OUR Leaders


Jimmy Nimon | Lead Pastor
Lydia Nimon | Executive Pastor | Operations

Jimmy Nimon is the founding and lead pastor of Lifeway Church. He has a passion to reach the lost with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, equip God’s people with biblical training, develop quality leaders, and plant life-giving churches. Lydia directs Lifeway’s operations and serves alongside Jimmy in pastoring Lifeway Church. Previous ministry experiences include developing multiple discipleship training programs, establishing and leading a 24/7 house of prayer, and developing two practical ministry schools.
Jimmy is a gun enthusiast and enjoys “shooting range therapy” to relax. Lydia enjoys a good book anywhere but especially on a beach with ocean sounds ministering to her soul!  They both enjoy quality time with their five children and beautiful grandchildren.  They reside in Myerstown, Pennsylvania.

Vern Martin | Executive Pastor | Ministries
Alicia Martin | Groups & Care Pastor

Vern serves as the Executive Pastor of Care Ministries. Care Ministries at Lifeway encompass Pastoral Care, Impact Teams, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministries, Groups, Discipleship, Prayer, and Outreach.

Alicia serves as a Care Pastor and as an Administrator for Care Ministries. She oversees all Groups which include Young Adults, NextGen, and small groups of various kinds.

Their passion for Jesus is expressed in creating atmospheres of care and ministry to people of all ages where healing and freedom can be found. They both enjoy building God’s kingdom and equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

Vern and Alicia have four young adult children. They enjoy family vacations, hiking, and riding roller coasters!

Toby Burris | Community Pastor
Kim Burris | Care Pastor

Toby and Kim moved to Pennsylvania in 2000 and have lived in Lebanon since 2009. They have a testimony of seeing the healing, health, and life breathed into their marriage and family. Because they experienced God’s loving kindness in a desperate situation, they are inspired to come alongside those in need of inner healing and encouragement.

They have been married for 39 years and have three daughters and sons-in-law and twelve grandchildren.

Gary Groff | Prayer & Care Pastor
Renee Groff | Discipleship Pastor

Gary and Renee relocated to Lebanon County in 2015 to help launch Lifeway Church. They share a passion to encourage others and consider it a privilege to serve the Lifeway family. Gary has a true pastoral heart and loves mentoring and meeting with people of all ages. Renee spearheads the discipleship program and loves teaching others how to enjoy God and His word.

Gary is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys snowmobiling and hunting, while Renee prefers to curl up with a good book. Together they enjoy movie nights, antiquing, home renovation, and spending time with their two daughters and sons-in-law. They reside in Annville.

Steve Sabol | Community Pastor

Steve Sabol is a Community Pastor at Lifeway Church. He and his bride Nancy recently celebrated 45 years in the ministry.

They have lived in Lebanon for over 32 years. The Sabols love people and are eager to use their gifts, training and experience to impact lives for eternity. One of Steve’s favorite lines from a song are, “If I’m not dead, You’re not done; Greater things are still to come!”

They were both born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania and have been married for fifty-three years. Nancy and Steve have a married son and daughter, five granddaughters and six great-children. They reside in North Lebanon Township. Steve loves to cook, and Nancy is an avid reader.


Jesse Rothacker

Rob Dubble

Bill Dubble

Jimmy Nimon

Duane Myer

Andy Inch


The Overseers for Lifeway Church are senior pastors of churches or ministry leaders who provide our Lead Pastor with advice, outside accountability, and elder team support.

Kevin Eshleman

Ephrata Community Church

Ron Kairdolf

Christian Life Church

Wayne Kaufman

Gates of Praise

Barry Wissler

HarvestNET International