Meet Our Staff

These are the beautiful people who support the many ministries here at FPC.

OUR PASTORS

Jan Nolting Carter

REV. DR. JANET NOLTING CARTER

Transitional Pastor
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The Rev. Dr. Janet Nolting Carter accepted an offer from our session to serve as our transitional 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.

Stephen Emick

REV. STEPHEN EMICK

Pastor for Pastoral Care
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Stephen was called to First Presbyterian in January 1995 to serve as our Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults.  His role was later expanded to Pastor for Spiritual Formation and Discipleship and he now serves as our Pastor for Pastoral Care.  He provides leadership to all caring ministries including the Board of Deacons and Stephen Ministers as well as coordinating pastoral care with the other pastors.  Additionally, he provides support for our Mission Leadership Team.

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 (now Union Presbyterian Seminary).

Stephen is married to Barbara, a nurse, and they have two young adult daughters, Allison and Emily.  Stephen is an American Flyer model train collector, family genealogy explorer, enjoys doing all sorts of things in the yard and garden, and has an insatiable sweet tooth – especially fond of Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

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REV. TAYLOR HALL

Pastor for Youth and Faith Formation
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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.

PROGRAM STAFF

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MOUFID KHOURY

Commissioned Lay Pastor for Arabic Ministries
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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.

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PAM WEISS

Director for Adult Faith Formation and Connections
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Pam has been a part of the FPCA family since 1983 and has held various interim positions, but currently serves as Director for Connections and Adult Faith Formation.  Some of her responsibilities include Small Group Ministry, New Member Inquiry Classes, and Adult Faith Formation opportunities throughout the week.  Pam received her BA in Communications Education from Susquehanna University and her Masters in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Theology at Moravian Theological Seminary.  In addition to her work at FPCA, she serves on several local boards, focusing on interdenominational and interfaith relations and cooperative work.  Pam and her husband, Andy, are parents to two grown sons, 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.

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TOM DRESSLER

Coordinator, Traditional Worship
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CALEY OELS

Communications Coordinator
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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.

Brandon Remp

BRANDON REMP

Director of Children and Youth Choirs
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Brandon Remp has been the Director of Youth and Children’s Choirs here at First Presbyterian since October of 2016. Brandon receive his Bachelors in Music Education from Moravian College in 2008. Out of college Brandon returned to his high school Alma Mater, William Allen High School, and became the vocal music teacher and director of the William Allen Chorale.

Brandon is married to Meredith, a pre-school administrator/teacher for Bright Horizons Lafayette, and enjoys biking, trivia nights with friends, and the occasional video game.

Abraham Sang

ABRAHAM PA CAWI

Lay Director for Chin Burmese Ministries
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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 serves 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.

Kathy Schmied

KATHY SCHMIED

Director of Intergenerational Faith Formation and Fellowship
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Kathy joined the FPCA staff in May 2016 and has served in a variety of capacities including her current role as Director of Intergenerational Ministry and Fellowship. In addition to collaborating with her fellow Faith Formation team colleagues, she coordinates opportunities for our church community to grow in relationship with one another and God. Prior to serving on staff, Kathy was active as a youth leader in our youth ministry while engaged in her professional career in education. Leisurely enjoyments include reading and playing with her grandson, board games with family, Louise Penny books, and trying new recipes.

JoAnn Jones

JOANN JONES

Director of Children and Tweens Faith Formation
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JoAnn joined the FPCA Staff in Fall of 2016, as support for Faith Formation. Her love of children, desire to develop and facilitate creative faith building methods as well as collaborate with the Faith Formation Team eventually led to her current position. JoAnn is no stranger to education and developmental needs of children. She has a bachelor’s degree from IUP and master’s degree from Lehigh University, and a career spanning thirty-six plus years of teaching elementary learners in the Allentown School District. JoAnn has been a member of FPCA for twenty-four years and has served on various teams from development and implementation of Safe Sanctuaries initiative to serving as Sunday School Mentor, Confirmation Advisor, and member of Faith Formation Vision Team, and Nominating Team. Her faith dreams include empowering families to know themselves as the most significant faith builders in the life of their children and developing pathways toward this goal while celebrating the wonder and play of God’s children. Leisure time is spent in her garden, reading a book, and preparing for her first grandchild.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Larry Deal

LARRY DEAL

Business Administrator
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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 four granddaughters.  Larry can also be found on the golf course working on his handicap.

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TARA DRAYER

Staff Accountant
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Tara joined the staff of FPCA July, 2013 as Staff Accountant.  Prior to FPCA, she was employed in a range of positions with the USPS for many years.  She had dabbled as a small business owner for a short time, which guided her to the path of accounting.  Personal interests include traveling with her husband, spending time with family and friends and cooking.

PRESCHOOL STAFF

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BARBARA CULP

Director, Weekday Preschool
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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.

