Leadership

Elders

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.

Royce Seifert

Royce is a graduate of Hellertown-Lower Saucon High School and Muhlenberg College (1968). A registered CPA, Royce worked in accounting for Lehigh Valley Dairy for 25 years. In the course of his career there, he became the Controller, the Vice President of Finance and then the General Manager of the cooperative. He continues to market milk for Cumberland Valley Milk Producers, a small dairy cooperative located in south central Pennsylvania. Royce was also a board member, treasurer and teacher at Lehigh Valley Christian High School. He currently serves on the board of Fellowship Christian High School and the board of Hope for America and is the treasurer for both. 

Royce has been an elder at LVPC since 1989, and serves (naturally!) as our treasurer. He also serves on the Church Health Team of the Eastern Pennsylvania Presbytery, and served for many years as the treasurer for the presbytery as well. 

Royce and his wife Jeri have three adult children: Nicole, Lisa and Erin. All three are alumni of Phillipsburg Christian Academy, Bethlehem Christian School, and Lehigh Valley Christian High School.

John Harley

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 George

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.

Deacons

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.

John Murdoch

The Murdochs have been at LVPC since 2002. John (a native New Englander) met his lovely wife, Mary Ruth (a southern belle), through Campus Crusade at the University of Pennsylvania, and PA has been their temperate weather compromise ever since. John is formerly the business manager at P&R Publishing, and is now a computer systems architect, designing point-of-sale systems for several international fast-food chains. Mary Ruth is herself a scholar and graduate of Westminster Seminary, with extensive experience as a proofreader and editor for multiple Christian publishing houses. She does her daily devotions in Hebrew.

John has served as a deacon at LVPC since 2018. He is also our organist, and is responsible for designing/producing our liturgies. In his spare time, he teaches in a therapeutic horse-riding/driving program, training young people and adults with special needs to harness and drive horses. John and Mary Ruth have 3 grown daughters.

Phillip Hansell

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 MacDonald

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

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.

Doug Schaffer

Doug Schaffer lives in Allentown and has worked in the automotive parts industry for over 35 years. He became a member of LVPC in 1991 and has served as a deacon since May of 1998. He is thankful to God for his family and friends and for the love and fellowship of the members of LVPC.

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