Meet Our Leadership

About Franconia Mennonite Church

Meet Our Leadership

About Franconia Mennonite Church

Pastor Kyle Rodgers

Kyle Rodgers

Pastor of Outreach and Youth

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Kyle primarily oversees our youth ministries which consist of Jr High (6th-8th grade) and Sr High (9th-12th grade). In addition, he also gives pastoral oversight to our Outreach Ministry Team.

Kyle’s passion for youth ministry grew out of a desire to make our church a safe place where youth want to come to discover and grow in their relationship with Christ. Kyle hopes to inspire and challenge the youth to share their faith and to not be held back by fear. The outreach team, which Kyle gives pastoral oversight to, has a deep passion for wanting to spread the Word of God, and helping others commit their lives to Jesus. In his spare time Kyle enjoys running, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with family.

Alicia, Kyle’s wife, works at the University of Pennsylvania in the Wharton Business School where she is the Admissions and Events Coordinator for the Executive MBA Program. When Alicia is not working, she enjoys directing children’s theater, singing, reading, and performing in community theater productions. Kyle and Alicia joyfully welcomed their first child, Owen, on August 30, 2018.

Education:

Master of Divinity, Biblical Theological Seminary, 2021 (anticipated)
Bachelor of Arts, Penn State University, 2017

Pastor Mark Wenger

Mark Wenger

Pastoral Team Leader and Pastor of Administration

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Mark’s primary pastoral role is to facilitate the work of the congregation and its leaders in pursuing their God-given mission.

He collaborates with and chairs the Leadership Team, serves on the Administrative Ministry Team, shares in the Sunday morning preaching, and works closely with the office staff.  Mark believes that good administration is a matter of stewardship: weaving together the resources – spiritual, human, material – God has entrusted to the congregation for outreach, discipleship, worship, and care for one another.

Before coming to Franconia, Mark directed pastoral studies for twelve years at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) at Lancaster, PA.  Prior to that, he pastored for more than eighteen years in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Kathy, Mark’s wife, has been an educator, resource center director, and pastor.  She and Mark co-pastored in Virginia for ten years.   In June 2017, Kathy retired as Associate Pastor at Groffdale Mennonite, Leola, PA.   She and Mark have two adult daughters, Regina and Charlotte.

Mark loves to sing, to talk politics and theology, to do fix-up projects, and to walk for exercise and meditation.  His sense of God’s call is in the areas of congregational life, leadership development, and missions.

Education:

Ph.D., Practical Theology: Preaching & Worship, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, 2000.

M.Div., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1984.

B.A., Majors in Bible & Religion, and History, Eastern Mennonite University, 1979.

Pastor Josh Meyer

Josh Meyer

Pastor of Discipling and Preaching

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Josh’s main areas of responsibility relate to preaching and teaching, and he also gives pastoral oversight to our Discipling Ministry Team.

In addition to his work at Franconia, Josh serves as a Leadership Minister for Mosaic Conference and is a member of the conference Ministerial Committee.  He is also an adjunct professor at Eastern University and serves on the Board of Directors for Living Branches.  Having not grown up in the Mennonite Church, he is grateful for the ways he’s been grafted into this community and considers it an honor to listen, learn, and lead in this setting.  Josh loves playing soccer, reading, and cheering for the four major Philadelphia sports teams.

Josh’s wife, Kim, is a licensed social worker.  She currently serves as the Director of Social Services at the Luthern Community in Telford, a continuing care retirement community.  Kim is an avid reader and a marathon runner. Josh and Kim have three children (Selah, Eve, & Paxton), and as a family they enjoy hiking, exploring new places, and traveling.

Education:

Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Exposition (Missio Seminary, 2017)

Master of Divinity in Contemporary Leadership (Biblical Theological Seminary,  2011)

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (Eastern University, 2007)

Scott Kratz

Scott Kratz

Young Adult Ministry Leader

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Scott gives leadership to the Young Adult Ministry at Franconia. In addition to giving direction to the Bible studies and Bible Fellowship Group hour, he coordinates retreats, service projects, and other events and activities. Scott’s passion and dedication is carried out in the building of strong relationships and his support and encouragement for the young adult group. Scott also provides Ministerial Support to the Pastoral Team and the Mission & Service Commission. In addition to his responsibilities at church, Scott has worked as a carpenter for over 25 years.

