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.

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.

Dave Marshall

Non-Vocational Pastor

Dave works as a customer account manager for Integrated Power Services an electric motor repair company. He is involved in the Mercy ministries team, Children's Ministry,  Transform Youth Ministry, and he has been a Fellowship Group Leader.  He also serves on a board for an addiction recovery ministry called Found Hope. Dave and his wife, Satin, have 5 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

Sara Failor

Administrative assistant

Sara began attending the church as an IUP college student in 1998. After graduating in December of 1999, she and her husband, Mark, spent more than a decade moving around quite a bit before returning to Indiana in 2011. In addition to church administration, Sara currently serves on the Missions Planning Team. Sara and Mark have 2 AMAZING daughters. 

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, 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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Sean McGaughran

Student Ministries director

Sean has grown up attending Saving Grace Church since 1995 when he was five years old. He graduated from IUP in 2012 with his Bachelor's in Biology and currently is wrapping up his Master of Divinity at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sean has been an Indiana native for most of his adult life (with the exception of briefly living in Kansas City from 2019-2021 for seminary). He really loves coffee (both drinking it and brewing it), reading good books (particularly anything by Tim Keller, John Piper, C. S. Lewis, or J. I. Packer), nerding out about movies, biking, and playing volleyball or ultimate frisbee. Before serving as the Student Ministries Director, Sean worked on the administrative staff at Saving Grace from 2013-2018, serving in a variety of ministry roles.


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