Stephen Minister Biographies

Kitti Berkheimer  –  Stephen Leader

Mike and I have been members of Holy Spirit since 1980 joining shortly after we were married in June of 1980. We have three married children who grew up in the Holy Spirit congregation: Jenna, Mark and Emily. We also have a granddaughter Joy who resides in Tallahassee, Florida with Jenna and her husband. 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, and usher. 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 dog Boo.

Mike Berkheimer  –  Stephen Leader

Kitti and I have been married since 1980 and have been members of Holy Spirit since 1980. We have three adult children, Jenna, Mark and Emily as well as a granddaughter, Joy. I came to the Lehigh Valley in 1979 following college graduation to work for Air Products and retired from there in 2016. I then spent 2 years with Versum Materials, a company spun off from Air Products in 2016 and I am currently working part-time for Buckeye Partners, LP. I have had a variety of assignments in engineering, procurement and shared services throughout my 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, play in the handbell choir 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. I have been a Stephen Minister since 2014 and a Stephen  Leader since 2015.

Louise Davis

My family consists of my husband, Tom, daughters Meredith and Allison.   Allison is married to Joe Cafferata and they live in Washington, DC.  Meredith is married to Kris Pound and they live in Maine and 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. I do volunteer at Central Elementary School to assist my friend who teaches second grade there. My hobbies are reading and taking courses as a lifelong learner where I don’t have to make up a test, score a test, give a test, record a test! I love to visit the family in Maine and in Washington, DC. I belong to Emmaus Kiwanis Club.  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, and Ministry in Daily Life Committee.

Bill Derhammer  –  Stephen Leader

I am married to Fran Derhammer since 1990. We have a blended family with four children and five grandchildren who are beautiful and above average!   I am retired from a career in financial services with Met Life and am 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 since 1990. 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 and I became Stephen Ministers in 2011 and went on to become Stephen Leaders in 2012.

 

Fran Derhammer  –  Stephen Leader

I’ve been married to Bill Derhammer since 1990. Our wonderful blended family includes 2 sons, 2 daughters and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I am enjoying retirement from Lehigh Valley Health Network after more than 40 years of challenging and rewarding experiences in health care. With a nursing degree 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.  I keep fit by walking, biking, and going to a fitness center and an aquatics center. I also love to cook, read, garden, play the piano, and travel – especially to visit our kids and grandkids in San Diego, CA Phoenix, AZ, Portsmouth, NH and Ambler, PA.  A member of LCHS since 2000, 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. Together, Bill and I continue to grow in our faith and have been richly blessed to be part of the Stephen Ministry program, becoming Stephen Ministers in 2011, followed by becoming Stephen Leaders in 2012.

Irv Keister

I have been a member of Holy Spirit since 1983 when I moved to the Lehigh Valley with my wife  Diane and our two children, Denel and Drew. Diane went to be with her Lord in 2018 after 49 years of marriage. Currently, I spend significant time with my four granddaughters who keep me energized. While at Holy Spirit, I have served in numerous roles, including Sunday School teacher, youth advisor, Stewardship committee, long range planning committee and Chairperson of the Staff Relations committee. In addition, I served with a group of Holy Spirit members who founded the Forum for Ethics in the Work Place, a ministry in daily life organization now based at DeSales University. Presently I serve as a Stephen Minister and am Chairperson of the Intern Committee.  Professionally, I have an Electrical Engineering and MBA degrees. I retired from PPL after 35 years. At PPL I held senior management positions in the Operations and Nuclear Departments. After retirement, I served as a financial advisor with MetLife.  My interests include serving the township and community where I live, sports, reading, physical exercise, playing bridge and traveling.

