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Meet the Leadership Team at Salem UMC!

Meet our leadership

Rev. Dr. John A. Laughlin, Sr.

Pastor John is an ordained Pastor with more than 30 years' experience in ministry. He is a gifted communicator with a deep love for the Lord and all of God’s children. Pastor John is supported in ministry by his wife Amy. They have three grown children: Emily, is an elementary school teacher, Megan is a nurse, and Alex is working in the financial sector in New York City.

Karen Beck - Office Manager

Karen Beck was raised in Millersville, PA and attended Penn Manor High School and then Shippensburg University.  She accepted a job and moved to Laurel, Delaware, where she worked as a High School Librarian for 30 years. When she retired in 2014, she moved back to Lancaster County, deciding that 30 years away from her family was long enough. She lives with her parents in Millersville.  She is involved in Millersville Area Meals on Wheels and the Pilot Club of Central Pennsylvania. She enjoys traveling; she's been to Europe several times and has traveled to many places in the U.S.

Emily Laughlin - Director of Student Ministries and Director of Digital Marketing

Emily is a fifth grade teacher who feels called to help children and youth become devoted disciples. She was blessed to have a strong youth group experience while growing up and longs to create wonderful opportunities for our youth and children to explore their faith. Emily is a proud graduate of Penn State and is continuing her education at York College of Pennsylvania for a Master's in Educational Technology.

Jeff Martin - Music Director

Jeff was the music director at a Methodist church in Allentown until recently when he accepted a teaching position at Lancaster Bible College. Jeff is a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate (ABD) with 10 years of choral directing experience. He has a wonderful voice and a love for music. Jeff is the child of a United Methodist Pastor.

Terry Gott - Business Manager

Terry Gott joins us as our new Business Manager. He brings with him a degree in Accounting and 30 years of experience not only in accounting but also budgeting, trend analysis and management. He and his wife were born in Arkansas and lived in Florida for 10 years before embarking on an adventure to travel around the country. They are now pleased to live in Manheim and are looking forward to many years enjoying the fellowship of the local residents, and participating in the outdoor recreation that the Central Pennsylvania landscape has to offer.

Frank Rittenhouse - Organist

Frank Rittenhouse graduated from Manheim Central, attended Rosedale Bible College, and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from Lancaster Bible College, and also a Masters of Education degree from Millersville University. Frank is on the team of Organists at Chiques Church of the Brethren and serves here at Salem as our Organist. He has substituted in various local churches and has sung in a mixed quartet, male quartet, various choirs and toured with a Mennonite chorale. Apart from his Organist duties, he has also been employed by Manheim Christian Day School since 1980. Frank feels honored to play Salem’s Reuter Organ each Sunday and he hopes to bless people with the sounds of this mighty instrument.