Our Pastors

Our pastors are dedicated to ministry work that equips people of all ages and backgrounds to lean in to programs and opportunities that help draw them closer to God. Our pastors are here as spiritual guides as you take the next step in your faith journey.

  • Graystone Welcomes Transitional Pastor John McElwain

    August 15
    (First Sunday Preaching at Graystone - August 18)

    John McElwain served as an associate and solo pastor for 30 years prior to his leadership roles with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) for 12 years.    He was associate pastor at Sampson’s Mills from 1976-1988.  During that time, for one year, he served as chaplain to Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Philippines.  He was pastor of Harmony Presbyterian Church in Harrisville from 1988-2006.
    His two areas of responsibility with the CCO were Southwestern Pennsylvania Staff Director (which included Graystone/IUP 2010-‘18) and Coordinator of Staff Support Raising.  He trained and encouraged staff to trust God for their financial support and to be faithful in their ministry.  As Staff Director he supervised seven staff on five campuses. Currently he works with students at Grove City College.
    He was an adjunct professor at both Geneva College and the Trinity School for ministry in Ambridge PA.
    John and his wife Karen have four grown children and six grandchildren.

    Please be in prayer for Pastor John and for Graystone as we enter this new phase in the life of Graystone Church. 


    A Little About Me: I joined the Graystone team in January 2016 and before that, my wife, Brittany, and I lived with our two kids in the Bay Area of California. We miss the sunny days, but love the snow and especially the fall here in Indiana. We live in the Borough and love cooking and having day trip adventures in to Pittsburgh. I have a heart for seeing families love their kids well and for kids finding their place in the greater Church family.

    Something I love about Graystone: This church family is really that, a family. I have felt so embraced and welcome since we arrived here and I feel honored and blessed to call this our church home. It’s an awesome thing to have a church family that embraces you!

    What I Do For Fun: I love cooking and trying out new recipes and Brittany and I are always looking for fun new techniques and ideas to try out. If you like Asian food, we’ve found a few good go to dishes that are worth taking the time to find the right tools and ingredients to make.

    I also love games. Board games, card games, video games, I just love to play and especially how playing games brings people together.