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Some of the people that make things work around here!


Rev. Wade Pond, Senior Pastor, is a second career pastor having spent 19 years in various facets (warehouse-sales-management-training) of the electronics/appliance retail industry. While discerning a call to ministry, Wade graduated from Elizabethtown (PA) College in 2008 with a BA in Religious Studies with a ministry focus. 
Wade and his family (wife Jessica, kids Juliann, Kevin, Korey) then packed up for a 900 mile move to attend the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary where Wade earned his Masters of Divinity degree in 2012. 
Wade served Lima Faith Christian Church (a federated church both UCC & PCUSA) in Lima, Ohio. During that time, the Ponds added to their clan as they finalized the adoption of Kaleb in May of 2015. In addition, if that were not enough, the family is engaged in the adoption process of twin one-year olds, Kristopher and Jessalyn. 
The entire Pond family consider themselves geeks based upon their pop culture interests. Wade enjoys any sport that can be played with a paddle/racket, basketball, disc golf, reading, going to the beach and full hearty belly laughs that prohibit breathing and make you cry!
Rev. Dana Schlegel, Assoc. Pastor/Homebound Elderly Ministries, is a native of Berks County and graduated from Albright College and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He has served several pastorates in PA Southeast and Penn Central Conferences and taught on the faculty of Lancaster Seminary where he also directed the Arts In Ministry Program. Dana also served on the staff of Penn Central Conference as the Conference Coordinator of Program Ministries; and most recently was a Chaplain for Hospice of Lancaster County for 15 years.
Dana joined the staff at First Reformed in February 2014 as Associate Pastor for Elderly and Home Bound. This staff position is funded by the Diffenbach Trust. His responsibility is to provide pastoral care for home bound members of First Reformed and to assess educational needs in the congregation related to aging, such as spiritual issues, personal care needs, housing needs, health care issues, legal issues.
Mr. Larry Hershey, Organist/Choirmaster, has been Organist and Choirmaster at First Reformed Church since 1989. His position is part-time, and he directs The Choir of sixteen members. He is a 1988 music honors graduate from Millersville University. Larry is also an active local piano and organ recitalist and has performed often with The Lancaster Summer Arts Concert Series and The Lancaster Chapter of The American Guild of Organists.
Ms. Elaine Miller, Church Administrator, came to our Church Administrator position in May of 2013 with an extensive background in account management, human resources, and office administration. She is a graduate of SUNY College at Cortland, has an MBA in International Management, and Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  While she did not pursue a call to ordained ministry, Elaine has been very active in local church leadership, most recently at her home parish, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Nutley, New Jersey.  She retired officially at the end of 2012 and relocated to the Lancaster area.
Mr. Bob Retting, Sexton, is a life-time Lancaster native, a former long-time employee of Lancaster Malleable Casting Company and the father of two grown sons. Bob came to work at First Reformed Church in May 2005 and brought with him a love for wood working. While his first job priority is property, Bob is a people person. He conveniently lives here on the church campus and may be one of the first people to greet you. On Bobís day off, he is in the woods hunting or in a stream fishing.
Ms. Micki Roth, Nursery Attendant,  has a beautiful 4 year old daughter and 8 year old step daughter. During the week, she is a full time nanny. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside at the pool, hiking, and spending time with her children. Her favorite color is green and loves everything and anything cows. She is a huge Pittsburgh Steelerís fan, as well.   She invites you to stop by, and say hello!


President Bill Groff 
Vice-President Bonnie Van Tassel-Parent
Treasurer Toni Tice
Secretary Nancy Crawford 
Admin Team, Co-Chairs George Peterson 
Admin Team, Co-Chairs Jim Chryst
Congregational Life Chair Alyssa Leister 
Outreach Team Co-Chair Linda Peterson
Finance Team Chair Nadinne Ziegler
Member at Large Helen Bunteman 
Member at Large Linda Espenshade


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40 East Orange Street; Lancaster, PA 17602