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 Carl Tobias is a native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Lebanon High School. His education includes studies at Franklin and Marshall College, engineering training with ICS and Miller Fluid Power in Illinois. Musical studies began at age 8 continuing throughout his life. He graduated from Westminster Conservatory in Princeton,New Jersey, in Church Music, majoring in organ performance. Carl is an accomplished brass instrumentalist, teacher, band conductor, vocalist, choir director and organist. He has resided near Adamstown since 1961, served on the Cocalico School Board and has been the Director of Music at Mellingers since 2006. Carl is currently the Treasurer for the Lancaster County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has published an excellent book of Psalm Tones which he has composed. He also presents an OctoberMusicFest every year.
Carl Tobias' office hours are 10:00-2:00 pm Monday-Thursday
Carl can be reached through the church office at 717-336-8800
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Parish Secretary and Staff Assistant Kelly Parrish is a 1986 graduate of Penn Hills High School located in Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. In 1987 she graduated from Allegheny Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts. She continued her studies and graduated from West Chester University in 1989 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Between graduating from college and working for the church, Kelly worked as an Assistant Director of Food Services, a restaurant manager, an accounting clerk, a credit analyst, a loan originator, a compensation coordinator and a Procurement Support Specialist. Kelly will be serving on the board of the North Lancaster County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as the Secretary in the upcoming year (2013). She donates her time to the community through volunteering with various local service organization.
Kelly's office hours are 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Monday-Thursday
You can contact Kelly through the church office at 717-336-8800
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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!
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!
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, Gettysburg Seminary, 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.
2017 Pick Six Program
Program and Dollar Amount Raised
ELCA Mission Support
Campus Crusade for Christ
Ephrata Area Social Services
Needy Fund (Mellingers)
ELCA Hunger Appeal
Lutheran Camping Appeal
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.