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Lead Pastor

John Inghram

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Pastor John hails from a suburban Pittsburgh community in southwestern Pennsylvania where he was raised in the Presbyterian Church and educated until late high school in public schools. After a transfer, he spent his last two years at a private, Catholic school from which he graduated.

He earned a bachelor degree in Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University, a Master of Divinity Degree - with a Minor in Pastoral Counseling - from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. After his Master's degree, he attended Duquesne University's Institute of Formative Spirituality for post graduate work. Following his doctorate, he completed a dozen courses in Advanced Pastoral Psychotherapy at Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute.

Pastor John brings a passion for discerning church vision and development of church leaders, as well as engaging persons in discovery of their gifts for ministry. His heart’s desire is to lead persons in a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ that results in spiritual growth and personal transformation.

Beyond the local church, he has served on District Committees on Ministry in both the Eastern and Western Pennsylvania Conferences and has served on several Conference teams and committees – including the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He has also been involved with local ministeriums where he has been influential in initiating local ordinance changes, and a local school board strategic planning and vision committee.

In his spare time, he enjoys running, karate, skiing, photography and music. He is married to Betsy and they are the parents of two adult children – Steven and Rachel. Their home is also graced by a Puggle named Brody. Oh… and he’s a Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan.


Associate Pastor

Joe Forwood

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Joe was born and raised in the Chadds Ford area and has attended Elam his entire life. He graduated from Garnet Valley in 1979 where he played baseball and played the drums in the band. Joe attended Geneva College with a major in Broadcasting and was the music director at WGEV which was the college radio station.

He has been employed at Glen Mills Schools since 1983 and is currently working as an Educational Coordinator there. Joe and Lisa have been married since 1985 and have three children, Lindsey, Lacey, and Luke, and a grandson Travis and a granddaughter Aria. In his spare time he enjoys local sports teams, reading, music and collecting baseball memorabilia.

Joe has been on Elam's staff since 1998 and assumed the position of Coordinator of Youth Ministry in 2001. He has completed the process of becoming a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church. Joe has a great passion for working with students and young adults from our community and trying to help them to come into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Joe also feels a call to mission work within the community as well as worldwide. He serves as staff support to Elam's Reach Team. Joe truly feels that Jesus has called each of us to be His hands and feet in the world and that we should go out into our communities to share His love with others ... through His love and guidance we at Elam can accomplish this call.


Church Administrator

Mary Kerasavich

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Mary arrived in Philadelphia from Glasgow, Scotland in 1970. Before coming to Elam she worked as a legal secretary both in Scotland and in Philadelphia.

Throughout the years Mary has adapted and grown with the various changes that have taken place at Elam- including its growth from a small country church, working hand-in-hand with five pastors, and coordinating the administrative aspects of two major construction projects.

Over the years, she’s been indispensably connected with the ongoing development of the church office to assist and support the ministries of Elam. She especially enjoys working with committee chairpersons and reaching out to meet the needs of the congregation. Mary’s organizational abilities and compassionate nature make her the ideal office administrator.

Mary enjoys reading and spending  time with her two young grandson Daschel & Braxton.


Director of Hearts & Hands Programs

Kelly Forwood

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Kelly Forwood, as Director of Hearts and Hands Programs, oversees our Preschool, Children’s Day Out, Kinderbunch and summer Kids Camp programs. As well as acting as Director, Kelly teaches a 4’s/Pre-K classroom. Kelly’s passion for working with young children and her desire to focus on the uniqueness of each child as they grow daily in God’s grace, creates a nurturing and loving atmosphere within each of our programs.

Kelly graduated in 1992 with a B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Millersville University. Upon graduating she taught for three years in a preschool program at a day care center. She taught seven years in the Children’s Day Out program before becoming the director of Elam’s newly created Preschool in 2005. She considers it a privilege to care for and teach the children in these programs.

Kelly’s family relocated to this area when her father was appointed as Elam’s Pastor. When Rev. Pierce passed away, Elam dedicated the Pierce Family Life Center to his memory. Kelly has two grown children, Cassie and Steven. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and time at the beach.

 

Coordinator of Spiritual Enrichment

Randy Schaffer

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Randy serves on Elam’s staff as Coordinator of Spiritual Enrichment. Her position on our staff has evolved over 12 years to include offering Spiritual Guidance to individual and groups, providing Pastoral support, coordinating hospital and homebound visitations, acting as staff support for our Caring Team, building and sustaining Elam’s Adult Small Groups Ministry, planning and facilitating renewal retreats and study groups for Elam as well as other local churches.

In the past, Randy’s creativity and education led her to express herself through an array of genre including story illustration and product development in the fashion industry requiring her to travel daily into New Jersey and Manhattan while working for National Department store chains, as well as occasional trips to the Orient for over 10 years. In 2000 Randy once again felt called to revisit the possibility of entering into some form of ministry. This had been a lifelong dream and desire which began to take shape as she explored Spiritual Guidance through the programs offered with Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development and thus a new phase in her life began. Upon the completion of the two year programs she was appointed Elam’s Coordinator of Spiritual Enrichment.

