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LCHS Emmaus, PA

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Stephen Ministry Series

The Stephen Ministry Series is a lay visitation and caring program involving in-depth training in communication and caring skills for a myriad of challenges and crises that families and individuals face in life. Our Stephen Ministers are recruited, trained, and supervised to serve our congregation to give crisis care, follow-up care, chronic care, and preventive care to individuals facing challenges and difficulties including grief, illness, separation/divorce, vocational stress or termination, parenting issues, and life-change adjustments

There are several points that are important as our congregations begins this new venture in extending God’s caring love we have come to know through Jesus Christ to those who are in need:

First, the focus of this caring ministry is to all who are in need, not just limited to the membership of Holy Spirit. Just as God did not limit the focus of redemption and the saving love of Jesus Christ, neither will we limit the scope of our caring ministry of this congregation.

Second, pastors will still be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. However, the pastoral care demands of our congregation have continued to increase over the last several years, and it is clear that the pastors cannot and should not carry the whole load. Stephen Ministry provides a solution that comes straight from the Bible – equipping God’s people for ministry based on their gifts. The goal of the Stephen Ministry series is to extend the caring outreach of our congregation by carrying God’s love and support to people who are hurting, both congregation members and nonmembers alike.

Third,  this lay caring ministry will provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to members of our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. The training stresses confidentiality as part of the care.

Fourth, this is a program that is intended to enhance our ministry for years to come. For that reason, we will be adding another team in the fall of 2013. At that time, the new team will begin their 50-hour training program and be commissioned in early 2014. In this way, we can expand the program and maintain it as a viable care and support ministry of ours well into the future.


Meet Our Stephen Ministry Team

Kittie Berkheimer

Kittie Berkheimer

Kitti Berkheimer:  Mike and I have been members of Holy Spirit for 33 years since 1980 and have been married almost 34 years.  We have three children who grew up in the Holy Spirit congregation: Jenna, Mark and Emily.  I have been employed by the Parkland School District since 1999 and am currently an Administrative Assistant at Parkway Manor Elementary School.  I have been a member of the Auxiliary of the Lehigh Valley Hospital for many years and twice served as President.  Throughout my years at Holy Spirit I have been involved in many areas of the church life.  I was a Youth Group Advisor, Sunday School teacher, member of the Nursery School Board, mentor for the catechism program, sang in the adult choir and took part in Word for God’s Children.  I am currently involved in Altar Guild as a monthly chairperson, am a member of the Spirit Ringers hand bell choir, usher and volunteer at the Information Desk during the 10:45am service.  Mike and I have also been members of a small Koinonia group at Holy Spirit since the mid 1980’s.  I enjoy scrapbooking and spending time with our dogs Boo and Casper.




Mike Berkheimer

Mike Berkheimer

Mike Berkheimer:  Kitti and I have been married for 33 years and have been members of Holy Spirit since 1980.  We have three adult children, Jenna, Mark and Emily.  I came to the Lehigh Valley in 1979 following college graduation to work for Air Products where I am still employed today.  I have had a variety of assignments in engineering, procurement and shared services throughout my 34-year career.  During our earlier years at Holy Spirit, Kitti and I were involved in the youth ministry program under the spirited leadership of B.J. Weigang.  I also served a 3-yr term on Congregation Council, including a year as Council President when Al Roberts was our senior Pastor. Currently I also serve as an Usher and assist Kitti when she is on duty for Altar Guild.  I enjoy golfing, spending time with family and spending time outdoors in the warmer months of the year.





Dean Black

Dean Black

Dean Black:  It is with pleasure that I serve as a Stephen Minister.  Since joining Holy Spirit several years ago my spiritual path and faith as grown stronger.  As a lifelong Lutheran, I was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Martins Creek, PA.   Currently, I work for Saint Luke’s university Hospital Warren Campus as a Register Nurse in peri-operative services.   I am an avid gardener and currently volunteer for the Delaware and Lehigh Canal developing an heirloom garden at the Freemansburg’s living classroom site.  You may also see me riding my bicycle around western Lehigh County.  I am eager to give my time as a Stephens Minister and thank the member of Holy Spirit for the opportunity.





