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Atonement Lutheran Church: Staff Biographies

Rick Summy - Senior Pastor at Atonement Lutheran ChurchThe 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.

His churchwide experience includes service on the First Call Theological Education Advisory Committee and as a voting member to the 2003 Churchwide Assembly. 

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. 

Published 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. 

Pastor 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.

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.

Cynthia Bickley - Director of Atonement Lutheran Church's Pre-schoolCynthia 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 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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