Carlisle United Methodist Church

Our Staff

Pastors

  • Rev. Jim VanZandt - Lead Pastor
  • Rev. Mira Hewlett - Associate Pastor
  • Pastor Susan Stewart - Associate Pastor

Staff

  • Kevin Stafford - Bookkepper
  • Lenny Boyles - Building Manager
  • Liz Myers - Security, weekdays
  • Kathy Baird - Security, weekends
  • Rebecca Douglass - Children's Ministry Director
  • Connie Leitner - Choral Director & Organist
  • Rhonda Dyson - Communications
  • Josh Buser - Contempory Worship Leader
  • David Price - Financial Secretary
  • Jane Boley - Handbell Director
  • Joanne Monoski - Hospitality & Special Events
  • JT LaRue - Media and IT
  • Barb Darr - Nursery Coordinator
  • Joanna Hayes - Secretary
  • Jane Keller Rosborough - Upward Director
  • Sue Barnes - Welcoming Ministries
  • Erin Fleet - Youth Ministries Director
Rev. Jim VanZandt - Lead Pastor

Rev. Jim VanZandt

Lead Pastor

Pastor Jim grew up across the country, living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Elkhart, Indiana; Eugene and Portland, Oregon; and Edwardsburg, Michigan. Pastor Jim has degrees from Michigan State University and Lancaster Theological Seminary where he received his Masters in Divinity.

After seminary, Pastor Jim's first pastoral appointment was to the three churches of the North Bend Parish in western Clinton County for seven years. It was there that he married his wife, Amy. They were then appointed to Covenant Church in Lock Haven where they remained for 10 years until their last appointment at Bethany Church in Red Lion. They had served at Bethany for nine years prior to their appointment here.

Pastor Jim and Amy's family includes their daughter Bekah who attends Lock Haven University and daughter Michelle and her husband, Tom, who live in the Wilkes-Barre area.

Pastor Jim explains his call to ministry as follows:
"In short, I entered pastoral ministry because I believe God told me that's where He wants me to be. It's not because I thought I would be particularly good at it, nor was it because I had the gifting skills for it. It's all because of the promise that I made to God that night to put my wants, wishes and desires aside and follow what He wants. For me to be in pastoral ministry, it truly is an act of God that I lean on every day.
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Rev. Mira Hewlett - Associate Pastor

Rev. Mira Hewlett

Associate Pastor

Pastor Mira has lived in Carlisle for 7 years, currently serving as the associate pastor at Carlisle UMC. She served at the Allison campus as associate pastor, at Dickinson College as the director of Religious Life and Community Services, and again at the Allison and First campuses as lead pastor. Pastor Mira has degrees from York College and Princeton Seminary.

Pastor Mira loves working with the community, helping those in need and organizing SERVE projects locally and internationally. She also loves working with children, youth and young adults – walking together on a journey of seeing and experiencing God.

In her spare time, Pastor Mira loves hiking with her dog, working in her garden (too much lettuce!), and enjoying the movies with friends. At home her dog, Kaya, rules the house and enjoys walking all over Carlisle.
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Pastor Susan Stewart - Associate Pastor

Pastor Susan Stewart

Associate Pastor

Although she grew up in a church, Susan drifted away during high school, and stayed away for many years until she heard God calling her home in her thirties. She then came back to the church, in a kind of "prodigal son" moment, but it wasn’t until her daughter said, “You should become a pastor” that Susan decided to pursue a career in seminary.

Susan served the churches of Doylesburg, Concord, and Laurel Grove, in Valleys Parish for four years as her first appointment. She finished her undergraduate degree at Wilson College in 2009 and in 2010 she started Evangelical Theological Seminary, working towards a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. God willing, she will graduate in 2014 and move into either a chaplaincy or pastoral counseling role.

She has a wonderful husband of two and a half years, Barry, who also attends ETS, working towards his MAMFT. She has a twenty-year-old daughter, Courtney, who lives in Chambersburg. In her spare time, Susan enjoys hiking, fishing, and taking the dog for long walks with her husband.
717.249.1512
Kevin Stafford - Bookkepper

Kevin Stafford

Bookkepper

With a MBA from South Dakota State University, Kevin is looking forward to working with all of the outstanding people at Carlisle UMC. When he’s not keeping the books, Kevin enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Sharon, and his two sons, Marc and Andrew.
Lenny Boyles - Building Manager

