Interim Pastor Rev. Cindy Carlisle received her Masters of Divinity from McCormick Seminary and was ordained as a PC(USA) Minister in 2007. Since then she has served nine congregations as interim or temporary pastor. Prior to attending seminary, Cindy served in government and non-profit positions, including as Executive Director of a Children’s Advocacy Project and Domestic Violence Center. She and her husband Dave live in Youngstown, Ohio. They have three adult children and two grandsons living in Iowa City and Milwaukee. It is Cindy’s great joy and privilege to worship and serve with the people of God. The church is blessed to have her. To reach Pastor Cindy Carlisle, please call the church office at 717-248-4561.
Visitation Pastor Rev. Bob Zorn has been our pastor of visitation since he retired from his full-time pastorate in Tidioute, PA 1994. Before taking the call to Tidioute, he was the pastor of the Burnham, Milroy and Little Valley (Vira) Churches here in Mifflin County. Rev. Zorn is a graduate of Waynesburg College and Western (now Pittsburg) Seminary. He is, married to Carol and they have two grown sons and one grown daughter.
Director of Christian Education and Director of the Nursery and Preschool program Ginny Westover grew up in New Jersey and attended the Lancaster Bible College. She continued her education at Talbot Seminary where she received a master’s degree in Christian Education. She is the mother of six children, the youngest of whom still lives at home. She lives in Reedsville and enjoys being outdoors, caring for their horses and other animals, reading, and working with our youth and children. She is also a wonderful resource for those who are struggling as she is an excellent listener and encourager. Her greatest passion is to see people come alive and grow in their relationships with God.
Assistant Preschool Teacher and Lead Nursery School Teacher Margaret Henry has returned to the area after living and teaching in Wyoming for many years. Prior to that, she taught in Juniata County School District. Margie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has completed Masters level coursework in Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about working with young students and giving them the head start they need to be successful in the future.
Assistant Nursery School Teacher Miranda Shoop is the newest member of the Lewistown Presbyterian staff. Many know Miranda as the young woman who is committed to Jesus and the Lewistown Presbyterian Church with the beautiful singing voice. We have seen her serving as a deacon, choir member, Christian Education Committee member and youth leader. We are excited to welcome her to this new role.
Financial Secretary Susan Ferguson has been a member of the church for over 30 years. She lives in her childhood home with her mother Shirley and 5 cats. She was ordained as an elder and deacon on December 26, 1982 and feels very humbled by the vow she made to “Serve the people with energy, intelligence and love.” In 1995 Susan began working as the volunteer Assistant Treasurer and was hired as the Financial Secretary in 2008. Susan received her first Associates Degree in Business Administration in 1996 and received a second in 2005 in Human Development and Family Studies through Penn State. Susan especially enjoys volunteering with the youth and being a part of the choir and bell choir. Participating in small groups and mission trips are memories that she treasures. She is still very thankful that a friend invited her to the youth and church when she was in 10th grade.
Secretary Deborah Yetter has been married to Kelley for 35 years. They have three grown children who are all married. Christopher and Kate live in Lewistown now after moving from New York. They have two wonderful boys, Winston and Landon, and a daughter, Tessa Mae! Abi and Jared are in California, and have Ajax and Brecken! Mandi and Luis live in Reading, where Luis is finishing is residency. She enjoys her children and grandchildren and traveling! She and her husband have traveled to Chel, Guatemala to help the people build coffee processing sheds. What a joy to know these dear brothers and sisters in Christ. She has been a follower of Jesus Christ since 1989. Her passion is to know her Savior and serve others.
Accompanist Joan Loewen grew up in Osceola Mills, PA, and graduated from Philipsburg-Osceola High School before attending Penn State and earning a degree in Music Education. She taught elementary general and choral music in Mifflin County for 34 years before retiring in 2012. She served as organist/choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and has assisted as a substitute organist at Grace United Methodist Church, where she is a member, for many years. She is married to Philip Loewen, retired band director at Southern Huntingdon High School and local musician. They are the proud parents of two sons: Ben, married to Jenn, and living in State College; and Matthew, living at home.
Children’s Choir Director
Security John Gregory’s favorite hobbies are golfing and bowling. He enjoys going to concerts and plays. He has a son, David, who lives in San Antonio, Texas and a daughter, Christine, who is living nearby. He also has a granddaughter and one great grandson in Lewistown.