Meet our Staff

Pastor Joel

Pastor Joel Risser

My call to ministry began in Myerstown, PA, where I grew up the son of the choir director at our UCC congregation. Church has always been a major part of my life. I earned my Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance with a minor in English at Temple University. During my senior year at Temple, I finally accepted God’s call to ministry after saying “no” or “not yet” for at least seven years. I began my studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary the same day I performed my senior recital at Temple University.

Jess, my wife since 2006, is a medical social worker for a hospice agency. She is an alumna of Temple University with Bachelor and Masters degrees in social work. She has always been a voracious reader and volunteers a great deal of time on the board of directors of a community library. Our son, Stanton, is almost five years old. He loves LEGO, video games and anything with wheels and an engine. I have been a huge science fiction fan my whole life. My favorite thing to do in my free time is to spend time with my family and go to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts.
Before being called to serve First UCC, I was the pastor of St. John’s UCC in Jonestown, PA for over ten years.

Marji Hughes

Marji Hughes

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Stephen Cable

Stephen is our minister of music.

Phyllis Scherer

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Andy Spear

Andy Spear

Andy is president of our Consistory.

“Please come visit us, learn about Jesus and his disciples, and find out all the good things we are doing.”

Woody Stauffer

Woody is our church Sexton.