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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Sexton - Mick Bryan