Our Leadership

Brian H. Grant, Pastor
bgrant@gcafamilychurch.org

Pastor Brian Grant was consecrated as GCA’s fourth pastor in 2014. He married his lovely wife Sherryl in 1975. They have three adult children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. He is a people-oriented pastor and has been a leader at GCA from its infancy. He served as a deacon and treasurer of GCA for over 30 years, and over the years headed numerous ministries, including adult retreats, youth ministry and the young adult ministry.

George Peters, Elder
gpeters@gcafamilychurch.org

George Peters became a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1975. He married his wife Ruth in 1979 and they are blessed with two daughters and one granddaughter. In 1980, he obeyed the Lord’s call to serve Him full-time in India, and the Lord equipped him through Biblical studies in Canada and India. In 1985, he founded “Share the Word Ministries” and “Green Valley Bible School” and had the privilege of teaching God’s Word to scores of evangelists and church planters. He served as Director of the Green Valley Bible School for over 25 years and traveled extensively in the cause of the ministries. His passion is to proclaim Christ in the ministry of discipleship at GCA.

Jim McConnell, Elder Emeritus
jmcconnell@gcafamilychurch.org

Jim previously served as an elder at Roxborough Bible Chapel for 5 years, served as a deacon at GCA for 10 years and as an elder for 8 years. He was exposed to the gospel at an early age and, at age 7, prayed to receive Christ as his Savior. He was blessed to have a Christian upbringing with a strong doctrinal foundation. Jim has given himself to the study of the Word and is a highly regarded Bible teacher. He is frequently called on for his scriptural insights and is fondly regarded as the “Assembly Theologian.” He has been specially gifted to articulate and communicate the truths of Scripture, not only in his speaking, but in his writing as well. He has authored three books and numerous articles on biblical and historical topics.

Dr. Elijah Korich (Sitting with the Elders)
ekorich@gcafamilychurch.org

Born and raised in Rift Valley of northern Kenya, Dr. Elijah Korich accepted Christ in his early teens when a missionary visited his village where he shepherded his father’s cows. He later graduated from Scott Theological Seminary and served as a District Superintendent in the Africa Inland Church. Elijah holds a master’s degree and doctorate in counseling.

Dr. Korich is the founder and CEO of Keiyo Soy Ministries, organized in response to a devastating drought that ravaged Rift Valley in 1999.  The ministry has impacted thousands of lives through the creation of water projects including distribution of water tanks, known as Kentanks, for schools. He also assisted in seminars and conferences for pastors in the region and served on several mission boards including the U.S. Council for Africa and the Philadelphia Bible Society.

Dr. Elijah Korich and his wife Truphena are blessed with three children, Mark, Faye and Rehema; daughter-in-law Paloma Korich; and two granddaughters, Amana and Kamara Korich. Dr. Korich serves as Director of Counseling at Germantown Christian Assembly.

Dr. Raphael Thomas (Sitting with the Elders)
rthomas@gcafamilychurch.org

Dr. Raphael Thomas has been a minister of the gospel since he was twenty years old. He was pastor/elder of the Annotto Bay Gospel Chapel in St. Mary, Jamaica for 32 years where he founded the Gospel Chapel Education Centre for children ages three to twelve. Raphael holds two doctoral degrees and was an adjunct teacher at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology for over 20 years.

Raphael and his wife Velda were commended to full-time Christian service in 1992 and had served in various capacities with the Christian Brethren Assemblies Jamaica (CBAJ), North-Eastern Missionary Conference, Gospel Chapel Education and their local assembly. As a missionary couple, Raphael and Velda lead Blessing Basket International, a missions organization which they founded in 2017 to enhance the fulfilment of the Great Commission locally and globally through partnerships with local churches and other like-minded organizations.

Now residing in Pennsylvania, Raphael, Velda and their two sons, Timothy and Nathanael, are currently members of GCA where Raphael is a part-time staffer serving as Director of Missions and Evangelism.