pastors & Staff


The long term vision and pastoral leadership model for Saving Grace Church  is to have a growing plurality of elders both vocational and non-vocational to lead, care for and equip the church for works of ministry.  Our conviction is that pastoral ministry goes far beyond the Sunday morning service and therefore a growing plurality is necessary to care for and equip the church. 

Joe Ryer

Full-Time Pastor

Joe started attending Saving Grace Church as an IUP college student in 1997. He graduated in 1998 with a degree in Sociology. Joe and his wife, Mary, met at IUP and have three children. They both love cheering on their kids at their local sporting events throughout the year rain, snow, or shine. Joe joined the pastoral team in 2005 and has worn a number of ministry hats over the years. Currently he preaches, leads various ministry teams and disciples church leaders and members. Joe is also currently pursuing a Masters of Theological Study in Preaching and Pastoral ministry at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys running, biking, swimming, drinking coffee and hanging out with his family.

Dave Marshall

Full-time Pastor

Dave has been a part of Saving Grace Church since 2005. He was ordained as a non-vocational pastor in 2020 and started working full time at the church in 2022.  He is involved in the Mercy ministries team, Children's Ministry, Transform Youth Ministry, the Young Adult Fellowship, and church fellowship groups.  He loves hiking and the outdoors in addition to spending time with his wife Satin and 5 children.

Mark Altrogge

Non-Vocational Pastor

Mark has been a pastor at Saving Grace Church for over thirty years and served on staff at Saving Grace from September of 1980 through April of 2017. Once a Beatles-inspired rock and roller, Mark can still occasionally be found on stage leading the worship team. Mark and his wife, Kristi, have five adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Jason Rummel

Non-Vocational Pastor

Jason Rummel has been a music teacher for 20 years with degrees from IUP, Duquesne, and Boston University. He has taught and presented research both domestically and internationally. In addition to his pastoral duties, he serves on the worship team in various capacities. He and his wife, Rebekah, have five children.

Kay Mccoy

non-Vocational Pastor

Kay manufactures cleaning and descaling compounds for a living. He has created and produced formulations for over 20 years. Kay has taught in Kids Cove for many years and he is currently a part of the Transform Youth Ministry Leadership Team. He has also helped with Youth Camp for many years. Kay and his wife Janet have six children. He loves spending time with his family at sporting events and hunting with his boys. 

Office Staff

Kathie Kearney

Church Administrator

Kathie has been a part of Saving Grace Church since 1990 and has been involved in a number of ways over the years. She has worked in the office since 1993 and currently serves on the Financial Team, Mercy Ministry Team and helps at the Connect Center on Sunday morning. 

Melissa jones

administrative assistant

Melissa Jones is one of the Administrative Assistants for the church. She has served the church in various capacities including as a Kid's Cove Receptionist and on the church's Advisory Board. Melissa is a homeschooling mom of four. She and her husband, Adam, have been members of Saving Grace Church since 2010. 

melissa baum

administrative assistant

Melissa, originally from Georgia, has served Christ in different ways for different ministries throughout the years. Now living in Latrobe, PA, she and Jordan started attending Saving Grace Church in 2019. She currently serves in Kids’ Cove and the Women’s Ministry. Melissa enjoys nature, art, reading, baseball games, spending time with her three kids, and fellowship with friends and family.



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. 

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Cynthia Snyder


Cynthia has been at the church since its beginning, nearly 40 years. She has been involved with Children’s Ministry, Worship Team, Home-school Co-op, Youth Camp Volunteer, Steps to Freedom study and others. She is currently involved with Women’s Ministry, Bible Studies, Prayer Team,  Evangelism, Discipleship, and Jail Ministry.

Aidan McCoy

Worship Director