OUR STAFF & LEADERS

  • WALTER CARTER

    Lead Pastor

    Walter has been the lead pastor at First Church since 2006. His heart and calling are to shepherd this congregation and lead us into all that God has for us. Consider his thoughts from a recent Pastor’s Message in the church newsletter. 


    " God has so much more for us; individually and corporately. There is so much more of His goodness, His presence, His love, His joy, His peace, His freedom, His power - and on and on it goes. And He is bursting with desire to give more to us. It's His will. It's His heart. If God could have things His own way, we. would. have. more."


    Walter is leading First Church into that more!

  • Scott Byrom

    Worship Pastor

    After stints in journalism, music education, and acting, Scott came to First Church in 2001 to be the Director of Worship Arts. He graduated from Asbury College in Kentucky, then completed graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati and the University of South Dakota, where he earned his M.A. in music. He oversees the creative arts and technology ministries for the church. Scott loves movies; all kinds of music; being outside; and spending time with his wife Lisa and their three children: Joshua, Emma and Caleb.




  • Jeremy Shirk

    Youth Pastor

    Jeremy is a graduate of Ephrata High School, has volunteered in the ICON student ministries for 9 years, and was once a student in this ministry. He is married to Amber Shirk and they have two children: Adrielle and Lucas. In his spare time (if there is any...), Jeremy likes to play sports (especially soccer), read, and spend time with his family.






  • Carol Denlinger

    office manager

    Carol has been with First Church since December of 2004 as the office manager. In her spare time, Carol enjoys walking, reading and spending time with her family. Carol is married to Beanie and is the mother of three daughters, Lindsey, Lauren and Lia, and the grandmother of Chase, Brooke and Olivia.







  • Maryanne Ditter

    Director of Adult Faith Formation

    Maryanne, who is an Ordained Deacon focusing on Spiritual Formation, began serving in ministry at First Church in September 2015. She is passionate about forming the lives of people to grow in their spiritual journey. She has experienced God’s love and forgiveness in profound ways and desires others to experience this as well. This can be experienced through Worship, Prayer, Bible Study, small groups…to name a few. We are all on this journey together and she desires to come alongside God’s people to encourage them in the journey.


    She is married to George and has two adult children: Sarah and Geordie. Her family loves the outdoors and loves to spend time together camping, skiing, hiking, and travelling to see and learn about the world we live in.

  • Barb Foster

    Ministry champion for renewal & vision

    Barb has been serving on First Church staff since April of 2000 after being actively involved as a volunteer for a number of years. Her first responsibilities focused on lay mobilization, later including adult faith formation. Since the fall of 2013 her focus has been on facilitating First Church's vision for raising disciples and God's plan for spiritual renewal in our midst. In her spare time Barb enjoys reading and staying connected with her husband, Bob, along with their three children and their families, which include ten grandchildren!




  • Don Kinnier

    Organist

    Don Kinnier is our organist for the 8:30 a.m. traditional service. He began as a substitute for our previous organist. When the previous organist left we were blessed to have Don come on as our regular organist. He shares his wonderful talents with us, leading us into worship and bringing much glory to God. Outside of church Don is gifted and accomplished as an accompanist of silent films. He is considered one of the premier silent film accompanists in the Northeast. Click on "organist" above to read his story.




Other Leadership

Children's Ministry Director - Elaine Blakeslee

Lay Leader - David Horst

Prayer Ministry - Ann Yeager

Senior Moments - Joanne Pike

Women's Champion - Ann Yeager

Church Council Chairperson - Bill Funk

Finance Chairperson - Merv Witmer

Trustee Chairperson - Ed Blakeslee


I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 3:14