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Our Church Leadership

Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership.  To the right is a photo from the 2016 Leadership Ordination and Installation service.  Listed below are a few of the people that make our church community special.

 

Up-to-date contact information for the individual leaders listed below can be found on page 2 of each issue of The Herald.  You can also contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

 

Navigation Quick Links for this Web Page:

     Pastor

     Staff

     Officers

     Leadership of the Five Major Committees & Sub-Committees

          Evangelism Committee

          Worship Committee

          Christian Education Committee

               Youth Group Advisors

               Youth Fellowship Group

          Mission, Fellowship, and Fund-raising Committee

               Women's Fellowship Group

               Men's Fellowship Group

          Property Committee

     Leadership of Other Committees

 

Resource Downloads:

     Committee Booklet

 

 

 Pastors

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Pastor & Teacher

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Motz

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Motz (Pastor Ben) is the Pastor and Teacher of our congregation.

In this role he is also the chairperson of the Spiritual Council, overseeing the Elders and spiritual life of the congregation.

 

 

 

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Pastor Emeritus

The Rev. George Miller

The Rev. George Miller served St. Paul's UCC as Pastor and Teacher from 1975-2002, and has been Pastor Emeritus from 2002 to 2020.  His obituary can be found by clicking on this In Loving Memory of the Rev. George Miller link.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Staff

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Office Secretary

Geri Gammel

As of August 13, 2019, Geri Gammel became our new Office Secretary.  She previously held this position under the guidance of Rev. George Miller, now St. Paul's Pastor Emeritus.  She is looking forward to serving the church in this position.

 

 

 

 

 

Minister of Music, Choir Director, and Organist

Rev. Robert Masenheimer

Our new organist started on February 24, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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Financial Secretary

  Terry Pastor

   As of November 1, 2016 Terry Pastor will be the Financial Secretary.  The

   Financial Secretary keeps track of all the monies coming into the church,

   keeps records of individual giving, and sends out the quarterly and annual

   giving statements.  The Financial Secretary is responsible for managing

   the Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) or electronic contributions to the

   church.  The Financial Secretary provides monthly written reports to the Consistory, annual reports to the congregation, and assists with the development of the annual church budget.

     The Financial Secretary is a member of the Stewardship Team (chaired by the Head Deacon) and is an ex-officio member of the Budget Committee (chaired by the Vice President of Consistory).

 

 

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   Jon Henning

   As of January 1, 2019, Jon Henning is our new church Treasurer.

   The Treasurer keeps an accounting of our church's bank accounts, 

   designated church funds, check book, and all the monies going out of the 

   church.  The Treasurer provides monthly written reports to the

   Consistory, annual reports to the congregation, and assists with the

   development of the annual church budget.  The Treasurer is a paid staff

position within the church.

     The Treasurer is a member of the Stewardship Team (chaired by the Head Deacon) and is an ex-officio member of the Budget Committee (chaired by the Vice President of Consistory).

 

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  Assistant Treasurer

   Robin Henning

   As of January 1, 2019, Jon Henning is our new Assistant Treasurer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexton

Harry Reazer

With all the events and activities taking place on site at St. Paul's UCC, we need the gifts of Harry Reazer to keep everything so wonderfully clean and maintained.

The Sexton is a paid staff position within the church.

 

 

 

 

Consistory

Officers

The board of directors of St. Paul's UCC is called the "Consistory."  The word "Consistory" literally means "to stand with," as in to stand with one another.  The role of the Consistory is discern the leading of God's Holy Spirit in providing leadership of the church and its ministries.  The Consistory is the board over all the other committees and groups within the church.

The Consistory is comprised of five elected Elders (two year terms), five elected Deacons (two year terms), two elected Trustees (two year terms), two elected youth representatives (one year terms), and the Pastor.

 

 

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    Sheri Rowe

 
Consistory Elder

Sheri Rowe is our Consistory President.  We are pleased to have her in this role.  As Consistory President she moderates the Consistory and

    Congregational meetings.

 

 

 

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Kirk Aulenbach

Consistory Deacon

Kirk Aulenbach is the Vice President of Consistory.  The Vice President 

     functions in the role of President, when the President is absent.

     The Vice President is also the chair of the Budget Committee.

 

 

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    Geri Gammel

      Consistory Deacon

     As the Consistory Secretary, Geri takes and maintains the minutes of the

     Consistory and Congregational meetings.  Within the UCC, the Consistory

     Secretary also serves as the Clerk of the church.  The Head Deacon is a member of Consistory, who is appointed by the other Deacons to that position.

