Marc grew up in South Jersey, near the Pine Barrens. His dad sold beer and his mom ran the Miss Burlington County Scholarship Pageant. He was confirmed in the church of his family’s heritage but never went back. God became real to him when he was in college at the University of Delaware. He knew he wanted to talk to people about Jesus, but didn’t know how. He received a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, then later completed a Doctor of Ministry from Biblical Theological Seminary. All while serving for sixteen years for two special churches, Church of the Saviour in Wayne, and Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square. Each of them is a partner in planting Project 938.
Marc and Kathleen met in college, were married and off to seminary for a life of adventure in ministry together. Along the way, they became parents to Kelsey, Hannah, and Samuel who are the coolest kids in the world. Kathleen is from DC and though she is still quite sentimental about the Redskins, has joined Marc in devotion to Philly sports. “We love our teams and love to talk about our teams just like we love our kids and love to talk about our kids.”
Planting a church has been in their hearts for twenty years. Marc describes his particular calling in life to give himself to a vision to “repopulate our region with new, Biblical, healthy loving churches. We love the local church and we believe it is the best hope in this world to demonstrate the love of Christ.”
director of discipleship + connections
Rachel grew up in Rockwall, Texas, a community thirty miles northeast of Dallas. Raised in a loving Christian home, she prayed with her mom to receive Christ and was baptized as a little girl. In eighth grade, she made the switch from a private Christian school to public school, a decision that greatly deepened her faith. Rachel went to college at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied corporate communications and business. She was heavily involved in serving and leading on campus ministries through her local church and had always prayed about going into vocational ministry. But, God had different plans initially.
When Rachel graduated college, she worked at the global public relations agency, Burson-Marsteller. She was then awarded the opportunity to attend an academic fellowship program at the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia. Following the John Jay Fellowship, Rachel took a job in West Chester, Pennsylvania, at American Philanthropic, a consulting firm that provides fundraising services to nonprofits.
At the beginning of 2017, God began reminding her of the calling that she wasn’t ignoring, but simply postponing, “to connect people to the person and mission of Jesus through the people of Jesus.” Rachel loves studying God's Word in a deeper way as a part-time seminary student at Westminster Theological Seminary, and she believes God has called her to Pennsylvania and Project 938 for such a time as this.
Kevin (KG) Giannotti graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in April 2012 and began working in full time ministry just a month later.
It was at IWU he met his bride, Rebecca, and they were married in May 2015. He has a calling and passion for introducing kids to a big God who loves them more than they can imagine.
Kevin loves spending time with his wife and dogs, playing basketball, and watching Philadelphia sports.
kids and youth director
Karen is proud to be the first Project 938 staff born and raised in Chester County, PA. As a child, Karen received her first communion and completed confirmation out of obligation, but her family never attended church. Karen would do anything to get out of going to Sunday School. Academically, college was a breeze for Karen, but a series of bad decisions made it difficult in all other ways. While holding her newborn son in a run down rental apartment, Jesus became real to her. Since that day, she has spent almost the last two decades learning about grace... and that a relationship with Jesus is never boring!
Karen is married to her very patient husband Bill. They have three children: Lance, Rachel, and Laura. They enjoy bonding as a family in their “second home” that doubles as a fifth-wheel camper. Karen went back to school when her youngest was a toddler to finish her degree and received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Liberty University.
Karen has been on staff at Willowdale Chapel, wearing a variety of hats, including Kids Club Coordinator, Adult Ministries Assistant, and Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader, plus various volunteer leadership positions. The call to church planting built from a quiet whisper to a deafening roar that could no longer be ignored. She’s been accused of being a secret technology guru and a “Jane of all trades”, which works pretty well for planting a church like Project 938!