Our Pastors and Staff

Pastor Stefanie and Nick DiFrancesco - Senior Pastor

Pastor Stefanie and Nick DiFrancesco

Pastor Stefanie “Stef” is a graduate from the Middletown Area High School. After high school, she attended Harrisburg Area Community College while she worked for the Office of Attorney General as a legal secretary and was a part-time manager at the GAP clothing store. At age 19, Stefanie married her high school sweetheart, Nick. Nick is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers.  Nick and Stef celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary this past January.  They have two adult children, Dominic III “Nickie” and Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is married to Chris Castro and together they have two daughters, Myla and Rowan.

For sixteen years prior to coming to Yocumtown Church of God, Pastor Stef served the Lord in various capacities, including youth pastor and associate pastor, at three Churches of God in the Harrisburg area. She also served for many years as the secretary of the Youth and Family Life Commission, was a member of the Doubling Gap Center Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Vocations Commission.

Pastor Stef received her Certificate of Ordination in April of 2012. In July of 2012, Pastor Stef felt God’s calling on her life once again when she learned the Yocumtown Church of God was seeking a senior pastor with a heart for youth. As He continued to open doors and lead her in this direction, Pastor Stef was elated when the Yocumtown Church of God selected her to serve as their spiritual leader. Her enthusiasm for life, love of God, and passion for youth made her the perfect candidate for the job. YCOG’s leadership and church family are delighted with God’s plan! Click here to read more.

Elder Mark Schuch - Elder, Church Council President

Elder Mark Schuch

A member of YCOG since 2005, Mark Schuch has served in various service and leadership capacities, including trustee, deacon, and co-leader of the Men’s Bible Study. Additionally, he was a member of the pulpit and missions ministry teams, and served as a listener for the Joy El Bible Adventure program. Currently, Mark is an elder and president of the church council, and also serves on the Stewardship & Finance Committee.  An avid gardener and horticulturist, Mark is committed to the beautification of the church grounds and landscape, as well as organizing and managing the “Grow-it-Forward” garden, which provides more than 2,000 lbs. of produce annually to the homeless and others in need in the Harrisburg area. Additionally, he volunteers much of his time and talents to designing and maintaining the landscape and gardens at the New Life for Girls facility in Dover.

Elder Mike Martin - Elder

Elder Mike Martin

Mike Martin has been a member of the Yocumtown COG since the late 1980’s. During most of those years he sat on the church council and served as an elder for more than twenty. He has been a small group leader to include Sunday school and bible studies, and currently serves on the Discipleship Ministry Team. With a background in construction engineering and management, Mike has directed all of the church’s construction projects, including the recent construction of the Faith Life Center.


Elder Ben Dressler - Elder

Elder Ben Dressler

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Elder Rafael Dixon - Elder

Elder Rafael Dixon

Rafael Dixon first came to Yocumtown Church of God in 2015 in search of a Christian church where he and his fiancé, Stacy, could be married. He quickly assimilated into the YCOG family, and has since been an active and devoted member, serving in numerous capacities and leadership roles. Having been a deacon for two years, Rafael has also served on the finance committee. Most recently, Rafael was elected as church elder, serves on the discipleship committee and co-leads a men’s bible study.

Rafael is an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp and an avid reader of Christian-based literature.

Administration - Administration/Church Council Officers


Council President: Mark Schuch

Council Vice-President: Rick Brittain

Council Secretary: Alicia Brittain

Council Secretary (Alternate): Stacy Dixon

Council Advisory Members: Pastor Stefanie DiFrancesco

Youth Leader: Dave Erb

Youth Delegate (Primary): Courtney Spickler;

Treasurer: Keith Walz

Treasurer (Alternate): Dan Hinze

Financial Secretary: Deb Sorenson

Conference Delegates: Ben Dressler; Rick Brittain

Church Secretary:  Brenda Orr

Webmaster and Photographer: Elaine Schuch

Technology Solutions: Dan Hinze

YCOG Ministry Teams - 2020 Ministry Team Coordinators

YCOG Ministry Teams

Discipleship (Christian Education): Pastor Stefanie DiFrancesco; Rick Brittain; Rafael Dixon; Mike Martin

Missions: Ben Dressler; Pam Dressler; Dave Erb; Linda Erb; Terri Hinze

Outreach: Alicia Brittain; Stacy Dixon; Courtney Spickler; Phil Sullivan

Stewardship and Property: Mark Schuch; Deb Sorenson; Keith Walz; Kevin Kelly; Melissa Haubert

Youth: Dave and Linda Erb (Leaders); Michael Coleman; Dawson Beshore; Pastor Stephanie DeFrancesco

Deacons - Service Year 2020


Deacons play an integral role in the life of the church. They assist the pastor and elders in many important and diverse functions – both spiritual and business in nature – from participating in preparation of the church budget to visiting members in the hospital to deliver prayer, fellowship and comfort, assisting in the ordinance of Holy Communion, collecting offerings, and praying for the church, its people and its leaders.

Deacons for the service year 2020 are: Alicia Brittain; Rick Brittain (Head); Stacy Dixon; Phil Sullivan

Trustees - Service Year 2020


Bill Popp – head trustee; Dawson Beshore; John Hoover; Fred Lehman; Kevin Sorenson

Praise Team - Music Ministry

Praise Team

Keyboard: Giovanni Traino

Flute: Angela Kelley

Guitar: Open Position:  Our guitar player is currently studying abroad. We are looking for a temporary substitute to fill in until June.

Bass: Kevin Sorenson

Drums: Open Position: Our drummer recently moved out of state. We are looking for talented drummers to worship with us!

Vocals: Pastor Stefanie DiFrancesco; Dave Erb; Angela Traino; Giovanni Traino, John Traino, Caroline Johnman; Vi Knotts

Sound Technicians: Dan Hinze; Brandon Spickler; Kyle Linkhauer and other youth

Sound and Video Production Team - Sound Ministry

Sound and Video Production Team

These very talented technicians work hard behind the scenes to ensure the best sound and video production at YCOG’s worship and praise services, as well as special events such as VBS and holiday concerts and skits:

Dan Hinze – technology consultant and team lead; youth team


Contact Info

  • Yocumtown Church of God
  • 160 Red Mill Road
  • Etters
  • PA, 17319
  • (717) 938-6557
  • [email protected]
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A Word From the Pastor

  • A Day of Sadness
    April 11, 2020

    I can only imagine what people were feeling on this day nbsp Every morsel of hope went to the tomb... Read more

  • “Good Morning, Church!”
    March 29, 2020

    Good morning I would normally be out the door by now heading to see my church family nbsp Some of... Read more

  • “The Things I Miss”
    March 28, 2020

    Things I miss PeopleHugsLaughterKids grandkidsEating in a restaurantTuesday mornings with the ladiesThe energy I get from being with other peopleMy... Read more

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