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The Reverend Kathryn Z. Johnston
|The Reverend Kathryn Z. Johnston began serving with the congregation of Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff in March, 2009. Ordained in 2001, Reverend Johnston previously served as Solo Pastor at Dickinson Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, PA. She has a passion for proclaiming the Word of God and seeks to nurture God’s beloved children in all stages of their faith. She currently serves on the Strategy Team of NEXT Church.A graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, Kathryn earned her M.Div. at Princeton Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey; her home state. Reverend Johnston is married to the Reverend Martha K. Spong. Together they have four children (2 grown, 1 in college, 1 in grade school), 2 cats and a lively lab mix named Teddy.
The Reverend Myrtle E. McCall
The Reverend Myrtle E. McCall has been the Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at MPC since September 2000. She is from West Middlesex, PA and is a graduate of Westminster College at New Wilmington and Yale Divinity School. Myrtle was ordained on December 11, 1983 and has served at Christ Presbyterian Church, PA, Greencastle Presbyterian Church, PA, St. James Presbyterian Church, PA, and Chester Presbyterian Church, NY. Myrtle also served as a chaplain for Presbyterian Homes, Inc. of PA for seven years before coming to MPC. Her family includes two older brothers, Emmanuel, a retired Baptist minister who resides in Atlanta, with his family, and Timothy, a retired Army Recruiter who lives in West Middlesex, PA with his wife.
The Reverend Mark A. Allio
|The Reverend Mark A. Allio is our Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults. He grew up in Clarion, PA and attended Clarion University. He followed a call in Youth Ministry by serving as Director of Youth and Families at First Presbyterian Church in Anchorage, AK for three years. He returned to Pennsylvania to attend Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2011. His family includes his wife Carrie and sons Asher and Gage.
|Kathy Wells has been the Director of Christian Education and Mission at MPC since February, 1999. Prior to that, she served for ten years a the First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre, PA. She grew up on a small farm in Western Massachusetts (which explains her cow collection that takes up two entire cupboards in her house). Her first contact with Presbyterianism was at Maryville College in Maryville, TN. She is now a Certified Christian Educator and has a passion for mission and mission trips. Kathy is married to David Hoover. They each have two children, a total of five grandchildren, and way too many pets.
|Dan Dorty, Director of Music, came to us in August of 2014. He previously served as Director of Music and Organist at First United Presbyterian Church in Newville, Pennsylvania. A senior at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, he is studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in church music with a concentration in organ. He also maintains a private practice, teaching organ, piano, and voice in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and frequently serves as an accompanist at Messiah College, in the surrounding community, and for the acclaimed Susquehanna Chorale. Dan is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association.
Connie J. Sutton
|Connie J. Sutton is the Administrative Assistant for MPC and began serving in 1976. She grew up in Mechanicsburg and graduated from Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School and Goldey Beacom Junior College at Wilmington, DE. She and her husband, Herb, have one son, Jeff, who resides in Los Angeles, CA. Connie’s joys include gardening, the outdoors and watching movies.
|Jennifer Arndt is the Office Manager and has worked at MPC since April, 2006. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, she is a 1998 graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Jennifer and her husband, John, married in August, 2000, and have two children, Ethan and Olivia. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Don Hopper has been the church Treasurer since 1980. Don received a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Don’s corporate career was with Verizon’s accounting and data processing department. After many transfers, he and his family settled in the Central PA area. He and his wife, Ginny, both enjoy traveling, their home, and meeting new people. They are also active in community organizations. Don and Ginny have two grown children, Jeff and Jodi.
|Haydee became a member of our church staff in April 2016 and is our Custodian.