Church Leadership

  • Our Pastor, The Rev. David J. Schreffler

    Having received my Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg (LTSG) in May of 2005, I was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on June 10, 2005.  I was called to Christ Lutheran Church in Duncannon as their pastor and served there from June 15, 2005 until August 2011.  On September 1, 2011 I began serving Trinity Lutheran Church in Lemoyne prior to being called to Zion Hummelstown.

    Before attending Gettysburg Seminary, I worked as a recreation leader for the Children’s Garden at St. John Lutheran Church, in Shiremanstown. I was employed by Hershey Medical Center of The Pennsylvania State University for nine years, working there as a Case Manager for a program called Living Unlimited. Before that I was employed by the Association for Habilitation and Employment of the Developmentally Disabled, assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities find and maintain employment.

    My wife Fritzi and I married in 1988. We met while singing in the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill. We have three children: Steven 28, Matthew 24, and Leah 15. I have been the head coach for my daughter’s soccer team for the last ten years. We also have a granddaughter Ariah, age 5, and five cats.

    I am thrilled to be called to Zion Hummelstown, and I look forward to many years of ministry as we serve together to share the love of Jesus Christ.

  • William Fisher Deimler, Minister of Music

    Bill returns to the staff of Zion on June 1, 2020 after serving as interim choir director, January – February 2020. Bill is enthusiastic about working with the Zion voice choirs once again, and leading the bell choir (Bells Angels). He looks forward to reconnecting with the people of Zion in this leadership position.

    In addition to his passion for music, Bill brings years of experience as an account manager at Highmark and as the business manager for Deimler Construction (now closed). He studies voice with the Artistic Director of the Harrisburg Singers, Susan Beckley and is a former member of the ensemble. He has also studied with Thomas Faracco, former chair of the Voice Department at Westminster Choir College. Bill is an accomplished violinist with the West Shore Symphony and the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra. He has held the position of Tenor Soloist with Harris Street United Methodist and Grace United Methodist Churches in Harrisburg. A former member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, Bill is well-versed in the Lutheran liturgy.

    We welcome Bill and look forward to a renewed music ministry under his leadership.

  • Sally Cummins, Minister of Music Emeritus

    Sally retired on June 30, 2017 after 13 years of dedicated service. She has served as interim Minister of Music between calls of permanent musicians. On August 19, 2018, Council President Peggy Wilson formally conferred the title “Emeritus” after approval by the Congregation Council at the August meeting. We are grateful for Sally’s dedication to church music and her inspiration to all ages to sing with their voices and to play their instruments with joyful hearts, to God’s glory and honor at all times. We are forever appreciative of Sally’s past service and her continued presence among us as a Sunday morning worshipper and a servant willing to offer her musical talents when needed.

  • Vilma Linde, Parish Administrator

    Vilma came to Zion through JFC Temps in late November 2016. She joined the staff in late March 2017 and Zion is truly blessed by her presence and gifts.

    Vilma shares a little bit about herself. I was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Hudson County, New Jersey which is right across from New York City. For almost ten years, I was an Army wife and thoroughly enjoyed it because of the different people I have met. Sadly, my late husband, SSG John D. Linde was killed in action on his 2nd tour to Iraq in 2007. Consequently, one defining aspect about me is that I became a widow at the age of 29, while stationed at Ft. Drum, NY, and our daughter Victoria was almost 8 years old. Johnny and I dreamed of moving to Pennsylvania to lay down some roots for our daughter and to be close to a military installation. This is how Victoria and I ended up in the area for the past nine years. Although I’ve worked and been a part time college student at times, my focus has been to care for my daughter. Fast forward and time has flown by. Victoria is now 18 years old and a freshman at Penn State – Middletown as a Pre-Med student! I am very proud of her. Then, there is my 132 pound American Bulldog, Zeus to wrap up my family. For leisure, I like to attend the Hershey Bears games, shopping at the outlets and dining at local restaurants are my favorite things to do. I am happy to serve the Zion congregation as your church secretary and am looking forward to a productive partnership.

  • Jim and Deb Friedel, Sextons

    We are richly blessed with two faithful servants who maintain and clean the church property. Jim and Deb have been with Zion since January 2006. In addition to daily cleaning, they mow the lawn and keep the sidewalks safe in the winter along with attending to unexpected problems that arise from time to time. You will find Jim at the church every Sunday (except an occasional vacation weekend) opening and closing the building for worship services.

    Before coming to Zion, Jim worked at Snap On Tools as an Electronic Tech and Deb was self-employed as a provider of cleaning services. Deb recently resigned her desk attendant position at SpringHill Suites in Hershey to dedicate her attention to the church.

    During their off-time, Jim enjoys the golf course and Deb likes to shop for antiques. They keep busy with maintaining their house and visiting with family.

    Jim and Deb are truly gems who give sparkle and shine to the church – all the time!

  • Julie Joseph, Director, Zion Lutheran Preschool

    Julie joined the Zion Lutheran Preschool in the fall of 2017 as lead teacher for the 3 year old classroom. In August 2018, she accepted the invitation to move into the Director position. Julie brings a wealth of educational and practical experience as the new Director of the Preschool. In addition to her director responsibilities, Julie is the lead teacher of the four-year-old children, bringing much energy and enthusiasm to these early learners.

    Julie has a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Early Childhood Education from Bloomsburg University.   She has two more classes to complete her Masters in Elementary Education.

    Just out of college, she worked for Discovery Schools (Chambers Hill, Camp Hill, and Mechanicsburg) as a Kindergarten Teacher, a Three Year Old teacher, Assistant Director and as a Director for 6 years.

    She spent two years as a Missionary/ English Teacher in the country of Romania.  She has been a Nanny to three young children.   She has been a part time Assistant Teacher/College & Career Assistant at Milton Hershey Schools.

    She is a mother to five children, ranging in age from 12 to 22.   She spent 15 years home educating 4 of them, the most recent just graduated high school.   And just before coming to Zion, she was a substitute teacher for the Lower Dauphin and Milton Hershey School Districts for 3 years.

    She is beyond excited to be back in the Preschool setting and teaching 4 days a week.

  • Congregation Council Members

    Rich Weiss
    Vice President
    1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

    Bonnie Rudi
    Christian Ed Liaison
    1/1/2018 – 12/31/2020

    Patricia Graybill
    Secretary
    5/1/2017 – 12/31/2019

    Lynn Knepp
    Treasurer, Ex-Officio

    Tim Bastian
    Chair, Technology
    1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

    Lisa Ditty
    Stewardship Committee
    1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

    Lynn Duffy
    Volunteer Coordinator
    1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

    Fran Gruber
    Chair, Stewardship
    1/1/2018 – 12/31/2020

    James Kelly
    1/1/2020 – 12/31/2022

    Beth Rager
    Chair, Youth Advisory
    1/1/2018 – 12/31/2020

    Diane Schubert
    Worship & Music Liaison
    1/1/2020 – 12/31/2022

    Margaret Wilson
    President
    1/1/2018 – 12/31/2020

    Jayanna Yeakle
    1/1/2020 – 12/31/2022

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