Meet Our Staff
These are the beautiful people who support the many ministries here at FPC.
REV. DR. JANET NOLTING CARTER
Interim Lead Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Janet Nolting Carter accepted an offer from our session to serve as our interim lead pastor effective October 1, 2020. Jan previously served as transitional pastor at Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, D.C., a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in the heart of our nation’s capital. Jan received her doctorate in ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She also holds graduate degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania. Jan is a Blue Devil, doing her undergraduate work at Duke University where she had the privilege of serving as its first woman student government president. Jan has chosen to specialize in transitional ministry, both as a pastor and a trainer. Since 2005, she has served in transitional capacities in a variety of church settings, mostly in Carlisle Presbytery around Harrisburg, PA where she served most recently at St. James Presbyterian Church (2014-2017). She served as a Healthy Congregations facilitator in both the Northern Kansas and Carlisle Presbyteries and is a trained mediator through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. Teaching Transitional Ministry brings Jan joy; for the last five years, she has been part of the teaching team at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is the mother of two children, Seth, age 18, and Sarah, 12.
REV. STEPHEN EMICK
Pastor for Pastoral Care
First called to FPCA in 1995, Stephen currently serves as Pastor for Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, with a passion for helping all members and friends of FPCA to become more faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Stephen previously served as Associate Pastor for Christian Education at Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, Virginia and as Youth Minister at Hickory Street Presbyterian Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Stephen also held positions as Exploring Executive with Boy Scouts of America, in Scranton, and as an Account Executive/Radio Announcer at WWDL/WICK in Scranton. He received his BA in Communication Arts/Radio and Television from Marywood University, his Master of Arts in Christian Education at Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and his Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Stephen and his wife Barbara spend much of their free time supporting the activities of their two daughters, Allison and Emily. Stephen also enjoys reading biographies, non-fiction and has returned to a childhood love of model trains and chocolate-covered gummy bears.
REV. TAYLOR HALL
Pastor for Youth and Faith Formation
The Rev. Taylor Steven Hall is our Pastor for Youth and Faith Formation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Taylor served as a camp chaplain at Metigoshe Outdoor Ministries in Bottineau, ND; a chaplain extern at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO; and a pastoral intern at Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville, NJ. Before being called to serve at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Taylor served as Associate Pastor at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend, IN.
Taylor has served various different facets of ministry with a special emphasis in faith formation, youth ministry, intergenerational community building, LGBTQ+ advocacy, caring for creation, worship design & implementation, mission trip & retreat planning, volunteer & leader empowerment, and research in the engagement and outreach to millennials & young families.
Commissioned Lay Pastor for Arabic Ministries
Moufid serves the extensive Middle Eastern community at FPCA and in Allentown, and leads the church’s Arabic-language worship every Sunday. He started his career at FPCA as a volunteer in 1994, and later joined the staff on a part time basis in 2001. Moufid received his BA at American University in Beirut and his Master of Divinity and Master of Theological studies at Moravian Theological Seminary. As a sixth-generation worldwide Presbyterian pastor, Moufid was previously owner of several food service businesses and held the position of CEO and Managing Partner at Chubb Fire Security in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Moufid and his wife Afaf, are long-time members of FPCA and have three sons. In addition to his love of preaching and helping people in need, Moufid also enjoys several hobbies, including writing poetry in Arabic and babysitting his granddaughter.
Director, Weekday Preschool
In her duties as Director of Preschool, Barbara’s goal is to ensure a nurturing environment to encourage the social, physical, emotional and cognitive development of each student and to promote Christian love and values. She oversees a staff of 11 teachers of children from ages 2-5. Originally from Frazer, Pennsylvania, Barbara received her BS in Elementary Education at Shippensburg University and her Masters in Elementary Education at Kutztown University. She is the mother of three children and a one granddaughter. In her free time, Barb enjoys reading and gardening. She is also a passionate sports fan, resulting from watching sports with her father as child. Her Uncle is an All-American player from the University of Georgia and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Director, Adult Spiritual Formation
Pam has been a part of the FPCA family since 1983 and has held various interim positions, but has most recently been named as Director of Adult Spiritual Formation. In this role, Pam oversees and coordinates all adult spiritual formation and small groups and resources the Nominating and Equipping team and the Stewardship team. Pam received her BA in Communications Education with an emphasis in Public Relations at Susquehanna University and her Masters in Theological Studies at Moravian Theological Seminary. Born and raised in Allentown, Pam and her husband Andy are the parents to two grown children, James and Charles. In her spare time, Pam enjoys sailing and sewing and spending as much time as possible at her “happy place”, Chautauqua Lake.
