Senior Living Ministry Team | Messiah Village Church
Meet the Messiah Lifeways Ministry Team

Ron Slabaugh


Pastor of Congregational Ministries,

Rev. Ronald R. Slabaugh has served as Pastor of Congregational Life at Messiah Village since September 2008. He oversees the 16 Ministries of the Messiah Village Church. He also conducts Bible Studies in three neighborhoods and does visitation. He pastored for 32 years in the Brethren in Christ Church prior to coming to Messiah Village. His primary passion is preaching and teaching.  Along with pastoring, he also served as Chaplain for 16 years at the Sanilac Co. Medical Care Facility in Sandusky, Michigan. He is a graduate of Messiah College with a BA in Behavior Science and he graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He and his wife, Janice, have four children and three grandchildren.

Debby Bentch


Pastor of Village Ministries,


Pastor Debby Bentch has been serving the Messiah Village community as the Pastor of Village Ministries since June of 2010. She had previously pastored the Hanover Brethren in Christ Church and served the Cedar Grove BIC congregation in Mifflintown, Pa., as the Pastor of Adult Ministries. Pastor Debby’s passions in ministry come from one of her favorite life verses, found in 2 Corinthians 5… “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” Therefore she desires to see others reconciled with God, with themselves and with each other. Pastor Debby is the mother of five children: Shawna, Kriston, Tristan, Lolly and Jana and 11 grandchildren.


Charlie Hostetter


Pastor of Village Ministires,

Rev. Dr. Charles H. Hostetter serves as a part-time Pastor of Village Ministries. He assists in providing pastoral care and visitation in residential neighborhoods.  An ordained pastor in the Churches of God General Conference, he has over ten years experience in parish ministry.  Charlie is a graduate of Elizabethtown College (BS); Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary (MAR); Winebrenner Seminary (CPS); and SummitBibleCollege (DMin).  Along with his wife Linda, they have a blended family of four children and six grandchildren.

Avis Whitesel


Administrative Assistant,

Avis Whitesel has been serving as the part – time administrative assistant for Pastoral Ministries since August 2013. She previously worked for the Northern York School District as a teacher’s assistant and spent 17 years at home caring for her children and her mother. Her passion in ministry is to assist others so they are free to do the work they are called to do.  Avis and her husband Brent have three teenage boys.

Thu, Apr 30, 2020