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Atonement Lutheran Church: Staff Biographies

Pastor Gregory Stoddard has accepted the position of Atonement's interim senior pastor for the next year, beginning October 2, 2016.

Pastor Stoddard, who lives in Exeter, has an interest in clinical pastoral education and spiritual and pastoral care within institutions.  He spent 23 years at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center developing the chaplaincy program and was its director when he retired from there a few years ago. He brings to us over 40 years of experience in pastoral care.

Pastor Julie Recher Pastor Julie Recher joined the staff of Atonement as associate pastor beginning in mid-July 2014.  She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia with her Master of Divinity in 2013.  Serving in her first call here at Atonement, Pastor Recher looks forward to building relationships with adults and young people alike and getting involved in the life and ministries of the church.  Pastor Recher lives with her spouse, Jo, and loves to spend time with family and friends, watch movies, play volleyball, and enjoys their dogs Pepper and Toni.

Tom Scornavacchi - Vicar / InternTom Scornavacchi joined us as Vicar in July of 2012. A long-time native of Berks County, Tom earned his Bachelors degree from Alvernia University in 2009 and most recently a Master of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Upon ordination in July 2013, Tom became the full time pastor and mission developer of Common Ground Ministry, an emerging faith community exploring the “common ground” that lies beneath the 12-steps and our Lutheran faith. In Common Ground he is involved in Wednesday worship services, small group book studies, Alpha, and our monthly coffee house. Tom and his wife Tina live in Wernersville and enjoy spending time with their daughters, extended family, friends, and their miniature schnauzer, Chloe. Pastor Tom enjoys cooking, reading, and going on early morning walks.

Tom Yenser - Director of Music at Atonement Lutheran ChurchTom Yenser, an Associate in Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has served for twelve years as Director of Music at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where he plans and accompanies worship, leads choirs of children, youth and adults, and oversees an annual concert series.  He previously served congregations in Allentown and Northampton, PA. 

Tom earned a B.A. in music from Haverford College and an M.M. in organ performance from Westminster Choir College.  His principal organ teachers were Robert Plimpton and Eugene Roan.  Tom has planned and led worship and offered workshops on worship and music topics throughout the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA.  His skill as an accompanist has brought opportunities to collaborate with everyone from opera singers to chimpanzees on roller skates. 

Tom resides in Wyomissing with his wife Kathy, a Christian education director, and his daughter Lydia, a high schooler.

Kathy Yenser - Director of Children's Ministries at Atonement Lutheran ChurchKathy Yenser is the Director of Children's Ministries at Atonement since November 2007.  Kathy oversees the Sunday school, nursery, Vacation Bible School, First Communion program and other ministries for children from birth through Grade 6.  She especially enjoys using her talents to help children and adults nurture their faith through the richness of worship and scripture. 

Kathy has been an Associate in Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1998.  She is a graduate of Moravian College and worked as a computer programmer/trainer for 15 years before being called to ministry.  By joining her husband Tom on staff at Atonement, the Yensers are once again a one-congregation family. 

She enjoys traveling, going to movies and shows, and playing at amusement parks with Tom and their daughter Lydia.

Jen Dauber - Director of Atonement Christian Preschool

Jennifer Dauber is the Director of Atonement Christian Preschool as of June 2015.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Millersville University.  She has been a member of the Preschool's staff since August 2010.  For fifteen years, she taught math and reading at the Sylvan Learning Center.  From 2013-2015, she taught STEM-based classes and camps at Snapology of Reading.  Jen enjoyed teaching the third grade Sunday School students how to use their new Bibles.  As a member of Atonement's Children's Ministry Committee, Jen planned many activities but her favorite was the crafts during VBS.

Jennifer and her husband, Steve live in West Reading with their daughters, Riley and Reese, both alumni of the preschool.  She enjoys reading, watching movies and solving Sudoku puzzles.

Jo Sturgis - Parish Administrator at Atonement Lutheran ChurchJo Eileen Sturgis has been the parish secretary at Atonement over 30 years.  A native of Berks County, she is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School and Muhlenberg College in Allentown.  As parish secretary she is responsible for greeting people, answering plenty of phone calls, preparing bulletins and newsletters, and supervising the very dedicated volunteers who help out with printing, collating, stuffing envelopes, and many other clerical needs. 

In her spare time Jo enjoys gardening, collecting dolls and sewing clothes for them, reading, and relaxing with her cat, Ginger.

Tom Gresh - Property Manager of Atonement Lutheran ChurchTom Gresh has been Property Manager since August of 1998. He is a 1972 graduate of Boyertown High School, Berks Vo-Tec East in Instrumentation Technology, United Wesleyan College Allentown with a B.S. in Bible, and M.Div. from Evangelical School of Theology, Myerstown, Pa.

Tom learned the building trades over the years, first as a hobby working with his Dad remodeling homes, then working for Triple H Construction in Ephrata. After serving churches with the Evangelical Congregational Church for thirteen years, he started his own business in 1990 doing small residential and commercial repairs and construction, work he now carries over to the maintenance of the property of Atonement Lutheran Church.

Tom married Betty Licht in 1974, has four children and five grand-children. They are members of Salem Evangelical Church, Voganville, Pa. His hobbies include biking, basketball, tennis, and fixing cars.

Mick Bryan - Sexton at Atonement Lutheran Church Sexton - Mick Bryan



Atonement Lutheran Church - 5 Wyomissing Boulevard - Wyomissing, PA 19610
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