Westminster Church Staff
Dr. Michael A. Rogers, Senior Pastor
BA from Houghton College - 1970, MTS (Theology), Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary - 1973, THM (New Testament), Gordon Conwell Seminary - 1974, Doctor of Ministry, Westminster Theological Seminary - 1988
- Pastor, Worthington Presbyterian Church (Worthington, PA) 1974-1976
- Pastor, Hillcrest Presbyterian Church (Monroeville, PA) 1976-1977
- Associate Pastor, Randall Memorial Church (Williamsville, NY) 1977-1980
- Founding Pastor, Church of the Savior (PCA) (Williamsville, NY) 1980-1988
- Senior Pastor, Valley Presbyterian (Lutherville, MD) 1988-1994
- Senior Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian - Since 1994
Dr. Rogers and his wife Carol met in high school at Williamsville, New York, and married in 1969. Their four children and fourteen grandchildren living locally are members of the Westminster congregation.
Dr. Rogers is our primary preacher, worship planner and moderator of Session. He coordinates the ministry staff and session committee programs to unify our mission and vision. He oversees deacons, new member classes, radio ministry and officer training. Since 2002, Dr. Rogers has been a trustee for Westminster Theological Seminary. He is author of Baptism and the Covenant of Grace and the 2013 volume, What Happens After I Die? (Crossway Books).
Dr. Rogers considers his life Scripture passage to be Psalm 73:25,26, "Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Dr. John S. Light, Senior Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care
BS from Dickinson College - 1975, MA and Master of Divinity, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School - 1981, Doctor of Ministry, Westminster Theological Seminary - 2002
- Pastor, Hanover Evangelical Free (Hanover, PA) 1981-1987
- Pastor, New Life Presbyterian (North Middletown, NJ) 1987-1995
- Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian 1995-2003
- Senior Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian - Since 2003
Dr. Light and his wife Patty met in Carlisle, PA, where he was raised; they were married in 1975. They live in Lancaster and have three grown children. They delight in six grandchildren.
Dr. Light's ministry provides broad oversight to pastoral care issues and he has many counseling appointments weekly. He preaches and teaches regularly and oversees adult education and women's ministry. Dr. Rogers views him as an invaluable partner in many major decisions.
Dr. Light receives great personal encouragement from 2 Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Dr. W. Tuck (Tucker) York, Associate Pastor of Ministry Oversight
BE (Bachelor of Engineering) from Vanderbilt University - 1997, Master of Divinity, Covenant Theological Seminary - 2003, Doctor of Ministry, Westminster Theological Seminary - 2016
- Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church - Since 2003
William Tuck York ("Tucker") is a native of Spring, Texas, near Houston. Tucker married Stacy in 1998. Now making their home in Lancaster, the Yorks have seven children.
Tucker covers several ministry bases on our staff, including preaching, teaching, worship leadership, and visitation as well as focused ministries with young adults, families, small groups, assimilation, lay training, missions & outreach. He also served as a leader in Westminster’s capital debt reduction campaign and strategic planning effort in recent years.
Tucker mentions a life verse from Philippians 3:7-8, "Whatever was to my profit I now consider a loss for the sake of Christ, What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things."
Keith C. Irvine, Associate Pastor of Visitation
BA in Religious Education from Shelton College - 1966, Master of Divinity from Faith Theological Seminary - 1970
- Pastor at Faith Bible Church (Norristown, PA) 1970-1976
- Pastor at Bible Baptist Church, reformed (Akron, PA) 1977-1987
- Served on the board of Bible Evangelism, Inc. (Hatfield, PA)
- Associate Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Since 2007
Keith C. Irvine was raised in Wilkinsburg, PA. He met his wife Becky as a fellow student in the seminary, and they were married in 1971. They have three children: one is a counselor locally, and two are missionaries abroad.
In 2007 he joined our staff to serve primarily in visitation to sick and elderly members and to assist our Membership Care committee. Keith's compassionate gospel witness and spontaneous songs of praise have come to be valued by many Westminster folks in times of crisis or loneliness.
