Jeff is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, Pitt, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. While in his early thirties Jeff met Christ in a life-changing way and entered seminary. After leaving his career as a high school German teacher and basketball coach he came to New London Presbyterian Church, now CLC, as Pastor in 1987. Jeff’s passions are understanding and communicating the love of God in Jesus Christ, his family (married to Kathy with 5 children and 6 grandchildren), playing basketball and tennis, and gardening with Kathy. One of Jeff and Kathy’s favorite things in the world is being surrounded by an incredible church family.
Josh and his family (Briggs – 8, Josh, Julie, Amelia -5, Sophie – 3) will be moving to Oxford in May to become CLC’s new Senior Pastor succeeding Jeff. Jeff and Josh will lead CLC together for a period of time during which Josh’s responsibilities will increase while Jeff takes on a different role among us.
Gary ArnTessoni was born and raised in Southern California, received his MDIV from Fuller Seminary, and a DMIN from Pittsburgh Seminary in Spiritual Formation. Gary has served in pastoral leadership as a Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, New Church Planter, and a University Chaplain. As Pastor of Discipleship, Gary’s passion is to see people connect with God, experience transformation in Jesus Christ, and discover and utilize their God given gifts in ministry. Gary is married to Arnell, an ordained American Baptist Minister. Arnell and Gary have two wonderful daughters Michaela and Becca. Gary’s hobbies include fly-fishing and mountain bike riding.
Megann Graf is on staff part-time as our Worship Leader. She grew up in Altoona, PA, but made her way east after college. She attended West Chester University and holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. After working several years at (what was) MBNA as a Marketing Coordinator, God found a way for her to make her way back to music. She and her husband Mike have two children and live in Oxford, PA. She finds great joy in worshipping through singing and hopes to share that joy with our congregation and community.
Ben Dieterly, or Big Ben as he is affectionately called by many students, moved to Lincoln University in 2005 to be part of Ground Zero Masters Commission (GZMC), a discipleship school designed for young adults seeking more of God. In 2008 he graduated from GZMC and Chesapeake Bible College with a B.A. in Christian Ministry. Since 2005 Ben has been involved with youth here at the Christian Life Center (CLC) and community, and in 2012 became the official full-time Youth Director of the CLC. He is married to his beautiful wife Hope, and looks forward to see how God works.
With 20 years of experience in Christian education, Jeannette loves telling kids about their creator’s love for them. Her calling came early in life during summer missions projects where she discovered how craft time could be a great opportunity to speak to a heart of a child.
Jeannette grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs before attending Calvin College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. After graduating, she promptly moved to the warmer climate of Tennessee where she taught at Chattanooga Christian School and earned her Master’s Degree in School Leadership and Administration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Moving back to the Philadelphia area 5 years ago, Jeannette recently married and is now serving as our Director of Children’s Ministry.
Joyce has been married to her husband, Bill since 1970. They have 2 children, Matt (Lisa) and grandson, Dylan in WA and Jordan (Ben) and grandson, Oscar in NJ. Joyce came to Christ after an invitation by her 10 year old daughter to attend church (NLPC) where she had attended with her friend. That was in 1990 and they have been here since. Joyce has an Associates degree in Accounting and before beginning a full-time position at church in 1997, she was Division Controller for Seneca Foods Corp. Joyce enjoys being with her family, playing with her grandchildren, Pitt Panther football, cooking and traveling.
Karen has been married to her husband Ken for 43 years and lives in Landenberg . They raised 2 sons, Brian and Matthew. Karen’s faith was challenged greatly in 2004 when they lost Matthew (age 26) in a motorcycle accident. That event over the years has led her to a deeper and tangible relationship with Jesus Christ and a desire to help others in grief. She enjoys working for the church and Pastor Jeff which she has done for 28 years. She also enjoys being with her family and friends, driving, gardening, and the mountains.