Pastor Jay Estabrook
Pastor Jay Estabrook is the head pastor of Grace Words Bible Church and the director of Maryland Bible College of York. Pastor Jay has been involved in Christian ministry for over forty years. In the early 80’s, he was the senior youth leader for a Lutheran church in Manhattan, KS while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army at Fort Riley, KS. He also taught math via a satellite program with Texas Christian University at Fort Riley, KS and accounting at Kansas State University. From the mid-eighties to 1991, he served as the senior and junior youth leader for Greater Grace Church of Woburn, MA and as the assistant Chaplain of Framingham State Prison while teaching accounting at Salem State College. During this time, he and his family also served on hospital and nursing home visitation.
He then moved to Maryland to go to Bible College and graduated from Maryland Bible College & Seminary in 1994. Immediately after, he began pioneering a church in Detroit, MI. He was ordained as a pastor in 1995 and returned to Baltimore, MD in 1996. For many years, he was the head pastor of a Bible Club that ministered alongside the Church of the Nazarene to love, feed, and teach children in the city of Baltimore. He also taught math and accounting at Greater Grace Christian Academy and math with the Salem Christian Homeschooling Network. In 1998, he began teaching as an instructor in Maryland Bible College & Seminary and continues to teach there today. Furthermore, he and his wife served as Junior High leaders with the Wildfire program of Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium, MD while also serving in their home church of Greater Grace World Outreach in Baltimore, MD. He has been a guest speaker in various countries including Austria, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Romania and Sweden.
He is married to Ann-Marie Estabrook and they have four children and seven grandchildren. He has a Master’s degree in Accounting and an additional Master’s degree in Taxation. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Licensed Financial Planner, and a Registered Investment Advisor. He is the owner of Estabrook & Co, P.C., an accounting and financial services firm based in Baltimore, MD with extension offices in other parts of MD and PA. It is his pleasure to be pioneering a new church plant and Bible College in York, PA. He looks forward to meeting you and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the community of York and beyond.
Pastor Elmer Speer
Pastor Elmer is an assistant pastor at Grace Words Bible Church. Prior to pastoring, P Elmer served as a registered nurse for 42 years. He graduated from Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing in 1969 and then served in the US Navy Nurse Corps until 1974. From 1974 to 2004, he served as an Operating Room Nurse. From 2004 to 2010, he served as an Endoscopy Nurse and in 2010 he was called into full-time Pastoral Ministry. He has been the Associate Pastor of Manor Baptist Church since 2009 which has since merged and come under the leadership of Grace Words Bible Church. P. Elmer has been married for 36 years to his best friend, Irene. He has five children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys fishing, hunting and archery.
Pastor Joseph Roche
Pastor Joe Roche is an assistant pastor at Grace Words Bible Church and the assistant director of Maryland Bible College of York. He has traveled to over 15 countries world-wide and has a huge heart for missions and helping new ministries become established churches.
Pastor Joe graduated from Maryland Bible College & Seminary in 2006, and immediately went to serve in Zambia, Africa for 5 years. In Zambia, he taught at Greater Grace Bible College of Zambia and helped to establish what is now a very strong church in Southern Africa. During his time in Zambia, he received his ordination and became the assistant pastor of the church. Upon his return, he assisted in a new work in Silver Spring, Maryland for several years. In 2011, God laid it on his heart to start a non-profit organization called Grace Outside, of which he is currently the president. Pastor Joe also plays piano and drums and regularly travels around the world, participating in music, mime, and preaching to share the Good News of Christ’s salvation by grace through faith.