Helen L. Adams

I was appointed to Stehman Memorial UMC, West District, in 2008 as a part-time local pastor. I was ordained in 2015. I currently serve St. Mark’s UMC in Mount Joy, West District. I’ll never forget St. Mark’s worshiping outside for a year during the height of Covid, highlighted by a Christmas night parking-lot service in a surprise snowstorm. I still cry every time I see the video of us socially distanced in the snow and gale-force winds, singing “Silent Night.” In retirement, my husband, Marvin Adams, and I look forward to living closer to our daughter and my parents, and we’re looking forward to whatever God has for us next!

07/01/2020 Pastor Mount Joy: St. Mark’s
07/01/2008 – 06/30/2020 Pastor Stehman Memorial

Timothy Carl Anderman

07/01/2020 Senior Pastor West Grove
07/01/2019 – 06/30/2020 Pastor Voluntary Leave of Absence
07/01/2016 – 06/30/2019 Pastor Mount Joy: Glossbrenner
08/13/2014 – 06/30/2016 Pastor EPA Leave
07/01/2010 – 06/30/2019 Pastor Mount Joy: Glossbrenner
07/01/2008 – 06/30/2010 Pastor Lickdale: Trinity
07/01/2000 – 06/30/2008 Pastor Mont Clare: Otterbein
07/01/1999 – 06/30/2000 Pastor Lancaster: First

Erin Louise Antrim Maurer

07/01/2022 Deacon Mount Joy: St. Mark’s
01/01/2022 Deacon Masonic Village of Elizabethtown
07/01/2019 – 06/30/2022 Deacon Ivyland: St. John’s
07/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 Pastor Ivyland: St. John’s, Secondary
05/25/2014 Chaplain Twining Village, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries/CPE
05/25/2014 – 12/31/2019 Pastor Twining Vlg./Diakon Lutheran Social Min., Primary
05/29/2013 – 05/24/2014 Pastor Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
05/17/2013 – 06/30/2019 Pastor Chalfont, Secondary
05/17/2013 – 06/30/2019 Deacon Chalfont
07/01/2009 – 06/30/2011 Deacon Ivyland: St. John’s

Truman Brooks III

I thank God every day for my call to ministry. It has led me to serve urban, suburban, and county seat churches in and around the Philadelphia area. I’ve written a religion column in several local newpapers, taught in our conference’s local pastors school, and traveled to Kenya 6 times to help a local pastors school. I’ve served for over 40 years as a counselor/director at Innabah and Gretna Glen. What a wild ride! I thank my wife Roseann for taking every step of the journey with me. We are now discerning where God will lead us. 

1982-1987: Kensington Area Ministry: Providence and Mt. Pisgah
1987-88 Kensington Area Ministry: ¾ Providence and ¼ time Special Appointment: Chaplain for Philadelphia County Prisons
1988-1996: Conshohocken
1996-2004: Lansdale: Christ
2004-2024: West Chester

Robin G. Fisher

After 28 years of meaningful service in Christ’s name, one as a direct hire and 27 under appointment, with the last 14 years lived out with the faithful disciples of Jesus at Effort UMC, I am now, with a full heart, stepping away from local church ministry.

I am excited to see where the Lord will lead as he has faithfully done for these many years. I anticipate, as long as my health holds out, teaching TESOL, playing music, trying new wood projects, homesteading at “Pleasant Boundaries” (Psalm 16:6), enjoying visiting siblings, our children and grandchildren and laughing A LOT!

07/01/2010 Senior Pastor Effort
10/19/2003 – 06/30/2010 Pastor Lebanon: Bethany
07/01/2003 – 10/18/2003 Pastor Voluntary Leave of Absence
07/01/1997 – 06/30/2003 Pastor Reading: New Beginnings
07/01/1997 – 06/30/2003 Pastor Reading: Grace

Elizabeth C. Flory

Deacon Lisa Flory served the first part of her ministry in the Susquehanna Conference, then transferred in to the Eastern PA Conference in 2010. She has served as pastor for 13 years at Church of the Good Shepherd in Lebanon where the focus of her ministry has been on equipping the laity and education. Lisa is looking forward to her retirement and to spending more time with her grandchildren. She plans to explore opportunities in adult education.

