Rev. Carla Christopher (she/her)
Pastor of Logistics and Vision Support
I’m Carla Christopher, a Black/Romani/German queer femme Lutheran Pastor and deeply proud of all my intersections. Poetry is my first language and I served as York, Pennsylvania’s Poet Laureate and ran a small publishing company while also working as a professional community organizer and Diversity/Cultural Competency Trainer before attending seminary. I now live and work in Central Pennsylvania, serving as assistant to the regional Bishop in charge of Justice Ministries. My favorite co-worker is my shamelessly spoiled dog and I still write regularly for church organizations like ELCA World Hunger, Sparkhouse, Faith+Lead, Sundays and Seasons, and Living Lutheran and support area nonprofits in justice and trauma-informed care work.
James Sawor (he/him)
Minister of Logistics and Vision Support
I am James Sawor, father, public servant, volunteer, planner, constant thinker. My career-span has included healthcare, business management, emergency services, and public administration. I have served in elected and appointed public offices, as well as on many boards and committees for non-profits. Currently holding a B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, I am currently enrolled in dual Bachelor programs in Corporate Accounting and Business Economics with the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. I have been in school more years in my adult life than not.
Currently I enthusiastically serve the people as Chief of Staff for PA Representative Carol Hill-Evans since 2017. Even with that, my life revolves around my faith and my family. My passion for being a part of church leadership came early. In my youth I was a close companion to the pastor, reported on behalf of my church for denominational media, became Treasurer of the church, and directed Bible School. Now I feel ready to revisit the calling I have for the church.
Rev. Abel Arroyo Traverso (they/he)
Pastor of Theology and Faith Formation
Bi/Pan/Queer. Co-host of Chaotic Bisexual Text Study. TikTok connoisseur. Peruvian native. Desert dweller.
Joslin Kearse, UCC Intern (they/she)
Intern for Theology and Faith Formation
Joslin Kearse is an MBA and an MDiv/MAST in Social Transformation. They are an Army veteran and a justice activist. They are York, PA born and bred and have lived in New York, California, Atlanta, and Germany. An spoken word artist and vocalist, they are also the Diversity Manager for a local nonprofit, a free spirit, and an old school hip hop head for life.
Br. John Michael Longworth, OEM (they/them)
Director of Spiritual Care and Spiritual Practice
Br. John Michael (JM) Longworth, OEF is a life professed Franciscan in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans and a minister of the Gospel from Rutland, VT. They serve as the Grant Writer & Foundation Specialist for Committee on Temporary Shelter in Burlington, VT, using narrative to provide shelter, services, and affordable housing to households experiencing or at risk of homelessness. JM is also a trained spiritual director and loves helping people to explore the linkages between spiritual practice and collective liberation. As an AroAce theologian, JM is fascinated by exploring sacred friendship, both as an embodiment of Gospel ethics, and as a form of resistance to the isolation and alienation of a community build entirely around nuclear family units.
Gale Wenk du Pont (she/her)
Minister of Pastoral Care and Spiritual Practice
Gale Wenk du Pont serves as the Co-Chair of the LSS Towards Racial Justice Task Force and as a member of the Disability Ministry Task Force. She received a certificate in Missional Preaching in 2020 and is working on her certificate in trauma informed Preaching. She works with different community agencies that focus on homelessness, supporting returning citizens, immigration, health equity and inclusivity, racial justice, and religious ally ship. Gale leads worship services at two area nursing homes monthly and serves as a supply preacher for non-communion services.
Rev. Tim Seitz-Brown (he/him)
Pastor of Advocacy and Public Action
Pastor Tim Seitz-Brown is active with the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and is often seen at the Commonwealth Capitol in Harrisburg. He has served congregations in Easton, Ephrata, Thomasville, Biglerville and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, lived as fish farming extension officer in Kingston, Jamaica, taught at the Manow Lutheran Junior Seminary in Tanzania, and as an international delegate with the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraqi Kurdistan. He keeps sharp by participating in the Subversive Seminary global conversation every Tuesday night. He is married to Ann and the father of three adult children.
Stacy Chavis, ELCA Intern (she/her)
Intern for Advocacy and Public Action
Stacy Chavis’ call is to “the churched, the unchurched, and the unsure” and she desires to create spaces that build community through the telling of shared experiences and sacred stories. Her vision is to construct opportunities to minister that give voice to the disenfranchised and marginalized. She is a Vicar in the ELCA and is currently enrolled in an accelerated Master of Divinity program. In addition to her Interdisciplinary Studies degree (Psychology and Business), she is also a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.