibilities here at Maranatha as well as oversees our men’s ministry. His outgoing personality, knowledge of the Scripture, and wit enable him to relate to people […]

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Bruce Rosa

Bruce has been on the ministry staff at Maranatha since July, 2008. He currently serves as a member of our preaching team, and leads our Thrive college-age ministry.  Bruce also serves as an Elder on our Elder board. Bruce is passionate about preaching God’s Word, and mobilizing believers with the Gospel. He is husband to […]

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Brian Arant

Brian serves as the Pastor of Music Ministries, where he provides vision and leadership to MBC’s Worship and Creative Arts Ministry. He is passionate about leading the church body in corporate worship through content rich in theology, expression, and mission, songwriting for the church, and developing and equipping other worship leaders. Brian is a graduate […]

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Rob Stopp

Rob serves as the Assimilation Pastor helping people connect with the rest of the Maranatha family. He enjoys helping people discover and use their spiritual gifts and God-given abilities to meet the needs of – and build up – the body of Christ. Rob teaches an ABF and oversees the deacon and benevolence ministries at […]

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Nathan Kurcsak

Nathan has attended Maranatha since it began in 1995 and counts every moment here a blessing. He strives to create a culture of missions at the church where members understand the part they play in showing compassion, sharing the Gospel, making disciples, and planting churches. He has attended Moody Bible Institute, Baptist Bible Seminary, and […]

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Cathy Hogan

Cathy has worked in women’s ministry since 2002. She teaches the Women’s ABF, an evening Bible study, and is responsible for our women’s programs including Bible studies, mentoring, craft nights, and special events. She considers this opportunity to be a gift from God! Cathy graduated from The University of Akron and lives in Uniontown. Cathy […]

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Peggy Farnell

Peggy has been a part of Maranatha Bible Church since shortly after it was founded. She has served as an administrative assistant in the finance department, middle school ministry, women’s ministry, and children’s ministry. In December of 2012 she continued her service to the Lord in her new role as Director of Children’s Ministry. “Christianity […]

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Adam Riehle

Adam’s greatest desire for ministry is to see students encounter the incredible love and grace of Jesus Christ. He prays that every student would commit to shamelessly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, the greatest story ever told. Lastly, Adam longs to see true life-change in the students God entrusts to him, as they live […]

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Mike Duma

Mike works as the student ministry assistant to Adam Riehle. His main focus is in the Middle School ministry and that’s where he gets to spend his time. His passion is to see the gospel of Jesus Christ change lives. It is a joy for him to communicate God’s word to our middle school students […]

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Abigail McManaway

Abigail is passionate about the Glory of God and to make him known through her daily life and music. Abigail has been singing since she was 4 years old, and has been leading worship since the age of 15. Her passion is for everyone to not only worship on Sunday mornings, but worship in their […]

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Abigail McManus

Abigail is passionate about student ministry and has been singing in worship bands since she was 15 years old. Abigail is currently working towards her bachelors degree in special education and wants to pursue a career in counseling and getting her Ph.D. She works with the Middle School girls overseeing the small groups and ministering to […]

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Hannah Plum

Hannah has attended Maranatha Bible Church since 2004. She first became involved at Maranatha through student ministries, and she is thrilled to be able to work with high school students now in this position. It is her desire to see students grow every day in their love for the Lord and their love for other […]

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Nicole Peters

Nicole is passionate about Student Ministries which has led her to being a Summer Intern for the Middle School Youth Group. It is Nicole’s desire for the middle school students to grow in their faith and to be bold and intentional with their walk with the Lord. Nicole is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree […]

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Bob Weiss

Bob is the Care Pastor at Maranatha Bible Church. His desire is to minister: to people within a hospital context, to those who are shut-ins or within a nursing home or hospice setting, or to anyone in this troubled world searching for biblical hope for the future and for an eternal perspective based on a […]

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Support Staff

Mike Trout

Mike worked in the private sector for 36 years before joining the staff at Maranatha. He spent five years as an officer in the US Marine Corps and another 31 years at Goodyear as an engineering manager. His college degree was in economics/accounting but he has always been an administrator at heart. He knows the […]

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Mike Bates

Mike spent the majority of his secular career at FirstEnergy. Following an early retirement, he began his own business as a home remodeler. In 2014, he began his position as Maranatha’s bookkeeper. Mike says, “I really enjoy the work and the staff. Helping to manage the Lord’s finances is an honor and a weighty responsibility. […]

