• College Debt, Uncertainty, & God’s Plan

    By Julian Kramer

    Hey! My name is Julian Kramer and I am a nineteen-year-old college student. I have been attending GT Church for almost six years now. The last nine months I have been blessed to be a part of GTLA (GT Leadership Academy). I chose the worship ministry track and had the privilege of working alongside of our worship pastor, Dan Sarna. This last school year was challenging to say the least but the amount of growth I have experienced is incomprehensible. It was the farthest thing from easy but was so worth it. Following the call that God has on your life is always a journey. Let me give you a back story. My freshman year of college I attended a private Christian university called Southeastern University in central Florida. Going into that year I was completely terrified. The pressure from …

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  • GT Stories: Art Vallely

    By Eric Stoudt

    On Sunday mornings you can find Art Vallely at the Missions Hub. Located to the left of the Sacred Grounds Café seating area, he may be answering questions about upcoming GT trips or providing information for local Missions events. From the Missions Hub, Art can sign people up for prayer chain emails, get them information packets about GT Missions or demonstrate how to email a GT-supported missionary from one of the nearby kiosks. Art and his family have been coming to GT for the last two years. His oldest daughter, Danielle, was the first to attend when she came with a friend. After the service she excitedly told her parents and sisters that, “You have to check this place out.” The family followed Danielle’s advice and they have been attending regularly since. They quickly fell in love with GT’s Sunday …

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  • Missions and My Family

    By Eric Stoudt

    The word Missions in my home usually centered on topics like military endeavors, Tom Cruise movies or the frustrating task of finding the hottest new toy for a child’s Christmas present. That has changed drastically over the last four years and it all started when we began attending a “Missions Minded” church. We had an idea of what the Mission of the church looked like, because we heard stories and met people who went on Missions trips. We knew that some people grew up to become missionaries just like any other job, but that is where our impressions of church Missions ended. That was until God got a hold of our hearts and we started seeing Missions in a new way. Our first gifts toward missions started shortly after we began attending GT Church, when we found out about the …

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  • GT Stories | Kate Kramer

    By Angie Piskorski

    God is so good!  All.  The.  Time!  Every so often we get a small glimpse into our Father’s heart and just how much he loves us.  This give me goose bumps; the kind that are Spirit filled and you feel as if you are actually sitting in God’s physical presence.  A few weeks ago, I had the divine blessing to meet Kate Kramer as she shared the most beautiful story of motherhood, love, and amazing grace.  As she shared her heart, I saw a living example of the beauty within the plans and purpose God has for each of us.   As a young married couple, Kate and Scott Kramer attended a weekly young adult small group.  During one of their weekly gatherings, the group watched a video and discussed God’s calling to care for the orphans and widows (James …

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  • GT Stories: Dorothy Hoerr

    By Betsy Fick

    Dorothy thought she had tried everything.  Until she tried Financial Peace University. Stories of people meeting financial goals always fascinate me.  I’m sure it’s something to do with being in my mid-twenties and facing the often overwhelming tasks of budgeting and paying down student loans.  I get so inspired by seeing others who really are winning with their money. That’s part of the reason I was so excited to sit down with Dorothy Hoerr a few weeks ago.  I had never met Dorothy, but her name was passed on to me as someone who might be willing to share about her experience with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. I met Dorothy in the GT atrium one weekday afternoon.  It was just the two of us, sitting in a corner, the buzz of the HVAC system kicking in.  I asked Dorothy …

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  • My Life as a GT Volunteer

    By Jessica Fackler

    In my experience, serving has always lead me to good things.  In my mid 20s I found myself struggling with the whole dating scene. I was ready for the picket fence and 3.2 children. I just had not found the right guy to help me accomplish these goals. Motherhood was something I desperately wanted and according to my calculations, this needed to happen before I turned 30! At the suggestion of my grandmother, I found myself signing up to be a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. It was a chance to interact with children and maybe calm the maternal flames down a bit. After about a year or so, my ‘little’ as they called them and I were at a BBBS fall picnic. She and I were meandering through the Lancaster County park on a scavenger hunt looking for a …

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  • GT Stories: Greg Hubbard

    By Eric Stoudt

    As my own friendship with Greg developed over the last six months I can see more clearly now than ever, that the tall, sweaty, fast talking, fast walking, head-swinging, pun yielding, peanut butter and jelly connoisseur we all see on the GT stage once in awhile is truly anointed by God and on fire for Jesus. Before I ever had a conversation with Greg Hubbard I saw him as the inspirational, fiery preacher that loved Cracker Barrel who was really good at counting to three. His sermons can make you laugh hysterically and cry five seconds later. My thoughts were that Greg was mostly the fill in guy who would cover for vacations and holidays when the regular speakers were off duty. Or maybe he just fit in the regular rotation, only a little less often than the others. Or …

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  • GT Stories | Melissa Gomm

    By Betsy Fick

    Melissa Gomm was exactly where she always thought she’d be, until the birth of her third child. I sat down with Melissa Gomm on a crisp fall morning in the coziness of my office.  I had asked her if she would mind sharing her story with me the day before, and she had readily agreed.  Melissa’s story is one of God’s faithfulness through a hard, confusing, and often difficult time.  It’s riddled with hospital trips, tests, and questioning not only what this journey was going to do to her family, but what it would mean for her calling. All her life, Melissa Gomm had wanted to be a teacher.  She went to Messiah College, was a force on the soccer field, and graduated to begin a middle school teaching career at Fleetwood, where she also took the position of soccer …

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