In the United Church of Christ, we believe in the "priesthood of all believers." All members of the church are ministers and commissioned for ministry. Some are called form the pews to serve in professional ways. We're excited to introduce you to our church staff.
Pastor Chris came to us from a small rural church but served in large churches in suburban and urban settings, prison ministry, campus ministry, and youth ministry prior to Dallastown. He is passionate for teaching the Bible and teaching others how to interpret the Bible and loves to integrate children into worship services. He lives in Dallastown with his family, is an avid reader, popular culture enthusiast, and comic book nerd.
A native of Lancaster County, he is a graduate of St. Vincent College, the University of Chicago, and Drew University. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the influence of Christian philosopher Paul Tillich upon 1960s radical Christian thought and 1970s feminism.
His "life verse" is John 3:17:
"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."
Pastor Chris prioritizes being active and visible in the community. He is a member of the Dallastown Area Youth Foundation, a Cub Scout volunteer, and Judge of Elections for our local voting district. He has been the President of the Dallastown-Yoe Ministerium of Churches for five years. Pastor Chris is also part of the interfaith clergy group who plan and lead the York County Interfaith Thanksgiving Observance.
Pastor Chris is often and regularly present and leading vigils and protests for peace and tolerance, and is particularly passionate about racial justice and LGBTQ equality. He is an active participant in the county clergy response network, who addresses and monitors hate group activity and systemic discrimination in York County.
Religious tolerance is a vital passion of Dr. Rodkey in our community.
Dr. Rodkey regularly contributes op-ed or lifestyle articles to local newspapers and is contingent faculty at Penn State's York Campus, who awarded him the Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He has published several books, including three devotional coloring books, Coloring Advent, Coloring Lent, and Coloring Women of the Bible. He is a past trustee of the North American Paul Tillich Society and has been interviewed by The New York Times and Time magazine regarding his academic expertise
Brenda is our extraordinarily talented organist and pianist, and has been in this role for decades at St. Paul's.
Rax, or "Mister Rax" is our staff religious educator for children. He has a wonderful connection with our Sunday Schoolers and is particularly talented when working with children with learning or intellectual disabilities. He is a talented musician who can play multiple instruments.
Tasha is our administrative assistant and has been with St. Paul's as a staff member since 2018.
Jon Krout, Prayer Minister
John Bair, Worship Technology
Gabe Hill, Consistory President
Len Evans, Consistory Vice President
Bill Tileston, Treasurer
Melissa McColligan, Active Elder