Christopher A. Walker, Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry
BA in Classical Studies from Hillsdale College -2006, Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary -2008
- 2008-2013 Secondary Teacher and Athletic Director, Veritas Academy, Leola PA.
- 2013- Present Associate Pastor for Youth, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster PA.
Chris joined our staff in August, 2013. He and his wife Kate joined Westminster in 2009, after Chris became a teacher and athletic director at Veritas Academy in Leola, where he served for five years. They live in Leola and have three children, Alana, Drew and Annette. Chris is a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He planned a career in Christian education, possibly as a school headmaster. In 2012 his wife inquired whether he had given serious thought to pastoral ministry. After Chris prayed about this for a while, God opened his heart in this direction and our need for a youth pastor followed in short order! We believe God's hand positioned Chris right in our midst, to inherit leadership of a healthy youth ministry led so well by Troy De Bruin. Chris was ordained by our presbytery in fall 2013. He mentions a verse he and Kate together cherish, Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
Patricia L. Bleecker, Organist and Director of Music
BS Music Education (Organ Major) Elizabethtown College - 1969, Graduate Studies for Teacher Certification - West Chester University
- Organist, Ephrata Church of the Brethren - 1962-1965
- College Choir Organist, Elizabethtown College - 1965-1969
- Music Teacher, Conestoga Valley School District - 1969-1974
- Music Faculty and Organist, Lancaster Bible College - 1986-1991
- Organist, Westminster Presbyterian Church - Since 1973
- Director of Music, Westminster Presbyterian Church - Since 1983
Patricia L. Bleecker is the longest continuous Westminster employee! She currently oversees a music program with four vocal choirs, two handbell choirs, four instrumental ensembles and many instrumental and vocal soloists. She is responsible for the planning, scheduling, organizing and staffing of all musical activities in worship services.
An Ephrata native, Pat married Mark Bleecker in 2002. Together, they share five children. As a musician, Pat is encouraged by Zephaniah 3:17, "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing."
Jonathan Humbert joined our music staff in 2010 as part-time Organ Assistant. He accompanies the Matins Choir and is the primary substitute organist. Jonathan lives in Elizabethtown with his wife, Priscilla and son, Joshua. He works full-time as a MRI technologist. A former student at Lancaster Bible College, he studied organ with Carl Schroeder and Dr. Timothy Sidebothom.
Frank Dodd is our part-time Handbell Choirs Director. A native of Corry, PA, Frank now resides in Ephrata and is the K-8 music teacher at Lititz Area Mennonite School where he teaches general music classes, elementary and middle school choirs, and oversees a multi-tiered band program. He is a 2010 graduate of Grove City College where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. Frank also earned a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music. He holds fast to Psalm 73:25-26, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Children and Youth Ministries
Mary Jo Rader, Director of Children's Ministry
B.S. (Business and Personnel Management) Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA-1986, Masters in Ministry program - partial credits completed at Lancaster Bible College-2004-2006, Currently enrolled in Masters of Religious Education at Liberty University Online
- Instructor, Lancaster Bible College, Biblical Enrichment Institute, 2011
- Director of Youth Ministry, Wheatland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA, 2005-2011
- Various positions in business, retail sales and personnel oversight, 1989-1999
Rachel E. Waldo, Nursery Coordinator
BS (Business Management) Millersville University - 2010
- Volleyball coach for Veritas Academy
- Licensed Health and life and property and casualty insurance agent at local insurance Agency
- Nursery Coordinator at Westminster since October 2013
Rachel coordinates the scheduling of volunteers for all nurseries, infant through age three during all stated services of the church. She train and informs all volunteer staff in the nursery program in church and childcare policies, fire safety, and emergency procedures, plus coordinates and chairs the Nursery Committee. Rachel was born in Annapolis, MD, but grew up in Lancaster, PA, and Salisbury, MD. She married her husband Jason in 2005. They have four children: Nora, Jay, Ivy, and Violet. Rachel has attended Westminster for over 20 years. She takes great comfort in Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Kerri Rogers, Children’s Ministry Assistant
Associates degree in Bible from Lancaster Bible College
- Receptionist at Westminster 1998-1999
- Children's Ministry Assistant since August 2012
