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TO INSPIRE, CHALLENGE AND TRANSFORM PEOPLE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

KNOWING LOVE. BECOMING LOVE.

PRAYER | TESTIMONY | COMMUNITY | HONOR | NEXT GENERATION

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AS A CHURCH OF GOD CONGREGATION, WE ADHERE TO THE BELEIFS, COMMITMENTS, AND DOCTRINAL POSITIONS OF THE CHURCH OF GOD - CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.]

Our Team

ADAM BOWER

LEAD PASTOR

Adam has been on staff at Praise Community Church since 2005. He is charged with both maintaining a healthy spiritual temperature and creating a path of maturity for those who attend the church. Adam wants to see the believer understand their identity and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. He has created a new form of discipleship called KAIO and looks forward to creating new blueprints for discipleship in the future.

Education/Training:

  • 2002 Millersville University, B.A. in Art

  • 2008 Evangelical Theological Seminary, M. Div.

  • 2010 Global School of Supernatural Ministry - Summer Intensive

  • 2011 Harvest Chapel School of Kingdom Living

Adam enjoys devising and developing new ideas and systems in his free time, along with exercising. His greatest passion is playing with his kids outside and spending time with his wife, Erica. Adam is drawn toward the gift of healing and loves watching people experience freedom in this area.

 

Resources:

  • KAIO Small Groups: Knowledge - Awareness - Intentionality - Obedience

Email: adam@praiseyork.com

IG: @adam.bower

BRIAN CONNOLLY

CREATOR/DIRECTOR OF THE UNVEILING PROPHETIC SCHOOL & ITINERANT MINISTER

Brian has been involved in full-time ministry since 2005. He formerly served as the Teaching Pastor/Associate Pastor for Praise Community Church, a position he held for almost nine years. He currently travels as an itinerant minister since founding Faith Like Birds Ministries. Brian is also the creator and director of 'The Unveiling' - a two-year school that equips people to minister prophetically from a secure identity and a healthy relationship with God. He is the author of two books: ‘First Dance’ and ‘Awakened.’ Brian ministers both prophetically and through impartation (the act of the laying on of hands for the transference of the anointing from one person’s life to another). He’s also an itinerant minister and conference speaker.

 

He’s married to his beautiful wife, Nicole, and is the father of four equally beautiful girls: Emma, Lily, Hannah, and Shiloh. He enjoys exercising, reading, riding his motorcycle, and spending quality time with family and friends. 

 

Education/Training:

  • Millersville University - B.A. In English

  • Asbury Theological Seminary - M.A. in Counseling

 

Books:

First Dance: Venturing Deeper into a Relationship with God

Awakened: Coming Awake and Coming Alive Through the Beauty of the Gospel

 

Email: brian@praiseyork.com

IG: @faithlikebirds

JOE D'ORSIE

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Joe serves the Praise team in multiple ways. Dealing with communications and content/message strategy, he offers direction through media of all sorts, and oversees the systems and strategies that allow it to function with excellence.

 

Joe's passion is to help Christ-followers arrive at a place of maturity, where they're all but lacking nothing (James1:4/1st Peter 1:3-9). Joe aims to do this primarily through his pen, as he loves to write and is called by God to write. Joe also has a keen interest in history, particularly the stories of the world's greatest moves of God, the revivals that marked communities and nations, and the inspired people who laid their lives down for more of the presence of God. It's Joe's foremost desire to see God do it again for this generation, here and now. 

Education/Training:

  • Duquesne University - B.A. in Public Relations & Advertising (2008)

  • 2012 School of Power & Love

  • Bethel SOZO 'Advanced' Healing Ministry

  • The Unveiling Prophetic School - GAMMA Class graduate (2018)

Resources:

Email: joe@praiseyork.com

IG: @joedorsie

HEATHER HILKER

WORSHIP DIRECTOR

Heather has served as a worship leader at Praise since 2012. She has had many opportunities to minister through worship at places such as the Global School of Supernatural Ministry, Voice of the Prophets, and other local conferences. She is currently working on developing a series of worship workshops to help people with their individual playing and singing talents. 

 

 Education/ Training:

  • Yorktowne Business Institute - Culinary Arts

  • Global Awakening School of Worship 

  • The Unveiling Prophetic School - ALPHA Class graduate (2016)

 

Heather has always been a lover of all music and especially worship music. She believes that worship is more than just a song to sing on Sunday morning; she believes worship is a way of life and desires to see people learn to live to glorify God through their lives. It's her dream to effectively promote in others, through worship, a wonderful relationship with God and a posture of praise, counting He and His Kingdom above all.

Email: heather@praiseyork.com

IG: @hedd819

AMY GOTWALT

YOUTH DIRECTOR

Amy has been attending Praise for about three years. She has had the privilege of working with our youth group for the past two years, as well as leading in youth ministry for two years prior at her previous church. She enjoys volunteering with the younger kids here at Praise during Creative Worship & I has had the honor of helping to birth & facilitate the art ministry: Create/Space.

 

Over the course of the last few years, God has made it very clear to Amy that her role in the church is to minister & teach the youth of the next generation; to build them up & encourage them to revel in the intimacy & revelation that is birthed from their secret time & space where they meet with the Father.

She believes, without a doubt, that God is calling the youth into a time of action; into a movement where they love & walk in the truth & power of who He has made them to be. She is beyond blessed to walk alongside them, & is so very excited to watch the Spirit move through them in miraculous & life-changing ways.

 

Outside of youth ministry, Amy is blessed to share her life with her husband, Tony, & her four children, Dominic, Gavyn, Alexandra & Reed. She loves creating, cooking, gardening & sitting in the presence of God. She facilitates a women’s Bible study group & has a heart for missions that has led her to loving & serving in a handful of nations, including Africa & India.