 

 

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Head Elder

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Motz

Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Motz, as the church's Pastor and Teacher, is the spiritual head of the church, and as such is the chairperson of the Spiritual Council.  The Spiritual Council is composed of the Elders who oversee the spiritual life of the congregation.

"The Elders are to be the advisers and counselors of the Minister in the Minister’s episcopal trust; they are to be to the Minister as hands and eyes, acting with the Minister and for the Minister, and representing the Minister’s presence throughout the congregation."

 

 

 Aulenbach-Geneva 1709   Deacon

    Geneva Aulenbach

      Consistory Deacon

    The Deacons of the church provide support, encouragement, and oversight

    of some of the more physical, practical, and financial matters of the church. 

    The Deacons form the Stewardship Committee of the church.

 

 

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    Dale Mentzer

      Consistory Trustee

   The Head Trustee is a member of Consistory who serves as the vice

   chairperson of the Property Committee.  The Property Committee provides

   oversight of the church building, grounds, and parsonage.

 

 

Five Major Committees & their Sub-Committees

Chairpersons & Vice Chairpersons

     Each of our Five Major Committees are organized and led by three elected officers: (1) a chairperson, who is not a Consistory member; (2) a vice chairperson who is a Consistory member; and (3) a secondary consistory liaison, who is a Consistory Member.  Those three officers appoint additional members to their committee.  The Pastor, President, and Vice President are ex-officio members of all five committees to give support and guidance and to enhance communication.

 

Evangelism Committee

Biblical Mandate:

[Jesus said], “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

~ Matthew 28:20-21

 
Mission Statement:

Promote, advocate, and provide structure, opportunities, and encouragement for all the members of St. Paul’s UCC to share the love of God with others through both their words and actions, and to lead others to join in the discipleship and the Body of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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    Robin Henning   

    Robin Henning is the chairperson of the Evangelism Committee, which is

    the committee that provides leadership in helping the members of the

    church connect others into a living relationship with our loving God.  This

    committee also provides leadership for helping visitors and others within

    our community feel warm and invited into the church.

The Evangelism Committee also functions as the "Vision Committee", which keeps us on track with our "2020 Vision - Six Year Growth Plan."

 

 

 

Evangelism Committee

Vice Chairperson

 

Consistory Elder

The vice chairperson of the Evangelism Committee is a member of the Consistory; serves as chair when the chairperson is absent; and serves as the primary liaison between the Evangelism Committee and Consistory to help foster good communication and cooperation.

 

 

 
 

Evangelism Committee

Consistory Liaison

Vacant

The Secondary Liaison is a member of both Consistory and the Evangelism Committee.  This person serves in the role of the back up communication link between Consistory and the Evangelism Committee, and assumes the role of the Evangelism Committee's vice chair, when the vice chairperson is absent.

 

 

 

 

 

Worship Committee & Sub-Committees

Biblical Mandate:

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.”

~ Psalm 22:27

 

Mission Statement:

Promote, advocate, and provide structure, opportunities, and encouragement for all the members of St. Paul’s UCC and the residents of our community to be engaged in the regular communal worship of God; to assist the Pastor in the planning and implementation of regular and special worship services; and provide for the needs of the Music Minister.

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Worship Committee

    Chairperson

    Lynelle Heimbach

Lynelle serves as the chairperson of the Worship Committee, which provides support and oversight of the Minister of Music, organizes the lay leadership for worship services, provides support in planning worship with the Pastor, and organizes regular and special music programs.


 

 

Worship Committee

Vice Chair

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The vice chairperson of the Worship Committee is a member of the Consistory; serves as chair when the chairperson is absent; and serves as the primary liaison between the Worship Committee and Consistory to help foster good communication and cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Worship Committee

Consistory Liaison

Sheri Rowe

       Consistory Elder

  The Secondary Liaison is a member of both Consistory and the Worship

  Committee.  This person serves in the role of the back up

  communication link between Consistory and the Worship Committee, and assumes the role of the Worship Committee's vice chair, when the vice chairperson is absent.

 

 

 

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Decorating Committee

Subcommittee of the Worship Committee
Chairperson

Liz Brunner

Liz serves as the chairperson of the Decorating Committee, which, in coordination with the Worship Committee, cares for, changes, and maintains the paraments (the altar cloth coverings), banners, flowers, and other decorations in the sanctuary.

The Decorating Committee is a subcommittee of the Worship Committee.

