Grace Harbor Church Cape Cod is an elder-led church. In addition, deacons serve the church by coordinating ministries that help meet the needs of the church.
While the word elder is used here and in our foundational documents, Grace Harbor uses the words pastor and elder interchangeably. Our elders are biblically qualified (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1) to oversee the doctrine, discipline, and direction of the church. These men may or may not be paid by the church, but they share the responsibility of shepherding our church with wisdom and integrity (Ephesians 4:1-16, 1 Peter 5).
Philip Van Steenburgh
Philip grew up in Albany, NY, and then Greenville, SC. After college, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work in congressional politics. During that time, he began attending Capitol Hill Baptist Church where he grew more and more excited about the Gospel, the church, and helping others know and understand God’s Word. After leaving politics, Philip began pursuing pastoral ministry by participating in a pastoral internship program and work on staff at that church. In 2010, he married his wife, Katherine, and moved to Louisville, KY where he earned a Masters degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They then moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where Philip took an Associate Pastor position for the Redeemer Church of Dubai. In 2017, they moved to Cape Cod to be part of this church. Philip and Katherine have three children, and are thankful for their church family at Grace Harbor Church.
Jesse grew up in South Yarmouth where his love of fishing, boats and antique homes was established. God used Jesse’s parents as well as the ministry of AWANA to call Jesse to a saving faith at a young age. After graduating from Gordon College, Jesse spent 12 years in Washington DC. During those years, his understanding of how to apply the Gospel and live as a Christian in the world was radically challenged and redefined by biblical preaching and deep friendships. Jesse began to experience the importance of being committed to a local church. He met his wife, Jeannie, in DC as well. They decided to move to the Cape in 2014 as they desired more and more to be a part of the work God was doing on the Cape. They live in Yarmouth Port and have three children.
The office of deacon is described in 1 Tim. 3:8-13 (cf. Acts 6:1-7). Deacons are men and women who are giving of themselves in service to the church, who possess gifts of ministry, and who are called to further service and care for the church’s members.