Our Staff

John-LuAnn 2017Our Pastor

Rev. John M. Kless, Jr. is a native Pennsylvanian. He accepted Christ as Savior at the age of 15 and sensed God’s leading into the pastoral ministry at 19. He holds both B.A. and M. Div. degrees and pastored 2 previous churches in PA and Ohio before coming to Glenside in 1979. Since 1996 he has encouraged the church in the adoption of the Kyrgyz people group of Central Asia, continues to function as an advocate for the Kyrgyz regularly and serves on the Board of Directors of Central Asian Partners. The last several years he has encouraged our additional focus on unreached groups in India. He and his wife LuAnn celebrated 41 years of marriage in June 2017. They have been blessed with 5 children, and six grandchildren!

 

 

 

 

Our Assistant Pastor

Rev.  Jim Garcia is a product of Glenside Bible Church. Born in Spain, raised in Colombia, S.A. and Chicago IL, Jim came to the Lord in the U.S. Navy at age 19. The Navy brought Jim and his family to the Glenside area. He became involved in the life of the church to the point of being asked to come on staff in 1986. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible. Jim’s focus in ministry is Pastoral Care and Visitation. He also leads our large Pioneer Club program which ministers to many children each Wednesday evening throughout the school year. Under Jim’s guidance our youth groups have enjoyed challenging missions opportunities  in such places as Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad, Brazil and Canada as well as locations in the US and the Philadelphia region. His facility in Spanish has allowed us to have a significant ministry to the area Hispanic community. He and his wife, Lisa have been married since September 1979 and have been blessed with 4 children and one grandchild.