Church of the Apostles is blessed with many talented staff members and a multitude of office volunteers and other volunteers who provide a wide variety of programs and services for our congregation.
Senior Pastor: Rev. Kathryn Kuhn
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Rev. Kathryn L. Kuhn is our ordained pastor. Kathy started with us as our Director of Christian Education during her time in seminary with 12 years of prior experience as the Director of Christian Education at Salem UCC of Rohrerstown. In 2007, Kathy was called as our Associate Pastor. In 2012, she became our pastor. Within the Lancaster Association of the UCC, Kathy served for six years on the youth ministry committee which included four years as chairperson.
Kathy is a married mother of three children. She and her husband, David, enjoy trips to the beach and walking together.
Associate Pastor: Rev. Heather Giffen
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Rev. Heather Giffen comes to us from Columbus, Ohio and the Central Southeast Ohio Association of the United Church of Christ. Called by Church of the Apostles in the fall of 2015, her focus is primarily on youth and young adult ministry, as well as general co-leadership with other aspects of ministry with Rev. Kuhn. She is a graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities of St. Paul, Minnesota. Rev. Giffen recently served as a Pastoral Intern at St. Paul’s, UCC of St. Paul, MN, All Nations Indian Church, UCC of Minneapolis, MN and North Congregational Church, UCC of Columbus, Ohio. She looks forward to using her gifts of creativity, cultural knowledge, and leadership at Church of the Apostles.
Director of Music: Cindy Kahler
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Cindy Kahler, native of Lancaster County, has been Director of Music Ministries at Church of the Apostles UCC since 1999, overseeing the music program, as well as serving as primary organist and accompanist. She enjoys working creatively with the music and worship staff and volunteers to bring meaningful worship to the congregation.
Cindy received her BA in Psychology from Millersville University and studied organ with Dr. Karl Moyer while at Millersville, and thereafter with Carl E. Schroeder. She is an active member of the Lancaster Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She is currently serving as treasurer on the board of the UCC Musicians Association. Prior to serving at Church of the Apostles, Cindy served as organist and children’s choir director at Hempfield United Methodist Church and as organist at First United Methodist Church, Millersville.
Cindy and husband, Tom, are parents of three adult children and grandparents of three grandchildren.
Director of Adult Choirs and Instrumental Music: Nathan Sheffer
Nathan Sheffer is a graduate of Millersville University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During his studies he was awarded the Louis Vyner Performance Award, Woody Herman Jazz Award, the Presser Foundation Scholarship, and was a two-time Glorious Sounds of the Season Scholarship recipient. Nathan also was selected to participate in both the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band as well as the National Intercollegiate band in 2009. At Millersville his major performance area was saxophone with concentrations in both flute and clarinet. Nathan performs frequently in the York and Lancaster areas with members of the Millersville, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Carlisle Bands, as well as, the Jazz Ministers, Bob Troxel’s Big Band, and The Mama Tried Band. He also has made frequent appearances on the East Coast with Funk Church, Los Monstros, and the jazz-fusion band, The Big Unkle. His most recent appointment with Funk Church and The Big Unkle has led to studio work at Lanark Records, Toil Records, and Philly Jam Studios where he has worked with notable artists Robert Gordon, Shan Egan, David Uosikkinen, Patrick Dahlheimer, and Dave Ferrara. When not performing, Nathan is the Music Associate at Church of the Apostles as well as the co-director, woodwind, voice, jazz, and contemporary music instructor at Apostles Academy of the Arts and Sciences.
Technology Specialist: Anthony Stohm
Anthony is currently a student at Millersville University majoring in Communication/Broadcasting.
Director of Children’s Choirs: Johanna Baker
Johanna received a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music Education with a Concentration in Kodaly Methodology at West Chester University. She has been a music teacher in the Hempfield School District since 2006 and currently is the General Music Teacher/Chorus Director at Mountville Elementary School. She was the Children’s Choir Director at Highland Presbyterian Church for two years.
Finance and Member Services: Judith Ruppert
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Judy comes from a large family with three sisters and two brothers. She grew up locally and is married with two married sons and four beautiful granddaughters. She has worked in the finance field for the past 16 years before coming to work at the church. She loves to garden, crochet, and cook for friends and family.
Administrative and Communications Coordinator: Michelle Ayala
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Michelle Ayala received her BA in Journalism from Long Island University in New York City. Michelle now resides in Lancaster, where she enjoys spending time and traveling with her family. Prior to joining Church of The Apostles’ staff, Michelle worked as an Executive Assistant in Public Relations for American Express Company and managed her family-owned business.
Property Manager: Eric MacLaren
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Eric MacLaren, son of Ginger and William MacLaren and one of three children: a brother and sister, both younger. Most of his life has been spent here in Lancaster County, however the family did get to travel somewhat due to his father being in the Navy.
Besides spending time with his family, he enjoys boating and fishing.
Sexton: Larry Rongione
Larry retired from the Lancaster Post Office after 34 years and started working at Church of the Apostles in 2009. He is married with two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Larry makes the coffee on Sunday morning which makes him a good friend to have.
Handbell Director: Ron Bellamy
Ron Bellamy lives in Lancaster, PA, began ringing handbells in 1979, and has been a performer and clinician for Handbell Exploration, the Handbell Musicians of America, and Solo/Ensemble Extravaganza. A member of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, he is also a solo handbell artist, and was a featured soloist at the 2013 Handbell Musicians of America Area 2 Seminar in Oswego, NY. Ron is presently directing four handbell choirs at three Lancaster area churches, and has conducted several massed ringing festivals, including the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Conference held in April 2016 and the Hockessin DE Handbell Choir Workshop Festival, held in October 2015. A graduate of the University of Scranton and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, his full-time employment is in the field of accounting and finance.