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Cruise 2014 Ric croppedRic tux CROPPED Pastor Ric Elliott

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 111

Email: prelliott@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Pastor Ric is the Senior Pastor and serves as head of the church staff. In addition to preaching, worship, teaching and pastoral care responsibilities, Pastor Ric relates to numerous administrative ministries of the church in addition to the mission teams of church growth, worship, stewardship, finance, staff relations and the Congregation Council. His passion is to invite, welcome, and accept all people into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, and to transform us. Pastor Ric received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Thiel College, Greenville, PA; Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg cum laude, and Masters of Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He was ordained June 10, 1979.  Since then he has served Trinity, Lansdale, PA; Luther Memorial, Blacksburg, VA; Christus Victor, Dumfries, VA; St. James, Wheeling, WV; New Hanover, Gilbertsville, PA and finally here in Emmaus. He is married to Jane Elliott, a Deacon, who also serves here at Holy Spirit. They have a daughter, son-in-law and grandson.



Pr. Jim Bowers

Pastor Jim Bowers

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 112

Email: Prbowers@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Pastor Bowers was ordained in June of 1981 and has served as pastor and senior pastor to congregations in Wilkes-Barre and Easton, respectively. From 2000 through the end of 2006, he had served as an intentional interim pastor for three congregations in the Northeastern Penna. Synod. Pastor Jim is also a doctoral-level, licensed psychologist with a private practice in Allentown, having received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Pastor Jim was called to the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit as the Associate Pastor in December of 2007. His pastoral duties include worship and preaching, pastoral care, counseling, visitation, teaching, and relating to the Church Growth and Social Ministry mission teams and to the Spirit Support Team. Pastor Jim married his wife, Mary, in 1976 and they have two adult  daughters,  Allison and Julie. They reside in Palmer Township, in the Easton area.

Sharon MacCabeSharon MacCabe

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 109

Email: maccabe@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Sharon MacCabe (Director of Music) is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music with a degree in Organ Performance, a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Harpsichord Performance and studied conducting with Michael Korn. She has been an organist/choir director at many Lutheran Churches in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties – Christ Lutheran in Oreland, St. Paul’s in Olney, St. John’s in Hatboro, and most recently at St. James in Pottstown. Mrs. MacCabe also served as organist/choir director at the historic Keneseth Israel Synagugoe in Elkins Park. Before Sharon came to Holy Spirit, she served as head of the Music Department at the Kimberton Waldorf School. Throughout Mrs. MacCabe’s career she has sought to bring understanding of others through music. This is a mission that continues today in her ministry at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit.

Karen KahlerKarin Kahler

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 107

Email: kahler@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Karin Kahler serves as the Director of Faith Formation Ministries for Children. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Bloomsburg University and a Masters in Education from Kutztown University. Prior to coming to the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Karin taught kindergarten and first grade for twelve years. Her responsibilities at Holy Spirit involve the coordination of faith formation ministries for children from birth through grade 5, which includes such ministries as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, baptismal ministries, GIFT (elementary fellowship), Holy Spirit Nursery School and the Will Wotring Resource Library. Karin is married and has two children.

Lydia Griffin

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 110

Email: griffin@holyspirit-emmaus.org




Jane 2014Deacon Jane Elliott

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 108

Email:  jelliott@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Jane is the Director of Liturgy and Faith Formation for Adults.  Jane brings a passion for encouraging God’s unconditional love, acceptance, and grace to all people. Initially Jane served by communicating it through the medium of church music, then through administrating, serving and equipping applicants and candidate’s with their God given gifts for rostered ministry in the ELCA. Now she serves through sharing her passion for God through creating dynamic liturgy in worship and forming faith in adults here at Holy Spirit. Jane received degrees from Virginia Intermont College in music in Bristol, VA, Wittenberg University in church music in Springfield, OH, Berliner Kirchenmusikschule in church music in Berlin, Germany, and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA in Christian education & counseling. She was certified to serve as a rostered lay leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since November 30, 1978 and is now a Deacon. Deacons are the ministry of Word and Service lay roster of the ELCA. Jane has served in music at Trinity, Lansdale, PA; Luther Memorial, Blacksburg, VA; Christus Victor, Dumfries, VA; St. James, Wheeling, WV. Before serving here at Holy Spirit, Jane served on synod staff at Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA, as Associate in Ministry for Mission Leadership and then as Director for Candidacy and Discernment Ministries. Jane was born, raised, baptized and confirmed in the Philadelphia area. She and Pastor Ric consider themselves blessed to be married for over 40 years and blessed with a daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

Alice MudgeAlice Mudge

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 101

Email: mudge@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Alice serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant in the church office.  Alice brings many years of administrative experience to the church.  She previously worked at Holy Spirit as the church secretary in the 80’s before going into the insurance and financial services field for 17 years.  After a brief time at the Clover Hill Winery as office manager, she worked at Rodale, Inc. as an administrative assistant to the Men’s Health editorial team.   Alice has an AAS Degree in Business Management from LCCC.   As a member of Holy Spirit (nearly 30 years), she is heavily involved in the Rejoicing Spirits Ministry and most recently served as a leader of the 50th Anniversary celebration. Alice lives in Emmaus with her good friend Glynnis and values time spent with her Godchild Christopher, a developmentally disabled young man who resides in a LifePath Home in Coplay.

Bob SchuchartBob Schuchart

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 104

Email: schuchart@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Bob is a Certified Public Accountant who worked at the Morning Call for twenty years. Subsequently, he served as the CFO for two years for a government Medicare contractor in Indianapolis, IN. He has also taught accounting at Lehigh University and Moravian College for many years. Prior to coming to Holy Spirit he served as the Business Manager/Finance Director at Perkiomen School in Pennsburg for five years. Bob is married to Ruth and they are the parents of two adult sons, Peter and Greg. You may also recognize Bob, since he is one of our guitarists at the Spirit Alive Worship Service at 8:45 am on Sundays. We are pleased that Bob will be sharing his expertise and business acumen with us here at Holy Spirit.

Richard GilesRichard Giles

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 105

Email: giles@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Dick has served as Business Manager for Holy Spirit since 1993. In this position he keeps a watchful eye on our financial picture and our physical plant. He is a valuable asset on the Finance and Property Mission Teams with his long experience as president and CEO (now retired) of a local industrial supply firm. In his spare time, Dick enjoys sailing and playing the theater organ at the Nineteenth Street Theater in Allentown.

EdieGliemEdie Gliem

Phone: 610.967.2220 ext. 102

Email: gliem@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Edie earned her undergraduate degree in nursing at The University of Pennsylvania and her masters at California State University at Los Angeles.  She’s had clinical experience in the Emergency Department, Coronary Care Unit and Intensive Care.  Her teaching background includes Med-Surg, Critical Care and Unit Management at the hospital and university levels.  She has been a Clinical Nurse Manager, Nursing Supervisor, Director of Nursing and Nursing Home Administrator.

Michael aMichael Roeder

Phone: 610.967.2220

Email: sexton@holyspirit-emmaus.org

Michael is our church sexton.  He hails from Limeport and attended Southern Lehigh High School.  Prior to coming to Holy Spirit Michael had already built twelve years of experience in facility cleaning and upkeep.  He was sexton for St. Thomas More parish, and also worked for the Quakertown School District.  Michael has also worked for Service Master and You’ve Got Maids cleaning for hospitals, businesses and schools.  In addition to his work at Holy Spirit he drives school buses in Salisbury Township.