Randy and her husband Wayne reside in Glen Mills with their beloved cats. She has two adult daughters; Beth who lives in Stamford Connecticut and Lisa in Rising Sun, Maryland.

Randy serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Franciscan Spiritual Center located within Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston. She enjoys reading the classics and popular novels as well as theological and spiritual books. Randy finds painting and writing both poetry and inspirational pieces ways of connecting with the beauty and majesty of creation.


Office Asst. & Treasurer

Janet Roushey

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Janet was a member of the first Graduating Class of Garnet Valley. Upon graduating from high school Janet worked at two different companies as a bookkeeper. While being a stay at home mother, she also helped her husband with bookwork as a way of assisting him with his business. Janet has been a faithful member of Elam UMC for 48 years and a member of the Jubilate Choir for 47 years. She has taught Sunday school and acted as coordinator of Elam’s Vacation Bible School for 19 years. When Elam began the search for an Assistant Secretary, Janet felt that she might bring her office skills to the church where she grew up. Janet also brings her office skills to Christ United Methodist Church in Brookhaven. Janet has served on many different committees at Elam over the years. She is currently acting as Co-treasurer and is a member of our Finance Committee and Leadership Council. Janet has used her love of music in the past to assist her husband Steve with Elam’s Kid’s in Christ Choral group. Steve and Janet have 2 adult sons, Kevin and Neil, a grandson Neil,Jr. as well as beloved family dogs, Jasmine , Lola and Frisco Janet enjoys computer games, checking out friends via Facebook and can be considered a true sports enthusiast.


Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries

Lori Minner

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Elam is a special place for Lori because it’s where she was married to her husband, Mike, and is happy to have her son attend preschool. Lori graduated from West Chester University with a BS in special education grades K to 12. She also attended Wilmington University for post graduate credits toward a Master's Degree in early childhood education. Lori taught students from first grade to high school in regular education and emotional/behavioral support settings - in public and private schools in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

 

After the birth of her son, Michael, she took time off from teaching to stay home. Once Michael reached preschool age, Lori was eager to get back into the classroom and was hired as a teacher in Elam’s Hearts & Hands Preschool and then transitioned to director of the Children's Day Out.  In her role as Director of CYF Ministries, Lori oversees Elam's K-5 Sunday School Program called Kids Connection and Vacation Bible School, plus plans regular events for children and families.  She’s previously served as an assistant girl’s JV soccer coach and assistant boys and girls track coach too. 


Youth Ministry Leader

Meredith Lawler

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Meredith has been a member of Elam United Methodist Church since birth and welcomes the opportunity to serve in the very church where she grew up.  Elam is also very special because it’s where she met her husband, Bob, which she considers nothing short of a blessing.  She currently leads worship at our Sunday 11:00am contemporary worship service and is excited to begin her new role as Youth Ministry Leader.

Meredith has her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Early Childhood Education from West Chester University and has spent the past 11 years in the field of Early Childhood Education, serving as both a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and finally a Director, at a Nationally Accredited Early Childhood Academy.  Although she has loved being a part of the ECE scene, she is most excited to be taking some time off this coming school year to stay at home with her three young children, Finnley (5), Brody (3), and Dayton (1).  Her hobbies include: singing, crafting, decorating, and running (around her children)!  OH, and eating ICE CREAM!


Director of Music & Arts

Angela Smith

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Angela serves on Elam’s staff as Director of Music & Arts. She directs the Jubilate Choir, coordinates music and arts groups and special services, and serves as a pianist for worship services. She has been a member of Elam since 1993, transferring membership from her home town church, Saxton United Methodist Church, Saxton, PA. For Angela, music has always been a passionate way to worship God, whether in individual performance, rehearsing others, or directing the choir. Angela creates meaningful moments within the worship experience at Elam as she prayerfully conducts the choir, plays the piano or organ as well as offering solos.

Angela is a graduate of West Chester University (B.S. Music Ed 1992; M.M. Music Ed 2002), and is currently working on a Master’s degree in education from Gratz College. She teaches music classes and offers instrumental lessons at Garnet Valley Elementary School, Glen Mills, PA. In addition to her classroom duties, Angela accompanies the Bethel Springs Elementary, Garnet Valley Elementary, and Garnet Valley High School choruses in concerts and public appearances. She also plays piano for Garnet Valley and Chichester High Schools' spring musicals. Angela is a co-organizer of "Voices of Hope," a community chorus which raises funds and awareness for Ovarian Cancer, sponsored by Elam every spring.

Angela lives in Chadds Ford, PA, with her husband and daughters. She enjoys walking, spending time with her family and friends, crafts and reading.