Central Presbyterian Church has a rich tradition of leadership. Our congregation is focused on creating a family atmosphere which is reflected in the leadership style of volunteers and staff. We uphold the spiritual life and governance of the church by elders and deacons, and trustees who are elected by the congregation.
An important part of Presbyterian tradition is to provide persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God's Spirit and governance of God's people. The session is comprised of those called into this ministry and elected as elders. Together with the pastors, the session governs the church, providing leadership, spiritual discernment and guidance.
The ministry of the Board of Deacons is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, or anyone in distress. Our deacons, who serve a three year term, work with the staff to provide pastoral care and outreach to members who are homebound or have other needs that call for special attention.
The trustees are an essential ministry of the church. These elected members manage the properties of the congregation and ensure that our properties are best meeting the needs of our congregation and community.
Our team is made up of dedicated pastors and ministry leaders who are committed to serving our congregation and the community. They are passionate about sharing the love of Christ and helping others grow in their faith.
Scott was born and raised in northern New Jersey. While a freshman at Ursinus College, he awakened to faith in Christ, and also met his future wife Susan. After working as a software engineer, Scott was called to ministry and was educated at Princeton Theological Seminary. Scott has served churches in South Carolina and Virginia, and was the founding pastor of New Kirk Presbyterian in Blythewood, S.C. His articles and sermons have been published in Pulpit Digest, Preaching, Net Results and other periodicals. Scott and Susan have three children and though he looks far too young, Scott is the proud grandfather of five. Susan is a foreign language teacher who has taught both French and Spanish at the high school and middle school levels. Scott is an avid cyclist, a mediocre golfer and obsessed with making great pizza. He is active in the community, serving on the boards of the United Way and Racial Reconciliation of Franklin County. After 26 years of ministry in the South, Scott is glad to be back on the northern side of the Mason-Dixon line, even if just barely.
Kids' Ministry Director
Sandy joined the staff at Central in January 2008. She and her husband, Gene, moved to Chambersburg from Geneseo, Illinois, where Gene pastored a church. As a pastor’s wife Sandy has been deeply involved with church ministry. She has a heart for children and a desire to see them develop a life-long personal relationship with Jesus. Helping children apply Biblical truths in every day life is very important to her. Gene and Sandy have two grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, two grandsons and four granddaughters. Spending time with family & friends, taking road trips, exploring outdoors, baking chocolate delights and finding joy in the journey of life are the things she likes best!
Andrea was born in Chambersburg almost 27 years ago. She grew up in Mercersburg, then moved 2 hours away to a small Christian college at the age of 17. After 2 1/2 years of studying music education, she began to feel lost and an opportunity came up for her to move to Fairbanks, AK, to be a teacher's aid. She spent 6 of the best years of her life there teaching middle school and working with inner-city church kids/youth ministry. This was a life changing experience that has shaped her view of how to reach out to young people through relationships with the intent of leading to the opportunity to show Jesus' life and love to them. While in Alaska, Andrea met and married her husband of three years, Joshua Hadik, and had their daughter, Kamea. They are her first passion and she can't imagine life without them. Last spring, Andrea & Josh felt the call to move back to PA. Since moving back, Andrea worked as a substitute teacher at James Buchanan Middle School & finished her MBA. Andrea likes a challenge and enjoys staying busy. When she's not working, you can find her doing one of many things: chasing her 2 year old, reading, playing volleyball, ultimate frisbee, mountain biking, or watching favorite tv shows. Andrea is so excited about the opportunity to work at Central. She has been praying for an opportunity to open up that she will feel deeply passionate about and she knows this is it.
Worship & Communications Director
Erin was raised in Newark, DE alongside a family of music lovers! As a child, she spent most of her time singing, dancing, playing piano, making silly videos with her siblings and friends, playing with her dogs, and spending summer days in the neighborhood pool! Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre in Spring 2009. Beginning a month after graduation, she performed for a living in numerous regional theatres throughout the United States. In late winter 2011, Erin received God's call into ministry; after fighting it for a while, she finally accepted His intervention and began applying for church jobs. Central has been the answer to the prayer Erin never knew she had! She loves working with the community here, studying God's word, watching Him work in beautiful ways, and worshipping with such a wonderful church family. In Erin's free time, she continues to perform, write music, travel, instruct worship cardio, volunteer, and spend time with her wonderful husband, sons, family, friends, and dogs.