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Debby Berkshire

Debby Berkshire and her husband, Jim, have been at Maranatha since its beginning in 1995. She joined the staff in 2005 answering the phone and greeting visitors. Debby has been married to Jim since 1971. They have one daughter, Beth, son-in-law, Steve, and one grandson, Sam. She loves being a wife, mother, and “Nana,” and […]

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Debbie Booth

Debbie loves spending time with children of all ages and has previously worked as an elementary teacher in Green Local Schools and currently in Children’s Ministry for many years.  She has her Master’s Degree in Education and feels blessed to able to work part-time in Children’s Ministry and full-time as a wife and mother.  She […]

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Sarah Dennison

Sarah became a follower of Jesus at the age of 5 with the help of her God-fearing parents. She has attended Maranatha since it began in 1995. Sarah and her husband Jason met each other at Maranatha and they have a daughter, Evelyn. In 2007 Sarah graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor […]

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Brenda Gates

Brenda has served at Maranatha since its beginning in 1995. She served as Maranatha’s bookkeeper for several years before moving into the role of administrative assistant. Brenda currently serves as administrative assistant for the Care Ministry and Mike Trout, as well as assistant to the bookkeeper. Other responsibilities include aspects of Human Resources and management […]

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Lisa Kurcsak

Lisa loves spending time with students and encouraging them in their walk with Jesus. She graduated from Liberty University in 2007 with a degree in Family and Consumer Science. Lisa loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, shopping, and training for half-marathons.

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Josh McManaway

Joshua loves working behind the scenes. Since March of 2015, he has served on the tech team at Maranatha. He has three primary roles: maintaining audio, video, and lighting equipment, shooting and editing videos, and training volunteers. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Technology from Malone University. Outside of work, Joshua enjoys spending […]

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Jennifer McManus

Jennifer is a wife to Doug and mother of three: Abby, Adriene and Mia. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being in God’s Word. Her duties include scheduling rooms in the church building and handling administrative needs for Pastor Pursley. Jennifer was brought into God’s family when she was 18 with the […]

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Scott Plummer

Scott has served part-time at Maranatha since 2010 as an Audio/Visual Tech. During the Sunday morning services, Scott works behind the scenes in the sound booth. If you can see it or hear it, chances are Scott had something to do with it. Scott and his wife Melanie have been married for 24 years and […]

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Caleb Rinehart

Caleb Rinehart grew up at Maranatha and got saved at the age of seven. Over the years he has served in various areas around the church including youth ministry, video production, and audio mixing. Since 2014, he has been handling IT support for the church and has been working hard at making sure that every […]

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Emily Snyder

Emily became a follower of Christ in the Summer of 2011 and has attended Maranatha since 2012. She enjoys serving with the student ministry and men’s ministry in various capacities. In 2013 Emily graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. She began working full-time at Maranatha in July 2013 […]

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Alice Trout

Alice has been a wife, home school mom, school volunteer and home maker during the years her children were living at home. Presently, she has worked at Marantha as Kitchen Manager for the last 5 years. She is a Home Economics major and has loved applying her skills at her job. She has attended Marantha […]

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Amanda Young

Amanda’s desire to grow closer to Christ led her to attend Maranatha in 2008. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree from the College of Architecture and Environmental design. After working in her field for several years, she was blessed with the opportunity to assist in the work God is doing at Maranatha as the Student Ministry’s Administrative […]

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Maintenance Staff

Rick Colelli

Rick Colelli has been on the maintenance staff since April 0f 2016 and counts it an honor to serve here at Maranatha. He serves on the music team playing guitar and bass guitar and also serves as a deacon. Prior to joining the staff at Maranatha, Rick worked at Aramark for five years and pastored […]

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Jerry Evans

Jerry and his wife, Debbie, have been attending Maranatha since 2007. They live in Hartville. Jerry is a retired middle school guidance counselor. He spends time weekly as part of Maranatha’s maintenance team. He also is a helper with the coffee ministry. Otherwise, his time involves helping Debbie babysit their two young grandchildren, Joey and […]

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Mike Keefer

Mike has attended Maranatha since 2011 and has worked on the maintenance staff since 2013. He has three children: Collin, Kelsie, and Connor. Mike’s background is in sheet metal and construction. He works seasonally doing concrete maintenance work. Mike enjoys all things sports-related and is a loyal Cleveland sports fan.

