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.
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 two children, Simone and Drew. 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
When Karen volunteered to “bring the juice” to APC’s newly launched youth group back in 1999, she could have never imagined what God had in store for her. While cleaning the “new” youth center (Crossroads), Karen experienced a profound sense that God was calling her into ministry and she has been pouring His love out on the youth & young adults of Allentown and the surrounding area ever since. Relational ministry, modeled by Jesus, is Karen’s passion and she always excited to serve with the Shepherds as they seek to inspire young people into lifelong, intimate relationships with Jesus.
A self proclaimed beachbum, Karen loves laughter, competition, reaching out to the outcast and spending time with her family and friends. Karen and her husband Neil met on Hawk Hill. They have been blessed with two amazing daughters who are pursuing the adventures of life together in Virginia Beach. The Collins’ family word for 2016 is GRATEFUL!
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 has been on Staff for 10 years after retiring from General Motors. Married for 35+ years to Bonnie and the father of four grown children, he was instrumental in the expansion and renovations of the Academy and Preschool in 2007 – 2008. Pat has been involved deeply with the youth of A.P.C., first as a long time Sunday School teacher and then as a Shepherd for over a dozen years. Mr. “Fix It”, Pat has been involved in the Maine Mission trips from the beginning. Coordinating the needs of the Preschool and our many Ministries day to day, planning the hoped for expansion of the Crossroads Youth Center and caring for our historic Church and Manse keep him running. What little spare time he has, Pat can usually be found at the beach house on L.B. I. with family and friends. Believe it or not, Pat is soon to be a grandpop!
Joan has been the secretary at APC since 1986. She knows everybody and everything going on in the life of the church, and she laughs constantly. A native Allentownian, she is a lifelong member of APC. She is the mother of three of her own, and the mother hen of APC.
James C. Wilson Jr.
High School Youth & Young Adult Leader
James C. Wilson Jr. was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. James experienced various hardships and challenges as a teenager, which left him feeling hopeless and helpless. In the midst of life’s tragedy He accepted Christ at the age of seventeen.
For the last decade he has had a passion for youth and a deep love for making Christ practical and relevant for this generation. James has Bachelor’s degree in Strategic and Organizational Communications from Temple University. He is a Youth Pastor, speaker, and writer and enjoys building authentic relationships with the youth he crosses paths with. He is a featured speaker at camps, schools, conferences, retreats, churches and youth groups.
James is currently in his second year of seminary working towards a Masters of Divinity. He likes to sing, dance, read, play video games, travel and spend time with his wife of 7 years, Ashley, and their three daughters; Karis, Kelsey and Kyla. He currently resides in Allentown, NJ, where he is the High School and Young Adult Leader at Allentown Presbyterian Church.
7th& 8th grade Coordinator/Youth Music Leader
Jenna Brown was invited to sing one Sunday at Allentown Presbyterian Church as a teenager and APC has been home sweet home every since! While her love for music began with her earthly Father, it was the gift that brought her into a relationship with her heavenly Father as well. Songs that began as just lyrics and notes on a page became words of truth that set her on an unexpected, transformational journey with God that changed her life!
Through years of college transfers and changed majors, she prayed for an opportunity to combine her love for ministry, music and mission and those prayers were answered when she was called to serve on staff at Crossroads in 2012. As 7th & 8th Grade Coordinator, she is blessed to share the love of Jesus with middle schoolers, alongside an incredible team of Shepherds in our “different place.” Being a gifted singer and musician, she also serves as Youth Music Leader of the middle school choir and high school band. She is passionate about leading the next generation of disciples to praise God, encounter Christ and experience the Holy Spirit through worship.
“Brownie” is a fierce NJ Devils fan, avid couponer, coffee connoisseur, flea market enthusiast, inspired writer and lover of Pinterest. On the weekends, you can find her transforming old stuff from shabby to chic…what a great reminder that God makes beautiful things out of us too! She lives in Allentown with her husband and biggest fan, Seth, who is not only handsome and hilarious, but also lends his talents in art and lifting heavy equipment to support Crossroads Youth and Young Adult Minister
Children & Family Ministry Assistant
Damaris has been a member of APC for almost 20 years. During this time she has served as a Deacon, an Elder and has volunteered in both the Youth Ministry and the Children & Family Ministry. In September of 2015, Damaris officially joined the APC staff as the Children & Family Ministry Assistant. In this role, she helps lead ROCK, teaches 5th grade Sunday School, and helps deliver the Children’s Message during worship. “I feel so blessed to be able to call APC my church family. I’m honored and excited to be part of a vibrant church that feels deeply Jesus’ call to bring children into a loving relationship with Him.”
Damaris lives in Chesterfield with her husband, Alex. They have three children, Julian, Adrian and Katherine.
Amoreena Berkley feels blessed and honored to join APC as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator. She has a Masters in Theology with a major in Apologetics, a Bachelors in Bible and is currently working towards a Masters in Social Work. Amoreena has worked as a teacher in Christian schools and has ministered for many years to women, children, incarcerated youth, homeless and less advantaged persons and the elderly. Her greatest passion is fighting for the empowerment and restoration of the broken and crushed in spirit. As the Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Amoreena will work with her team in an effort to bring women into relationship with Jesus and to each other, where they can connect, grow, and serve through the realization of their inherent beauty, purpose and giftedness. Amoreena is currently living in Willingboro, with her husband Dave, and four sons: Josiah, Daniel, Timothy and Ben. And, don’t forget little Anna, who will bring some much needed additional estrogen to the Berkley clan.
Youth & Young Adult Administrator
Ida has been working with the APC Crossroads Youth Group since 2007 as an Administrator. Earlier that year she retired from Dow Jones as an Intl Credit Manager. Little did she know God was leading her life in a new direction. She and her husband had been volunteering at Crossroads since 2003, serving food and as HS shepherds. In August, an opportunity arose to put her knowledge of administrative matters combined with her love of Jesus Christ to good use at Crossroads. She truly believes God ended her position of 25 years, so she would be ready to serve Him full time. She and her husband of 40 years have been members of APC for 11 years. They have two grown children, Heather and KC. Ida and Ken share a love of Christ, a passion for birds, a caring ministry for the elderly, and a deep dedication to all things baseball.
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.
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