Session

The Session is the body of ruling elders, moderated by the pastor, who guide Faith’s spiritual life and govern the church. At Faith, 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’s Session members:

Shirley Cleaver
Congregational Life Committee

Barb Dugan
Mission Committee

Barb became a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in 1995 not long after her late husband, Mike 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 is chairs the Mission Committee.  Her favorite thing is spending time with friends and family, which includes 6 wonderful grandkids!

She can be reached at (717) 433-0958.

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 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. He can be reached at 652-5041.

 

 

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. 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

Virginia Stimmel
Outreach Committee

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 a Deacon in Kingston, PA, church. At Progress-Immanuel, he have served as Elder, Clerk of Session for over 20 terms, Music and Worship Committee Chair, and choir member.
Norm and his wife Gail moved to Harrisburg in 1971 from Kingston, where we 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 take residents shopping, banking, and to doctor appointments.
Norm and Gail have had three children. Their aughter, 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.
We enjoy square dancing, an occasional camping trip with family, hiking, and playing cards with family and friends