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 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 Management 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 and 4 grandchildren.  Rebecca and her 2 daughters, Cassidy and Rowan, live in Campbelltown PA. Michelle, her husband Adam and daughter Shelby live in Mechanicsburg PA. Steven, his wife McKenna and son John live in North Carolina.  Breanna attends Immaculata University through the Immaculata University Presidential Scholarship.

John is 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 thro

ugh Him." John 3:17 NRSV




Sammy Bradley, Director of Student Ministries

Hello I am Samantha (Sammy) Bradley and I am the Director of Student Ministries at St. Paul United Methodist Church. I am a Fayetteville, PA native and graduated from CASHS in 2006. I went on to graduate from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication concentrating in speech, and a minor in Christian Ministries. I received a Master of Arts in youth and Young Adult Ministries from Messiah College in 2014. I worked full-time as Youth Director at Calvary United Methodist Church in Fayetteville for 6 years and simultaneously as Contemporary Worship Leader for 6 months prior to joining the St. Paul Staff in July of 2016. I also work at Messiah College both as an Adjunct Professor of Oral Communication and as a mentor for Christian Ministry major and minors. God has afforded me the opportunity to speak about Him to over 35,000 folks up and down the east coast at festivals, conferences, retreats, praise rallies, mission trips, and worship services.

Youth ministry is truly God leading you from 1 crazy moment to the next, and honestly, I love it. It is such a privilege to live these moments and journey alongside students and families to further God's Kingdom through the mountains and valley that life brings. I'm very passionate about sharing with others the joy there is in Christ, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to do so and serve here at St. Paul.

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Director of Children's Ministry - Cindy Bowen

 
Hi everyone! My name is Cindy Bowen. I am your Children's Ministry Director here at St. Paul UMC. I was born and raised here in Chambersburg and am a life-long Methodist. I grew up at First UMC. I am married to Bill and we have two fabulous children - Lauren and Andrew. I graduated from CASHS in 1991 and attended Shippensburg University where I majored in Elemenarty Ed. I then obtained my Master's Degree in Elementary Ed a few years after that. I teach 4th grade ELA, Social Studies, and Writing at Guilford Hills Elementary.
It has been my great pleasure and joy to help lead our children here at St. Paul on their journeys as young Christians as they begin to learn about God, Jesus, the Bible, and the beliefs that we hold to be so central to our lives. One of the activities I really enjoy leading is the Children's Choir and the Children's Musical that we perform annually. I am often asked by folks in the congregation - "How do the children learn all of those words?" Well, we practice - we work and drill the words and melodies a lot. But we also laugh and enjoy our time together. They truly do pick everything up so quickly!

Another major area of emphasis in my ministry is organizing the annual Vacation Bible School. Not only is this an important ministry for our own St. Paul kids, but for the community as well. Thank you for your faith, trust, and encouragement that you have instilled in me as one of your leaders of our most precious resources - our children!!! I look forward to many more years serving God in this very important role.
 
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Director Children's Center - Sharon Brewer

Hello!  My name is Sharon Brewer and I am the Director at St. Paul Children’s Center located here at St. Paul United Methodist. I graduated from Shippensburg University in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood.  I have worked with children since 2003.  I started babysitting at my Karate studio, watching children while their parents took classes.  I soon realized that I desired a career working with children. 

At home, my hobbies include cooking, reading, and running.  I have completed several 5k’s and a few 10k’s, but my long-term goal is to run a half marathon- 13.1 miles.  I love to spend time with my family.  My husband, Nick, and I got married in May 2012.  We enjoy working out and watching shows and funny videos together.  Our son Oliver was born in July 2016.  He loves to play with dinosaurs, trains, superheroes, and build with Legos.  I also have two cats, Luna and Artemis. 

I began working at St. Paul Children’s Center in June 2012 as a Full Time Floater, but quickly moved into a Preschool teacher position.  I really enjoyed teaching the children and watching them grow.  In February of 2014, I decided to pursue an administrative role at St. Paul and became the Site Director at the satellite location at Calvary UMC.  At Calvary, I gained a great deal of administrative experience, enrolled the center in the STARS program, and achieved a STAR 2 level.  I obtained my PA Director Credential in April 2016, to further increase my knowledge of the requirements of administrators in the Early Childhood field.  In November 2016, the Calvary site closed down and I moved back to the Norland Ave location and became the Director of Administration for the program, working alongside two other administrators.  I completed all the child and staff files required for the program.  In June 2018, I became the Director of St. Paul Children’s Center.  I oversee approximately 24 staff and roughly 85 children in the Center.  The best part of my job is providing families with quality care and early learning experiences for their children.


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Assistant Director Children's Center - Halie Stouffer

Hi my name is Halie Stouffer and I am the Assistant Director in the child care center. I have worked with St. Paul Children’s Center since February of 2017, but I did leave for six months between June of 2019 and January of 2020. During those times I relocated to Virginia and worked with Head Start being an Education Coordinator. Besides for my short amount of time away, I have lived in Chambersburg all of my life and most of my family is still living here as well. I do have an older brother but he lives in Michigan with this girlfriend. With just moving back to Pennsylvania I am living with my parents again and I have a dog. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my friends and family or reading books.