Helen was born and raised in the Chambersburg/Marion area. While still in college she began her “church organ career” when she was called to her first church organ job at Fayetteville Lutheran Church, fulfilling a dream to serve Christ and His Church through music. She continued this pursuit as Church Organist at Greencastle Evangelical Lutheran Church until she met and married her husband, John Wingert, also a Church Organist at the Church of the Brethren in Chambersburg where they both shared that position for many years before Helen became Organist at Central Presbyterian in Chambersburg. Fifty some years later, Helen is still actively involved in Church organ music and John's legacy of fine-organ-worship lives on. Helen was a graduate from Shippensburg University and taught elementary school for many years in the Greencastle Antrim School District. John was a Medical Technologist having graduated from Juniata College. Helen is now retired from her "other job" and is living in Marion with her “family of eight cats”, all with unique stories of their own. Helen enjoys photography and gardening.
Beth grew up in Bucks County and graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She began her career as an auditor before staying home to raise her two kids, Christopher and Sarah. She and her husband Steve lived in Maryland for 29 years before relocating to Franklin County in 2016. Beth was an active volunteer at her former church in Clarksville, MD which led
to her joining their staff as the Children’s and Youth Ministries Director. She served there for 8 years and loved being a part of young people’s spiritual journey. Beth enjoys spending time with her family,
exploring new places, reading, playing games and laughing.
Director of PlaySchool Central
Shelley grew up outside of Pittsburgh. As a child, she always made her friends play school on her front porch so she could be the teacher! She pursued that dream at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. She started her formal teaching career in Winchester, VA teaching first grade. Since then, she has held various positions all with the focus of being an advocate for children. For the last thirteen years she has worked at PlaySchool Central as the Preschool teacher and Lead Teacher for the program. The program is unique in that it believes that all children learn best through play-based education. Shelley joins the Staff of Central as PlaySchool Central’s Director where she will continue to advocate for all children to have the best early childhood experience possible. Shelley has been a member of Central for the last twenty-two years and loves to combine her love of Jesus with her professional career of teaching. Shelley and her husband Don have been married twenty-six years and have been blessed with two children Alydia and Dominic. Shelley enjoys spending her time with family, camping, and scrapbooking.
Alexis and her husband have a beautiful, 4 acre home in New Franklin. She has a great fondness for animals and worked for a local animal hospital for 20 years. Since then, she had the pleasure to work with Dr. Paul Klink at Summit Weight Management. She feels truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with Pastor Scott Bowerman and will enjoy getting to know the church members as well.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Judy came to Chambersburg in 1959 to attend Wilson College, where she met her husband-to-be, Richard. At the invitation
of then-Pastor Rev. Donald May, she joined Central as an affiliate member her Freshman Year. Following graduation in 1963, Dick and Judy were married – at Central, by Rev. May – and she began her teaching career at Grandview Elementary School in Greenvillage PA. She received her M.Ed. degree from Shippensburg University in 1967 and retired from a most rewarding 45-year teaching/school librarian career in 2008. Judy and Dick lived away from Chambersburg 1972-2012, returning “Home” to Central Presbyterian, Wilson, their family and friends after 40 years. Now happy residents of Penn National, Judy declares that yes, you can go back home again – and even sit in the same pew! Judy is an ordained Elder, past church Trustee, Grove Family
Library member, and Director on the Totem Pole Playhouse Board. A proud Wilson College Alumna, she serves on the Board of Trustees, is a member of the college’s Magazine Advisory Board, lending supports to current students, the College Community choir and other campus activities. And saving the best for last, they are the parents of 2 sons and grandparents of three great kids!
Scott is married to Susan, who he met at Millsaps College while majoring in sociology. He has two teenage daughters, Becca and Gail and some pets too. Scott enjoys cooking, camping, and canoeing in his free time.