Meet the APC Staff, a dedicated team of disciples that seek to follow Jesus and share the love of God with the world.
Rev. Dr. Stephen Heinzel-Nelson
Pastor Stephen and his family moved to Allentown in 1997 and he has been the Senior Pastor of APC ever since. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware; Stephen served two churches in Florida prior to returning to New Jersey where he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985. Stephen and his wife Liz are partners in life and ministry, working together to serve the church, community and world. They are the proud parents of four grown children; Jem, Clay, Terra and Jordan. In 2008 the Heinzel-Nelsons lived in Malawi, Africa and co-founded Villages in Partnership, a nonprofit organization lifting thousands out of poverty in one of the poorest countries in the world. Stephen preaches with passion, follows the Phillies and Packers, plays golf poorly and loves APC.
Lizzy grew up in the Presbyterian Church, involved in everything from choir, junior & senior high youth groups, and bible studies to local and remote missions. In 2014, she graduated from Rutgers New Brunswick with a double major in Communications and Linguistics. Lizzy brings to APC extensive and diverse leadership skills from retail and the medical field. She and her husband, Rob, started worshiping at APC in the fall of 2017 and continue to be an active part of the young adult group, The Well.
Lizzy enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading best selling fiction & non-fiction books, listening to music non-stop, and being outside…when it’s warm!
Enoch Smith Jr.
Director of Worship & Music
Enoch was called to serve as the Director of Music and Worship in the fall of 2013. Hailing from Rochester, NY, he is a product of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. There he studied Music Business and Management with piano as his principle instrument. He’s spent the past 16 years leading the people of God from Boston to New York and now New Jersey in sincere worship. His “Jazz at APC” vespers series, now in its fourth year, has given worship in Allentown a different flavor.
As a recording artist, he has released three acclaimed jazz CD’s and has been reviewed in Downbeat Magazine, Cadence, All About Jazz, and many more. Enoch has ministered with Contemporary Christian artists, Freddy Rodriguez and Ricardo Sanchez, on numerous occasions in addition to composing scores for three award winning independent films. He is married to Gabriella and they have four children, Simone, Drew, Zuri, and Imani. Enoch’s gifts include leadership, motivation and teamwork. He has a strong sense of purpose. “I am so happy to have found such a wonderful place to serve and worship with my family. God is doing something great here!”
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
JC grew up right here in Allentown and took part in the Crossroads youth ministry in his middle school years. After several years away from the church, he was invited to play volleyball by a few active members, which was followed by an invitation by his younger brother Tyler to take part in the Maine mission trip. Little did he know, he would come back from that trip on fire for Jesus and with a fierce commitment to serve the youth in the community.
About a year ago, JC felt his call into full-time ministry and he is blown away by the opportunity God has provided for him with the youth and young-adults right here at APC. In the next several years he plans to attend seminary and continue to listen for where God is leading him.
Whether it’s yelling enthusiastically to “Go to Church!” via a video recording or waving his hands in worship, you can tell JC is excited about how God is moving in his life and in the life of those around him. But, one thing you should probably know, whether it is on the dodge-ball court or playing a game of cards, and whether you’re 15 or 50, JC plays to win!
Director of Children & Family Ministries
Maureen has been a member of APC for over 20 years and joined the creative and inspirational church staff in October 2005 as our Director of Children & Family Ministries. In this role, Maureen coordinates the children and family ministry programs as well as researches and develops new ways for families to connect with God and with each other.
“Our Children and Family Ministry program, which is thriving at APC, exists to partner with and assist parents in raising children who know and love God and understand God’s love for them. I ask for your prayers for this ministry, for me, and for our faithful and devoted volunteers…and I pray that you will answer the call to join us and share your talent, your ideas, and your time, and your love for and faith in God with all of God’s children seeking a relationship with Christ.”
Maureen and Brian live in Hamilton Square and have three adult children.
