Meet The Team


  • MATT SAXINGER

    Senior Pastor

    Matt  joined the SVEFC staff in February 2018.  


    He graduated from Lancaster Bible College and earned a Master's Degree with Tyndale Theological Seminary. Matt grew up in Lancaster County where he met his wife Corrin.  Together they have two boys, Isaiah and Kade. As a family, they love spending time outdoors, fishing, hunting, and kayaking. Matt also considers himself a "foodie" and enjoys food from different cultures and cooking with his family. Most of all Matt is passionate about having a lasting impact for Jesus on as many people as possible.


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  • CONNOR MAYES

    Student Ministries Director

    Connor joined the SVEFC staff in August 2017.


    Connor Mayes grew up in Olney, Maryland, and graduated from Messiah College in 2016 with a Bachelors in Youth ministry. Connor met his wife Mackenzie while at Messiah College.  Connor played lacrosse during his time at college and now continues his passion through coaching.  He also enjoys lifting with his wife, playing with his dog Remi, and loves Chipotle.


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  • RACHAEL QUINN

    Children's Ministry Director

    Rachael joined the SVEFC staff in September of 2014. 


    Rachael graduated from Binghamton University where she studied Biology, focusing in Maternal Care. She grew up in upstate New York and moved to the Harrisburg area in January of 2013. Rachael married her husband James in August 2017. She describes herself as an avid Pinterester that loves the outdoors, dogs, and a well-brewed cup of coffee. Rachael has a passion for children and desires to see God work in kid’s lives in a big way.


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  • DEBORAH RUPERT

    Office Manager

    Deb joined the SVEFC staff in August of 2009.

    She graduated from Central Pennsylvania Business School in 1977 with a Data Processing Degree.  Her work experience includes Computer Operations, Data Center Management, and Project Management. Deb is married to David Rupert and has three children -- Sharon, Julia, and Gail.

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  • DAWN PAYNE

    Communication Director

    Dawn joined the SVEFC staff in January 2013. 


    While living in Philadelphia, Dawn graduated from Cedar Grove Christian Academy.  Following God’s leading, Dawn moved out of the city to attend Lancaster Bible College where she majored in Early Childhood Education.  While attending LBC, Dawn met her husband Ron and they were married in August of 1999.  They have three sons, twins Ethan and Aaron, and Matthew. In her spare time she enjoys baking, canning, spending time with friends, and shopping.

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  • Gary Heim

    Elder Chairman

    Gary and Marilyn, his wife, have been attending SVEFC since 1994 when they moved from State College to the area.  They have 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren, some of whom attend SVEFC as well.  Gary has taught various adult, college/career and children classes over the years.  He is an attorney, whose free time centers primarily around his family’s activities.



  • Scott Ackerman

    Church Elder

    Scott and his wife LaVonne have been attending SVEFC since 1997. They have four children and one grandson. Scott has been the church Treasurer since 2008, and was a member of the Worship Team for many years. He teaches in the adult ministry program, and is also a member of our newly formed Ministry to Men Leadership Team, and is member of our Global Outreach Advisory Board. Having a heart for the unborn, Scott and LaVonne have been faithful supporters of Morning Star Pregnancy Services, where LaVonne is a counselor and Scott is the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors.

  • Erik Hohn

    Elder Vice Chairman

    Erik has been married to Sandy since 2000 and has two sons, Ethan and Sawyer. The Hohn family has been attending SVEFC since 2012. Erik has served on the Worship Team and is currently the Worship Director.  Erik is the Head Counselor at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Harrisburg. 

  • Steve Cooper

    Church Elder

  • Jason Hoffer

    Church Elder

    Jason has been married to his wife, Beth, since May 2008.  The two, along with their three young children (Lorelei, Brayden and Vivienne), have been attending SVEFC since 2014 when they moved to the area.  Within the church, he currently helps lead The Well (a life group) and he leads Financial Peace University (FPU) classes during the churches mid-week Gather time.  Jason works at Aetna, a CVS Health Company and is a Manager of Medicare Finance.  He has been employed with the company since 2003.  Besides being passionate about helping to lead people to Christ-centered financial freedom, in his spare time, he loves to hit the slopes on his skis with his family and travel to the family cabin in Elk County, PA.