Church Staff

Rev. Steven Ostendorf – Pastor

Phone: (410) 756-2302
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Pastor Steve joined the ministry of Grace UCC in May of 2004. Prior to Grace he had been serving as a Chaplain for LutherCare, a long-term care residence community, in Lancaster County, PA. He graduated with an MDIV from Lancaster Theological Seminary of the United Church of Christ. Pastor Steve believes that living in the authority of Christ and abiding by his teachings brings us to a new life of faith, which is the life worth living. He is married to Tricia. Together they have four school aged children ranging from elementary to high school. He believes the church is the family of Christ’s people and he embodies this in uniting us together as people of faith for worship, mission, learning, and fellowship.

David Lipps – Organist

Phone: (269) 968-5461
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David is pleased to be a part of Grace United Church of Christ. He was born and raised in Michigan; attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey as a Church Music major with pipe organ as my principal instrument. David began playing piano for services at his home church during his teens and enjoyed long tenures at other Organist/Pianist/Choir Director positions over the years. David and his wife just retired in June of 2022 to Hanover, Pennsylvania to be closer to family. He was very happy to find Grace UCC searching for someone to fill the Organist position. David is looking forward to serving this congregation in this ministry of music in the years ahead.

Sarah Larson – Music Director


Phone: (410) 756-2302
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Sarah was born and raised in Northampton, PA where she attended Zion Stone UCC as a child. After completing her undergraduate studies in Music at West Chester University, she moved to Baltimore to pursue a master’s degree in vocal performance at Peabody Conservatory. During this time, she was hired to sing as a soloist and with church choirs in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. Sarah received a MM in Voice from Peabody in 2003. She is classically trained and has performed with professional opera companies in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Des Moines. Currently, Sarah is director of vocal music at Liberty High School and mother of two beautiful daughters, Aubrie and Sage. They are grateful to have found a wonderful church family at Grace UCC.


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