Director of Little Tree Preschool
Jill has been a member of APC for over 22 years. During that time she has served as an Elder, participated in Mission trips to Guatemala, acted as Sunday School Superintendent and has taught Communion Class for over 14 years.
Jill joined the APC staff in 2004 as a Little Tree Teacher and accepted the role of Director soon after. She has her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the College of New Jersey. Jill loves helping to introduce children to the love of Jesus Christ and interacting with the Little Tree families.
Jill is married to Norm and has 3 sons Andrew, Scott and Kevin. She loves spending time with her family at the beach and camping.
Director of Properties
Pat came on Staff in an official capacity in 2004 after serving in a volunteer role upon retiring from General Motors. Pat and Bonnie, married over 40 years, were long time Allentown residents before recently “downsizing”. They are the proud parents of four grown children and one but soon to be three grandchildren!
Pat was instrumental in the expansion and renovations of the Academy and Preschool in 2007-2008. He was also one of the driving forces in the construction of the Crossroads Youth Center in 2017. A veteran of many a Maine Mission trips, Pat also taught Sunday School and served as a youth Shepherd for over a dozen years.
Juggling the needs of the Little Tree Preschool and our many other Ministries and caring for our historic Church and other properties keep him on the go. In his limited free time, Pat can usually be found at their beach house on L.B.I. with family and friends.
Lauren is a life-long Presbyterian who grew up in Rahway, New Jersey. She has been a member of APC since 2002 and in late 2017 enthusiastically joined the staff here. “My becoming a staff member at Allentown Presbyterian is a total testament to how sometimes you just need to sit back and let things happen in God’s time.”
A graduate of Drexel University, Lauren and her husband Bill have two great kiddos, Will and Caroline. She enjoys playing tennis and with her family is on a quest to visit all 30 MLB stadiums!
Courtney grew up in Allentown and now lives in Hamilton Square. She has been attending APC since she was in elementary school. She participated in many programs – including R.O.C.K. and Crossroads. Courtney became very involved with Crossroads as a student. Throughout her time there, she was on the leadership team multiple times, attended every retreat and went to just about every event they had. As soon as she graduated high school in 2015, she became a middle school shepherd. For the past few years, Courtney has been volunteering at Crossroads as a shepherd, giving her creative input at planning meetings and serving as the middle school retreat coordinator. She also attends and serves on the leadership team at The Well, Crossroads Young Adult Group. She is so blessed to have the opportunity and the pleasure of being hired as the Crossroads Youth and Young Adult Ministry Administrator. She loves this Church and the Crossroads Youth Ministry.
Presbyterian churches are known for their democratic style of government. The church is led by a board of elders known as the Session. Teaching and ruling elders are ordained and are responsible for the discipline, nurture, and mission of the local congregation. Teaching elders (pastors) have responsibility for teaching, worship, and performing sacraments. As Presbyterians, we strive to organize our churches in such a way that leadership and power is shared by all members.
Nancy Tindall, Clerk of Session – 609-259-2000
Jim Bajzath – 609-575-1669
Robin Bruins – 609-290-8229
Rich Heddy – 609-577-1883
Rick Low – 917-861-3904
Emily Cappiello – 732-890-5043
Anne Diebel – 609-208-9599
Kevin Heide – 732-539-2575
Bob Rhoad – 609-306-4775
Cara Barlis – 732-779-0635
Mike Foy – 646-703-3868
Deb O’Hare – 908-216-2190
Brian Ricci – 742-289-7247
Marian Baylor – 732-586-3245
Alan Chech – 609-218-3508
Dona Daesener – 908-415-9058
Pete Meyers (Moderator) – 609-529-1043
Cindy Corcodilos – 609-638-8933
Mike Poole – 609-651-2911
Gary Stanley – 609-558-6705
Sarah Van Ness – 609-610-3204
Art Diebel – 609-306-0032
Katie Fortunato – 609-903-8158
Kelsey Harshman – 609-651-9916
Ken Ruch – 609-915-9231