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.



Pastor
Chris Franz





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 worked in the office at Advent for over 20 years and have always been blessed by the reminder of God's love through the kindness of our members that I see every day.  My husband, Charlie and I have been members since 1969 and have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.


Parish Ministry Assistant
Peggy Schmied
 
 



 


My wife, Peg and I have been members since the firehouse days and have been part of the ground-breaking for each building addition to our church.  After retiring and spending time at the church making repairs, I was offered the part-time sexton job.  I enjoy working with my hands and being around the preschool children who bring life to our building and call me Mr. Charlie.

Property Manager/Custodian
Charlie Schmied
 








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
 



 

Volunteer Leadership
 
 
 





 





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


                                         2016 Advent Council Members
 
 
 
 
 
Council President
    Steve Harner
 Council Vice President/Worship and Music Committee Chair  David Offut  Treasurer
Ian James
Council Secretary
Sue Peck
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Rich Harkins
Council Member
 Maureen Muehsem
Council Member
 Mike Podgurski
Council Member
 Sam Young
Council Member
 
 
 
 


 
 
 John Roche
Council Member
Russ DeFuria
Council Member
Chris Foley
Council Member
Daria Porreca
Council Member
 Charlene
Underwood


Name

Email

Phone

Address

Russ DeFuria

RdeFuria@ocomfort.com

610-696-0979

610-633-2678

230 Baldwin Drive

West Chester PA 19380

Chris Foley

foleyc@gmail.com

610-431-7686

450 Beaumont Circle

West Chester, PA 19380

Pastor Chris Franz

Pastorchrisfranz@gmail.com

484-904-9382

1606 Green Lane

West Chester PA 19382

Rich Harkins

rhark26@comcast.net

610-399-4313

1110 Talleyrand Road

West Chester, PA 19382

Steve Harner

steveharner@msn.com

610-738-0665

701 Winchester Court

West Chester, PA 19382

Ian James

icjames1@verizon.net

610-388-5940

203 Kendal Drive

Kennett Square, PA 19348

Maureen Muehsam

mmuehsam@hotmail.com

610-356-4326

610-742-8508

111 Bonsall Avenue

Broomall, PA 19008

Dave Offutt

enfield532000@yahoo.com

484-354-9167

517 Highland Avenue

Malvern, PA 19355

Sue Peck

pecksusan24@gmail.com

484-467-3845

111 Meeting House Ln

West Chester, PA 19382

Mike Podgurski

m.podgurski@hotmail.com

 

1 Piedmont Road

West Chester, PA 19382

Daria Porreca

daria@porreca.com

610-719-7345

1528 Meadowbrook

West Chester, PA 19380

John Roche

jroche@conicelliautoplex.com

610-566-3758

460 Highland Ave

Media, PA 19063

Charlene Underwood

charlene.underwood@gmail.com

610-431-1568

409 Allegiance Drive

West Chester, PA 19382

Sam Young

 

610-356-2022

2613 Caramel Road

Broomall, PA 19008