meet the staff

  • Interim Pastor- Dr. James Ayers

    After serving for 20 years as the Director of the Pastoral Studies majors and Chair of the Department of Church and Ministry Leadership, Dr. James R. Ayers is now a Mentoring Professor and Director of all academic TraveLearn tours and Study Abroad opportunities at Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary & Graduate School in Lancaster, PA.


    A native of Hanover, PA, Dr. Ayers earned a B.S. in Bible at Lancaster Bible College, a Master of Arts in Counseling Services from Rider College, Lawrenceville, NJ, and a Master of Letters and Doctor of Philosophy in Religion and Society from Oxford Graduate School, Dayton, TN, with studies at Oxford University in England.


    Prior to joining the LBC faculty in 1993, Dr. Ayers served as an Assistant Pastor for four years in Hanover, PA, as a faculty member for six years at Philadelphia College of Bible in Langhorne, PA, and a Senior Pastor for eight years in Hainesport, NJ.


    In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, Dr. Ayers has led ten academic study tours to Israel, Turkey and Greece, frequently speaks at conferences, churches, and continually serves churches through pulpit ministry, consulting and Interim Pastor roles.


    He and his wife Betsy, reside in East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.  Their three sons and six grandchildren live in Pennsylvania and Florida.

  • Rachael Alden

    Children's Ministry Director

    Rachael Alden joined SVEFC as children’s ministry director in September of 2014. She graduated from Binghamton University where she studied Biology, focusing in Maternal Care. She grew up in upstate New York and moved to the Harrisburg area in January of 2013.
    Rachael has a passion for children and desires to see God work in kid’s lives in a big way.
    In her free time she is an avid Pinterester. She also enjoys a wellbrewed cup of coffee and the outdoors.

  • Deborah Rupert

    Deb joined the SVEFC staff as the Office Manager in August of 2009.

    She graduated from Central Pennsylvania Business School in 1977 with a Data Processing Degree.  Her work experience includes Computer Operations, Data Center Management, and Project Management.

    Deb is married to David Rupert and has three children -- Sharon, Julia, and Gail.

  • Andrea Mitchell

    Office Staff
    Andrea has been on the office staff since 2004.

    She is a 2001 Graduate of West Chester University with a B.A. in Communications Studies.  Her work experience includes Marketing, Public Relations, Event Planning, Advertising and Accounting.

    Andrea grew up in Hershey, PA and met her husband, Cameron, at West Chester University.  They married in 2002 and have a daughter named Ella. 

    Andrea enjoys shopping, home decorating, good food (as long as she doesn’t have to cook it) and spending time with family and friends. 

  • Dawn Payne

    Communication Director

    Dawn joined the SVEFC administrative staff in January 2013. 

    While living in Philadelphia, Dawn graduated from Cedar Grove Christian Academy.  Following God’s leading, Dawn moved out of the city to attend Lancaster Bible College where she majored in Early Childhood Education.  While attending LBC, Dawn met her husband Ron and they were married in August of 1999.  They have three sons, twins Ethan and Aaron, and Matthew.    

    In her spare time she enjoys crafting, spending time with friends, and shopping.