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.

Please contact Session members with any suggestions, questions or concerns you may have. You may contact them by email by clicking on their names.

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.

Barb Dugan
Mission Committee

Barb became a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in 1995 shortly after Mike, her late husband,  died from Cancer. She sang in the Chancel Choir and became a Stephen Minister during the first few years.

In 1999, she served as a Volunteer in Mission for the Presbyterian Church USA at Meeting Ground, a homeless shelter in Cecil County, Maryland.  After her year of service she took a job with Meeting Ground and lived in Crystal Beach, MD for 4 years.   Barb returned to Harrisburg in 2004 and worked at several nonprofit organizations in the Harrisburg area, retiring in 2018 from the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

She returned to Faith when she came back to Harrisburg and served as a Deacon, and was a member of the Mission Committee and the Pastor Nominating Committee. She began serving as an Elder in 2018 and chairs the Mission Committee.  Her favorite thing is spending time with friends and family, which includes 6 wonderful grandkids!

Linda Graham
Nurture Committee

Linda has been an active member of Faith since 1998 and has served the church in many capacities, including youth and adult Sunday School leader, children’s church leader, member of the Northwood Nursery School Board of Directors, and worship service layreader.

She is a graduate of Central Penn Business School (now known as Central Penn College) and Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in Health Care Management and currently works at JDC Pediatrics as a billing coordinator.

Linda and her husband Keith have two teenagers at home, along with their two dogs and three cats.


Terry Hack
Nominating Committee

Terry joined Progress Immanuel Presbyterian Church in 1977. He has served as both a Deacon and an Elder, and on several committees.

He retired from an Information Technology position with the State in 2004 and continued working for two consulting companies until re-retiring in 2014.

Terry and his wife Bonnie have been married for 46 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, boating, swimming, walking, traveling, and Penn State football.

George Hope
Stewardship Committee

Hope_George 126x189George became a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in 2007 not long after his late wife Diane died from ALS. He married Susan Hunter in April of 2009 in a marriage ceremony at Faith Presbyterian. He has served on Session since 2011 and is Chairman of the Stewardship and Finance Committee. He has two married children, Carol and Brian, and 5 wonderful grandchildren.



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.

Jackie Webb
Personnel Committee

Mother's Day Jackie

After living in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State for 40+ years, we moved to Linglestown in 2006 to be near family.  We joined Faith in 2007.  I have served two terms as Deacon and been Clerk of Session since 2009.  I also started “Faithful Stitchers”, a small group of women who knit or crochet prayer shawls, sweaters, hats, mittens, and baby afghans for World Vision and Bethesda Mission.



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