Deacons &

Ministry Leaders


Our deacons serve as official servants of the church. Deacons differ from our pastors in that they are not required to teach; their ministry roles are oriented in directions of mercy, service, and administration, rather than leading through teaching. Deacons may or may not be paid staff.

Chris Eckenrode

Building and Grounds

Chris oversees the church building and grounds in terms of maintenance and construction. He is also a Fellowship Group Leader and a Financial Team Member. He is a professional civil engineer who has a degree from The Pennsylvania State University and works for a consulting firm in Altoona, PA.  He and his wife, Randi, have three children and live in Indiana Borough.

Mark Failor

Fellowship groups

Mark is a Mortgage Underwriter at Ephrata National Bank. In addition to being the Deacon of Fellowship Groups, Mark is a member of the Financial Team. Mark and his wife, Sara, have 2 daughters. 

If you are interested in joining a Fellowship Group, click here.

Jim Rice


Jim oversees the Ushers Ministry at Saving Grace Church.   He is also a member of the Financial Team. Jim is an IUP Graduate and a Vietnam Veteran.  He is recently retired after being an independent business owner in Indiana, PA.  He has been a member of Saving Grace Church for over 30 years.  He and his wife, Heather, have four adult children and five grandchildren.

If you are interested in serving as an Usher, click to apply here.

Andrew Wallwork


Andrew is retired from S&T Bank where he worked for 30 years. Andrew and his wife, Patty, were at the first organizational meeting for the church in June of 1978 and have been members ever since. Andrew currently serves on the financial team and is the church treasurer. Together, he and Patty have 4 daughters, 4 sons-in-law, and 7 grandchildren.

Ministry Leaders

Melissa Mccracken

Children's Ministry

Melissa, who is currently serving as the Children's Ministry Interim Director, has been a teacher in Children's Ministry for numerous years, and currently organizes meals for the Young Adult Fellowship Group. She has been a stay-at-home homeschooling mom for 23 years. She completed her teaching degrees at IUP and has her masters in education from the University of Pittsburgh. Melissa and her husband, Keith, have been members of the church since 1997; they have seven children and live in the Homer City area. 

If you are interested in serving in the Kids' Cove, click to apply here.

Bob Reiter

First Impressions Ministry

Bob Reiter manages a local furniture store. He is the Ministry Leader for the First Impression Team. He oversees the Greeters, Welcome Center, SGC café and coffee bar, SG101 classes and much more. He and his wife Debbie have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. 

If you are interested in serving on the First Impressions Team, click to apply here.