The church staff, dedicated committees and groups within our church aid in ministering to church members and the community. Please consider dedicating your time and talents to one of our many committees and/or groups.
The Church Council oversees the life and activities of the congregation and in particular its worship life ensuring everything is done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The council normally meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Reverend Timothy L. Craven grew up in western Pennsylvania in McKeesport. In 1974 he graduated with a degree in English (Creative Writing) from Penn State University and a minor in History. From 1974 until 1983 he enjoyed an extensive musical career throughout the United States performing original and traditional American folk, bluegrass and old time music. He still plays music and sings in church and elsewhere. He graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1987 and has served as the pastor of Mellingers Evangelical Lutheran Church since that time. During his time in Lancaster County, Pastor Craven has served on the boards of LutherCare, Ephrata Area Social Services , the Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central Pennsylvania and on the Ephrata School Board.
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Director of Music Vickie Kissinger is a Lancaster County native and resides in New Holland. She
holds a B.S. in Music Education from Millersville University. Vickie is a classically trained organist, mezzo soprano, and pianist. She studied Sacred Organ with Ona Shreiner, Jazz piano with Don Trostle and Classical Piano with Dr. Anita Renfroe.
She was a voice student of the late Dr. Thomas Houser, Master Teacher. Vickie sings professionally and is an award-winning vocalist and 2012 PA State Senior Idol winner. She began her organist career at age 13. She has been Director of Music and Organist for St. John Center Lutheran Church for a total of over 20 years. Vickie runs a private piano and voice studio with a concentration on
Special Needs Students. Vickie is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Music Teachers National Association and the National Association of Singing. She has one daughter and two grandchildren.
Vickie can be reached through the church office at 717-336-8800
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Secretary Ashley Weinhold
Ashley grew up in Reinholds, Pennsylvania and moved to Schoeneck, PA in 2002. She is a Cocalico High School and Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center 2006 graduate. Ashley has always loved being in an office setting her whole life. When she was young she used to be her mom's secretary at her beauty shop, she likes to organize her paperwork, has always been told that she has a very nice phone voice and has 10 years of office experience from her previous job.
Ashley is a wife and mother of 3 children. Her husband (Luke) and her have been together since 2005 and married on October 29, 2011. That was the day of the October Snowstorm. She is also a volunteer with the Schoeneck Fire Company (since 2004), loves taking pictures, is a TV and Movie 'junkie', loves when it rains, loves hanging out with family and friends, and can be a very easy going person.
Ashley can be reached at the office on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (as of 08/05/2020 subject to change in the future). Please call the church office at 717-336-8800 or Emails can be sent to
Diane Adair, Director of Christian Education, grew up in Denver, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Cocalico High School in 1987. Diane has been teaching Sunday School for 19 years. She is employed as a Medical Transcriptionist for Susan J. Probst, MD.
The Worship and Music Committee oversees the asthetic details of the service and makes recommendations to make the services enjoyable for all!
Discipleship In Life
During the 6 weeks of Lent the Stewardship Committee will be holding the Pick Six Campaign. Please prayerfully consider giving towards one of the 8 listed organizations each week: Campus Crusade for Christ, Ephrata Area Social Services, ELCA Mission Support, ELCA Hunger Appeal, Lutheran Camping Appeal, Vicar Fund, Mellingers Needy Fund. Stewardship will be handing out special giving envelopes for this event as well as fund details.
2020 Pick Six Program
ELCA Mission Support
Campus Crusade for Christ (Walters Family)
Ephrata Area Social Services
Needy Fund (Mellingers)
ELCA Hunger Appeal
Lutheran Camping Appeal
The Social Ministry's mission is to serve God and others as God desires us to do so, using the witness Christ gave us through his life, death and resurrection inside Mellingers Lutheran Church and in the world around us.
The Property Committee oversees the maintenance of the church keeping the building and grounds in good repair. Please ask how you can help!
The Adult Sunday School Class continues to meet in the room located between the nursery and the choir room. All adults age 18 and above are invited and encouraged to attend this class.
The Sunday School Class continues to meet at 10:30 following the service.
Advisors: Jen & Scott Brubaker
Kristi & Andy Leonhard