Staff and Leadership

We are each called to serve in different ways, using the gifts that God has given us.  
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 12.4


PAID STAFF
 

In today’s world, we face despair, war, hate, revenge and disappointment. Yet, with God, there is joy, peace, love, forgiveness and hope. The congregation of Advent Lutheran Church exists to worship, invite, nurture and serve. By gathering for worship and service, we respond to the challenges of today’s world, providing a community for people to share the joys and sorrows of life. Children and adults grow at Advent, experiencing God’s love as they learn and live out a purpose for their lives in God’s good creation. Together, we are able to accomplish far more than we could alone. We are a positive force in strengthening individuals and families as well as our community. Come share the Spirit at Advent, where all are truly welcome. Discover or rediscover your God-given gifts and abilities. Hear the promise of God’s love again or for the very first time and experience a truly loving and nurturing community of faith. Why do people go to church? I invite you to come to Advent and find out.
 

I am an active member of the West Chester Rotary, reading at Penn Wood elementary school every second week. I also greatly enjoy serving as one of two volunteer chaplains for the Westown-East Goshen Regional Police Department. Their website is: Westtown Police
Pastor
Chris Franz





Jennifer (‘Jenn’) Miller, our full-time parish administrator, is originally from Chester County, moved to Kentucky in 2009, now living minutes away. While living  in Kentucky with her family and her son Jacob, she earned a degree in Paralegal Studies. She has retail customer service and office administrative experience, in addition to being proficient in variety of software and social media applications. Her interests include: rebuilding her father’s 1971 Z28 Camaro, knitting, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends. Jenn will primarily be in the office most weekdays from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM and some Sundays.


Parish Administrator
Jenn Miller



Jamie is a graduate of West Chester University with a BS in Music Education. She served as a director of music at Advent Lutheran Church, Richboro for nearly 10 years before coming to Advent and has also taught music in the Catholic School system, in a local studio, and privately.  A daughter of a Lutheran Pastor, she has experience leading musical performances, praise teams, bell choirs, adult choirs and children's choirs. Her husband, Erick, is a music teacher in the Garnet Valley School District and their two elementary age children are also developing an ear for music.  Music and faith are an important part of Jamie and her family's lives. 

 "Don't Hide Your Light! Let It Shine For All; Let Your Good Deeds Glow For All To See So That They Will Praise Your Heavenly Father." - Matthew 5: 15,16

 



Director of Music
Jamie Wunder







Despite working in healthcare for almost 40 years, music has always been a major part of my life since I began studying organ at the age of 8.  I have been a long-time member of Advent and have enjoyed accompanying the choirs and working with other musicians over the years.  It is a pleasure to serve as Advent's organist.




Organist
Doug Kline





I have been a member of Advent Lutheran Church all of my life. While being a member of Advent Youth Group I enjoyed the great opportunities to grow in faith with my friends both in the church, on retreats, confirmation, and many other gatherings both local and national. I am thankful for everything I experienced and feel that being the new Youth Leader here at Advent Lutheran Church allows me to give back and help build the ever growing youth congregation.
 



Youth Leader
Nathan Offut

 



I have run VBS at Advent since summer 2014. I really enjoy organizing events for Sunday school age children, and when the opportunity arose to expand my role in the Church as Sunday school Superintendent I was happy to accept the position. I am married to Dave Wolff, and we have two girls, Teagan (6th grade) and Bracken (2nd grade) - who happily provide input and help organize Sunday School events. It is wonderful to have a role with Christian education where I watch my own children, and many other children, learn more about God's love through Jesus.



Sunday School Superintendent   
Janey Wolff


Outreach Coordinator
Bonnie Oswald





Sunday Custodial Services, detail cleaning and floor maintenance. Advent also utilizes Philip Harden's cleaning service for off hours custodial needs.
 



Sunday Custodial Services
Charlene and Larry Ladson


Volunteer Leadership
 
 





 





 





 
Pastor Emeritus
Ralph Peterson
 Pastor Emeritus
Jo Wilhemson
w/Husband Stan
 Adult Sunday School
Susan Kreno
 Appalachian Project/Sr. High Bible Study Leader
Patsy Polilli
Senior Churchman
Warren Greenwald

    Advent Mutual Ministry Members
 
 
 
 
 
 
  John Dettinger- Chair Steven J. Harner
Sue Kreno John Roche Lauren Sabol David Wolff
      


                                         2017-2018 Advent Council Members
 
 
 
 
 
Council President
    Steve Harner
  Treasurer
Ian James
Council Secretary
Sue Peck

 
 
 
 

 
 
 Rich Harkins
Council Member
 Maureen Muehsem
Council Member
 Jeanne Nussbaumer
Council Member
 Sam Young
Council Member
 
 
 
 
 
 
 John Roche
Council Member
Russ DeFuria
Council Member
Chris Foley
Council Member
Charlene
Underwood
 


Name

Email

Address

Russ DeFuria

RdeFuria@ocomfort.com

230 Baldwin Drive

West Chester PA 19380

Chris Foley

foleyc@gmail.com

450 Beaumont Circle

West Chester, PA 19380

Pastor Chris Franz

Pastorchrisfranz@gmail.com

1606 Green Lane

West Chester PA 19382

Rich Harkins

rhark26@comcast.net

1110 Talleyrand Road

West Chester, PA 19382

Steve Harner

steveharner@msn.com

701 Winchester Court

West Chester, PA 19382

Ian James

icjames1@verizon.net

203 Kendal Drive

Kennett Square, PA 19348

Maureen Muehsam

mmuehsam@hotmail.com

111 Bonsall Avenue

Broomall, PA 19008

Sue Peck

pecksusan24@gmail.com

111 Meeting House Ln

West Chester, PA 19382

Jeanne Nussbaumer


jhn880@yahoo.com
201 Maxwell Lane
West Chester, PA 19382

John Roche

jroche@conicelliautoplex.com

460 Highland Ave

Media, PA 19063

Charlene Underwood

charlene.underwood@gmail.com

409 Allegiance Drive

West Chester, PA 19382

Sam Young

 

2613 Caramel Road

Broomall, PA 19008


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Advent's Proposed Draft Constitution and Bylaws, revised 2018  Click here: Advent's Proposed New Constitution    Click here :Bylaws

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