Meet Our Staff

  • Meet Our PastorDennis Lohr, Lead Pastor
    During seminary days, Pastor Dennis was employed by a limousine company.  As dispatcher, he expertly handled numerous phone calls at the same time and drove a limo fearlessly through Chicago.  That may have been a great learning experience for eventually serving as Lead Pastor for the Palmyra CoB.  Or perhaps more accurately, this favorite quotation served as preparation:  “Be ready ...
  • Bill Cave, Coordinator of Congregational Care
    Bill grew up locally in Palmdale just west of Palmyra. He attended and graduated from Elizabethtown College majoring in Bible and Philosophy.  While in college, he was a member of the choir and his interest in choral music continues today. Bill also enjoys model building (boats and airplane kits),  kayaking and kite flying. Bill is married to Diane and they ...
  • Rachel Witkovsky, Director of Young Adult Ministries
    With the ending of her two year term in Brethren Volunteer Service, Rachel Witkovsky’s journey has led her to Palmyra where she is now Director of Young Adult Ministries.  Describing herself as happy, contemplative and a nurturer, Rachel’s favorite quote has helped to prepare her to work with those who are continuing to grow in their faith journeys. “Faith is ...
  • Meet BethanyBethany Hoffer, Director of Youth Ministries
    “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible”.   Armed with this favorite quote by Corrie ten Boom, Bethany Hoffer became the Director of Youth Ministries after serving two summers as an intern at PCoB.   Bethany came to PCoB for the part time position in 2011.  Her position includes directing the senior and junior high programs, recruiting and working ...
  • Missy Thompson, Director of Children’s Ministries
      “A ship in harbor is safe— but that is not what ships are built for”, a quote from John Shedd is a favorite of Missy Thompson, who as captain of the ship for the children at PCoB has guided her ship far from the harbor.  Otherwise known as Children’s Ministry Mobilizer, Missy is responsible for developing children’s events, Children’s Church ...
  • Jeff Clouser, Music Director
    As Music Director, Jeff facilitates the choral, handbell and praise team programs and participates in the planning of the worship services.  Jeff feels it is really about the passion of the music and not just the perfection of it.  Music expressed with conviction is certainly heartfelt. Jeff’s philosophy of music is summed up by Helen Kemp’s mantra, “Body, Mind, Spirit, ...
  • Gail Wagner, Office Administrator
    “Palmyra Church of the Brethren.  This is Gail”.  This is the greeting when the telephone at PCoB is answered by our Office Administrator, Gail Wagner.  Gail states that her duties are to “assist the congregation in carrying out its ministries.”  This statement covers the countless tasks, responsibilities and activities that she encounters within one day. Gail grew up in Elysburg, PA, ...