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

Pastor Chris Franz
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.

I grew up in Brookhaven, PA, and graduated cum laude from Drexel University, Philadelphia with a dual degree in finance and economics, after participating in co-op employment with Cigna Insurance Company and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  Previous to serving Advent, I served St. Mark Lutheran in Clifton Heights, PA  for nearly 17 years.  I enjoy gardening, travel, sports, family and have hosted exchange students for the past 14 years.

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 a 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 4:00 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.

Doug Kline

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

Sunday Custodial Services, detail cleaning, and floor maintenance. Advent also utilizes Nathan Stauffer'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
 Memorial Committee Chair
Susan Kreno
Worship and Music Chair
David Offut


Care and Connections Coordinator
Nancy Jamieson
ASP Coordinator
Paul Griglione

 Advent Mutual Ministry Members

  Sue Kreno- Chair
Joan Tobin
 John RocheLainie Harkins

 Charlene Underwood
  David Wolff
 Steve Crum  

"Advent's Mutual Ministry Committee exists to support the relationships between and among church staff and laity as co-workers in Advent's mission to worship, invite, nurture and serve.  Serving on a voluntary basis, with church council approval, on open ended terms, the committee addresses concerns and opportunities. The church council president is an ex officio member along with the pastor and 4 to 5 lay members. The committee meets 3 to 4 times per year and/or as the need arises, providing a venue for church members and staff to seek/receive confidential advice, guidance and support. The committee is also available to meditate/deescalate conflict.”

                                         2019-2020 Advent Council Members
Charlene Underwood
Council President
Margaret Maclean
Council Vice President

Leslie Sullivan
Travis Crum
Council Secretary

Sarah Staub
 Council Member

 Kate Bird
Council Member
David Offutt
Council Member
Jill Dow
Council Member

Jen Dougherty
Council Member
Sharon Knoedler
Council Member

Bill Rohrer
Council Member


Congregationally Approved New Advent Constitution and Bylaws.
Advent's Constitution and Bylaws, revision 2019  Click here: Advent's New Constitution    Click here :New Bylaws

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