Trish Brown

TRISH BROWN

Weekday Preschool Teacher
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Trish has been teaching our Young 3’s class with Lori George since 2011 and our Older 3’s class with Lydia Day since 2016. Prior to that she was home with her own three children who all attended the Preschool as well. Trish has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering, which makes her particularly suited for all of the Lego and block building we do in class. From 2015-2017, she also worked as the Director of Children’s Ministry at FPCA. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing anything outside. She also loves watching college basketball, proud to root for her Alma Mater, UCONN men’s and women’s teams.

Danell Fowler

DANELL FOWLER

Weekday Preschool Teacher
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Danell is a co-teacher alongside Jen Kareha in the 4 year old classroom.
She is a graduate of Kutztown University with a BS in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. She taught at Dieruff High School in Allentown and Southern Lehigh High School in Center Valley for a total of 10 years. She then had her second daughter, and she and her husband decided that she would find part-time positions instead of a full-time teaching position. She started teaching preschool at Schoolhouse Christian Preschool when her youngest started attending there since it was close to where we were living at the time in Saucon Valley. They then moved to Orefield where they are currently living.
Danell then went back to LCCC to get an ESL certification and started ESL tutoring to children and adults. She then became a registered behavior technician and assisted children with special needs. She then taught at Hope Nursery School until its closure and now is co-teaching the 4’s program here at First Presbyterian Church. Danell also taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School for many years at various churches bringing her total teaching experience in various forms to 26 years with the last 3 being at First Pres.
Her 2 daughters keep her and her husband busy with their schedules and activities. She also enjoys reading and volunteering at a local dog rescue organization.

Lori George

LORI GEORGE

Weekday Preschool Teacher
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Lori graduated from Marywood University with degrees in Elementary Education and English, and earned a combined master’s degree in Special Education and Reading from St. Joseph’s University. She taught in the Philadelphia and Allentown school districts before having kids, who happen to be First Presbyterian Preschool alumni! Lori has been teaching in the three year old class at First Presbyterian for the past ten years. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading, spending time with her cats, and watching her four kids play their sports. Her family loves baseball, and their favorite things to do together are to watch games and travel to different ballparks.

Jennifer Kareha

JENNIFER KAREHA

Weekday Preschool Teacher
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Jen Kareha IS a co-teacher alongside Danell Fowler in the 4 year old preschool class.

She has a BS degree from Kutztown University in General Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Psychology. She completed her teacher education requirements from Wilson College. She has worked as a child care teacher, a personal assistant for a special needs child, and was an assistant director for the Gettysburg YWCA child care center for a few years and have been teaching preschool at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown for the last five years. Jen also led vacation Bible school for two years as well as volunteered for many years in the art/craft areas for vacation Bible school.

Her three daughters keep her and her husband busy with all of their activities. Jen is a co-leader for each of her girls Girl Scout troops. In her spare time, she likes to crochet blankets, hike, camp and spend time with family going to Walt Disney World.

Melissa Luksic

MELISSA LUKSIC

Weekday Preschool Teacher
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Melissa currently teaches the 5 day PreKindergarten class. She has been part of the preschool since 2010, first as a parent then joining the faculty in 2018.
Melissa has her BSEd in Early Childhood and a MA in Information Technology.

Melissa was a classroom teacher in Bristol Borough SD and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She taught Pre-K through 3rd grade from 1995-2010.
She and husband, John, have 5 children! They all enjoy reading, playing cards, fishing and hiking together. They live in Allentown and are happy to be a part of the community.

Molly Szewczak

MOLLY SZEWCZAK

Weekday Preschool Teacher
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Molly is a graduate of Moravian College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has been teaching the PreK class at First Presbyterian for the past 15 years. Her favorite part of her job is the kids….they make her laugh every single day!

In her free time she loves the beach, reading, swimming, spending time with friends/family and Pinterest. She lives in Whitehall with her husband and two sons.

PROPERTY TEAM

Roger Drayer

ROGER DRAYER

Property Manager
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I (please call me Rog) am a US Navy veteran having served 4 years with a P-3 squadron in the North Atlantic.  Shortly after my service in the US Navy I moved to the Lehigh Valley where I was hired as a mail clerk in US Postal Service.  Holding many positions during my 28 year postal career, I retired as Postmaster of a medium sized office where I managed 43 full time craft employees and two subordinate supervisors.  Currently, it is my pleasure to be part of the FPCA staff and serve the membership as your Property Manager.

Personal interests include adventures with my partner in crime (wife), wood working, auctions (yep!), anything on two wheels, time with family and friends and knocking the rust off.

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CATHY WILEY

Custodian
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PETER BOYLE

Custodian
Kevin Litzinger

KEVIN LITZINGER

Custodian
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