**PASTOR: Reverend Lorraine V. Foster
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Susan L. Zimmerman
DIRECTOR OF CONNECTIONS: Sue Burrell
DIRECTOR OF CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP: Sandy Brace
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES: Janis Zimmerman – Fahy
DIRECTOR OF BELL, JUNIOR, CHILDREN’S CHOIRS, and CHANCEL CHOIR: Jane Richards Nechin
ORGANIST: James Smith
Leadership Council & SPR*
This lay-leader team consists of seven-twelve members plus the Lead Pastor, whose passion for faith growth is matched by a willingness to be held accountable for faith growth, and have a passion for carrying out the function of defining policies to enable the church to further its’ vision, with a focus on the future of the church through discipleship and mentoring.
Members of the Leadership Council: Ken Spafford*, Oskar Huber*, Glenn Hatfield*, Suren Pakhtigian*, Chuck Baer*, Carl Gravely*, Jeff Rieder*, and Sue Burrell (non-member, staff liaison).
**New to Sanctuary as of January 1, 2021, the Reverend Lorraine V. Foster is a native of Jamaica, West Indies. She is a Licensed Local Pastor having served as the Pastor of Epworth UMC in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in the New England Annual Conference for three years, and serviced as the Pastor of Montgomery Square UMC in North Wales, PA., in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference for one year.
Lorraine became a Licensed Local Pastor in June 2017 in the EPA Conference and continues pursuing her Course of Study as required by the General Board of Higher Education. Lorraine is a bible believing disciple of Jesus Christ. She loves people and has a heart for those seeking transformation through scripture. Lorraine is a graduate of Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA with a degree in Marketing. She loves to read and dabbles in writing too.
One of her favorite life verses comes from Romans 8:28 (NLT) “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Pastor Lorraine gets up early each morning to spend time in devotion and prayer with God. Her desire is to Worship Him daily; “Vertical Praise,” is what she calls it, where it is just her and her Lord. She can often be found listening to music and praising God through both the words and melody of the instruments. Lorraine was created by God to do many things, but true worship is where she meets God. The words from contemporary Christian artist Colton Dixon “Let them see You in me, let them hear You when I speak,” provides a daily reminder of why and how she should lead. Those simple lyrics keeps her focused on Christ.
Lorraine has served as an Equalizing Lay Delegate to the Eastern PA Annual Conference, a former member of the Commission on Religion and Race, served on the 2016 NEJ Planning Committee, a former member of the East District Superintendency Committee, a former Member at Large of NEJ BMCR (Northeast Jurisdiction Black Methodist for Church Renewal), a former Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee of Philadelphia Caucus BMCR.
Lorraine has also served as a Member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Scholarship Committee, a former Executive Member of IMWMW (Interdenominational Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows) and editor of their Echo Newsletter. She served as the Philadelphia area representative of the United Methodist Church for the UNCF Women of Faith in Education.
Pastor Lorraine is married to her best friend of over 33 years, the Reverend Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III., District Superintendent in the Eastern PA Conference. Through a blended family, they are blessed with four children and eight grandchildren. Lorraine has a servant-leader’s heart and genuinely cares for people. Her spiritual gifts include leadership, mercy, service, discernment, and hospitality.
Congregational Care Team
The purpose of the Congregational Care Team is so that the church will be built up as the body of Christ particularly in the area of Congregational Care. In its early history as recorded in the Book of Acts, the Church instituted an order of consecrated ministers to personify or focus the servant hood to which all Christians are called. Those who comprise this team are in line with that legacy and they will work with the Pastor in caring for the needs of those undergoing affliction especially those who are infirmed.
Members of the Congregational Care Team are: Pastor Lorraine Foster, Sue Burrell, Helen Roth, and Mary Kay Cassidy.
The Trustees dutifully oversee the everyday care and maintenance of the church building and grounds.
Members of the Trustee Team: Bob Kopenhaver, Bob Miller, Dale Hollenbach, Carl Gravely, Rick Brutko, and John Eckert.