01/01/2019 Deacon Lebanon: Church of the Good Shepherd
11/15/2010 Pastor of Equipping Lebanon: Church of the Good Shepherd
11/15/2010 – 12/31/2019 Pastor Lebanon: Church of the Good Shepherd, Primary
11/15/2010 – 10/10/2016 Pastor Lebanon: Church of the Good Shepherd, Secondary

Kenneth E. Gelzhiser

07/01/2006 Pastor Broomall: St. Mark’s
07/01/1994 – 06/30/2006 Pastor Clifton Heights
07/01/1987 – 06/30/1994 Pastor Bristol: First
07/01/1984 – 06/30/1987 Pastor Alice Focht Memorial
07/01/1984 – 06/30/1987 Pastor Birdsboro: Focht Memorial
07/01/1980 – 06/30/1984 Pastor Elysburg
07/01/1978 – 06/30/1980 Pastor Phila.: Siloam
07/01/1976 – 06/30/1977 Pastor NJ: Lower Bank, Green Bank, Weekstown

Bernard J. Kefer

Rev. Bernard J. “Bern” Kefer, is a graduate of West Chester University and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He served six churches in the EPA. Mt. Zion: Akron 1998-2002, Community: Lancaster 2002-2010, Calvary: Mohnton 2010-2016, Clarks Grove: Paxinos and Zion: Treverton 2016-2019, Oxford 2019-2024. Bern was active in local nonprofit work, serving as President of two local ministry groups, Rotary, as a first responder and Chaplain of two volunteer Fire Departments, as Treasurer for LUMINA, and as President of the Reading Berks Council of Churches. In retirement he plans to build furniture and go boating.   

07/01/2019 Pastor Oxford
10/01/2017 – 06/30/2019 Pastor Shamokin: Zion
07/01/2016 – 06/30/2019 Pastor Clark’s Grove
07/01/2010 – 06/23/2016 Pastor Mohnton: Calvary
07/01/2002 – 06/30/2010 Pastor Lancaster: Community
07/01/1998 – 06/30/2002 Pastor Akron: Mt. Zion

Gary David Knerr

Gary grew up at West Lawn UMC, graduating from Albright College and Princeton Theological Seminary.  He began serving churches in the four counties surrounding Philadelphia in 1985.  Ordained an elder in 1990, he was the chairman of the Board of Ordained Ministry from 2016 through 2020.  He co-teaches EPC’s popular class on the sacraments for clergy and laity.

Gary and his wife, Deb, an American Sign Language interpreter and adjunct professor at West Chester University, have two adult daughters adopted from India.  Gary was active in the volunteer fire service across four decades, enjoys pipe organ music, and history.  He plans to continue serving Thorndale UMC where he’s been appointed part-time since July 2023.

07/01/2023 Senior Pastor Thorndale
07/01/2016 – 06/30/2023 Senior Pastor Grove
10/01/2004 – 06/30/2016 Pastor Lansdale: Christ
07/01/1999 – 06/30/2000 Pastor Romansville
07/01/1999 – 06/30/2000 Pastor Marshallton
01/01/1990 – 06/30/1999 Pastor Bristol: Harriman
08/22/1987 – 12/31/1989 Pastor Morrisville
07/01/1987 – 06/30/1988 Pastor EPA Attend School

Andrew Krpata (Andy) 

Under the provisions of the Discipline, I am blessed to have served 27 years cumulatively in full-time ministry and retire only to continue in my call to the Church as a pastoral coach (akin to life coaching). My personal life mission is to grow people into the fullness of Whose they are. I pray I have done that faithfully by serving my first year in the North Carolina Conference and the remaining years here in EPA. Many of those years were spent serving alongside wonderful staff and motivated lay people. I am thankful. Being 53, I will continue to live out God’s mission in me for many years to come, as expressed in my calling to love and support the Church in a new way. Prayers welcome. You have mine.

07/01/2019 Senior Pastor Hatboro: Lehman Memorial 
07/01/2016 – 06/30/2019 Pastor Bethlehem: Wesley  
07/01/2009 – 06/30/2016 Pastor Levittown: Emilie  
07/01/2002 – 06/30/2009 Pastor Phila.: Roxborough, Ridge Avenue   
07/01/1998 – 06/30/2002 Pastor Lincoln Park: Community  
07/01/1997 – 06/30/1998 Pastor Pamlico UMC 

Sherry L. Lantz

In June, I will complete 24 years in full-time pastoral ministry. Prior to that, I was an active lay person in the United Methodist Church. I have been blessed to serve God in a variety of ways over the years.

