Our Staff – St John’s is proud to have a staff that combines experience and tradition with youthful energy and new ideas. Our Senior Pastor has been on our staff over 37 years and our Minister of Music over 30 years. Our Associate Pastor has been with us 4 years and has proudly been part of the UCC her whole life!
Meet the St. John’s Staff:
Rev. Dr. Susan C. Bertolette, Senior Pastor (“Pastor Sue”)
Pastor Sue Bertolette came to St. John’s in June of 1980, beginning as Associate Pastor just one day after her ordination into the Christian ministry. Sue received a B.S. degree is in Psychology from Eastern University in St. David’s, PA (1977) and her M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (1980). Upon earning her Doctor of Ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pa. in 1993, she, along with her colleague John Touchberry, began working together as co-pastors, and upon Dr. Touchberry’s retirement in 1999, Sue was elected as St. John’s Sr. Pastor. Sue views pastoral care and worship leadership as top priorities, seeking to offer sermons that speak to real life issues and provide concrete, tangible ways to address the challenges of daily life. She enjoys the creative challenge of writing a monthly column for the local newspaper, as well as opportunities to teach and lead study groups for all ages. Pastor Sue enjoys spending time with her family (husband Bob and grown children Jenny and her husband Ryan, John and John’s wife Kelly), reading, bicycling and ringing hand bells. When Sue speaks of her ministry at St. John’s, among a people she lovingly refers to as a “wonderfully motley crew,” she has repeatedly affirmed “there is nowhere else I would rather be.”
Below: Rev. Sue is honored for her 35th anniversary as a pastor at St. John’s UCC – June 14, 2015.
email Pastor Sue: [email protected]
Rev. Adelaide Stong , Associate Pastor (“Pastor Addie”)
Pastor Adelaide (Addie) Stong serves as the Associate Pastor at St. John’s. After attending Eastern University and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry, she went right on to attend Lancaster Theological Seminary where she graduated with a Masters of Divinity and a certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry. St. John’s is her first call right out of seminary and she has felt God’s calling ever since she randomly (or maybe not so randomly) heard of “this great church in Lansdale” in the fall of her last year of seminary. She remarks that, “St. John’s is truly a special place. From the moment you walk in the door, you just feel a good and holy energy fill you up.” She is truly thrilled to be serving and learning along side the other staff members and wonderful people of the St. John’s community.
A native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, Addie loves spending time with her family, drinking good coffee, baking, spending time outside, laughing, and visiting with friends. Addie’s interests in ministry include youth and young adult ministry, children’s ministry, and outdoor ministry, but her passion in life is creatively connecting with any and all people, no matter the age or setting, through her writing, prayers, sermons, and “sharing life with people”. Pastor Addie joined our staff in 2014.
email Pastor Addie: [email protected]
David L. Furniss, Minister of Music
Since 1987, David Furniss has been Minister of Music at St. John’s Church, overseeing a varied Music Ministry that includes music in worship as well as the events of St. John’s Artist Series. Drawing on the richness of musical talent available among St. John’s members, he brings diverse musical experiences to worship each Sunday morning. With a focus on traditional music, it is not uncommon to experience other styles as well, such as spirituals, Gospel, jazz, Dixieland, contemporary, and world music. David’s interests beyond St. John’s community include travel, particularly in Mexico, as well as singing for Evensong services locally and in English Cathedrals. With music degrees from The Ohio State University and Southern Methodist University, David brings a passion for music to St. John’s that welcomes and encourages participation by its members and the wider community.
Above: Pastors Sue & Addie congratulate David on 30 years as our Minister of Music
email David: [email protected]
Abbie Lampe, Minister of Music for Children and Youth
Abbie Lampe began as our Minister of Music for Children and Youth in January, 2018. Abbie recently returned to St. John’s and the Lansdale area to be the Director of Nursing at the Kirkbride Center in Philadelphia. Abbie has a degree in Music Education from West Chester University and many years of experience working with church youth and children’s choirs and Sunday School. Abbie’s passion for music education was evident in her interview sessions and this quote from her application “I believe music is an exciting way to engage children in learning, and a fun way to teach them about God. I consider it an honor to assist with this part of the music program at St. John’s.”
Lisa Delp, Church Office Administrator
Lisa Delp started as St. John’s new Office Administrator in October, 2016. Lisa came to us with a wealth of office experience and a deep understanding of “Church.” She is a lifelong member of Christ Covenant Church in Kulpsville.
Bill Bergey, Custodian
email Bill: [email protected]
Leroy Horst, Building & Grounds Supervisor
email Leroy: [email protected]
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