Reverend Matt Franchetti (Pastor)
Matt is a Philadelphia native, and partisan of all Philly sports teams. He is a graduate of Penn State (2005, Political Science), and Westminster Theological Seminary (2010). Matt is a deli-man by trade, and spent nearly 20 years in food service (and other odd jobs) before entering the ministry in 2019. His passions include: bacon, beer, geography, politics and history.
Matt and his wife, Georgia (also a Philly native) have been married since 2005 and have six kids: Grace, Alyssa, Jacob, Jemimah, Evangeline and Gwendolyn.
Reverend David Green (Assistant Pastor)
David grew up on a dairy farm in western Maryland. He was born into a Christian home in Hagerstown, and can’t remember a time he didn’t believe in the Bible. His dad was a part-time pastor, and his mom raised him on Bible stories. After studying genetics at Johns Hopkins, David felt called to go into full-time ministry. Since then, he has spent more than 30 years in campus ministry, first with InterVarsity, then with Reformed University Fellowship. He spent the majority of those years supervising other campus ministers. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary, and was ordained in the PCA in 1999. David became an assistant pastor at LVPC in March of 2021.
David and his wife Ruth have been in the Lehigh Valley since 1986, and have been at LVPC since the early 90’s. They live in Bethlehem (Ruth’s hometown), where they raised their five (now grown) sons: Daniel, Peter, Christopher, Stephen, and Benjamin. David continues to channel his inner farmer by gardening, and probably boasts the most impressive crops of any yard in Bethlehem. He also keeps busy with travel, his clarinet, and undertaking various home projects.
In 1981 John and Patrizia Harley along with their daughter Kristina became charter members of
the Lehigh Valley Presbyterian Church. Upon becoming a particular church in 1982 John was
elected to the session and has served as clerk of session ever since.
John was raised in Venezuela where his parents were serving as missionaries on the Orinoco
River. Patrizia is Italian born and spent her formative years between Italy and Venezuela. Both are perfectly fluent in Spanish although Patrizia is one leg up being also fluent in her native Italian.
Throughout the years Elder Harley has served as moderator of the Philadelphia Presbytery as well as, on the following presbytery committees: Mission to North America, Ordination. At the General Assembly level, Elder Harley has served on the Board of Covenant College, Theological Examining Committee, Nominating Committee. He also served on the original provisional session of Church Without Walls, and on a borrowed session for a church in Villanova.
Elder Harley and his wife have five children and seven grandchildren, one having gone to be with the Lord.
Ken has attended LVPC since 1989. During that time he has taught adult Sunday School, served on the Christian Education Committee, and enjoyed many years teaching the Westminster Catechism to high school students. Ken and his wife, Denise, have four children, Mike, Andy, Sam, and Katie. Ken works in Information Technology at Air Products. He enjoys all types of sports, and in recent years has taken a particular shine to disc golf. He also enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
Joe Michener (Chairman)
Joe and his wife, Kristina, were born and raised in Allentown. Joe graduated from Covenant College in 2003 with a Bachelors in English, and from New York University in 2006 with a Masters in Journalism. Joe has been involved in vocational support services for more than 19 years, and has spent the last 9 years managing multiple programs that help people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment. In 2011, the Lord blessed Joe and Kristina with their daughter, Elia Grey, and in 2014, their second daughter, Lyla Elise.
Phillip has been a member at LVPC for over 30 years, and has served as a deacon for over 25 of them. He grew up in the rural suburbs west of Philadelphia, but moved to the Lehigh Valley in 1990 when he married his wife, Patricia (an Allentown native). Phillip has spent nearly 30 years as a physician assistant. He’s also a handyman, doing lots of projects at home, especially small engine and appliance repairs. He also enjoys motorcycling and fishing up in Canada. Phil and Pat have four adult children: three sons and a daughter.
Chuck is originally from Boston, but moved to Bethlehem in 1985. He’s been trying to shake the Boston accent ever since. He came to faith while in college, and spent most of his career as a pharmacist and small business owner right in Bethlehem. He and his wife, Karen, have raised a small army of 8 children: Andrew, Michael, Paul, Stephen, David, Ruth, Rachel and Abby. They currently have 11 grandkids.
The MacDonalds have been at LVPC for about 15 years, and Chuck has been a deacon for about ten of those. He enjoys music of all kinds, reading and writing.
Maurice Rouselle has been at LVPC since meeting Pastor Stone in 2014. Originally from Wilmington, DE, he attended Northeastern University (Boston, MA), and lived for many years in Alexandria, VA. He moved to Allentown for work and to be near family. He has worked for United Healthcare since 2012.