Great Valley Staff

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Keith Fink

Senior Pastor

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 a grandson and granddaughter. Keith can be reached at or at 610-644-1995. 

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Paul Reader

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 or at 610-644-1995.

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Chris Starr

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 or 610-644-1995.

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Karen Erickson

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


Brian Hilton

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. Most recently, Brian worked in the marketing department 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 or 610-644-1995.

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Sharon Smoker


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 or at 610-644-1995.

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Chris White

Facilities Supervisor

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 teenagers: Christian, Lindsay and Josh. Chris enjoys teaching Sunday School, quietly cheering on his Dallas Cowboys, and is an avid bass fisherman.  Chris can be reached at or at 610-644-1995, ext. 105.

Church Boards and Committees


Glenn Anderson - Corporate Affairs

George Barstar - Worship CH

Rees Hunt - Christian Ed, Nominating

Phil Jones - Personnel CH, CL & O CH

Jane Porter, CL & O, Preschool

Bill Riggs - Corporate Affairs CH

Jonathan Schuck - Clerk of Session, Nominating CH

Rhonda Schuck - Christian Ed CH

Chris Starr - CL & O, Worship

Paul B. Toms - Missions, Worship

Paul Welle - Missions CH

Barb Wray - Preschool CH, Personnel

Keith Fink - Moderator of Session

CH - Committee Chairperson

CL & O - Church Life & Outreach


Carol Anderson

Rick Constable

Debbie Fanus

Dan Herbst - Moderator

Denise Higgins - Secretary

Frani Hitzelberger 

Marcia Papson - Aid to Worship

Susan Toms

Tracey Toms

Julie Turner

Jackie Welle

Sergei Yurchak - Aid to Community


Mike Cartularo** 

Steve Garrison

Brian Gilbert, Property CH

Ward Higgins

Wendy Leland

Alan Papson** - Cemetery Investments & Endowments CH

Kristen Picha - Secretary

Bill Riggs* - Corp Affairs CH, Finance CH

Ralph Schlesinger

Brian Turner

Bob Wert

Chris White**

Chris Zubyk

* Session Representative

** Non Trustee Member

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