Thom began teaching an inner-city Bible study in 1995. That love of teaching God’s word eventually led to the formation of Calvary Chapel Lebanon in October, 2001, with about 50 people meeting in an old hardware store. Our church ministry and philosophy centers on teaching God’s word chapter by chapter, verse by verse.
In June of 2009, Calvary Chapel Lebanon took over an existing low-power FM radio station in Lebanon and changed the programming to a Bible teaching format. Since that time we have been shocked at the number of listeners and positive comments – and have been thrilled at the knowledge that people’s lives are being changed as a result of hearing God’s word on the radio. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”.
Thom and his wife, Sue, live near Schaefferstown. Thom enjoys playing soccer and Thom and Sue together enjoy snow skiing, mountain biking and motorcycle rides. Ted, pictured above is Sue’s brother who has lived with Thom and Sue since 2001.
Although they have no natural children, they call their loved ones at Calvary Chapel family.
“It has been an absolute joy to see the changes God is bringing about in the lives of individuals, marriages and families at Calvary Chapel. God’s word does not return void!”
Currently we have worship services Sunday morning at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM at our church located at 740 Willow St. We welcome you to you to visit us!!
Dan & Sue VanVleet live near Annville with three of their six children. Their three oldest children are married and they had their first grandchild in the spring of 2013. Dan supports his family with his painting business.
Dan has been pastoring since 1985. He has been a long-time friend of Thom Keller. The opportunity to plant a church with Thom came in 2001. Thom & Dan, along with others, shared a dream of being part of a team in a teaching church. The vision has always been to be a fellowship where people feel welcome, safe, and loved.
“Being part of Calvary Chapel has been such a blessing to our family. Our children are actively involved with youth, youth leadership, Jr. High ministry, worship team, helping in the children’s ministry, and young adult ministry.”
Dan teaches adult Sunday School, and teaches on Sunday mornings when Thom is away. Sue works in the children’s ministry. Dan & Sue lead the young adult ministry.
Pastor Duane Miller
Duane & Sheri Miller joined the Calvary Chapel Lebanon pastoral team full time in October of 2011. Duane serves as the Associate Pastor of Church Life while Sheri facilitates and coordinates Calvary’s disability ministry. Duane spent his childhood years in Brazil as a first generation missionary kid, or third culture kid (TCK). His faith journey took him from central Brazil to Lancaster Bible College, then to L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland, which was followed by West Chester University where he began to find balance to the third culture life. While at West Chester, Duane met Sheri and eventually followed her to Lebanon. They were married in August of 1995, and were later blessed with two sons who are now 19 and 17 years old.
Prior to coming on board at Calvary Chapel, Duane spent 17 years working in the corporate office of Pennsylvania Counseling Services developing programs and services for children and adults who need counseling and behavioral support. Through this experience, he learned vital skills that have served him well in this new role within the church.
Sheri is a recent graduate of Evangelical Seminary, earning her masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. She currently runs a private practice in Lebanon while also working with a non-profit counseling organization to provide therapy services to the community. Additionally, Sheri coordinates and facilitates At the Well, a support group for mothers of children with special needs.
Duane’s role at Calvary includes creating opportunities for the body to be engaged with the church in bible studies and ministries. He also oversees certain administrative functions of the church that allow the pastoral team to work together in their strengths.