Church Staff |

Tonya Grissinger, Director of Worship; S. Lawton Jacobs, Pastor; MaryGrace Holcomb, Administrative Assistant; and Amanda Vanaman, Director of Youth

Lawton Jacobs

Pastor |

Pastor Lawton became the senior pastor in November of 2006 after serving for two and a half years on staff. Before coming to New Guilford he served in pastoral ministry for ten years in other Brethren In Christ Churches. He and his wife Mary have been married since January 3, 2004. Lawton and Mary have three sons. Lawton’s passion is to be part of a church that is in love with God and shares that love with others inside and outside of the church. He values committed God-centered relationships, teamwork, and living by faith.

His interests include spending time with the family, running, four-wheeling, sports, and watching movies. Lawton and Mary are excited about serving God and the New Guilford Brethren In Christ Church. They look forward to seeing God work in their midst.


Amanda Vanaman

Director of Youth |

Amanda Vanaman is a long-time member of New Guilford Church. She has worked with the New Guilford youth ministry in various capacities since 2004. She is passionate about helping teens begin and build lifelong relationships with Jesus. She brings with her 20 years of experience in working with teens. Amanda and her husband Mike have 4 children and love coming alongside them as they grow up and explore what it means to live for Jesus in their everyday lives. The kids’ extracurricular activities take up much of her free time and give her good connections with families in the community.


Tonya Grissinger

Director of Worship |

As I look back on this journey God has been taking me on over the last 4-5 years, I can see his hand in every step along the way and would love to share the specifics with anyone interested. One of the most common pieces of advice that I have received has been to grow where I was planted. Little did I know though that in 2018 God would decide to uproot me from the only church family I had ever known and plant me into the New Guilford church family. When God calls you to something and makes it blatantly clear all you can do is say “yes.” God has been using this season to grow me in so many ways both spiritually and musically. I cannot wait to see what he has in store for the future and am keeping myself open to go and do exactly what he has for me.


MaryGrace Holcomb

Administrative Assistant |

MaryGrace Holcomb joined the New Guilford staff in May, 2017. MG, as we call her, moved to Franklin County with her husband Michael in August of 2016 after spending 30 years in Montgomery County, PA. Prior to their relocation, she served as the Administrative Assistant at Trinity Lighthouse EC Church in Royersford, PA. She is a volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors for the Greencastle Antrim Food Pantry.

The Holcombs reside in Greencastle.