Kerri handles a multitude of tasks assisting in all facets of our ministry to children. Kerri grew up attending Westminster and is the daughter of members Ken & Dawn Larsen. In 1997, she married Paul; they have five children, Emma, Jillian, Michael, Wesley and Lewis. The Rogers live in Manheim Township. Kerri's favorite verse is Colossians 3:2-3 “Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Melissa White, Youth Ministry Assistant
BA in Art from Belhaven University - 2010
- Taught PreK-3rd grade at Jackson Classical School 2009-2010
- Volunteer Youth Staff at Severna Park EP Church, Pasadena MD 2012-2015
- Youth Ministry Assistance since February 2015
Melissa assists Chris Walker in the youth ministry, helping with the planning and organization of programs, leading Girls' Bible studies, and mentoring young women to grow in Christ. Melissa grew up on the gulf coast of Florida. She married her husband, Andrew, in 2010 and they now live in Manheim Township. One of Melissa's favorite verses is Galatians 5:1 - "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
Dr. Joan F. Stratton, Director of Women's Ministry
BA, cum laude, Houghton College - 1968, MABS, high honor, Dallas Theological Seminary - 1980, Doctor of Ministry, Liberty Theological Seminary - 2006
- Served on Faculty at numerous schools - Since 1968
- Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Lancaster Bible College (Lancaster, PA), 2002-2015
- Director of Women's Ministry, Westminster Presbyterian Church - Since 2007
Dr. Joan Stratton began part-time work as Director of Women’s Ministry in 2007. In 2016 she became full time and works with many volunteers to cultivate, mentor, and guide ministry functions that meet the needs of our women, stressing biblical instruction and spiritual support. She is an experienced counselor with a heart for the deep struggles that women face in various roles and phases of life, and she invests much of her time as an adjunct to Dr. Light’s counseling ministry. A native of Washington D.C., Joan married Raymond Stratton in 1970 and was widowed in May, 2009. She has a son Nathan, a daughter Jessica Dorman, and one grandson. She is a graduate of Houghton College, and she holds an MA in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as a Doctor of Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. She taught for 29 years on the high school and college levels and is fluent in Spanish. Joan offers Romans 11:36 for God’s praise, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.”
Jen Barrall, Great Commission Coordinator
Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, English; Minor in Psychology; Millersville University - 1999
- Great Commission Coordinator at Westminster since 2000
Jen handles the administrative duties for the Great Commission Committee and coordinates the annual missions conference and short-term mission trips. She loves volunteering in the ESL ministry as a teacher for the Tuesday night Level 2 class and as a classroom helper in the Sunday school ESL class. A Lancaster native, Jen became a Christian through the ministry of Westminster Church when she was in 12th grade. Jen and her husband Steve have three children: Bethany, Jed, and Kaitlyn. She shares that Romans chapters 3 and 5 have special meaning for her, as those are the Scripture passages that the Holy Spirit used to help her understand her need for a Savior, and that salvation comes only from belief in Jesus Christ and not through her own works. “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks God. ...But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Laura Stackhouse, Librarian
BS in Education from Millersville University with certifications in Elementary Education and Library Science
- Substitute in school libraries and classrooms since 2004
- Experience organizing and managing a library
Laura started volunteering in the church library in 2007 and has served as librarian since 2010, joining our staff in 2015. Laura computerized our library’s catalog of 7,000 items. Besides maintaining our existing collection, her duties also include the cataloging and processing of all materials. She manages the ordering of new resources, reviews donated items, and recruits and oversees our library volunteers. Originally from Strafford, PA, Laura made Lancaster her home when she married David Stackhouse in 1976. They have two daughters, Amy Weinstein and Sara Penwarden. Laura's favorite verse is Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
Michael S. Ploutz, Church Administrator
AS, SUNY Delhi, 1985
- Automotive Technician, 1985-1990
- Plant Supervisor, US Commstruct, 1990-1992
- Senior Project Manager, ComDev, 1992-1997
- Operations Manager, Miller Building Systems, 1997-2008
- General Manager, Mobile/Modular Express II, LLC, 2008-2009
- WPC Church Administrator since 2009
Michael is originally from Binghamton, NY, but the Ploutzes now live in Leola. Michael married a childhood friend Patricia, now a 6th grade teacher at Veritas Academy, in 1986. They have three children.
