Senior 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.

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.

Connections Coordinator

Andree Tyagi

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Andrée has an extensive background in managing a wide variety of responsibilities.  She has been the head of many volunteer committees at the Garnet Valley School District, has sat on a number of boards and continues to provide service to religious and community organizations.  As the Connections Coordinator for Elam United Methodist Church, Andrée has been tasked with making sure our message gets out into the community with a consistent look and tone, no matter which platform it appears on.

Andrée has been a member of Elam for many years and has worked on committees within the church, including Sunday Coffee Hours, co-founder of the Caring Card Ministry, and member of The Leadership Council.  Prior to coming to Elam, Andrée was a long time member of Hillcrest-Bellefonte UMC in Wilmington, DE, where she also served as Sunday School Teacher, Trustee member and was the church secretary for over 7 years.

Personally, Andrée lives in Garnet Valley, enjoys time spent with her husband, three children, mother and two cats.  Favorite passtimes include handcrafts, gardening and cooking.

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 Music & Arts

Angela Smith

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Angela serves on Elam’s staff as Director of Music & Arts. She directs the Jubilate Choir and serves as Organist, coordinates music and arts groups, special services, and is 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.

Director of Elam Hearts and Hands

Kelly Forwood

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Kelly Forwood, as Director of Elam Hearts and Hands, 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.

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