Nancy McClain

I am a life-long Lutheran. I married John in 1999, a second marriage for both of us, and we moved to Green Lane in Montgomery Co. We joined LCHS in 2015 and worship at 8:45 with my daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren.  My son, daughter- in- law and grandson live in CA.  I recently retired from Mont Co Aging & Adult services, as a care manager and investigator for Elder Protective services. I have also taught Home Economics, life skills, child development, adult literacy, GED, English as a second language and cooking classes.  In volunteering I have costumed different theatre groups, worked with hospice, Habitat for Humanity, refugee resettlement and Girl Scouts. In former congregations I participated in Women of the ELCA, taught Sunday school, youth ministry advisor, bell choir and choir member.  At Holy Spirit I serve on altar guild, as a greeter, delivering flowers, VBS crafts, Hospitality committee, making costumes and with Stitch and Chat making quilts. I enjoy the M&Ms, and with John, Table talk and Venture out groups.  At home I enjoy sewing memory quilts as well as quilt tops, gardening, cooking, exercise at the Y and traveling with John, especially to National parks and World Heritage sites. I am a believer in life-long learning and enjoy the many opportunities offered here and in the community.  I look forward to being a Stephen Minister and serving others in that capacity, for all matter to God.

Ann Neitz

I was born and raised in Allentown.  I have always been a Lutheran.  I was employed by Bell of PA/Bell Atlantic/Verizon for 20 years.  Bob and I married in 1964 when he was in the Air Force.  We’ve lived in 5 states and traveled to all 50 of them.    In 1978 we returned home for good and joined Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit. 

Our Children are Becky, Amy and Rob, and our four grandchildren are Georgie and Noelle Allan, and Samuel and James Neitz.  We feel blessed to have our children and families living in the Lehigh Valley.

Some of my activities at Holy Spirit have been Fellowship & Hospitality committee, Connections class, Decoration Committee and a trip to Starks Maine.  I enjoy baking, sewing, reading, being a member of the Emmaus Lioness-Lions Club and “doing lunch” with the “girls” from high school.

Dianna Olszewski

I am very excited to serve at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit as a Stephen Minister.  A little about me – I was born and raised in Philadelphia.  My parents loved to camp, so we spent weekends and summers in the great outdoors. I always felt lucky to have both city and mountain living throughout my youth.  In 1999 Ryan and I were married.  We met at East Stroudsburg University where I studied Marine Science and Environmental Studies. We have two kind and talented teenage children, Molly and Zac. We enjoy cheering them on at swim meets and bicycle races. We are active in many communities – volunteering at the Zionsville food pantry and Holy Spirit.  I am a Girl Scout leader, and assist with the Boy Scout troop. I love fresh air and get outside as much as possible, usually birding, kayaking, hiking, biking, or gardening. Spending time with friends rejuvenates me.    Since 1999 I have worked for Air Products in numerous roles, and in 2017, moved into Evonik Industries in Supply Chain.   I believe a smile is a simple gesture that can make a huge difference in someone’s day.

Michael Roeder

I have been a member of Holy Spirit since 2014, that same year I became our Sexton.   I have worked for Life Path which has given me the opportunity to experience caring for others. I have also been a School Bus Driver for almost 20 years.   In 2011 I was the Vice President of the Lehigh Valley Camaro Club and Proud owner of an Iroc-z.     I serve as Crucifer, Assistant Minister, and Stephen Minister now for LCHS.    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my Lovely wife and our amazing dog, Pearl

 

 

 

Al Setzer

Clare and I have been married since 1984 and have 2 children, Tim and Janelle.   In 1976, I moved from New York City to Schuylkill County and managed health food stores until I found my way into health care. In 1981 I became a respiratory therapist, a profession I’ve enjoyed for 38 years. During my years in health care, I earned my degree from Muhlenberg College in Business Administration.

 While living in the Lehigh Valley, I’ve enjoyed serving my community by being an EMT, paramedic, deputy coroner and hospice volunteer.   I enjoy reading, bicycle riding and hiking when the opportunity arises. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help those in need through the Stephen Ministry.

 

Rob Smith

My wife, Sue, and I were married at Holy Spirit in 1979. Sue introduced me to Holy Spirit and I became a member in 1978. We have a son, Ben, who, with his wife, Valerie, live nearby in Allentown.  They have a son, Jackson, who is a little over a year old and is such a blessing!  We care for Jackson several days a week.  I retired from Air Products after 35 years and I’m currently “working” at a retirement job for a fly fishing shop in the Poconos. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and bicycling and fly fishing.  I’ve been active as a Boy Scout volunteer, here at Holy Spirit, and with the Lehigh Valley Wheelmen cycling club. I’ve served 3 terms as a member of our Congregational Council and am currently the convener of our Church Growth Mission Team. I enjoy assisting in worship as an usher, communion assistant and reader. I’m very pleased and proud to be part of the Stephen Ministry Team.

