Our Staff

Senior Pastor John Kratz - John Kratz was born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and graduated from Bethel Park Senior High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Houghton College with a Major in Religious Studies and minors in Greek, Psychology, and Music.  His Master in Divinity (M. Div.) was earned through Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.

Before entering the ministry, John was the Older Adult Protective Services Worker for the Area Agency on Aging of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties.  He also served as the Mental Retardation Case Mangement Supervisor for Bradford and Sullivan Counties specializing in Early Intervention Services.

John and Jane have been married for over 30 years and have 4 children.  Rebecca and her 2 daughters, Cassidy and Rowan, live in Campbelltown PA. Michelle and her husband Adam live in Palmyra PA and have just been matched to adopt Shelby Jane Campbell who is currently in China and hopes to be brought home in October or November.  Steven is a United States Marine and is currently in North Carolina.  Breanna will enter 11th grade this August at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and is active in swimming.

John has a love of Missions and currently serves as the Chair of the Susquehanna Conference Missional Board on which he has served for 20 years.  He is also a recipient of the Susquehanna Conference Howard and Elizabeth Brinton Award for Mission Excellence.  His passion for ministry and love of mission are rooted in his favorite Bible verse: "Indeed God did not send the son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world would be saved through Him." John 3:17 NRSV

Sammy Bradley, Director of Student Ministries

Samantha (Sammy) Bradley served as Youth Director at Calvary United Methodist Church from September 2010 to July 2016. Sammy is a Fayetteville, PA native and graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 2006. She went on to graduate from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication concentrating in speech, and a minor in Christian Ministries. Sammy received a Master of Arts in Youth and Young Adult Ministries from Messiah College in 2014. She is passionate about sharing the joy there is in Christ with others. Her favorite hobbies include fishing, playing musical instruments, and spending time with her family. 

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Co-directors of Children's Ministry - Cindy Bowen and Nicole Buhrman

 
Cindy Bowen
is married to Bill Bowen - they just celebrated their 18th Anniversary.  She is a mom of 2 awesome kids.  She has been a life-long United Methodist.  She is a former member of FUMC.  She is active in teaching Sunday School (20+ years), Children's Choir Director, Bell Choir, Chancel Choi, and co-director/teacher of VBS.  She graduated from CASHS in 1991.  She went on to receive her BS in elementary education from Shippensburg University in 1995, and she received her Master's Degree in Elem Ed from SU in 2001.  She was hired to teach in CASD in 1996.  She taught 3rd grade at Stevens Elem for 9 years, and she is currently teaching 4th grade at Guilford Hills Elem.  She is looking forward to serving the children and families of St. Paul in this new position.  Thank you for your faith, love, and support as we work together to build followers of Jesus!


Nicole Buhrman
feels honored and blessed to have been asked to help lead our Children's Ministries. She has had the pleasure of helping with Sunday School and VBS over the last few years.  She hopes to use her elementary education background to continue to nurture and grow the love of Christ in our tiniest church members.  Since joining this church six years ago, she has become a wife, a mother, a believer, and a follower.  She is so excited to begin this new journey alongside her two children and your children and grandchildren, as they learn to become followers too.  
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Bill Klebe - Director of Discipleship    "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me"  Philippians 4:13
Bill Klebe has been a member of St. Paul United Methodist church since
2004. During that time he got involved in the mission and ministry of the
church through children and youth programs. He used the strength of Christ
to battle his fears (flying) and led a mission trip to Freeport, Bahamas.  There
God opened his eyes and showed him the need in our world.  Upon returning
to the States Bill got involved in the local missions of St. Paul and went on
more mission trips nationally and internationally as well (even got on a plane
again!).  In 2014 he came on as the ministry assistant.  Bill manages the
office and the local missions of St. Paul.

___________________________________________________________________________________________Linda Linda Bruckart - Director of Caring Ministries
Linda has attended St. Paul Church since 2009.  She retired from DOD
civilian service joining The St. Paul Staff in July of 2014.  "I am so pleased
to be part of this church and to provide pastoral care to our homebound and hospitalized members.  I am lifted up by the people I spend time with in Christian fellowship.  It is a joy to work with our congregation, those who volunteer to serve communion to homebound members and with members
of the shawl ministry.  I look forward to other ministries that will demonstrate God's love and Christ's salvation."
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