Christ Our Focus

We declare that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God as revealed in the Bible, the written Word of God, is the only Savior and Lord. He is the center of our shared experience of true biblical unity. This leads to our mission, which is for you to

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Connect with God on Sunday Mornings

Community with Others in Small Groups

Care for People inside and outside the church

Fellowship of Churches

Maranatha Brethren Church is a part of a movement of churches begun under great persecution in 1708. In the United States we are called the Charis Fellowship. Internationally we are part of the Charis Alliance.

This is our commitment to Biblical truth, Biblical relationships, and Biblical mission. 


Get to know some of the leadership at Maranatha.


    Pastor Adam joined the staff in March of 2024 as the Lead Pastor. He has previously served as a Youth Pastor and Family Pastor. He has been in full-time ministry for over 13 years in Ohio and Maryland. Adam and his wife Samantha have been married since 2005. They have four daughters. As a family they like to watch dude perfect, go for runs, and explore new places. Adam is a big fan of CrossFit and coaches in a local gym here in Hagerstown. His biggest desire is for people to know Jesus and grow in their spiritual relationship with Him.

  • Ron Shank

    Ron began his ministry at Maranatha in 1985 as the full-time Youth Pastor, later serving as Associate Pastor.  He served in the church full-time for 23 years before he became the Director of Pastoral Care at Brook Lane Health Services in Hagerstown in 2008.  Ron took a new role ministering on the Preaching Team for fourteen years until 2022 when he again came on staff, part-time, as Worship Pastor. His current role is to lead the ministry teams that together create an atmosphere of meaningful worship each Sunday, and to plan special events.  

    Ron and his wife Nancy have been married since 1982 and have two grown children Matthew and Bethany.  In his spare time, he enjoys singing, gardening, and snow!  He currently serves on the Board of Momentum, which is one of the national ministries of the Charis Fellowship.

  • kyle Jacobs

    Kyle joined the staff in June of 2023 as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor. He previously served as the Young Adult Pastor at a local church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where he also completed a 5-year residency in preparation for ministry. Kyle and his wife Kelsie have been married since 2013 and have three children, Raya, Eden, and Iris. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys reading, goofing off with his kids, and playing with Legos and Nerf.

  • Cheryl Leisinger

    Cheryl became Church Secretary in 2017. She worked as a public school teacher a few years before leaving the profession to be a stay-at-home mom. For seventeen years she cared for her family and educated their children, while serving Christ at Maranatha and in the community.
    Her primary ministries have been in children's and youth ministries. She taught several classes at Heritage Academy in 2022. Cheryl and her husband Tim have been married since 1990 and have four children: Megan, Jacob, Jesse and Jason. 

  • Elders

    The following men generously give of their time to serve Maranatha as elders: Eric Barger, Jeff Reed, Paul Huffman, Russ Robinson, Adam Page, and Jason Feight.