Atonement Lutheran Church: Staff Biographies
Rev. Rick Summy, senior pastor of Atonement, Wyomissing, was ordained
in 1985, served St. Luke’s, Freeland, from 1985-90, and St. Michael’s,
Sellersville, from 1990-1995. He was the Region 7 Coordinator and
Deployed Staff (Synodical Relations and Division for Ministry) for the
ELCA from 1995-1999. From 1999 -2007, he was the Director of
Admissions at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
He graduated from Wittenberg University in 1980 and from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1985.
churchwide experience includes service on the First Call Theological
Education Advisory Committee and as a voting member to the 2003
During the 1990s
he was active in leadership of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Academy
of Preachers. He has led workshops on vocation and Mutual
Ministry in a variety of settings.
materials include sermons, sermon reviews, devotional materials and
articles. He was co-author of the Augsburg Fortress Senior High
Outdoor Ministry Curriculum for 2007 and of Connect: Calling Faithful Leaders for a Changing World,
a successful $3,000,000 grant request on behalf of the Eastern Cluster
of Lutheran Seminaries. He wrote a chapter (“Mutual Ministry”) in
the book Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry Work which was published by Augsburg Fortress in 2003.
Summy is married to Christine Summy, who is a Spiritual Counselor at
the Caron Foundation. They have two daughters, Ashley and
Haley. He enjoys golf and racquetball, roots for the New York
Yankees, and is a rabid Penn State football fan.
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 looks forward to getting a
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, 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
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 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
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.
enjoys traveling, going to movies and shows, and playing at amusement
parks with Tom and their daughter Lydia.
Bickley accepted the position of Director of Atonement Christian
Preschool in July 1996. A graduate of Dana Hall School,
Wellesley, MA and Briarcliff College, Briar Cliff Manor, NY with a
degree in Early Childhood Education, and Liberal Arts, she formerly
taught Pre-K and the Explorer Program at the Wyomissing Institute as
well as directed their Summer Arts Camp. A member of NAEYC for
over thirty years, she has attended numerous conferences and
workshops. She thoroughly enjoys her time interacting with the
children, teachers and families of Atonement Christian Preschool.
Cynthia enjoys travel, movies, walks, good books, long drives, and her three children and four grandchildren.
Jo 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 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.
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