Born and raised in Ohio, I previously served congregations in Florida, Tennessee, and Texas. In terms of education, my B.A. is from the University of Toledo, my M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Personal interests include traveling, reading history, and taking long walks with my spouse, Deborah, and our dogs. We have two adult children, one living in Chicago and the other near San Antonio.
Three things I love most about ministry at Christ Church: helping to lead worship in a setting that honors the majesty of God; preaching among a group of attentive and open-minded believers; and last, working with volunteers and other staff to make a positive difference in the lives of both those inside and outside the walls of the church building. In thankfulness for God’s grace that’s continually poured down upon us, we strive toward following the Two Great Commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” And, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Growing up in Maryland in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., I studied at Catholic University of America and at the University of Maryland, where I received my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano in 2007. Since then, I have been serving on the faculty of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College as a staff pianist and vocal coach. In addition to my work at the college, professional pursuits have led to performances across the United States as well as in Europe, both as a pianist and conductor. My interests also include composing, editing, and writing about music. Working since 1995 in Lutheran congregations and Roman Catholic parishes, I find such a marvelous spiritual energy in churches as people share in the liturgy, prayers, and sacred music. I believe that a great deal of this energy informs my performing both in and outside the church. Music is also a passion for my wife, Leah, who is an opera singer, voice teacher, and musical entrepreneur. Our family includes two very energetic daughters, Aivleen and Veronica.
Born in Altoona, I moved a few years later with my family to York. After graduating from William Penn High School, I was soon married to Ed Krouse, and we began raising a family of four children—two daughters and two sons. I now have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of whom I dearly love! My greatest joy is spending time with them. After working at S&H Green Stamp Store and a local credit union, I became employed as support staff at the office of the Lower Susquehanna Synod (ELCA), which is located in Harrisburg. The favorite part of my time there was working with the other dedicated synod staff, the pastors and volunteers on various synodical committees, and learning so much about the greater church. In 2012 I began serving as the administrative assistant at Christ Lutheran Church, which I had joined some years earlier. What I like most about my work is accomplishing daily tasks with very special people—volunteers and staff alike—who are dedicated, like to laugh, and love our God.
I grew up in the little town of Port Reading, New Jersey. After graduating from The College of New Jersey, I worked at Argyle Elementary School in Smyrna, Georgia, teaching second grade for five years. My husband and I then moved to York, where we raised our two children and where I began working at Christ Church in the late 1990s. My interests include ice hockey (I’m a big New York Rangers fan!), reading, gardening, and wine making. But I spend most of my time with family, especially my young grandson.
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At a young age, I fell in love with education and teaching, always playing school with my baby dolls. Naturally, after graduating from Central York High School, I enrolled at Immaculata University in order to pursue a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. From 2016 through mid-2019, then, I taught toddlers in a local preschool. All through high school, college, and up to the present, I also have participated in various church groups, including the youth group in my home parish, in campus ministry, and in a young adult ministry program. Through these groups I have attended Christian retreats, volunteered in the community, taught Sunday school, and served as a counselor at a summer camp. In these ways, I also fell in love with ministry and teaching youth about the Word of the Lord. So when seeing the opportunity to merge both of these passions—teaching and youth ministry—I knew I had to take it and decided to begin this new and exciting adventure with Christ Church! In my free time, I can most likely be found hanging out with friends, family, and my awesome dog Pookie. I also love the great outdoors, road trips, animals, the arts, and shopping. Don’t be surprised if you see me walking around downtown York visiting local establishments and shops.
A lifelong “Yorker,” I previously worked several years at another nonprofit organization. In 2008 I became employed in the property department and now serve as the property manager. Married, I have two daughters and three grandchildren, and enjoy spending much of my free time with them. I also have a passion, namely, working out at the gym, while two other interests include slot-car racing and model trains. Besides my family, I have a “furever” friend, who goes by the name Bella—a black lab and doby mix.
A lifelong Lutheran, I spent my growing up years in McSherrystown (1970-73) and in Mt. Wolf, PA, where I continue to live. Soon after graduating from Northeastern High School, I began working at Christ Church om 1989. In 2019, as the longest-tenured staff member, I celebrated—along with the rest of the congregation—the thirtieth anniversary of my employment! The favorite part of my job is greeting church members whenever they stop by the campus. My interests include playing bass in a string orchestra at a nearby church, watching classic comedy shows and films on television, surfing the internet, scanning picture slides, and telling jokes.