I grew up in Lancaster, Pa and have completed degrees from Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. I served as Associate Pastor at West Lawn UMC for 9 years and, in June, will complete 15 years serving Cedarville UMC. 

I am blessed to share life with my husband of almost 50 years. We give thanks for our two adult children, our son-in-law and our six grandchildren and look forward to spending more time with them!

07/01/2009 Senior Pastor Cedarville
07/01/2000 – 06/30/2009 Pastor West Lawn

Etta McCall

07/01/2021 Pastor Darby: Mt. Zion
07/01/2018 – 06/30/2021 Pastor Pottstown: Salem
07/01/2004 – 06/30/2011 Pastor Pipersville: Rolling Hills
07/01/1999 – 06/30/2004 Pastor Doylestown

Reginald A. Monte Jr.

“It’s truly been a joy serving God and God’s people in the North Philadelphia section of Eastern Pa. While in seminary, I came to Haven Penial in 2003 as the Associate Pastor. I was then appointed to Mid-town Parish UMC in March of 2004 where we raised funds for the church to purchase and move into their new modular building. In 2014 I was appointed to Mount Zion UMC where we made many improvements to the physical plant. But the greatest joy was seeing God’s people encouraged, uplifted, spiritual growth, and souls saved. I plan to continue teaching and preaching in retirement.”

07/01/2014 Pastor Phila.: Mount Zion
03/25/2004 – 06/30/2014 Pastor Phila.: Mid-Town Parish

Steven Charles Morton

Born in New Jersey but really a lifelong product of the Eastern PA Conference (West Chester UMC, Camp Innabah, ordained & married in the Albright College chapel), my forty-year career has included three local church appointments, a season on the cabinet, and now the launch of the Leadership Development office.  Across those years, I was privileged to serve on the Cornwall Manor Board of Trustees, the Mid-Atlantic Foundation board, the Duke Divinity School alumni council, and to teach leadership courses at West Chester University (informed by seven trips to South Africa).  My passion remains the empowerment of laity (“Everybody’s Gifted, Everybody Serves”) and the encouragement of pastors.  Joan and I will continue to move back and forth between our homes in Chester County and the Poconos, serving the Church but spending more time with our granddaughter, attending Phillies games, visiting wineries & Williamsburg, and taking walks in the woods.   

07/01/2018 – 06/30/2022 District Superintendent North District, The Eastern PA Conference
07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019 Pastor District Superintendent, North District
07/01/1997 – 06/30/2018 Senior Pastor Hopewell
07/01/1990 – 06/30/1997 Pastor Ephrata: Hope
07/01/1984 – 06/30/1990 Pastor Reading: Faith
01/02/1984 – 06/30/1984 Pastor Kellersville
01/02/1984 – 06/30/1984 Pastor McMichaels
01/02/1984 – 06/30/1984 Pastor Neola
07/01/1983 – 12/31/1984 Pastor Attend School North
07/01/1983 – 12/31/1984 Pastor EPA Attend School

David Glen Ryan

07/01/2023 Senior Pastor Conestoga
07/01/2018 Pastor Strasburg: Wesley
07/01/2018 – 06/30/2022 Pastor Bethesda
07/01/2016 – 06/30/2018 Pastor Phila.: Fox Chase
07/01/2013 – 06/30/2016 Pastor Phila.: Bridesburg
07/01/2012 – 06/30/2018 Pastor Phila.: Kensington (Old Brick)

Timothy James Smith

07/01/2020 Senior Pastor Lebanon: Covenant
07/01/2020 Senior Pastor Indiantown Gap: Emmanuel
07/01/2016 – 06/30/2020 Senior Pastor Mount Joy: St. Mark’s
07/01/2010 – 06/30/2016 Senior Pastor Leola
07/01/2005 – 06/30/2010 Pastor Millersville: First
07/01/1999 – 06/30/2005 Pastor Ironville
07/01/1993 – 06/30/1999 Pastor Bird-in-Hand
07/01/1990 – 06/30/1993 Pastor Saylorsburg: St. Peter’s
07/01/1986 – 06/30/1990 Pastor Gordon: Simpson
07/01/1986 – 06/30/1990 Pastor Barry: Salem
07/01/1984 – 07/01/1986 Pastor Mount Hope
09/01/1983 – 06/30/1984 Pastor Attend School, W Ohio Conference
09/01/1982 – 06/30/1983 Pastor Monroe UMC (W. Ohio Conf.)