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Organist/Choir Director - John Angle
Greetings, I am John Angle your organist and choir director. I am a Greencastle native and graduated from high school there. I have a BME from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ; a MME from Indiana University in Indiana, Pa; and did doctoral studies in choral conducting at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. I taught music for fifteen years in Waynesboro, Pa; ran a small business for 21 years, and was organist and choir director for 23 years at Evangelical Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran Churches in Greencastle. For three years at Westminster I was in their Symphonic Choir; and in that time I was privileged to sing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. It was truly and "eye-opening" experience to witness the manor in which world renowned conductors rehearsed their players and singers - it was a blessing from God to take part in concerts with these orchestras. I have tried to blend teachings from these learned conductors and use them in training choirs I have been blessed to lead. All my choirs have had very dedicated singers and I appreciate their sharing their talents with their church. The singers here at St. Paul have been very dedicated and hard working and I thank them for their faithfulness. I also appreciate how friendly the congregation has been to me from my first Sunday here to the present. If you want to experience a lot of "fun", try singing in the choir for a month. We rehearse on Sunday mornings at 10am in the choir room. You do not need to have an exceptionally beautiful voice or read music; what you need is to be willing to support the choir and help make our services more beautiful. It is joy to be a part of such dedicated people and see what a difference their commitment to our church is making in our community - to all - job well done!

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Finance Office - Tricia Bush

Hello, I am Tricia Bush and I take care of the finances here at St. Paul UMC. I am a lifelong United Methodist and a member of Christ UMC in Waynesboro where I reside. I moved to the Washington Township area in 2012 from New Jersey. Before joining the office staff of St. Paul in February 2020, I was the administrative assistant for another local Methodist church. I also have many years of experience in the banking industry.
When I’m not in the office, you can find me working in my yard when the weather is nice, sitting behind my computer, or just cuddling with my two cats. However, what I enjoy most is spending time with my husband, Les, and our young-adult kids. I’m extremely proud of my two sons, stepson, and stepdaughter.
I’m very excited about my role at St. Paul UMC and am thankful to God for opening up this opportunity. I was drawn to the position based on my banking knowledge combined with my experience as a church administrator. My greatest reward is the chance to work in an environment that allows me to enrich my beliefs as a United Methodist and to be part of the ministry of Christ.

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Office Support - Jodi Struening

Hi, I’m Jodi Struening. I was born and raised in both the beautiful farm communities and “down the shore” in New Jersey. I am a former resident of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and currently make Franklin County, Pa. my home.  I reside with my two Golden-Doodles Kipper, my new rescue pup Birdie and my barn cat Ella-mae. The greatest joy in my life is my amazing, hardworking and kind hearted 25-year-old son Wade. I cherish my family and friends as well as my new family here at St. Paul UMC. Some of my favorite things to do are, crocheting, gardening, playing with my pups and spending time in the mountains of New York, with my son, fishing and 4-wheeling.

My position here at St. Paul UMC is to support our office staff in whatever capacity I can, to co-ordinate our Home-bound Visiting Ministry, and to be available for any and all projects that come my way. I find working at St. Paul to be very rewarding, challenging, heart and mind opening, both spiritually and personally. I will be forever grateful to my friends and longtime members for inviting my sister and I to attend one Sunday morning.  The rest is history.

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Custodian - Mariah Crider

St. Paul UMC is the second church I have worked in since 2012. I have always enjoyed the welcoming working environment and the strong dedication to God's plan that a church has to offer as far as employment. I worked and first trained in cleaning at Corpus Christi Church/School here in Chambersburg and from there I was self-employed working for Patriot's many locations as an evening custodian.
You could consider me your go to "need a hand" person for all things including room set ups, cleaning or just needing assistance. A typical week in my position include regular maintenance (dusting, trash removal, scrubbing floors, etc.) on all rooms and restrooms to ensure a clean and ready to use facility. Most of the duties I have must be completed prior to the building being used so that materials I need are not in the way. In other words, I must make a mess to clean up a mess. While my lists of "To Do's" are long every week I promise you this is what motivates me. I am so grateful to be working for St. Paul, a place where it feels like I am constantly working towards something and not just for my own needs. This church has quickly become a new home for me and I will do my best to take care of it as it has taken care of me. God Bless!

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Secretary - Lisa Morrow
Hello my name is Lisa Morrow and I have been the church secretary since 2016. I graduated from Shippensburg Area Senior High School and Shippensburg University. My husband and I have been married since 1991 and we live in Shippensburg. We attend Otterbein UMC in Newburg and are very active with our church. I have been their church treasurer since 2000. We love to hike, kayak, take pictures and travel.
I am responsible for preparing the worship bulletins, announcements, calendar, answering the phones, greeting people as they visit the office, maintain membership files on Church Windows, updating of the church website, help with food pantry and anything else that comes along. Every day is a unique experience. I enjoy helping people and am thankful to be here.
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