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Sharan Knoell Rosso

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I'm happy you found your way here!  

I'm a native of the Philadelphia area, and I consider myself a "cradle" Presbyterian.  I grew up in church, and when I got too old to participate in the programs for kids, I began to help lead those programs.  One of my favorite things in my early church life was those catchy Vacation Bible School songs - some of which I still remember!

After graduating from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia with the strange combination of a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and German, I managed a small nonprofit in the city. During those years, I earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University and felt a true calling to work for a cause instead of a profit.  Through some God-placed individuals, I realized a calling to the ministry in 2010.  Some of the best years of my life were spent at Princeton Theological Seminary where I earned my Masters of Divinity in 2014.

I was called to Valley United Presbyterian Church later that year to be the first pastor of this newly-formed church.  Through all the bumps in the road to bring these three congregations together in our little Valley, I found a home, a calling, and a love of the Lord that surpasses anything I've known before.

When not in church, my husband, Gerard, his daughter, Abby, and I enjoy horror movies, Broadway musicals, hiking, canoeing / kayaking, and hanging out with our Jack Russell Terrier / Beagle mix, Shiloh.  

I can be reached at 570-888-2269 or pastorsharan@valleypresby.org.
 

Shiloh working hard at the office.


Music Director

Theodore Lentz

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A native of Sayre, Pennsylvania, Theodore Lentz has grown as a keyboardist from the age of 6. Raised in the Episcopal church, Theodore has always held a great interest and respect for the organ and its flexibility as a performance and worship instrument.

Beginning organ lessons at the age of 15, Theodore acted as substitute at the Church of the Redeemer, Sayre, PA, for services as needed. Since then he has acted as substitute across the twin tiers region for multiple denominations as well as held full time positions at Trinity Episcopal, Elmira, NY, and Grace Episcopal, Waverly, NY, as director of music.

He is excited to hold the title of music director for the Valley United Presbyterian Church and looks forward to the musical and religious growth opportunities the position holds for the congregation. Theodore currently resides in Williamsport, PA, where he teaches private brass and woodwind lessons at Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers."


Church Administrator

Donna Smith

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Donna is a familiar face to many of the members of Valley United Presbyterian Church.  She and her husband, Harold, have lived in Athens for 43 years, where they raised their 2 sons.  Many may recognize her from BCE Federal Credit Union, where she worked for 20 years.  She then served her own church, St. John Lutheran church in Sayre, as a Church Administrator for 10 years.  After a brief time at Foote's Tire & Auto as a bookkeeper, Donna was very happy to be considered for the position here when Donna Johnston had to move out of state.

Among her favorite past times are: music (in addition to singing in Valley Chorus and playing flute in the Kirby Band, she can be seen in the pit orchestra  for many local musicals), reading, scrapbooking and crocheting for their 6 grandchildren.


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