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Chas Keith

Chas Keith and his wife Jane have been attending Maranatha since 2009. He retired from Weaver Workshop in 2007 after 30 years of service. He loves writing songs, particularly songs that glorify God. He is honored to be part of the maintenance crew.

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Rene’ Small

Rene’ and her husband, Roger, are local residents of Springfield Township. They have attended Maranatha from the beginning. Rene’ came on staff in 2011 as part of the maintenance team after nearly 28 years with a local furniture store. She enjoys serving in all areas and enjoys her role as wife and mother. She has […]

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Roger Small

Roger has attended Maranatha from the beginning. Prior to joining the maintenance team in January 2017, he has served with the bus ministry and in the children’s ministry taking photos for the leader’s lanyards. He also serves with the urban kid’s ministry on Sunday mornings. He has been married to Rene’ for 47 years. They […]

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Mike Spencer

Michael worked for Ford Motor Company for 40 years and retired in 2012. He has served in various ministries in the last 30 years. Michael loves the Lord and enjoys keeping close to God’s people and work. He also enjoys fishing and cutting wood. He resides in Norton with his wife Lora and has one […]

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Elders

Butch Pursley

Pastor Pursley draws upon his 40+ years of pastoral experience to lead and disciple the staff of Maranatha Bible Church. Under Butch’s leadership Maranatha has planted 5 daughter churches in neighboring communities. He serves with the elders in providing vision and direction for Maranatha Bible Church. As the senior and founding pastor for over 20 […]

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Craig Peters

Craig has served in full-time ministry for over 25 years and speaks passionately about the life transformation which Jesus can make in our lives. Craig shares in the preaching responsibilities here at Maranatha as well as oversees our men’s ministry. His outgoing personality, knowledge of the Scripture, and wit enable him to relate to people […]

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Bruce Rosa

Bruce has been on the ministry staff at Maranatha since July, 2008. He currently serves as a member of our preaching team, and leads our Thrive college-age ministry.  Bruce also serves as an Elder on our Elder board. Bruce is passionate about preaching God’s Word, and mobilizing believers with the Gospel. He is husband to […]

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Mike Trout

Mike worked in the private sector for 36 years before joining the staff at Maranatha. He spent five years as an officer in the US Marine Corps and another 31 years at Goodyear as an engineering manager. His college degree was in economics/accounting but he has always been an administrator at heart. He knows the […]

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Don Anderson

Don Anderson has been involved in church leadership as a Deacon, Elder and ABF Teacher for over 35 years, including seven years serving in a Missionary Church in Luxembourg. Don has served as an Elder at Maranatha since its beginning in 1995. His past ministries include oversight of the Deacon’s ministry, counseling, and coordinating Business […]

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Al Buxton

Al Buxton has served in various leadership capacities at churches in Georgia, Connecticut, and New Hampshire for 36 years prior to moving to Ohio. He has been involved with MBC since its beginning, serving as a Deacon for 2 years and then as an Elder for 16 years. Throughout his Christian walk he has participated […]

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Dave Duma

Dave Duma was born and raised in the Akron/Suffield area. He accepted Christ at age 21. He attended Word of Life Bible School, a one-year Bible School, in Schroon Lake, NY, in ’78-’79, studying the Old Testament, New Testament, Bible Theology, Hermeneutics, and did weekend ministries in local churches. He also participated in open air […]

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Gary Habegger

Gary Habegger has served as an elder at Maranatha Bible Church since its beginning in 1995. He has been involved in teaching doctrine classes at Maranatha, and he currently serves on the Elder Board Finance Committee. Additionally, he teaches an Adult Bible Study (ABF). Gary was born in Berne, Indiana and grew up on his […]

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Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey has been an elder at Maranatha for over 15 years. He has taught an ABF for 18 years. Chris was saved at the age of 5 at a church Bible camp in Dalton, Ohio. In college, Chris was a public speaking major with a minor in New Testament Greek. After graduating from college, […]

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Norm Kurcsak

Norm Kurcsak has been saved for 47 years, and has been attending Maranatha Bible Church since it started in 1995. He was appointed as an Elder in 2003 and serves on the Financial Committee. He and his wife, Sandy, have been Christian Financial Counselors for over 15 years. He has taught many classes on what […]

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John Wiseman

John Wiseman has been a member of Maranatha Bible Church since 2004 and has served as a deacon, an elder and as an ABF teacher for about twelve years. John is an ordained minister of the Gospel thru Maranatha Bible Church. He is on staff with Broken Chains Ministry in Akron Ohio and has been […]

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