Great Valley Staff

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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 office@gvpres.org or at 610-644-1995. 

Senior Pastor

Keith Fink

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Jim joined the Great Valley staff in 2005 after attending the Church for 20 years, including involvement with youth and adult programs. Earlier, Jim earned an engineering degree from Lafayette in 1981 and spent 22 years in engineering and management. In 2006, Jim graduated with a Master's in Ministry from Biblical Theological Seminary. Jim and Lynne have four boys: Ben, Dan, Tim, and Nate, all of whom are transitioned or transitioning out of the Shack household and being disciples in their own communities. Jim’s favorite past times are a variety of sport activities and figuring out how things work. Jim can be reached at jimshack@gvpres.org or at 610-644-1995.

Director of Ministries

Jim Shackleton

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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 gvpcpreschool@comcast.net.

Director of Preschool in the Valley

Karen Erickson

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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 office@gvpres.org or 610-644-1995.

Director of Worship and Communications

Chris Starr

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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 office@gvpres.org or at 610-644-1995.

Organist

Sharon Smoker

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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 cwhite@forefrontbusinessservices.com or at 610-644-1995, ext. 105.

Facilities Supervisor

Chris White

Church Boards and Committees

Elders

George Barstar - Christian Ed., Worship

Larry Gould - Christian Ed. CH

Paul Gundersen - CL & O

Phil Jones - Personnel CH, CL & O, Nominating

Bill Riggs - Corporate Affairs CH

Jonathan Schuck - Clerk of Session, Nominating CH

Rhonda Schuck - Christian Ed., Preschool

Paul B. Toms - Missions, Worship

Paul Welle - Missions CH, Personnel

Barb Wray - Preschool CH, Personnel

Ted Wray - CL & O, Corporate Affairs

Les Zan - Worship CH

Keith Fink - Moderator of Session

CH - Committee Chairperson

CL & O - Church Life & Outreach

Deacons

Carol Anderson

Rick Constable

Debbie Fanus

Sharon Harmon - Aid to Congregation

Dan Herbst 

Denise Higgins  - Moderator

Frani Hitzelberger 

Marcia Papson - Aid to Worship

Susan Toms

Tracey Toms

Jackie Welle

Sergei Yurchak - Aid to Community

Trustees

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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