Lem believes worship ministry is a pillar of the church community. He received his call to ministry as a teen while serving on his youth group’s praise team in Cumberland, MD, and has been involved in worship ministry ever since – the better part of 16 years. A native of Ridgeley, WV, he’s a 2013 graduate of Central Bible College, Springfield, MO, where he earned a B.A. degree in Bible and Theology. Upon returning to Western Maryland, he served as the children and youth director in Frostburg, MD, where he also directed the praise team for an alternative service.
As the lead vocalist and acoustic guitar on the praise team, he strives to engage a wide audience by incorporating modern worship styles, contemporary songs, and hymns from a variety of Christian backgrounds. Lem says, “As the Church is one body, we grow when we stretch ourselves to worship in ways we aren’t accustomed to, whether musically or in our service to God.” He strives to live with the expectations set out in Micah 6:8: to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord. Along with the praise team, Grace Community Church choir produces a Christmas cantata and a few Easter selections each year.
Lem works with the Allegany County Board of Education as a substitute teacher while he attends graduate school to pursue a career in writing and teaching. He began serving at Grace Community Church in March, 2017.