 

 

 

Christian Education Committee & Sub-Committees

Biblical Mandate:

“For this reason, since the day we heard [of your faith in Jesus Christ], we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God....  I became its servant according to God's commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints....  It is [Christ] whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

~ Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians 1:9,10,25,26,28

 

“You shall put these words of [the Lord] in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”

~ Deuteronomy 11:18-19


Mission Statement:

Promote, advocate, and provide structure, opportunities, and encouragement for the study and understanding of scripture and the Christian faith by all of the members of St. Paul’s UCC and by all persons within our local community; to develop our members as disciples, as learners and sharers of the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed.

 

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Christian Education

Chairperson

Elsa Wertz

The Christian Education committee oversees the educational programs of the church including Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and Vacation Bible School.  It also oversees the Youth Group and our SafeConduct policies.

 

 

 

Christian Education

Vice Chairperson

Vacant

The vice chairperson of the Christian Education Committee is a member of the Consistory; serves as chair when the chairperson is absent; and serves as the primary liaison between the Christian Education Committee and Consistory to help foster good communication and cooperation.

 

 

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Christian Education

Consistory Liaison

Geri Gammel

The Secondary Liaison is a member of both Consistory and the Christian Education Committee.  The liaison helps the Christian Education Vice Chair facilitate good communication between the Consistory and Christian Education Committee, and assumes the role of the Christian Education Committee's vice chair, when the vice chairperson is absent.

 

 

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SafeConduct Coordinator

Coordinators

Elsa Wertz

Denise Unger

Elsa Wertz and Denise Unger are our SafeConduct Coordinators.  They coordinates the policies, clearances, trainings, etc related to approving persons to work with youth and other vulnerable persons within our church. 

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Christian Education Chairperson

Elsa Wertz

The Youth Fellowship Group falls under the leadership and supervision of our Christian Education Committee, which appoints the Adult Youth Group Advisors.  For more information about our Youth Group click on this Youth Fellowship Group link.

 

 

 

Mission, Fellowship, & Fund-raising Committee & Sub-Committees

Biblical Mandate:

“We know love by this, that [Jesus] laid down his life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.  How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?  Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

                                                    ~ 1 John 3:16-18


“So those who welcomed [Peter’s] message [about Jesus Christ] were baptized....  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers....  All who believed were together and had all things in common.”

~ Acts 2:41a,42,44


“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.”

~ Ephesians 4:15-16

 

Mission Statement:

Promote, advocate, and provide structure, opportunities, and encouragement for the members of St. Paul’s UCC to provide love, support, and care for one another; to strengthen the ties that bind the members as the Body of Christ.

 

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Mission, Fellowship, & Fund-raising Committee

Chairperson

Steve Miller

The Mission, Fellowship, & Fund-raising Committee oversees: (1) the various local, national, and international mission outreach ministries of the church including: Soup 'n' Such, the Clothing Closet; Disaster Relief Aid; our coordination with UCC mission efforts and more; (2) the adult and family fellowship ministries, small group ministries, food fellowship ministries, and church photo directories; and (3) coordinates and oversees the small groups and individuals engaged in various fund-raising efforts to support the church's ministries.

 

 

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Mission, Fellowship, & Fund-raising Committee

Vice Chairperson

Georgianna Hildebrand

Consistory Deacon

The vice chairperson of the MFF Committee is a member of the Consistory; serves as chair when the chairperson is absent; and serves as the primary liaison between the MFF Committee and Consistory to help foster good communication and cooperation.

 

 

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Mission, Fellowship, and Fund-raising Committee

Secondary Consistory Liaison

Steve Miller

Consistory Head Deacon

The Secondary Liaison is a member of both Consistory and the MFF Committee.  The liaison helps the Christian Education Vice Chair facilitate good communication between the Consistory and MFF Committee, and assumes the role of the MFF Committee's vice chair, when the vice chairperson is absent.

 

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21st Century Christian Women's Fellowship Group

Subcommittee of the MFF Committee
Chairperson

Sue Hiester

The 21st Century Christian Women's Fellowship Group is a sub-committee of the Mission & Fellowship Committee.  The Women's Group organizes the women of the church for a variety of events and activities throughout the year. 

 

 

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Men's Fellowship Group

Subcommittee of the MFF Committee
Chairperson

Brian Kepley

Brian serves as the chairperson of the "Men's Fellowship Group," which organizes a variety of events and activities within the church throughout the year.  The Men's Fellowship Group is a sub-committee of the Mission & Fellowship Committee.

 

 

Property Committee

Biblical Mandate:

“Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; he called it the tent of meeting.  And everyone who sought the LORD would go out to the tent of meeting....”

~ Exodus 33:7a-c

“Thus they shall keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary... for the service of the house of the Lord."

~ 1 Chronicles 23:32

[Jesus] was teaching and saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?”

