about lifepath christian ministries

All you want to know about LifePath Christian Ministries, our history, our leadership, our financials, and more.

Mission Statement

Out of gratitude for the grace extended to us by Christ, our mission is to love, honor and serve our struggling neighbors at their point of need and holistically equip them to flourish in the community.

Our Vision

Transforming lives, transforming community.

Our History

“From the very beginning, the importance of a mission for York was on the hearts of all of us.”

So said Stuart Shelley, one of the founders of York Rescue Mission (the precursor to LifePath Christian Ministries). In 1961, Shelley and others started planning the Mission’s work and vision. We opened in 1962 with only two buildings — one for sleeping quarters for homeless neighbors, a small restaurant to serve meals, and a chapel, and the other for the Mission’s superintendent and family.

Herman R. Smith, another founder and our first Board President, said, “Our first priority has always been the salvation of men’s souls. Their spiritual needs come first, then their physical needs. We help them, house them, and feed them. We help them find God, and get over the problems they may have so they can reenter the mainstream of life.”

Within the first two years, the Mission became overcrowded and had to expand … and we’ve been expanding ever since — not just in our facilities, but also in the way we help our neighbors in need, now with more services than ever before.

Our Leadership

Honorable N. Christopher Menges, President
Marley Gross, Vice President
Jean Firestone, Secretary
Jennifer Damiano, Treasurer
Aaron Anderson
Donna Hildebrand
Ray Lehman
Peter McCreesh
Sam Schwartz
Gene Vega
Will Walls
Fred Wolfe

Matthew F. Carey
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Tiffany Glatfelter
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Steve Brubaker
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Micah Heckert
Men’s Shelter Director
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Scott Beattie
Life Skills Director, Men’s Shelter
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Dave Cook
Corporate & Community Engagement Manager
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Scharmen L. Konieczka
Donor Engagement & Events Manager
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Leah Wiley
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
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Jon Fiorenza
Director of Thrift Operations

Dallastown & Dove Economy Store Manager

Doreen Carey
York Economy Store Manager

Teresa Rufo
Food Services Director
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Annual Reports

In 2015, York Rescue Mission:

  • served 200,000 meals
  • distributed 23,100 pounds of clothes
  • gave 44,810 nights of shelter
  • had 7,867 volunteers
  • saw 206 people come to Christ

Read more of our 2015 highlights in our Annual Report coming soon.


LifePath Christian Ministries is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, faith-based organization, accredited by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and with a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator. 73.3% of all gifts are put back into life-changing programs. We receive no government funding. All contributions are tax-deductible.