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Pastor & Staff

Rev. Michael J. Bodnyk The Rev. Michael J. Bodnyk
Pastor Bodnyk was born in Allentown, the son of an officer in the U.S. Air Force and an English Teacher. He lived in several places including Japan, before moving to a farm outside Kutztown when his father retired from the military. After graduation from Muhlenberg College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pastor Bodnyk served congregations in Abington and Ashfield before coming to Faith Lutheran in 1995. Pastor Bodnyk's wife Sandy is an officer with Branch Banking and Trust Company and their son, Michael John, lives and works in New York City.

Community involvement outside the church includes Volunteer Firefighter with the Schnecksville fire department, and serving on committees such as the Eastern PA CISM team and the Whitehall "Communities That Care" committee.At home with Sandy, Pastor Bodnyk enjoys working in the yard and traveling as well as many trips to NYC!

A note placed above his office computer defines our Pastor very well.
"To love what you do and feel that it matters - how can anything be more fun?"

Jennifer Kishbaugh Jennifer Kishbaugh, MS Ed, Director of Music
Jennifer resides in Blandon with her husband, Matthew and 3 children, Dayne, Aurora, and Gavin. In addition to being Director of Music here at Faith, she is also a full-time Music Teacher in the Parkland School District. A graduate of Susquehanna University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, Jennifer earned two Master's Degrees from Wilkes University; a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership and a Master's of Science in Classroom Technology. Jennifer is responsible for the supervision of the Music Ensembles here at Faith. She directs the Senior Choir, Children's Choir His Kids, and the Bell Choir. She also works with the Sunday school children in their Sunday morning openings. If you have any interest in participating in one or more of the choirs here at Faith please contact the church office so that Jennifer is able to contact you in helping to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord" here at Faith.

Sue Bellucci Sue Bellucci, Office Manager
Sue and her husband, Nic reside in Alburtis with their children. They have enjoyed family vacations and traveling together as their children grew. All 5 Belluccis are avid Penn State fans.

Sue began her career at Faith 15 years ago as the Administrative Assistant and in 2015 accepted the position of Office Manager. Before coming to Faith, Sue was employed by The Morning Call for 26 years in the Editorial and HR departments. Sue is an integral part of our church organization and enjoys being the "go to" person for Pastor and Faith's congregation.

Joanne Gantz Jalowiecki Joanne Gantz Jalowiecki, Director of Christian Education
Joanne is a lifelong member of Faith Lutheran and the mother of 2 and "Nana" of eight. She is a graduate of Cedar Crest College and is the retired Director of HR with Red Cross of Greater Lehigh Valley with twenty-five years of service.

Joanne oversees all educational programs with Faith Lutheran such as Sunday Schools (all ages), Confirmation, youth groups, etc. She volunteers for multiple committees and social events at church as well as currently on church council.

In the community, you will also find Joanne volunteering her time with Perfect Fit and Northern Valley Ambulance Auxiliary. She is Past Matron of Rose Croix Chapter #235 Order of the Eastern Star and past board member of Lehigh County Conference of Churches.

Hobbies include traveling with family and friends, reading, travel, floral arranging, travel, spending time with grandchildren and did I mention travel?

A quote from Joanne:
"Christian Education is very rewarding to me as I see our youth 'growing in faith'. A question I normally ask our confirmands is, 'What is the name of our church and what does it mean in your life?'"

Linda Eberhart Linda Eberhart, Organist
Linda has lived in Catasauqua for the past 46 years where she raised her daughter, Tami Steidinger, an active and loved "daughter" of the congregation.

In 2006 Linda retired from First Valley Bank (now Bank of America) holding various positions after 18 years of full time employment.

Linda began her tenure at Faith Lutheran in 1977. She not only provides the music for our main services, but is the go to for weddings, funerals and special events. For the past 10 years Linda has joined with Shirley Moser to provide music programs at Luther Crest and Moravian Village. Linda's love of music is apparent - - she's a master of the keyboard - - from secular to classical to rag time and will take requests - no music needed.

Margy Muthard, Treasurer
Margy joined the staff of Faith in January of 2015. Her position requires her to maintain all financial records, checking, saving and investment accounts and present financial reports each month to the Church Council.

Margy is the mother of 2 daughters and resides in Northampton with her family. She has worked in the Accounting field for 28 years.

Her current position is Accounts Payable, HR and Payroll Administrator for a mid-size trucking company in Nazareth, PA.

Volunteering for LV Patriot Flames softball organization helps to fill her love for softball. When Margy has free time, she enjoys traveling, time at the beach and playing with her dogs.

Sally Buchmiller Sally Buchmiller, Financial Secretary
Sally is a Whitehall resident and has been a member of Faith Lutheran for 30 years. Sally is responsible for recording and accounting for all collections from members and guests.

A retired supervisor from Bell Telephone with 30 years of service, Sally is mother and grandmother to 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Babysitting and caring for her family keeps Sally young, both physically and mentally.

An avid traveler, Sally and her late husband Bob, travelled the world, including China, Japan, Australia and Europe. With the memories and knowledge gained, it's natural that she is employed part-time with the Whitehall Library. In addition to her many roles, she is also a cherished volunteer at Faith Lutheran.'

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