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Diane Evans

Diane Evans: Dave and I have been members of Holy Spirit for 35 years and have been married for 37 years. We have two grown sons, Chad and Corey.  I am a retired elementary school teacher having, taught in the East Penn School District for 33 years before retiring in 2008.  Since then, I have done various volunteering.  I was involved in the NODA (No One Dies Alone) Program through Lehigh Valley Hospital. I volunteered in East Penn upon my retirement. I also volunteer my time going into Jefferson Elementary School in the Allentown School District working in a third grade classroom.  Throughout my years at Holy Spirit I have been involved in many aspects of the church.  I taught Sunday School, was involved in CAT Camp, organized the nursery during church for a number of years, sang in the choir, sang in the praise choir, served on various committees, was a part of the first Connections Class, went to Maine for Project Help and helped write the sermons for Word for Gods Children.  I am still involved as assisting minister and reader on Sunday morning. Also, our small Koinonia group here at Holy Spirit has been together for over 32 years. I am now excited to be a part of the new Stephen Ministry here at Holy Spirit.




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Dave Evans

Dave Evans: Diane and I have been married for 37 years and have been members of Holy Spirit since 1978.  We are the parents of two adult sons, Chad and Corey.  I am a retired school counselor having served as a middle school counselor in the Quakertown Community School District for twenty years.  In addition to serving as a counselor, I coached middle school football for twenty years as well.  I continue to serve as a counselor/consultant to Diakon Family Life Services as a Pastoral Care Team facilitator and I continue to conduct several groups and educational workshops.  I currently volunteer at Jefferson Elementary School in the Allentown School District and with the No One Dies Alone program at Lehigh Valley Hospital.  At Holy Spirit I have served on church council, as a mentor for our catechism program, and on the Center for Faith and Life Board.  In addition to being a Stephen Ministry Leader I currently chair the Ministry in Daily Life Team and have attended the Project Help trips to Starks, Maine as well as the Lutheran Disaster Response Mission trips for the past several years.  I enjoy taking pictures on our many nature walks, riding bicycles on rails to trails, and working out at the gym, as well as traveling and model railroading and cooking and baking just about anything since I like to eat.




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Louise Davis

Louise Davis:  My family consists of my husband, Tom, daughters Meredith (Maine) and Allison (Washington, DC).  Meredith is married to Kris Pound and they have two sons, Jonathan Thomas (JT), and Drew.  I am a retired reading consultant/literacy coach having spent 23 years in the Allentown School District.   My hobbies are reading and taking courses as a lifelong learner where I don’t have to make up a test, score a teat, give a test, record a test!  I volunteer as part of the Pleasure of Your Company Dog Therapy Group with our basset hound, Hoover.  We visit senior facilities and elementary schools.  I love to visit the family in Maine and in Washington, DC.  I belong to Emmaus Kiwanis Club and I am secretary of the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Association.  I also attend Bible Study Fellowship sessions in Bethlehem.

I have been a member of LCHS since 1979.  Since joining this dynamic congregation I have participated in a variety of activities:  Sunday School teacher, VBS Co-Leader, Adult Sunday School Board, Spirit Support Team, Pastoral Call Committee,  Sunday Coffee Volunteer, Rejoicing Spirits Volunteer, Connections Class, Bible Study Classes, LCHS Nursery School Board, Ministry in Daily Life Committee.



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Bill Derhammer           Co-Leader

Bill Derhammer: I am married to Fran Derhammer.  We have a blended family with four children and three grandchildren who are beautiful and above average ( per Garrison Keeler).  I am retired from a career in financial services with Met Life and enjoying every minute of retirement.

I enjoy both big and small game hunting, archery shooting, fishing, fly tying, cooking, gardening and reading.  Fran and I also enjoy traveling. I have been a member of Holy Spirit for twenty years.  I have served on the Stewardship Committee and now serve as an usher and communion assistant. Fran and I joined the church youth in one trip to Starks, ME participating in Project Help.




Fran Derhammer Co-Leader

Fran Derhammer

Fran Derhammer: I’ve been married to Bill Derhammer for 23 years. Our wonderful blended family includes 2 sons, 2 daughters and 3 beautiful grandchildren.  I retired from Lehigh Valley Health Network after more than 30 years of challenging and rewarding experiences in health care. With a nursing background and a master’s degree in public health I worked in childbirth education, women’s health, community health, and Marketing and Public Affairs as Manager of Community Relations.