Scott’s wife Julie grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She has a degree from Messiah College in Biology and has worked in agricultural conservation for Lancaster County. She is now a stay at home mom with daughter Hannah and son Eli, and enjoys gardening and has a roadside vegetable stand.

Scott enjoys sports of all kinds, hunting and being outdoors, spending time with his family, and serving others through various ministries such as Chosen 300 and Celebrate Recovery.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Larry Diener

Larry Diener

Pastor of Community Life

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Larry provides pastoral care, and is involved on the leadership team of Celebrate Recovery that meets every Monday evening.

Larry graduated from Goshen College and Eastern Michigan University with degrees in Music Education, and spent 31 years as a music teacher in government, public, and Mennonite schools. He has also served as minister of music in Brethren, Methodist, and American Baptist churches as well as several other Mennonite churches.

His wife, Doris, is also an educator, and has a deep passion for women’s ministries. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Doris served as Minister of Mennonite Women in Southeast Conference. Doris and Larry have three married children. David and Brooke live in Hillsdale MI; they have four children. Debbi and Aram DiGennaro live in Harrisonburg, VA; they have two children. Elli and John McGinness live near Washington, D.C.; they have two child and are expecting twins.

Larry and Doris enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, serving in the church, and reading. Doris enjoys crafts, especially quilt piecing, and has a creative flare. Larry enjoys landscaping and gardening.

Effective July 31st 2021 Larry will be retiring from his faithful service to Franconia Mennonite Church.

Larry Diener

Bronwen Leister

Director of Children’s Ministries

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Bronwen provides leadership for ministries involving children, infants through 5th grade, within the congregation and connecting with children in the surrounding community.

Bronwen has a passion for children and wants to see all of them come to know Jesus.  She brings her gifts of organization and planning to the ministries by helping coordinate and engage the children on Sunday morning and also throughout the week with creative activities in sharing God’s Love.  Bronwen has a strong desire to help strengthen the family unit.

Bronwen grew up here at Franconia and married her high school sweetheart Nate.  Nate is employed at Penn Valley Gas in the transport department.  They also help manage their local family farm.  Nate & Bronwen have 4 children Alyssa, Emma, Blaine & Eli.  As a family they enjoy weekend trips to the mountains.

Bronwen has a teaching degree in Early Childhood Education and taught for 12 years prior to becoming a homeschool mother.  When not teaching Bronwen enjoys planning events, hikes in the woods, or catching up with friends over a cup of coffee.  But her favorite time is spent with her family!

Larry Diener

Helen Eastburn

Director of Music and Worship

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Helen gives oversight to the various pieces of Sunday morning worship services at Franconia Mennonite Church. In addition to leading music teams, she organizes preludes, special music, and leadership for children’s singing. She also serves as a representative on the Worship Ministry Team. She has a deep desire to bring God centered music into our church and homes, rooting Biblical truths in our hearts as we sing and worship our Lord as a unified body.

Helen attended Messiah College where she earned a degree in Church Music. While at Messiah, she met her husband, Jon, who was also a music major.

Jon is currently a manager and co-owner of Gro ‘N Sell Inc. – a family owned wholesale greenhouse establishment in Chalfont, PA. He also uses his musical gifts regularly at Franconia Mennonite Church.

Before coming to Franconia Mennonite Church, Jon and Helen served as music teachers at Santiago Christian School in the Dominican Republic for several years. They also served as co-directors of music at Titusville Presbyterian Church in New Jersey for 4 years. They have two daughters, Selah and Norah.

In her spare time, Helen loves the outdoors, and being in nature with her family. She loves spending time playing guitar, piano and violin. She also enjoys crafts and baking.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Colossians 3:16

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