Ryan graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Business Management. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Biola University. He is completing a PhD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served on the pastoral team at the Conewago Church of the Brethren for two years. In 2021, Ryan began serving as the Lead Pastor at EFCOB. He and his wife Kaila live in Lebanon with their three children. Ryan wants to see people Live with Jesus. He firmly believes that there is a good life - it's a life lived in relationship to God and others. And that life is available to anyone who comes to Jesus. He is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus, growing to become like Jesus, and telling others what Jesus has done for them. Ryan is excited for what the future holds, believing that God is getting ready to do something incredible at EFCOB!
About East Fairview
Living With Jesus
Lost Follow Learn Grow
What does it mean to Live With Jesus? We believe that everyone is or has been Lost. But the good news is that Jesus came to seek the lost! After finding us, Jesus holds out his hand and says something incredible, “Follow me.” You see, Jesus invites us to Follow him. When you make the choice to follow Jesus, you will Learn a new way of life in his Kingdom. Even better, you will Grow to become more like him. And we believe that this is the good life!
In terms of our personal lives, we talk a lot about Lost, Follow, Learn, & Grow. These words are meant to capture something that we believe is very important – Discipleship. We’re not focused on accomplishments because Jesus has already accomplished everything for us on the cross. And that deserves a big Amen! But we are focused on who we’re becoming. We want to be intentional about stepping into the process of becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.
Connected Communities Care
We believe in one God who is three in person: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has eternally existed in a relationship to himself which is the foundation of all community. God doesn’t want us to do life alone; instead, he wants us to do life together! When you live with Jesus, you become a part of a new community. And there’s a connection between everyone in this new community: it’s our love for God and one another… and Connected Communities Care for one another as we do life together.
So Others May Know Him
Share The Story
Everyone loves a good story, and God has been telling a story. It’s a story about forgiveness, redemption, new life, and most of all – Love. Now that we’ve become a part of God’s story, Jesus wants us to share this story with others. And the best way to do that is by sharing your story of how God’s forgiveness and love has changed your life. We want to see you become a part of God’s story and then go out and tell others all about that story!
Living a worshipful life
We believe that worship is at the heart of all that we should be and do. We want to worship God by living a worshipful life. That includes singing and praising God for giving us life, as well as becoming the type of people who reflect the image of God to a broken world by how we work, relate to others, and treat others.
Steph Markovic joined the staff on September 1, 2021 as the Youth Director. Growing up in the East Fairview congregation, she graduated from Manheim Central High School and Lancaster Bible College with degrees in Bible Education and Health & Physical Education (grades K-12). She has taught health and physical education at both Manheim Central and Donegal School Districts. It is her vision to be able to come alongside the youth of East Fairview in their Christian walk and help them to be fully confident in their knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ and the Gospel, and be brave enough to share it with the world.
Nate Sauder took over the office duties in February 2015. He lives in Mount Joy with his wife, Charity, and their 4 kids. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Houghton College, NY (where he met his wife) and has had several management jobs since graduating in 2001. He was invited to East Fairview’s Wednesday night program, “Family Night”, during high school and has been attending ever since. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting, and playing sports and games.
Mandi Stoltzfus was born and raised in the East Fairview family. After graduating from Manheim Central High School, she attended Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA). She also met her husband, Todd, at EMU and they married shortly after graduation. They now make their home in Elizabethtown and have three children. Mandi began serving at East Fairview in 2012. She loves kids and desires for each child to know and experience the love of Christ in tangible ways. She is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community who helped shape her faith. “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6: 6-7.