• DJ Choi

    Lead Pastor

    DJ (Jakov DongJin) Choi joined us as Lead Pastor on July 1, 2021. Pastor DJ was born in South Korea. He answered the Call to Ministry in 2000. Since then he has served churches in Virginia and Pennsylvania. He met his wife EJ (EunJung) in their high school and got married in 2001. They have two children, Joseph and Deborah. DJ loves to travel and go camping.

  • coenraad appelgrijn

    Worship Leader

    Coenraad, a native South African, has been leading worship at churches in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area for nearly 20 years. He recently moved to Lancaster with his wife, Rhiannon, and their three children, James, Emmalise, and Colin. Coenraad loves woodworking, surfing, and of course, making music! 



    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 four children: Adrielle, Lucas, Nicholas and Jackson. 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 eleven grandchildren!

  • Don Kinnier


    Don Kinnier is our organist for the 8:30 a.m. traditional service. He began as a substitute 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 in this 2009 newspaper article.

Other Leadership

Children's Ministry Director - Open

Senior Moments - Mindy & Bob Sheaffer

Trustee Chairperson - Keith Weiss

Leadership Team

Ed Blakeslee, Jim Holmes, Scott Shonk, Paul Stec,

Jolene Weaver, Trustee Chair-Keith Weiss, Lead Pastor-DJ Choi

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

Philippians 3:14