Leadership

 

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Meet Pastor Joe Marlin and family.

Thank you for checking out this site for Epiphany Gloucester!  We spent the past four years as missionaries in Rwanda (Central Africa) till the Lord brought us home to the U.S. for the health of our sweet daughter.  That is how we ended up buying a home in Gloucester City the end of May 2016.  We thank God our daughter has gotten excellent care at CHOP and has recovered amazingly.

In Rwanda, I mentored and trained rural pastors in their own language with Africa Inland Mission.  Before that, I served as the Pastor of Mercy Ministries at Liberti Church East and as an Associate Pastor at Calvary Bible Church while living in West Kensington for ten years.

I’ve got a Bachelors degree in Bible from Cairn University and a Master’s from Columbia International University.  I definitely never thought I would have been a missionary, received a graduate degree, become a pastor, or honestly even graduate high school!  I can count a good number of friends from growing up whose lives have been cut short, and I was heading in that direction, but God crashed into my life when I was sixteen, broken, lost and hurting.  He saved me from a wasted life.God has taken this restless soul and settled me in Gloucester City and I couldn’t be happier about it.  When I’m not chasing my three wild kids, I enjoy dating my wife.  Even if that’s just grabbing some Chinese takeout after the kids get to bed.   I’m a big sci-fi fan and a root for the Eagles and the Flyers all day long.   To relax I love getting out in the woods, fishing, and smoking a pipe.If you are interested in learning more about Jesus or this work here in Gloucester City please feel free to call me at 856-432-2118 or email Pastor Joe.

Pastor Joe is a licensed minister with the Congregationalists  (a conference containing some of the earliest churches established in America, that is committed to both to diversity and autonomy of each local church and yet also to essential Christian doctrine and to high moral standards of its ministers)  and is a part of the Gloucester City Ministerium (The local organization for the clergy of town.)  He also is a member of the Gloucester City Lions Club.

 


 

Ministers in Training

 

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Dylan Lebakken was born and raised in Pittsburgh where he spread the Gospel to children through outreach and after-school programs since he was a teenager. He moved to Camden NJ with his wife in 2014 to work with youth and direct a Christian after-school program in the city. He led the after-school program for the past 4 years and while still serving in his local church, Epiphany Fellowship of Camden. While Serving as a Deacon in this Church, he started up the teenage youth group named H.A.N.G. (Hope Assured for the Next Generation.)

Dylan has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a focus on Social Policy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. While completing his bachelor’s degree he was given many opportunities to gain experience leading worship for his campus CCO group (Christian Coalition Outreach). He continued to play on the worship team at Epiphany Fellowship of Camden after his move. He is also currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Religion program at Cairn University.
 
Dylan, his wife Tayler, their 2-year-old daughter Nora, and expected baby boy in May have just bought a house in Gloucester City where they are excited to serve and spread the love of Christ. Dylan is a Minister in Training who is in charge of building the youth ministry, as well as leading worship. Feel free to reach out to Dylan directly by email if you have any question about youth programs or worship: Email Dylan.
 
 
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Ben Honeyford was raised in a Christian home in the small town of Riverton, just 12 miles north of Gloucester City.Life began to take on much more meaning after having become a Christian shortly after the age of 21, coming out of a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol. Ben was active with Campus Crusade for Christ at Temple University as well as liberti church in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. After he finished college at Temple University, he moved to Florida to pursue further training at Calvary Chapel Bible College. Then, after having been on staff at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale for over 3 years as a Custodial Manager, it was time to return to NJ to pursue church planting in Camden, NJ. It was in the fall of 2011 that Ben moved his wife and newborn daughter back to NJ. 

Currently, Ben works for Conner Strong & Buckelew, an insurance broker located in Marlton, NJ and had a commercial cleaning company called Honeyford Cleaning Systems for 5 years. Ben started Calvary Fellowship of Camden in June of 2014 and Calvary Camden Mission in January of 2017. In October of 2017, he decided it would be best to take some time to pursue further training specific to church planting and it was then that he reconnected with Pastor Joe.

Ben’s heart is helping people meet and follow Jesus. He has three daughters and lives in Mount Laurel. In his time as Ministry Resident for Epiphany Church, he hopes to gain a greater understanding of what goes into church planting as well as serving the LORD with regard to welcoming new church members at Epiphany and leading a Christ-centered addictions recovery ministry.  To connect with Ben about joining Epiphany Church or the recovery ministry email him here.