Currently  I keep physically active as a member of a fitness center and aquatics center, walk daily with our black lab, and plan to do more biking.  I also love to cook, read, garden, play the piano, and travel- especially to visit our kids and grandkids in San Diego, Mesa, Portsmouth and Philadelphia.

A member of LCHS for 13 years, my involvement in church activities includes Stewardship Ministry Mission team, usher, communion assistant, greeter, reader, and contributor of baked goods or foods for special church events.  Bill and I also experienced ministry in action with our youth and adults through Project Help in 2010.



Debra German

Debra German

Deborah German:  I have been blessed with five children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Ever since I bought my home Sept. 1978 I have shared my home with men and women in transition. Currently  I live alone in my first-floor apartment, with three international students and one refugee from Iraq living in the second and third floor apartment.  I have been a member of Holy Spirit thirteen years.  During these years I graduated from Moravian Seminary with a Masters in Theological Studies.  I have taught Bible Study; served on the CFL board and teach occasionally; was a member of the church council; and I continue to be on the Coffee Fellowship detail.  I also support the Institute for Jewish and Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College and can usually be found at their First Friday lectures and discussions.  I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a Stephen Minister and to be part of a great team of like-minded Christians.   My blessings are truly beyond measure.




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Yvonne Gilbert

Yvonne Gilbert: I have been a member of Holy Spirit since 1989. I am happily married to my husband Larry, who is retired from PPL. I am retired from Chester County Intermediate Unit as a Data Management Director. I have 2 daughters, Lisa and Angela,  and 4 grandchildren: Sydney (14), Gavin (8), Blaire (7), and Ethan (10 months).

My past church activities included altar guild, flower delivery, communion assistant, assisting minister, and now serving as a Stephen Minister.

My hobbies include a Shitzu named “Charlie”,  my grandchildren, and reading.




Jeff Gross

Jeff Gross

Jeff Gross: My wife, Charlotte, & I have been married for 36 years. We have two children, a son Austin and his wife, Jaclyn, in Royersford, and a daughter Ellen in Pittsburgh. I am an architect with Form Space Design in Bethlehem, and Charlotte is a CFP with Thrivent Financial. In addition to spending time with family, I enjoy fitness, singing, reading, and gardening.

I have been a member of LCHS for 25 years, since moving to Emmaus in 1988. At Holy Spirit, I have served on Congregation Council, property committee, call committee (for Pastor Elliott), MDL mission team, and the Capital Campaign/Building Committee.  I have also taken both Life Keys and Connections courses, have been an usher, greeter, and communion assistant, participate with Praise Choir  and other musical ensembles, and also serve on the Faith Formation for Adults committee. I have also volunteered on Mission trips to Starks Maine, and San Felix , Panama, which greatly deepened my faith .

Stephen Ministry training has been a great faith builder as well, and I look forward to serving God in this ongoing Ministry.


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Pat Horwat

Pat Horwat: I am married to my husband Dave for 38 years. We has three children. I recently retired from nursing. My hobbies include knitting, water aerobics, reading and antique store browsing.

I serve on the Church Growth Mission Team and help in the nursery during Vacation Bible School. I have also participated in Bible study groups at LCHS.






Midge Mosser

Midge Mosser

Midge Mosser:My family was one of the forty charter members of Holy Spirit.  From the
beginning, Bill and I were blessed to be deeply involved as the congregation

I have two married children – my son, David, lives in Cary, NC and has two
children.  My daughter,  Mary Jo, is an active member of Holy Spirit.  Mary
Jo has two married children – Patrick and Kadie.  Kadie’s daughter is two –
year old Ellie, making me a proud great- grandma.

In March 2013, at home, Bill lost a brave fight against cancer.  We’d shared
a wonderful life for sixty-two years enjoying travelling, boating and
camping with our children.  I miss him deeply.

I continue to be involved at church and special interest in Good Shepherd.
Family, friends and Holy Spirit are helping me to build my new life. I am blessed.