Timothy Stewart

During the past fifteen years I have had the honor of serving God as a local licensed pastor.  I began my ministry as a bi-vocational pastor.  As such my first two appointments (Salem UM – Pottstown and Wissinoming UM – Phila) were quarter-time.  After my retirement from secular work, I requested to be moved to a half-time appointment.  I have served our Lord Jesus in this capacity for the last five years at Calvary UM.

My wife, Melanie, and I have been blessed by God, through Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit in so many ways.  While I will miss this ministry the Lord has given us the assurance that it is time to retire due to health and family issues.

07/01/2019 Pastor Ambler: Calvary
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2019 Pastor Phila.: Wissinoming
07/01/2010 – 06/30/2015 Pastor Pottstown: Salem

Robert Lynn Strauss

I have been blessed to serve four amazing congregations over the past 41 years: Stroudsburg: First UMC (Associate), Shoemakersville: Salem UMC, Fairless Hills: Christ UMC, and Jarrettown UMC. It is a joy to see people accept Jesus as their savior, to grow deeper in their faith as disciples, and live out their faith every day! I love to see how God works in people’s lives! I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, traveling to experience God’s beautiful creation, sharing in mission work, and taking long walks on the beach. God is good! All the time!

07/01/2014 Pastor Jarrettown
07/01/1996 – 06/30/2014 Pastor Fairless Hills: Christ
07/01/1987 – 06/30/1996 Pastor Shoemakersville: Salem
07/01/1983 – 06/30/1987 Pastor Stroudsburg
07/01/1981-06/30/1983 Pastor Bangor: First

Walter J. Unterberger

0/15/2020 Pastor Langhorne
07/01/2016 – 10/14/2020 Pastor Colemanville
07/01/2006 – 06/30/2016 Pastor Jarrettown

Steward Warner

I’m retiring after 35 years of FT, 2 years PT,  and 3 years pastoring in seminary for a total of 40 years of pastoral ministry.   Eight years as volunteer Conference Youth Coordinator building a youth rally to 1,000 people and creating the paid conference youth coordinator position.  2 years as Jurisdictional youth coordinator. More than 20 years serving on the Camp and Retreat Board, including serving as vice-chair and chair helping the camps reduce their debt burden.  Giving thanks for recovery and a return to ministry.  I’m hoping to serve as a PT pastor and develop a photography ministry.

07/01/2021 Senior Pastor Lansdale: First
07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019 Pastor New Ringgold: Zion
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2021 Pastor Orwigsburg: Salem
07/01/2011 – 06/30/2015 Pastor Perkasie
07/01/2011 – 06/30/2015 Pastor Perkasie: First
07/01/2007 – 06/30/2011 Pastor Reading: Holy Cross
07/01/2004 – 06/30/2007 Pastor Annville
10/01/2002 – 06/30/2003 Pastor Phila.: Holmesburg
07/01/2000 – 06/30/2002 Pastor EPA Incapacity Leave
07/01/1998 – 06/30/2000 Pastor Swarthmore
07/01/1990 – 06/30/1998 Pastor Phila.: Bustleton
07/01/1985 – 06/30/1990 Pastor Lancaster: First
07/01/1984 – 06/30/1985 Pastor EPA Attend School

William Matthew Whayland

07/01/2015 Pastor Bellegrove
07/01/2011 Pastor Lebanon: St. John’s
07/01/2007 – 06/30/2011 Pastor Annville: Kauffman’s
07/01/2005 – 06/30/2007 Pastor Marticville
07/17/2000 – 06/30/2005 Pastor Lancaster: Otterbein
07/01/1995 – 07/01/2000 Pastor EPA Leave of Absence
07/01/1986 – 06/30/1995 Pastor Lebanon: Memorial
07/01/1986 – 06/30/1995 Pastor Lebanon: Mountville
07/01/1985 – 06/30/1986 Pastor Belmont Hills: Ashland Avenue
07/01/1985 – 06/30/1986 Pastor Gladwyne
07/01/1983 – 06/30/1985 Pastor Minersville
07/01/1983 – 06/30/1985 Pastor Llewellyn
07/01/1982 – 06/30/1983 Pastor Avondale
07/01/1981 – 06/30/1982 Pastor EPA Attend School

Rick E. Wrisley

10/02/2016 Pastor Reading: St. Matthews