Education/Training

  • York College of Pennsylvania: B.A. in Fine Art / A.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies

  • The Unveiling Prophetic School - BETA Class graduate (2017)

Email: amy@praiseyork.com

IG: @amygotwalt

TIM HUNTER

TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

Tim has attended Praise since 2016 and has volunteered on the Tech and the Worship Teams over the past year. He has served in the area of sound and lighting for many years in various churches in York and Lancaster County. Tim's heart is to prophetically use his gifting, in the area of sound and lighting, to create environments for the Holy Spirit to move and people to encounter God. He also enjoys mentoring and encouraging others in this area of ministry. Tim also serves in the Awakened Youth Ministry, in the arena of sound & lighting, and has also had opportunities to minister and communicate the Word. Tim has a strong conviction to lead and serve well and encourages his team to develop a life of worship and service that honors God. It is his heart to honor God in all we say and do.

 

Education/Training:

  • 2015 Global Celebration School of Supernatural Ministry (GCSSM)

  • The Unveiling Prophetic School – GAMMA Class graduate (2018)

 

Tim is married to Tiffany and is honored to father five beautiful children: Nora, Addison, Juliana (aka Juju), Noah and Zachariah. Tim and Tiffany share a passion for worship and have committed themselves to lead their family in a lifestyle of continual worship.

Email: tim@praiseyork.com

IG: @thunterjr

MORGAN DIETZ

LEAD ADMINISTRATOR

Morgan has attended Praise for some time, and as a member of the Awakened Youth group since its inception, she has invested a lot of time and devotion to Praise youth. Morgan offers invaluable expertise to aid our Unveiling Prophetic School, with which she is a graduate, adding organization and insight to make it run smoothly and efficiently. Morgan also leads our young adults group, The Gathering. In addition, Morgan contributes a much needed administrative skill set to Praise staff team, bringing organization, diligence, & follow-through.

 

Morgan is passionate about missions, family & community, and being intentional about loving the person in front of her.

 

Email: morgan@praiseyork.com

IG: @morgandietz23

MARK HEIDEL

GROWING UP CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR

As the Growing UP Children’s Ministry Leader for NB-12, Mark desires to create a Culture of Honor among our children, raising them up with a clear understanding of who they are in Christ, teaching them to hear His voice, and encouraging them to be fearless in doing what He says. To do this, it's his goal to establish a structured environment where children feel safe, the groundwork is set with high expectations, and specific training in the principles of God is ongoing. Proverbs 22:6 clearly states that we must, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” 

  

 Education/Training:

  • Penn State University – B.A in Elementary Education

  • Millersville University – M.A in Special Education

 

Mark is extremely blessed to be married to his beautiful wife, Dana, and honored to be the father of his beautiful daughter, Mykela. Both Dana and Mykela serve on the Praise Worship Team.

Email: mark@praiseyork.com

JEN HARTMAN

CREATOR/DIRECTOR OF KID'S KAIO

Jen Hartman is the Founder and Director of Kid's KAIO, a ministry birthed out of the belief that kids should have the opportunity to know God, become aware of His voice, and have an outlet to practice doing His will. In Kid's KAIO, youngsters develop the boldness to serve and the desire to minister in the church and outside of it.

 

Jen is passionate about promoting in others the pivotal relationship between person and Jesus. Leading by example in this way, she hopes to encourage and disciple others to make God's word the authority by which they live and breathe.

 

Education/Training:

  • Juniata College - B.S in Biology and Secondary Ed.

  • Penn State University - M.A in Teaching & Curriculum

 

Resources:

Email: jen@praiseyork.com

DIANE & GARY BARTKOWSKI

PASTORAL CARE TEAM LEADERS

Diane and Gary have been serving in various roles since they started attending Praise in late 2009. Both are graduates of the Praise's Unveiling Prophetic School. They started leading the Pastoral Care Team in 2018. They have a heart for people understanding and living out their identity in Christ, as well as a heart for the restoration of relationships. Diane is an RN, having graduated from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing in 1979. Gary graduated from Alfred University with a BS in Ceramic Engineering. Diane and Gary have been married since 1980 and have two kids and five grandchildren. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family and outdoor activities like hiking and biking.  

Email: pastoralcare@praiseyork.com

MATT GRAHAM

SUNDAY MORNING CORDINATOR

Matt has attended Praise since 2001 and has served as the Sunday Morning Coordinator since 2005. He has a professional background in environmental and safety compliance. Matt also works as a junior high wrestling coach and is very passionate about using that platform to impact the next generation.

 

Education/Training:

  • Millersville University - B.S. in Chemistry and Physics

 

Matt has been married to his wife, Marla, since 2010 and they have two daughters, Lyra & Harper.

STAN YOST

TREASURER

Stan has handled the treasury duties at Praise since 2004, and has been attending the church since 1999. He teaches Math at Red Lion Area High School and has done so for more than 18 years. Stan lends his expertise to the Praise team in the area of financial stewardship, managing deposits, bills, budgets, and reports.

 

Education/Training:

  • Messiah College - B.A. in Mathematics

 

Stan has been married to his wife, Gretchen, since 1999 and they have four children: Sarah, Leah, John David, and Matthew. In his free-time Stan enjoys quality time with his family, especially camping.

CHURCH COUNCIL

Adam Bower (Lead Pastor)

Stan Yost (Treasurer)

Aaron Flay

Paul Lauer

Megan Burns

Diane Bartkowski

CONTACT US

A: 705 SOUTH OGONTZ STREET, YORK, PA 17403

E: INFO@PRAISEYORK.COM

T: 717.505.3700

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