At Susquehanna Valley Church, we like to stay simple and get things done. It’s our mission to love God and love people. We hope to have a profound impact on our community by doing so.

It’s clear to us (because we’ve all been there), that people come to God from all different places in life. We want you to know that we feel the same way about you that Jesus does. At the end of the Bible He invites everyone to come to Him. If He invites everyone, everyone is invited to Susquehanna Valley.  We hope you come see us, and maybe even join us as we seek to love God, love people and be a beacon of hope in our community. 

Church attire:  We dress casually. Jeans and a tee shirt are fine, but if you prefer to dress traditionally and make the rest of us look bad, go ahead :-)

What type of music do we have? We like to have music that reflects modern worship while still maintaining a connection to our roots. While our style is more contemporary we appreciate the tradition that got us here. 

What is our preaching style? We want you to understand the Bible, see how it meets your life and live differently by God’s strength. Because of that we will stay true to the context of the Bible while explaining what it looks like in life. 

What are our services like? We meet for about an hour and fifteen minutes. The service is a blend of music, a sermon and some other elements depending on the day.

meet the staff

  • Matt Saxinger

    Senior Pastor

    Matt  joined the SVEFC staff in February 2018.  

    He graduated from Lancaster Bible College and earned a Master's Degree with Tyndale Theological Seminary.  

    Matt grew up in Lancaster County where he met wife Corrin.  Together they have two boys, Isaiah, age 7, and Kade, age 4.  As a family, they love spending time outdoors, fishing, hunting, and kayaking.

    Matt also considers himself a "foodie" and enjoys food from different cultures and cooking with his family.

    Most of all Matt is passionate about having a lasting impact for Jesus on as many people as possible.

    Need to contact Pastor Matt?  Click here.

  • Connor Mayes

    Student Ministries Director

    Connor joined the SVEFC staff in August 2017.

    Connor Mayes grew up in Olney, Maryland, and graduated from Messiah College in 2016 with a Bachelors in Youth ministry.

    Connor met his wife Mackenzie while at Messiah College.  Connor played lacrosse during his time at college and now continues his passion through coaching.  He also enjoys lifting with his wife, playing with his dog Remi, and loves Chipotle.

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  • Rachael Quinn

    Children's Ministry Director

    Rachael joined the SVEFC staff 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.
    Recently married in August 2017 to James Quinn, she is an avid Pinterester and lover of the outdoors and a well-brewed cup of coffee. 

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  • Deborah Rupert

    Office Manager

    Deb joined the SVEFC staff 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.

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  • Dawn Payne

    Communication Director

    Dawn joined the SVEFC 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 baking, canning, spending time with friends, and shopping.

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