Great Valley Staff
Keith has been the in the pastorate for over 30 years. He came to Great Valley in 2016 from Somerset, PA where he served as Senior Pastor at St. Paul's. Keith's love for our Lord, His Word, and His people are evident through his sincere desire to faithfully proclaim God's Word with passion. It is Keith's personal prayer "to be used by God to equip and encourage God's people to live into the purpose for which our Lord has made them." Keith graduated from Wheaton College with a BS degree in biology and has received his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Keith is married to Patty and they have 2 grown daughters and three grandchildren. Keith can be reached at email@example.com or at 610-644-1995.
Director of Ministries
Paul Reader is from the great state of South Carolina, studying at Clemson University (Go Tigers!), before making his way up to PA to study at Westminster Seminary (MDiv 2008). There he met his amazing wife, Sonja (Smoker) Reader, thanks to Great Valley Presbyterian, who had encouraged and enabled her to study at Westminster as well. Paul has served in various congregations in PA and SC, and enjoys his family, teaching the Bible, repairing Macs, and growing succulents. Paul can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 610-644-1995.
Director of Worship and Communications
Chris joined the staff of Great Valley as the Director of Music Ministry in 2010 and has since taken on additional roles in church communications. He and his wife Vicky and their children, Aria and Joel, live in Royersford. Chris earned a Bachelor of Music with a vocal performance emphasis from Susquehanna University. While at Susquehanna, Chris and Vicky led the children’s choir at St. Paul’s Church and Chris also directed the Handbell choir. Before coming to Great Valley, Chris studied choral conducting and earned a Master of Arts in Music at Mansfield University. In his free time, Chris travels with his family and tackles home improvement projects. You can reach Chris at email@example.com or 610-644-1995.
Director of Preschool in the Valley
Karen has been a member of GVPC for almost thirty years. Having previously taught at Collegium Charter School, West Chester Friends School, Paoli Methodist Nursery School, Christ Memorial Lutheran School, and Goshen Baptist Nursery School for a combined total of nineteen years, Karen founded the Preschool in the Valley in 2004 and has managed the staff and the operations ever since. Karen holds a BS from Houghton and has done graduate work at Immaculata University. Karen is married to Craig, and they have three adult sons, Steven, Christian, and Peter. In her free time she is an avid reader, loves gardening, and quilting. Karen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Youth
Brian attended Great Valley's youth group during his middle school and high school years before joining as a volunteer leader in 2013. In 2017, Brian earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Brian works full time as a Marketing Specialist for Fiserv in King of Prussia. Prior to this, he worked as a Fan Engagement Coordinator with NBC Sports Philadelphia. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan who enjoys not-so-quietly addressing the fact that Chris White is a Cowboys fan. Brian enjoys writing, playing sports (especially golf & basketball), and making ice cream. You can reach Brian at email@example.com or 610-644-1995.
Sharon Smoker earned a bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Wheaton College. Since then Sharon has served the Lord through music in a number of church locations. Upon moving to Pennsylvania, Sharon joined Great Valley’s staff as the church organist in 2000. Sharon plays for worship services and special events throughout the year, and is actively involved in the ministries of Great Valley Presbyterian Church. When she is not teaching piano or practicing the organ, Sharon can be found pursuing her favorite sports or scrapbooking. Sharon and her late husband Steve have four adult children and seven grandchildren whom she enjoys visiting frequently. Sharon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 610-644-1995.
Chris joined the Great Valley Staff as Facilities Supervisor in 2013 after a 21 year career in human services at Melmark. He is President of Forefront Business Services LLC, Executive Director of Future Leaders Today (serving at-risk high schoolers) and a Penn State adjunct business professor. He also serves on several boards and community organizations in the Phoenixville area. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware, a Master's of Clinical Psychology from West Chester University and an MBA from Regis University. He and his wife Linda have been blessed with 3 children: Christian, Lindsay and Josh. Chris enjoys teaching Sunday School and quietly cheering on his Dallas Cowboys, and is an avid bass fisherman. Chris can be reached at email@example.com or at 610-644-1995, ext. 105.
Church Boards and Committees
Pannir Alexander - Christian Education, Missions
Glenn Anderson - Corporate Affairs CH
George Barstar - Worship CH
Rees Hunt - Corporate Affairs, Nominating CH
Phil Jones - Personnel CH, CL & O CH
Jane Porter - CL & O, Preschool
Rhonda Schuck - Christian Education CH
Chris Starr - CL & O, Worship
Paul B. Toms - Christian Education, Worship
Paul Welle - Missions CH
Barb Wray - Preschool CH, Personnel
Keith Fink - Moderator of Session
Jonathan Schuck - Clerk of Session
CH - Committee Chairperson
CL & O - Church Life & Outreach
Carol Anderson, Secretary
Sharon Harmon - Aid to Congregation
Marcia Papson - Moderator
Tracey Toms - Aid to Worship
Julie Turner - Aid to Congregation
Sergei Yurchak - Aid to Community
Glenn Anderson* - Corp Affairs CH, Finance CH
Brian Gilbert, Property CH
Alan Papson** - Cemetery Investments & Endowments CH
Kristen Picha - Secretary
* Session Representative
** Non Trustee Member