Mellinger Church's full time and part time staff and ministers are dedicated to serving the needs of the Church and would be happy to talk to you and help you in any way we can! Feel free to call the church and speak with our receptionist, or you may contact a staff member directly below.
Church Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm
Pastor Alan Miller
Interim Lead Pastor
Alan joined our staff on December 1, 2017 as our Intentional Interim Pastor. While here, he will assist with the preaching, provide some of the pastoral care and assist the congregation in preparing for the arrival of the next long-term pastor.
Alan is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College (BA in Sociology) and Goshen Biblical Seminary (MDiv). He also served for three years in Botswana with the Mennonite Central Committee.
He has enjoyed a long career in ministry, having served as a pastor with the Church of the Brethren for 34 years. His pastoral assignments have included the Hatfield COB, the Shippensburg COB, and the Conestoga COB (Leola PA). Since his retirement (or semi-retirement) he has served as the Intentional Interim Pastor at Neffsville Mennonite Church and Souderton Mennonite Church. More recently, he served as the ‘bridge pastor’ for sixteen months at Franconia Mennonite Church.
He lives with his wife, Kathy in Akron, PA. Kathy is also an ordained minister and they served together on staff at both the Hatfield COB and the Conestoga COB. They have one son, Matthew, who is married to Amanda. Matt and Amanda currently live in Denver, CO.
In his spare time Alan enjoys reading, photography, going to the Ephrata Rec Center, and doing woodworking. Along with Kathy, he enjoys travel and visiting Longwood Gardens.
Galatians 6:9-10 have been his guiding verses for many years -
“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.”
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Interim Director of Youth & Young Adults
[bio coming soon]
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Roger Weaver serves on the preaching team for the Mellinger congregation. He works full time as a masonry estimator. He has served on several short term mission teams through Eastern Mennonite Mission and completed the STEP program offered by Lancaster Mennonite Conference. He enjoys outdoor activities, volleyball, drama (acting and writing). Roger desires to make the Bible come alive; demonstrating it to be relevant for all generations.
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Matt Fahnestock Minister of Worship
Matt Fahnestock serves as Minister of Worship at Mellinger Mennonite Church. Matt grew up attending East Fairview Church of the Brethren in Manheim, Pennsylvania. He was baptized when he was 10 and began leading musical worship in high school. Matt is a 2017 graduate of Messiah College with a degree in Music and Worship. As a student at Messiah he was a leader in the worshipping community on campus, assisting in the architecture and execution of worship services on campus. Before coming to Mellinger, Matt was the Worship Arts Intern at Grantham Brethren in Christ Church.
Matt and his wife, Andrea, currently live in Lancaster City with their adorable but shy cat, Sadie. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and soccer, reading, and being outside.
Matt’s primary goal as a worship leader is that people of all ages feel invited to sing. He is a classically trained musician with the cello as his primary instrument. He also is skilled on the acoustic guitar, piano, electric bass, and as a singer.
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Leon Oberholtzer Minister of Congregational Life
Leon serves on the Congregational Life team part-time. He attended Eastern Mennonite Seminary, pastored in Tampa, FL, Steelton, PA and at Mellinger in Lancaster. He has also served as Interim Pastor in Glendale, AZ. Leon enjoys reading, walking and shepherding sheep. He enjoys relating with people through the challenges of life.
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Danielle Hofstetter, Minister to Children & Families
Danielle most recently taught and directed theater for Lancaster Mennonite High School and previously taught English at schools in Delaware and Harrisonburg, Virginia where she grew up. She served on a short term mission team to Zweibrucken, Germany through Eastern Mennonite Missions. Danielle is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and Mary Baldwin College where she earned English and theater degrees. She enjoys hiking with her family, playing board games, volleyball, Shakespeare, and directing. Danielle is passionate about encouraging families and fostering a nurturing environment for children to develop meaningful relationships with Jesus.
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Wilmer & Doris Nolt, Deacons
Wilmer, a retired high school science teacher and Doris, a retired registered nurse, have been long-time members at Mellinger. Over the years they have been active in various leadership roles in the congregation, including Elder Council, Sunday School teaching, and Parent & Preschool program. They have recently been chosen by the Mellinger members to help meet congregational care & support needs as the deacon couple.