We are led by a plurality of elders who meet the spiritual qualifications and carry out the responsibilities of 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9. Elders are elected by the congregation to serve three-year terms. Currently, the elders of Morrow Bible Church are Stephen Howard (Pastor), Al Rhea, Steve Lewis, and Ron Margraff.
Stephen Howard, Pastor
Pastor Howard grew up in Ohio and is glad to be here serving the Lord. He was raised in a Christian home. As a young child, he put his faith in Jesus Christ. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. He then served for 4 years as Assistant Pastor at Morrow Bible Church under Pastor Marvin Gassman. In January 2015, he was called to serve as Pastor.
Pastor Howard is a member of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, a group of independent, fundamental Bible-believing pastors and churches in Ohio.
He also serves as volunteer chaplain at Morrow County Hospital.
He and his wife, Jenny, have four daughters.
Marvin Gassman, Pastor Emeritus
An Ohio native (Stark County), Pastor Gassman graduated from John Brown University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible, and finished his formal education at Faith Theological Seminary near Philadelphia, PA in the spring of 1969. He and his wife, Beverly, then moved to Morrow County, Ohio to serve with the Ohio Bible Mission at Peniel Bible Camp near Chesterville, Ohio.
Morrow Bible Church started in Pastor Gassman’s home at Peniel Bible Camp in 1983. He continued to serve both the church and the camp until 1998 when he transitioned from the camping ministry to serve Morrow Bible Church full time. In 2015, Pastor Gassman stepped down from the Senior Pastor position, and the church asked him to continue ministry as Pastor Emeritus.
He is a member of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, serves on the board of the Ohio Bible Mission, and is the General Director of the Ohio Bible Fellowship’s camping program at Peniel Bible Camp.
The Gassmans have four daughters and twelve grandchildren.