Our Mission

Our mission is to invite, welcome, nurture, disciple, equip, empower, and inspire all persons

to live and to serve in the way of Jesus.

 

Our Impact

We are a strong and purposeful congregation, nurturing faith through worship experiences with thoughtful messages and inspiring music, in an atmosphere of mutual care.  Our fellowship, study, and service ministries strengthen us individually and collectively, promoting growth in faith and its outward expressions of love to our neighbors near and far.  We have played key roles in launching and supporting collaborative community projects including The Caring Cupboard, Interfaith Manor, Londonderry Village, PACC Counseling Center, and the Phoenix Youth Center.

Our Nature

We welcome diverse perspectives.  We are theologically curious.  We like to think deeply.  We affirm questions and doubts as integral to faith and hope.  We trust that each person has something of value to contribute to our understanding and practice of faith.  We strive to put our faith into action in ways that bless others.

Our Roots

The Church of the Brethren was formed over 300 years ago in Europe as part of a movement that emphasized adult baptism, the importance of community, simplicity, non-violence, and a scripture-grounded faith that captured the heart and found expression in service to others.  Our congregation was formed over 125 years ago as a mission point of the Spring Creek congregation in Hershey.  Our denominational tag line is “Continuing the work of Jesus.  Simply.  Peacefully.  Together.”

Pastoral & Program staff

Dennis Lohr

Lead Pastor

 

Dennis supports our congregation’s mission by providing spiritual and administrative leadership through envisioning, planning, preaching and mentoring.

Dennis grew up in Rockingham Co., VA, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley and is married, the father of four grown sons and grandfather of a granddaughter.

 

He has a degree in Philosophy and Religion from Bridgewater College, and an M.Div. from Bethany Theological Seminary.

“Be ready to explain the hope that you have to anyone who asks, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”  I Peter 3:16b.

dlohr@palmyracob.org

Bethany Hoffer

Associate Pastor

 

Bethany supports our congregation’s mission through our youth, young adult, hospitality and preaching ministries.

Bethany is originally from Gettysburg, Ohio and is married and the mother of two.

She has a degree in Religion from Manchester University and her M. Div. from Bethany Theological Seminary.

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible”. Corrie ten Boom

bhoffer@palmyracob.org

Bill Cave

Pastor of Congregational Care

Bill supports our congregation’s mission through our caring and preaching ministries, facilitating a congregational culture of caregiving.

Bill grew up locally in Palmdale, just outside of Hershey and is married, the father of 5 children and grandfather of 6 grandchildren.

He graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Bible and Philosophy and an M.Div. from Bethany Theological Seminary.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

      

bcave@palmyracob.org

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Missy Thompson

Director of Children Ministries

 

Missy supports our congregation’s mission through our ministries for and with children.

Missy is from Richfield, PA and is married with a young adult son.  

 

She has a degree in social work from Millersville University and an Elementary Education certification from Wilson College.  

“A ship in harbor is safe— but that is not what ships are built for. ” John Shedd

 mthompson@palmyracob.org

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Gail Wagner

Office Administrator

 

Gail supports our congregation’s mission through effective communication, support of staff and lay leadership, and management of the church office.

Gail grew up in Elysburg, PA and is married, the mother of two children and grandmother to 5 grandsons.

 

She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Marketing & Management.

“Out of every adversity comes a seed of equal or greater benefit.” Napoleon Hill

 

gwagner@palmyracob.org

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Rachel Witkovsky

Worship Coordinator

Rachel supports our congregation’s mission through our worship ministries, facilitating worship experiences that are intergenerational and engaging.

Rachel grew up in Huntington, PA. She lives in Palmyra with her cat, Charlie.

 

She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and a minor in Creative Writing.

“Faith is believing that one of two things will happen…that there will be something solid for you to stand on–or that you will be taught to fly.” Leigh Standle.

 

rwitkovsky@palmyracob.org