Lenny Boyles

Building Manager

With a degree in Electrical Technology, Lenny is looking forward to managing his work and meeting the members of Carlisle UMC. In his spare time Lenny loves spending time outdoors whether it be backpacking, camping, fishing or woodworking.
Liz Myers - Security, weekdays

Liz Myers

Security, weekdays

After working security at the Allison campus, Liz is excited to meet the new members of Carlisle UMC. In her spare time, Liz enjoys music and reading.
Kathy Baird - Security, weekends

Kathy Baird

Security, weekends

After working security at the First campus, Kathy is looking forward to meeting new people at Carlisle UMC. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys reading and quiet meditation.
Rebecca Douglass - Children's Ministry Director

Rebecca Douglass

Children's Ministry Director

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Religion, Rebecca is looking forward to watching the children of Carlisle UMC grow, learn, and discover God’s world. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys music, sewing and cooking.
Connie Leitner - Choral Director & Organist

Connie Leitner

Choral Director & Organist

An avid piano player, Connie is looking forward to planning the music for the worship services at Carlisle UMC. When she’s not making music, Connie loves to read, relax by the pool, and travel with her husband, Kermit, and their family.
Rhonda Dyson - Communications

Rhonda Dyson

Communications

Mother of three and an avid cyclist, Rhonda loves serving and praising God by building bridges within the church and playing with technology. When she’s not utilizing her degree in Communication/Journalism, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her family and is involved in community theatre.
Josh Buser - Contempory Worship Leader

Josh Buser

Contempory Worship Leader

Lover of music, Josh enjoys the relationship he has with his band and being able to have fun while serving Carlisle UMC through worship. Josh is currently working on a B.S. in Middle Level Education with a concentration in English and in his spare time he enjoys playing sports.
David Price - Financial Secretary

David Price

Financial Secretary

With a BSBA from Tri-State University and a MBA from Shippensburg University, David enjoys working with numbers. In his spare time, David likes to bike, do yard work, and spend time with his wife, Mary, and their family.
Jane Boley - Handbell Director

Jane Boley

Handbell Director

Drawn by the challenge of ringing and the relationships that are built through rehearsals and performances, Jane is looking forward to continue ringing praises to God at Carlisle UMC. In her spare time, Jane enjoys gardening, reading, running, photography, and spending time with her husband, Jeffery and their family.
Joanne Monoski - Hospitality & Special Events

Joanne Monoski

Hospitality & Special Events

Retired elementary school teacher, Joanne loves making people feel welcome and is excited to work with and form relationships with the many volunteers active in this ministry. Joanne is the daughter of Bishop D. F. Wertz and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Joanne loves to quilt, read, bake, and spend time with her family.
JT LaRue - Media and IT

JT LaRue

Media and IT

An Air Force veteran with degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology and Technical Leadership and Development, JT can’t wait to use his gifts for the service of God’s people. In his spare time, JT enjoys working in the garden, playing the 12-string guitar and spending time with his fiancée, Clarissa.
Barb Darr - Nursery Coordinator

Barb Darr

Nursery Coordinator

Graduate of the Hanover School of Nursing and former nurse, Barb is excited to spend time with the toddlers and infants of Carlisle UMC. In her spare time, Barb likes to read, garden, and spend time with her husband, Duane and their daughter.
Joanna Hayes - Secretary

Joanna Hayes

Secretary

An avid runner and graduate of Kutztown University, Joanna is looking forward to interacting with and making a difference in the lives of the members of Carlisle UMC. In her spare time, Joanna likes to travel, cook and spend time with her husband, Kevin, and their extended families.
Jane Keller Rosborough - Upward Director

Jane Keller Rosborough

Upward Director

Mother of two with a degree in Business Administration, Jane loves traveling to new places, camping, cooking, and doing yard work. Jane is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as God’s vessel to share the message of Jesus Christ to Upward participants and their families.
Sue Barnes - Welcoming Ministries

Sue Barnes

Welcoming Ministries

After serving as an Administrative Assistant at the Grace campus for 12 years, Sue is looking forward to getting to know everybody at Carlisle UMC. Sue loves meeting new people and is dedicated to making sure that everyone feels welcomed in our church. In her spare time Sue loves spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their family and spending time on the Chesapeake and in Cape Cod.
Erin Fleet - Youth Ministries Director

Erin Fleet

Youth Ministries Director

A die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and a graduate of Houghton College, Erin loves watching God work in students’ lives as they transform into young adults. Erin spends most of her free time playing with her two dogs, Tobie and Mia.