Session

The Session is the body of ruling elders, moderated by the pastor, who guide Faith Immanuel’s spiritual life and govern the church. At Faith Immanuel, the Session has nine ruling elders, serving terms of three years. We are so grateful for the dynamic team of leaders who guide our church’s vision and mission.

Faith Immanuel’s Session members:

Shirley Cleaver
Congregational Life Committee

Shirley was a long time member of Progress Immanuel Church.
She retired from Central Dauphin School District in June of 1999 after teaching elementary school there for 31 years.

Since retirement, she has worked part time for Weight Watchers and volunteered for many organizations. Shirley enjoys every minute of being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and she’s someone who likes to keep busy.

Shirley enjoys volunteering, bowling, gardening, walking her dog , and travelling whenever she has the opportunity. She trys to exercise and keep healthy because she has a long bucket list of things to complete.

Lori Beamer
Mission Committee

 

 

 

Randy Knapp
Nominating Committee

Randy is a fourth generation Presbyterian and has served in many different capacities including leading  the construction of the then new sanctuary  and assisting in the procurement of the church organ.   Randy has been married for over 40 years to Mary. He  retired from the Pennsylvania Lottery as Deputy Director for Retail Operations in 2010. Since then Randy has worked at HERCO in several capacities. Finally ending his working career as President and CEO of the DeMolay Foundation located in Kansas City Missouri a year ago. Randy has two  daughters and three Grandsons. Randy Chairs the Nominating Committee.

 

Gail Diefenderfer
Stewardship Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Jewell-Jordan
Worship Committee

Rose Jewell-Jordan 126x189Rose Jewell-Jordan is a fourth generation Presbyterian. She was ordained as an elder 25 years ago. Rose has been a member of Faith Church since 1998. She is a lay leader, plays with the hand bell choir, and chairs the Worship Committee.

She and her husband Deacon Wendell Jordan have four adult children who grew up at Faith Church.

Rose graduated from Bennett College in Greensboro, NC with a BA in psychology and received a MSW from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. She is the founder and program director of Youth Mentorvention, a school based mentoring program for at risk youth in the Susquehanna Township school district.

Michael Legg
Properties Committee

Mike began his relationship with Progress Immanuel Presbyterian Church in 1965 as a boy scout.  After his marriage to Barbara Arnold, a Presbyterian member, he joined the church in 1975.  He served as a deacon and elder, as well as corporate president for Progress.  His membership transferred to Faith with the merger of the two churches.  Currently he serves as the Properties Elder and is a member of the Bell choir and is a lay reader for Sunday services.

 

 

Virginia Stimmel
Outreach Committee

Virginia (Ginny) is a life-long Presbyterian. She and her husband Joe have been members of Faith Presbyterian Church since 1972. She was ordained as elder in 1992 and served as chairman of Northwood Nursery School. Over the years Ginny taught Sunday school, served as co-leader of youth fellowship, and was a member of the parents and youth choir. She currently serves as elder and chairman of the Outreach Committee, delivers Meals on Wheels, helps with both Downtown Daily Bread, and the Wednesday Faithful luncheon crew.

She worked in magazine publishing from 1988-2013. Ginny was editor of Early American Life magazine until 2003; editor of Rug Hooking magazine until 2009; and worked for America in World War II magazine in product marketing and advertising until 2013.

Virginia and her husband have been married for 49 years and have two adult children who grew up at Faith Church and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, crafts, hiking and traveling with her husband.

Bob MacIntyre
Personnel Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norm Diefenderfer
Clerk of Session

Norm is a life-long Presbyterian. He grew up in Ashley Presbyterian where he sang in choirs. He was installed as a Deacon in the Kingston, PA, church. Then  he served as Elder, Clerk of Session for over 20 terms, Music and Worship Committee Chair, and choir member at Progress-Immanuel Presbyterian Church,.

Norm and his wife Gail moved to Harrisburg in 1971 from Kingston, where they were married and lived for 10 years. They moved here while he was working for Bell of Pennsylvania / Bell Atlantic and retired in 1991.

Retirement lasted about 5 years when he began to drive a school van for 3 years taking special needs students in the Intermediate Unit to school.  Then he began working for Holiday Retirement in a retirement community where he drives a bus and takes residents shopping, banking, and to doctor appointments.

Norm and Gail have had three children. Their daughter, Deb, lives in Maryland where she teaches at a Christian school, and their son, Allen, lives in Pine Grove, PA, when he is not driving a tractor trailer around the country. Mike was a forecaster for the National Weather Service and lived in California when he passed away in 1997.

Norm and his wife enjoy square dancing, an occasional camping trip with family, hiking, and playing cards with family and friends