pastors & Staff

Pastors & Pastoral Candidates

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. 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. He is on the leadership team of The Learning Tree Homeschool Fellowship and 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 Pastoral Candidate

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

Bill Bennett


Bill grew up in Indiana, PA and started attending the church in 2005. He started working at Saving Grace Church in 2017.  In addition to serving as the custodian, Bill is also an Usher. He and his wife, Diana, have 3 children. 

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, Women’s Ministry Planning Team, Mercy Ministry Team and helps at the Connect Center on Sunday morning. 

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 Intern

Aidan is studying Safety Sciences at IUP and in February of 2019, he began working as a Student Intern at Saving Grace Church as a Worship/Youth Leader. He serves as a Worship Leader along with other administrative roles for both Transform and the Worship Team. He is also a part of the Leadership Team for Transform.