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Bob Mueller

Bob Mueller: I have been married to my wife, Kathy, for 39 years (this coming June).  We have two adult daughters, Sarah and Emily, who live locally. I work as Director, Process Chemicals at Airgas, Inc. My hobbies include swimming, sailing, kayaking and hiking. I have been a member of Holy Spirit for 23 years. I currently serve as a member of the congregational council, I sing in the adult choir, and am actively involved in the planning and implementing of our Lutheran Disaster Relief trips.






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Angie Niland

Angie Niland: I am married to my husband Greg for the past 11 years.  We are blessed with 4 children Tanya, Steven, Mitchell and Ashley.  Our family is still growing as we are waiting for the arrival of our first granddaughter the end of May. I enjoy being involved in my children’s activities and watching them in their sports events too, I am their number #1 fan. I am currently employed at Asgco Manufacturer in the accounting dept and also work part-time at Kohls too.  I love the outdoors and taking walks with my husband. Summer is my favorite season and enjoy swimming, golf, going to the beach and traveling.
I have been a member at Holy Spirit for the last 8 years and have been involved in Cat Club, committee for care packages for college students, usher and communion assistant.  I am very excited about my new journey with the Stephen Ministry Team.




Angie Schaffer

Angie Schaffer

Angie Schaffer:  I have been married to my husband, Justin, for 12 years, growing together over the last twenty years when we started dating.  We have two daughters, Caroline, 10, and Mackenzie, 7, both of whom keep us busy with school and interests.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Gerontology from Cedar Crest College, and spent some years working at Lehigh County Area Agency on Aging & Lehigh Valley Hospital in the Case Management Department.  The past six years, I have grown to love the flexibility of owning my own home-based business in fashion with Stella & Dot, allowing me to be home with our daughters, grow personally, provide my grandparents with a home that surrounds them with companionship, a watchful eye, and love, while caring for my grandfather at the end of his life.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, yoga, vacationing with my family and friends. Our family began attending & joined Holy Spirit a little over 2 years ago after both of our daughters attended the nursery school program.  We have enjoyed building friendships at church and look forward to raising our family with God and our faith at the center with Holy Spirit.



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Rob Smith

Rob Smith:  My wife, Sue, and I have been married for almost 34 years.  Sue introduced me to Holy Spirit in the late 70’s and I became a member in 1978.  (Sue and I were actually married at Holy Spirit, in what is now the Kuntzleman Multipurpose Room!)  We have a grown son, Ben who lives in Emmaus and is a professional chef.  (Perhaps you’ve met Ben at one of our Summer Breakfasts?)  Retired from Air Products after more than 35 years of service, I’m currently “working” in a retirement job at a fly fishing shop in the Pocono’s.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and fly fishing, bicycling and camping.  I’ve been active as a Boy Scout volunteer and here at Holy Spirit.  Currently I’m serving my 2nd time as a member of our Congregational Council and work directly with our Church Growth Mission Team.  Ushering and assisting with communion are other areas that I enjoy.  In the past, I’ve served with our Evangelism and Worship and Music Mission Teams and with our youth.  I’m very pleased to be part of the introduction of Stephen Ministry at Holy Spirit.



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Deb Walsh

Deb Walsh: I have been married to Tom for 35 years, happily sharing and building our life together.  We have two grown children, Brian, 29 living and working in NYC, and Megan, 26, living and working in Boston. I love my job in the field of physical therapy, and am happy helping others to return to a healthy lifestyle.  Activities I enjoy in my free time include, cooking, gardening and vacationing with my family and friends. We have been attending church at Holy Spirit for 14 years, and I helped bring about the partnership between EHS Angel Network and our congregation.






Pr. Jim Bowers

Pr. Jim Bowers

Pr. Jim: I began my ministry at Holy Spirit in January of 2007, when I was asked to serve as the Interim Associate Pastor. Soon thereafter, I was called to be part-time Associate Pastor relating to Church Growth, Member Care, and Social Ministry Mission Teams. I have been ordained for 32 years. My wife, Mary, and I have been married for 37 years and have two adult daughters, Allie and Julie. I am a licensed doctoral-level psychologist, and have a part-time therapy practice in clinical psychology in Allentown. For recreation, I enjoy flyfishing, shooting and hunting, running, and training and exercising our Vizsla, Sophie, who is an upland bird-dog.