The leadership of Meadowcroft has been entrusted to church officers - elders for the spiritual oversight of the church, and deacons for managing resources and meeting physical needs:


Max Benfer graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2006 and was ordained in the PCA in 2009. He was installed as senior pastor of Meadowcroft in 2013. His main responsibilities include preaching, teaching, leadership development and administration. He is married to Michelle and they have six children: Luke, Andrew, Isaac, Miriam, James and Eva. Max enjoys spending time with his family, reading, bodybuilding, listening to music, and watching TV.

Joe Farrell joined MPC in 1978 and has served as an elder for 35 years. He is married to Carmella and they have five children and 15 grandchildren. Joe served in the Navy and worked in the telecom industry for over 40 years. He currently works as a school bus driver. He enjoys golf, cooking and singing in the West Chester Area Community chorus. 

David Lane and his wife Cathy have been married for 43 years and have been members of MPC for more than a decade. Dave has served as an elder at MPC since 2011 and he is a psychologist with a practice in Newtown Square. He is a former guidance director and Bible teacher at Delaware County Christian School. The Lanes' children have grown and they now enjoy their several grandchildren. Both Dave and Cathy are avid ice hockey players.

Erik Michael joined MPC in 2014 and began to serve as an elder in 2019.  He lives in Aston with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Jonathan. Erik has worked in financial development for most of his career and is currently a VP of Fundraising for the American Red Cross. He also serves as a worship leader on a regular basis at MPC. Erik enjoys singing, playing piano, reading, date nights, and family vacations.

Jeff Rendell joined MPC in 2006 and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2015. He currently serves as Associate Pastor. Jeff lives in West Chester with his wife, Catherine, and their four children. Prior to becoming full time at MPC, Jeff worked in the finance department of a local real estate company. He enjoys reading, running, playing basketball and watching sports, especially Philadelphia Sixers and Syracuse basketball. 

James Waldron and his wife Debian joined MPC in 2015.  They enjoy spending time with their 7 children and 5 grandchildren at their Ardmore home.  Jim has been employed as a sales, marketing and training director in the food and beverage business for the last 38 years. He has served as an elder at MPC since 2019 where he also serves playing the trumpet with the worship team and at the Fair Acres retirement home ministry.  In his free time, Jim enjoys playing jazz, blues and gospel music on the trumpet and piano, fellowship breakfasts out, and spending time with Debian attending Ligonier Bible conferences, listening to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, long road trips, and watching John Piper sermons.

Bill Whitlock joined MPC in 2010 and has served as an elder since 2014. He is married to Karen and they have two children and one grandchild. They live in Coatesville and Bill is the co-owner of a family business in Manayunk. Bill enjoys reading (theology, history, biographies and baseball history), gardening, learning to play the mandolin, woodworking, model railroading and building model ships.


Jay Graf joined MPC in 2010 and has been serving as a deacon since 2013. He grew up in nearby Concord Township, graduated from Penn State and currently resides in West Chester with his wife, Kerry, and their five children. Jay is self-employed as the owner of a small geophysical services company. He loves spending time with his family in Bethany Beach and also enjoys playing basketball, biking, working out, cooking and eating great food. 

Jason Kirwan has attended MPC since 2007 and has served as a deacon since 2011. He lives in West Chester with his wife, Jill, and their three children. He is a transplant, originally from St. Louis, but spent most of his summers and high school years on the Chesapeake Bay. His favorite thing about Meadowcroft is the sweet humility and the care the members show for one another. 

Mark Koschmeder joined MPC in 2014 and has been serving as a deacon since 2018. Although born out of state he has lived in this area for more than 35 years.  He currently lives in Malvern with Jessica, his wife, and their two children.  He works in IT Infrastructure, bleeds Blue and White first and Green and White second, and the rest of Philly sports after!  He loves to share fascinating but useless facts and trivia.

Eugene C. Smith, Jr (aka Pidgey) joined MPC in 1990 and has been serving as a deacon since 2006. He resides in Brookhaven, PA with his wife, Donna, and their three children. Pidgey serves as the Deputy Chief of Riddle Hospital Mainline Health. He enjoys NASCAR, watching his kids play sports, playing golf and going to Phillies games with his family.

Hennie Steyn joined MPC in 1994 and has served as a deacon since 2014. He lives in West Chester with his wife, Jessica, and their three children. Hennie works in the IT department at Radian in Center City. He enjoys all sports, running and any DIY projects. 

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