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About Us  //  Meet the leadership team

A Little Background

In early 2005, after coming on the faculty of Lancaster Bible College, I (Rick) began to evaluate the health of youth ministry in the central Pennsylvania region. A few trends began to stand out almost immediately:

  • One, many youth workers were simply burned out. The average worker seemed tired, withdrawn, and often disconnected from the larger church body.
  • Two, youth ministries and youth workers alike had no connection to other youth ministries in the area.
  • Three, youth ministries had no accessible place to go for resourcing.

In the winter of 2006, the Student Ministry program at Lancaster Bible College launched a new ministry called Project Renovation.  Our vision was simple.  Let’s begin to provide soul care, create environments for connection, and resource the greater youth ministry community in Central Pennsylvania.

Project Renovation is guided by a team we call Mentoring Shepherds.  Mentoring Shepherds are key Youth Ministry leaders from the area who sit on a leadership team for Project Renovation.  Their role is to both guide the Project and mentor other youth ministry leaders in the area.

Meet the team.

Rick Rhoads.  Director of Project Renovation

Rick is the Director of the Student Ministry Majors at Lancaster Bible College and has served as an Assistant Professor for the past 7 years.  Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Lancaster Bible College and a M.A. in Leadership from Columbia Biblical Seminary.  Over the past 18 years, he has served in Student Ministry roles at Lebanon Valley YFC, LCBC, Calvary Bible Church, and Riverbend Community Church.  Rick and his wife Naomi live East Petersburg, PA with their two children Grace and Eli. Read blog posts by Rick.


Aaron Brown.  Assistant Professor of Student Ministry at LBC

Aaron currently serves as Assistant Professor of Student Ministry at Lancaster Bible College.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Biola University and a Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA.  Before coming on staff here at LBC, Aaron served as the Sr. High Youth Director at Living Word Community Church in Red Lion, PA.  He and his wife Megan now live in Mount Joy, PA. Read blog posts by Aaron.


Jerry Higley. Mentoring Shepherd

Since 1978 Jerry has been the Executive Director of Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Lancaster Bible College and a Master of Arts from Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA.  Jerry and his wife Karen have three daughters, including 5 grandchildren.  Truly our team benefits from Jerry’s wisdom, mentorship, and over 35 years of youth ministry experience.  Jerry and his wife Karen live in Lebanon, PA. Read blog posts by Jerry.


Meredith Dahl. Mentoring Shepherd

Meredith is the Executive Director of Cross Connection Ministries in New Holland, PA.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Student Ministry from Lancaster Bible College in 2006 and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Ministry (Concentration in Student Ministry) from Lancaster Bible College.  Meredith and her husband live in New Holland and both love living, working and volunteering in their community.  Their favorite things to do are spend time with their family and cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read blog posts by Meredith.


Josh Rhodes. Mentoring Shepherd

Josh is the NextGen Pastor at LCBC Church. Prior to LCBC, he served at Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown, WV. Josh graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2005 and will soon complete a Master’s in Theology from Biblical Seminary. He and his wife Hillary live in Lancaster city with their daughter Sephora and son Levi. Read blog posts by Josh.


Ben Myers. Mentoring Shepherd

Ben has served with Arrowhead Bible Camp in Brachney, PA for over nine years.  He oversees facility and program operations, staff recruitment, supervision and discipleship.  Serving alongside Ben is his wife Kelly and daughter Natalie.  Ben received a Bachelor’s degree in Camping Ministry from Philadelphia Biblical University and a Master’s degree in Education from Baptist Bible Graduate School. Read blog posts by Ben.


Deb Turnow. Mentoring Shepherd

Deb Turnow is the Executive Director of Kavanna House, a spiritual formation center in York, Pa.  Prior to that role, she was the Director of Spiritual Direction at Living Word Community Church in York.    She has a B.A. in Psychology from York College in Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University.  She is currently studying at San Francisco Theological Seminary.  She is a certified spiritual director and also provides supervision for spiritual directors.  She and her husband Jeff, live in York, PA. Read blog posts by Deb.