Meet our Staff

  • zachary hopple, senior pastor

    A native to the region, Pastor Zach began his journey with Christ UMC on July 1, 2020. He received his B.S from Keystone College where he minored in Psychology and his MDiv from Evangelical Theological Seminary. Zach and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Samuel and Gabriel. Zach enjoys taking photographs of nature, woodworking, creating scherenschnitte, and collecting bobble heads and comic book/superhero memorabilia. If Zach had to distill his faith into one idea, it would be “Love God. Love others.”

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  • Tawny Bernhardt, Pastor of Children's Ministries

    Since July of 2013, Pastor Bernhardt has been serving at Christ UMC.  She has a Bachelor of Arts from Messiah College and an MDIV from the Divinity School, Duke University. Tawny is married to Paul Bernhardt and together they have a daughter, Naomi and a cat named Gwen.  She enjoys spending time with family, taking walks and drinking coffee.  Pastor Bernhardt says, "I love serving our Lord and the families in our community!"

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  • Eric Chelton, Assistant Pastor & DIrector of Student Ministries

    Pastor Chelton has been at Christ UMC for 10 years, but in July of 2014 he officially joined the staff in his current role.  Eric has a BA in Music Therapy from Mansfield University, a PCH Administrators License and LLP Certification.  Eric is married to our Music Director Miki and together they have two daughters, Belle and Lucy (not to mention 3 dogs, a cat and a chinchilla).  He enjoys cooking, watching movies and camp fires.  He also claims that he can jump higher than a house (you should definitely ask him to prove this statement).  Pastor Chelton says, "I truly love what I am doing for the church.  I enjoy visiting people in the hospital, working with committees and especially watching the confirmands grow."

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  • Marge Kramer, Director of COngregational Care

    Marge Kramer is a long time member at Christ UMC who joined the staff in July of 2017.  She is an appointed and trained Christ Servant Minister, as well as a Certified Lay Minister.  Marge is happily retired from a career in sales.  She and her husband Bruce live in Montgomery Township.  She leads our Care Ministry team.  Marge loves to read, travel and entertain family and friends!  Her favorite thing about Christ UMC is, "the caring and sharing that happen here.  One needs to look no further than Christ UMC to understand what it means to be a part of a church family!"

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  • Kristin Iseman, Office Manager

    Kristin Iseman became a member of Christ UMC in December 2014.  She enjoyed the fellowship so much that she joined the staff in July 2019.  Kristin has a AS degree in Business Management and over 20 years experience in the banking industry.  She is married to Lou Iseman and together they have a daughter, Olivia and 4 cats.  "Olivia's Mom" as she is known to people in the church, also helps teach Sunday School in the nursery.  "Nothing makes me feel more happier and delighted then seeing a child laugh and is excited to tell their parents about a Bible story that have just learned."  When she is not roaming the halls in church, Kristin enjoys watching hockey games - GO RANGERS!, going to craft shows, being an assistant coach on her daughter's softball team and causing mayhem in fantasy football leagues.

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  • Miki Chelton, Music Director

    Miki Chelton has been the Music Director at Christ Church since 2007 and began here as a handbell choir director in 2006.  Miki has a Bachelor in Music in Music Education from Mansfield University and a graduate degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata College.  She directs our Chancel (adult) choir and Gloria Dei Ringers. Miki is married to our own Pastor Eric and is mom to Belle and Lucy. Miki serves as a girl scout leader and crazy cookie mom - her daughters sell 800-1100+ cookies every year!  Miki can peel a banana with her toes while playing a recorder and has won a contest doing so!  When she isn't busy with choirs or girl scouts she enjoys crafting. Miki says, "I enjoy my choirs because the people I work with are wonderful and great musicians and they make me smile!  They help me in many ways and forgive me when I mess up."  

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  • Katie Campbell, ORganist

    Katie Campbell became the Christ UMC Organist in 2008.  She has a Bachelors of Music with organ as the primary instrument from Syracuse University and a Masters in Music Education from Ithaca College. Katie is married to husband Iain and they have three children, Malcolm, Evangeline, and Cecilia. Katie has played organ for district ordination twice and has studied organ at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, France.  Katie started playing the organ in high school, "I had been playing piano since 1990 and started organ lessons my junior year of high school after being offered a once-a-month organist job at an Anglican church and then fell in love with the organ!"  She loves salsa dancing, hiking and interior decorating.  

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  • Elysa Dalbow, Agape ringers director

    Elysa has been worshipping at Christ UMC since her childhood and has been a member of our staff for over 10 years.  She directs the Agape Ringers (Youth bell choir). Elysa graduated from West Chester University in 2003 with a Bachelors' Degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in music.  "I love being a part of the music ministry at Christ UMC.  I am inspired and blessed on a regular basis by the members of my groups.  I am thankful for the challenges of leading worship, as those challenges help me find solutions that lead to new ways to praise God."  Elysa is a project manager at Bracket in Langhorne, PA and lives in North Wales with her husband Brian and their cats Ninja and Chub Chub. 

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  • Sherry Harris, Carol Choir and Precious angels Director

    Sherry Harris directs our upper elementary Carol Choir, where she has served as director for 15 years, our youngest choir, Precious Angels, and the Laudate Ringers. She teaches Sunday School, directs our annual Sunday School pageant, and rings in the Gloria Dei bell choir.  Sherry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cytotechnology from Upstate Medical Center.  "One of the most important aspects of my role as Children's Choir Director is to help the children learn about God and His amazing love for them.  Through scripture-based music, I am able to teach our children about our Lord and help them as they begin their Christian walk.  My hope for all of the children is that they know they are cared for and are encouraged in their faith journey."  Sherry is married to Bruce and the mother to daughters Kim, Christina and Carrie.  

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  • Jennifer Hopple, Youth choir and Praise Band Director, director of video ministries

    Jen is excited to join the CUMC music staff as the worship leader and youth choir director. Jen holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College where she studied instrumental and vocal music majoring in woodwinds and voice. Jen also plays piano and has been leading the music at our outdoor Sunday evening service. Prior to coming to Lansdale, Jen taught music in the Danville School District for 15 years. She and husband Pastor Zach have two children, Sam and Gabe. In addition to her love for music, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and drinking coffee! As she begins her service in these positions, she hopes that everyone comes to know and experience the "overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God." 

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  • nanci landes, director of the jesus jammerz

    Nanci Landes has been a member of CUMC since 2013. She volunteers in children’s ministry as a Confirmation Class teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and is now part of the staff as the director of the Jesus Jammerz.  She enjoys trying new and creative ways to teach children about God and worship through the movement to Christian songs.  Songs are chosen with lyrics that include the foundations of our Christian faith.  “I love that Jesus Jammerz is the perfect combination of music, movement, and creativity which young children enjoy!”  Nanci is married to Neil and they have four adult children, Scott, Steven, Julie, Brian and a dog, Izzy.  Nanci works at Merck in MMD Quality, has a BS in Chemistry, and a Masters in Business Administration.  In addition, she loves gardening, puzzles, reading, and running.

  • Mary Conroy, Preschool Director

    Mary Conroy has been our preschool director for 20 years.  She has a BS in Human Development and Family Counseling from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Special Education from Wheelock College.  Mary lives in Telford with her husband Bob and they have two adult daughters, Caitlin and Sarah.  Mary loves working with preschoolers, "Preschool-aged children embrace their early experiences with such awe and wonder that never fails to keep me inspired.  The sweetness, authenticity and openness of the young child is, at once, humbling and hopeful and reminds me of how fortunate I am for the privilege of working in early childhood education".  When not at work Mary enjoys reading, taking walks and family get togethers.  

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