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Pastor Carl Harris

Senior Pastor

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Pastor Carl and Jennefer were married on July 04, 1991 and have been blessed with two children, Emily (95’) and Jonathan (98’). They have homeschooled their children since 1999 and enjoy being involved in church life. Pastor Carl received his Masters of Divinity degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993 and pastored his first church in Muncy, Pa for 8.5 years before being called to serve as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church Gettysburg in January 2002. Jennefer received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University in 1993 and worked several years as a family counselor before becoming a full time Mom at home. The Harris’ love the Lord and enjoy being part of what God is doing in and through the FGBC family. The Harris’ also have a heart for missions and have been actively involved in mission experiences in New Orleans, Belize, Turkey, Thailand, Dominican Republic, and ongoing work on La Gonave Island, Haiti. Pastor Harris is a gifted preacher who is devoted to equipping people to walk in the fullness of Christ.

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Pastor Matt Rice

Youth Pastor

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Matt graduated from Arlington Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Youth. He enjoys working with the youth; sharing the love of Jesus and encouraging them in their individual walks with God!  “I look forward to what God has in store for our youth, how He will use them in our communities now and as they move into their young adult years! Praise God for our youth! It is my prayer we always keep them as a priority!”

Matt’s favorite verse is I Corinthians 15:58 (AMP) “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]”.

When he is not with the youth, Matt loves hanging out with his wife (Faith) and two children (Ali & Jeremy)! Playing sports, listening to and playing music are some of his favorite hobbies. His favorite Christian bands/artists are KJ52, Lecrae, Wolves at the Gate, Capital Kings, Chris Tomlin, TFK, 7eventh Time Down, and so many more.

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Stephanie Punchard

Minister of Music

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Stephanie has been serving at FBC since 2005. She is a graduate of Penn State University and Moody Graduate School where she received a Masters in Discipleship. Stephanie enjoys serving adults and kids of all ages at FBC and desires to make the name of Christ known and greatly magnified. She is active in our missions program as well. Stephanie loves playing the piano, appreciates various styles of contemporary Christian music and is often found listening to the radio. She also loves Big Band music and Penn State football! Stephanie is a super proud Aunt to 4 groovy nieces and one handsome nephew!

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Kathy Negro

Church Secretary

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Kathy and her family have been members of First Baptist Church since 1999.  She joined the FBC team in June of 2016 as Church Secretary.  She enjoys cooking, playing the piano and guitar. Kathy and her husband Bob live in Gettysburg and have three children.

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Kim Gipe

Administrative Assistant

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Kim joined our ministry team in 2012 serving as a part-time Administrative Assistant.  She works primarily on our web site, has a passion for our VBS ministry and has served in that ministry for several years.  In addition, Kim also joined our Sonshine Christian Preschool Staff as Lead Teacher in the Pre-K classroom.

When she's not at the church, she enjoys cooking, reading, golfing, watching football, and spending time on the beach with her husband and daughter.