~ Mark11:17a

 

Mission Statement:

To provide leadership, structure, opportunities, and encouragement for the membership’s care and maintenance of the buildings and grounds of St. Paul’s UCC; and provide oversight and support of the sexton.

 

 

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   Chairperson

   Mike Pastor

   The Property Committee provides oversight of the church building,

   grounds, and parsonage, as well as support and oversight of the church

   sexton.

 

 

 

 

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Property Committee

Vice Chair & Head Trustee

Dale Mentzer

Consistory Head Trustee

The vice chairperson of the Property Committee is a member of the Consistory and Head Trustee; serves as chair when the chairperson is absent; and serves as the primary liaison between the Property Committee and Consistory to help foster good communication and cooperation, especially as it relates to coordinating the various activities taking place within the building.

 

 

 

Property Committee

Secondary Liaison

Vacant

Consistory Trustee

The Secondary Liaison is a member of both Consistory and the Property Committee.  The liaison helps the Property Vice Chair facilitate good communication between the Consistory and the Property Committee, and assumes the role of the Property Committee's vice chair, when the vice chairperson is absent.

 

 

 

 

Other Committees

 

Pastor-Parish Relations Committee

Chairperson

Barbara Orth

The Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) endeavors to help maintain a healthy, long-term relationship between the Pastor and the church.  We have set up this committee in order to be proactive and intentional about having a positive, good, long-term relationship, and to help provide a resource for when tensions or conflicts may arise.  Barbara Orth is the current chairperson of the PPRC.  Elsa had been the chairperson of the Search Committee that introduced Pastor Ben to the congregation, and had faithfully served as the first chair of the PPRC.

Generally, one member of the PPRC also serves on Consistory, for communication between this committee and Consistory

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Visitation Care Team Coordinator

   Terry Pastor

     Elder

    The Visitation Care Team (VCT) Coordinator is an Elder of the church

    who organizes the weekly Visitation Care Team Ministry members and

    co-leads the Visitation Care Team Small Group Ministry meetings.  This

    position is appointed annually by the Spiritual Council.

 

 

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Homebound/Shut-In Ministry Coordinator

   Sheri Rowe

    Elder

   The Homebound Coordinator is an Elder of the church who organizes the

   list of Elders to ensure that all of our homebound members is being

   visited by an Elder.  This is a part of our Visitation Ministry.  The

   coordinator co-leads the Visitation Care Team Small Group Ministry 

   meetings.  This position is appointed annually by the Spiritual Council.

 

 

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    Chairperson

    Geri Gammel

      Elder

    The Nominating Committee is composed of the Consistory Elders and

    Pastor.  The Nominating Committee offers nominations to the

    congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting (generally held in December) for the congregation's vote.  The chairperson is a Consistory Elder appointed annually by the Spiritual Council.  The chairperson proposes the slate to the congregation.

     Most of the positions on this page are filled by going through a process of being nominated by this committee and elected by the congregation.

 

 

 

 

Nominating Committee

Vice Chair

vacant

Elder

    The Vice Chair of the Nominating Committee assumes the chair's responsibilities in the absence of the chairperson.  The Vice Chair is a Consistory Elder appointed annually by the Spiritual Council.

 

 

Stewardship Committee

Chairperson - Head Deacon

Geri Gammel

     The Stewardship Committee consists of the Consistory Deacons, the Financial Secretary, the Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer.  The Stewardship Committee is chaired by the Head Deacon.  The Stewardship Committee has responsibility over the proper handling of funds entering and leaving the church; and encouraging of good and faithful stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.

     The Head Deacon is elected annually from among the Consistory Deacons.

 

 

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Budget Committee

   Chairperson

   Kirk Aulenbach

     The Budget Committee is chaired by the Vice President of Consistory and is composed of one member from each of the five major committees, as well as the Pastor, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary.

     At the December Annual Congregational Meeting, the Budget Committee proposes the "Mission & Ministry Program" (i.e. Budget) to the congregation for their vote for the upcoming year.  Prior to the congregational meeting, the "Mission & Ministry Program" is proposed to Consistory for their approval.

 

 

 

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Chairperson

Jon Henning

The Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) is composed of five members elected to three year terms.  The IAC oversees the Memorial Funds and long-term investments of the church, including the Endowment Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

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Heidelberg Cemetery Board of Directors

St. Paul's UCC Representative

David Rohrbach

St. Paul's UCC has two seats on the Board of Directors of the Heidelberg Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

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Heidelberg Cemetery Board of Directors

St. Paul's UCC Representative

Michael Clay

St. Paul's UCC has two seats on the Board of Directors of the Heidelberg Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 
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