Coordinator, Traditional Worship
Caley joined the FPCA staff in June 2009 as Ministry Support for Spiritual Formation and Mission and is now Coordinator of Communications. Her duties include production of the weekly bulletins and eblast, overseeing social media accounts, coordinating the production of various church publications and any other outbound church communications. Caley attended Penn State Hazleton Campus and is from Nescopeck, PA. She is the proud mom to Brody and currently resides in Wescosville. While not at work, Caley likes to read, travel with her family, hear live music and watch old movies.
Associate, Children’s and Youth Choirs
Director of Intergenerational Faith Formation and Fellowship
ABRAHAM PA CAWI
Lay Director for Chin Burmese Ministries
Abraham Pa Cawi is from Chin state in Western Burma. His wife’s name is Hniang, and I have two children, Othniel and Victoria Sang. He received a Bachelor of Theology from Myanmar of Christ Bible in 2008. He received a Bachelor of Science at Kalay University College at Burma/Myanmar, in 2007. He was ordained as pastor on May 11, 2014 by River of Life Sanctuary, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. He used to be the Gyuichi Japaneses restaurant assistant Manager in Malaysia.
Currently, Abraham volunteers as “Lay Director for Chin Burmese Ministries” under since 2014. He loves preaching, giving advise to the Chin country people, and helping them. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, playing guitar, singing, and helping his wife take care their baby.
Director of Children Ministries
Director of Youth Faith Formation
Having been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown since 1983, Larry joined the staff on December 1, 2017. He made his career mostly in the Health & Human Services arena serving in many financial and operational capacities, so this position seemed very appealing to him when it became available. In this position, Larry is responsible for managing the Financial, Administrative and Support staff of the church as well as the church facilities. By way of education, Larry holds a B.S. in Accounting from York College of Pennsylvania and has an MBA in Finance from Wilkes University. In addition to his role at the church, he currently also serves as an adjunct professor for the DeSales University MBA program.
When not working, Larry enjoys spending time engaged in many activities with his wife Sherry, their two daughters & sons-in law, and their three granddaughters. Larry can also be found on the golf course working on his handicap.
Tara joined the FPCA staff in July 2013 and serves as staff accountant. She is responsible for the day to day financial activities of members, visitors and staff and assists with many accounting functions such as contributions, accounts payable and receivable and numerous other financial transactions. Employed by the US Postal Service for 21 years, Tara opened and operated her own deli for several years before returning to school to obtain her Associate Degree in Accounting at Lehigh Carbon Community College. She is married to her wonderful husband Roger and has one grown daughter. Her hobbies include auction hunting with her husband, traveling and motorcycle rides. Tara recently traveled with her husband on the same motorcycle from Pennsylvania through 11 other states, logging over 5,300 miles in 16 days. She is looking forward to doing it again!
Ministry Support, Pastoral Care, Worship and Connections
Joanne recently joined our staff as Ministry Support for Membership, Pastoral Care and Connections. In this role, she provides administrative support for all the worship ministries, membership logistics and follow-up, as well as general office duties. Joanne also coordinates all baptisms, weddings and funerals and works closely with church families to meet their needs during these occasions. A native of Staten Island, NY, Joanne graduated with Regents honors from St Joseph Hill Academy and attended St John’s University. She is the mother of twins, Kaitlyn and James and is engaged to her fiance, Robert. She enjoys live music and has trained and shown dogs in various related sports since 1991, although her children’s activities have now taken precedent over her dog shows.
Assistant to the Pastor
Nancy Hoffman grew up attending FPCA and has been a current member of our church family since she and her husband Mark moved back to the Lehigh Valley in 2002 after years living in New Jersey and California. Mark and Nancy have two children, Brian who is about to leave for his freshman year at Temple University and Amy who will be a freshman at Parkland High School. As a member, she has led various programs in Children’s ministry such as VBS and Youth Club. Currently, she is a member of one of our small study groups and serves on the communication team. When not driving her daughter to her activities, she enjoys reading, relaxing with her dog, and traveling. She will be working part-time as an assistant to Jack.