The Church Administrator oversees the `business' side of our ministry. Michael schedules the use and maintenance of our facility, deals with human relations issues, guides payroll and administers the custodial and office support staff. He has a strong mechanical aptitude and organizational gifts, having been an automotive technician and a manufacturing plant operations manager prior to employment here. He mentions Ephesians 2:8 as important to his life, "For it is by grace you are saved through faith - and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God."
Amy Ormerod, Office Manager
BA in Biblical Studies, Washington Bible College
Amy started in our office in 2005 as database secretary and receptionist. She still maintains the details of the large church database which includes producing address directories, plus prints the weekly bulletin, assists visitors, and manages the office. Amy has been blessed to be married to her husband Dana for almost four decades. The Ormerods are parents to Daniele, Nathan, and Josh. They live in Ronks, PA, and enjoy traveling to Europe.
Alyssa Soule, Pastors’ & Financial Secretary
B.S. Bible & Social Services, Lancaster Bible College Lancaster PA – 2005
- Assistant Director, Small Frey’s Children Center, Manheim, PA, 2005-2010
- Executive Assistant, World Mission Associates, Lancaster, PA, 2010-2015
- Administrative Assistant, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2014-2016
- Pastors’ & Financial Secretary, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2016-present
Alyssa Soule joined the church staff in 2014. Her primary office duties include direct assistance to Dr. Rogers, Dr. Light, and Dr. York as well as handling all aspects of financial recording and reporting. Alyssa grew up in Lancaster County where many of her family members still reside, including five siblings, all of whom are adopted. She met her husband Andrew at Lancaster Bible College where she earned both her “Mrs. Degree” as well as a B.S. in Bible and Social Services. Alyssa and Andrew live in Lititz. A Bible verse that has often reminded Alyssa of the Lord’s sufficiency is Psalm 37:4-6 “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday”.
Elaine High, Christian Education Secretary
B.S Bible & Youth Ministry, Lancaster Bible College Lancaster PA - 2003
- Sales Clerk and Music buyer’s secretary at Provident Bookstore – 1999-2007
- Office Secretary at a small local ministry – 2007-2013
- Receptionist, Admissions and Physician Secretary at Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital – 2012-2014
Elaine High joined our staff in 2014. Her primary duties include production of communications, brochures, and posters for all aspects of our ministries to children and adults. She also assists Pat in the music department with publications and music software.
Elaine grew up in Lancaster County. She met her husband, Jason High, at Lancaster Bible College where she earned her BS in Bible and youth ministry. Elaine and Jason High have three children: Nathan, Charis, and Thomas. They live in Lancaster City. Elaine uses the verse from 2 Cor. 12:9 in her personal testimony, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Betsy A. Graver, Publications Secretary
College course certifications in writing and grammar from Lancaster Bible College, Penn State University and Harrisburg Area Community College
Betsy A. Graver has served our church office since 1978. First as church secretary, then the pastors’ secretary full-time until August 2015, and now part time as Publications Secretary. A Lancaster native, she married Daniel Graver in 1961 and was widowed in 1995. She has a son Jesse and daughter Nancy (Rick) Nonnenmocher, with three grandchildren. Betsy assists the church in various ways, with the major task of preparing our detailed Sunday bulletin. Her life verse is Philippians 4:8, but a verse that has helped as she concludes her days as her savior’s servant on earth is “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).