Lynn G. Snyder

I am a transplanted Virginian who has lived in the Lehigh Valley since my graduation from Virginia Tech in 1976. I became a member of Holy Spirit in 1982 and Greg and I were married there in 1988 by Pastor Wayne Matthias-Long.  We relocated to California through Greg’s Air Products employment from 1995-1998 and upon our return to Macungie, Greg joined Holy Spirit and I re-joined in 1998. We have one daughter, Jenna, who is a nurse in the LVHN, and was raised in this church.  During my years at Holy Spirit, I have served as a member and co-chair of the Altar Guild, sung in the Adult Choir, been a Reader, served as chairperson of the Nursery School Board, and was a member of the Church Advisory Committee.  I became a Stephen Minister in 2019. Serving the community, I have been the secretary of our development’s civic association, have been a Girl Scout leader, and was an active soccer mom as well as girls’ soccer coach. Professionally, I am a retired Administrative Assistant from Eyer Middle School in the East Penn School District, having worked in that district for 20 years.  I also worked as a dental assistant and dental office manager for Dr. Jerome Kaplan for 13 years (before Jenna was born) and worked briefly part-time as a dental assistant for Dr. George Kirchner. My first job in the Lehigh Valley was as a waitress at Hess’s Patio restaurant in downtown Allentown in 1976!  Since my retirement in 2018, I am trying to get used to a “less-than-fast-paced” lifestyle. I love doing word games to keep my mind active, making people laugh, and visiting hospital patients.  I enjoy playing Bunco with neighborhood friends and just being with people in general. Greg and I hope to do some travelling in the near future.

Carole Wetherhold

I have been a member of Holy Spirit since 1999 following a divorce and move to Macungie. I have been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1970. I received my training for nursing and anesthesia at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia. I have worked locally at St Luke’s Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital and retired 2 years ago. In 2000 I met and then married Ron Wetherhold in 2001 here at Holy Spirit. We have joined are families and now have two sons, Mark and Jason and a daughter Kathy.   We have five Grandchildren, Gavin, Olivia, Nathan, Taylor and Cody.  Since joining Holy Spirit I have served as Reader, Altar Guild member, and did provide for coffee hour for several years.  At my former church I was a member of Altar Guild, Reader, Communion Assistant, Church counsel, Sunday School teacher, Bell Choir member and actively involved in Women of the ELCA.  I currently reside in Emmaus.  I enjoy outdoor activities. Biking, walking, hiking, baking, cooking, Zumba, knitting reading and many other crafts.  I look forward to participating and serving as a Stephen Minister.

Leesa Wimmer

I have been a member, off and on through the years, of Holy Spirit since 1969.  I’m a graduate of Emmaus High School, Gettysburg College, the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and Longwood Garden‘s Certificate of Merit program in Floral Design.  My husband Mark and I were married at Holy Spirit in 1980.  We have two children, Erin and Brett. Erin is married to Tom and they have two children, Claire ( age 6) and Dash (two months).  Brett was recently married to Stephanie.  Our lives are full and blessed!   Mark and I are employed by Historic Bethlehem as tour guides.  I am also a museum teacher.  You may see us at Christmas time walking the streets of historic Bethlehem in our colonial garb!   I look forward to serving the congregation I  love so much, as a Stephen Minister.  Walking with people in transition or pain will be my privilege.

Pastor Ric Elliott  –  Staff Liaison

I have served as the Senior Pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit since early 2004.  My responsibilities include not only the normal pastoral activities such as worship leadership, preaching, teaching and visitation; but I also am the primary staff person who relates to the areas of Finance, Staff, Stewardship, Church Growth and Finance.  I was ordained in 1979 and have served six Lutheran congregations in a wide variety of settings. Through the years, pastoral care and visitation has been a hallmark and strength of my ministry. I am married over forty years to Jane, a consecrated Deacon of the Lutheran Church.   Jane and I have a married daughter (Jen) and son in law (Greg) and a grandson (Ian) all of whom we love dearly.  I enjoy weekends at the shore with my wife, Jane, and any time we can spend with our children and grandchild.  Our furry child is a Maltese/King Charles mix named Miley (Jane’s maiden name).