Church Leadership

  • Our Pastor, The Rev. Lois K. Van Orden

    Our pastor joined us on November 8, 2015 after serving St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania for nearly nine years. Pastor Van Orden is truly enjoying her time with Zion as the Intentional Interim Pastor to help the faith community through a period of transition.

    Ordained ministry is a second career for Pastor Van Orden. After a career in business management with the former Pennsylvania Blue Shield (now Highmark) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Pastor Van Orden responded to God’s call to serve the Church. She graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTSG) (now United Lutheran Seminary) in Gettysburg in May 2005 and was ordained on June 10, 2005 for her first call at St. James Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    God was not done with calling Pastor Van Orden to use her gifts and skills from her business career. In October 2013, Pastor Van Orden enrolled in training for intentional interim ministry with the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP) network. She received her certificate in May 2014 and is certified under the NALIP and KAIROS programs. She resigned her call at St. Paul’s Dillsburg to realize her call as an intentional interim pastor and to serve Zion Hummelstown.

    Pastor Van Orden earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. Her love of music and service as church organist led to a Certificate of Church Music from Lebanon Valley College in 1997. God’s call to ordained ministry persisted after a life-changing mission trip to El Salvador in March 2000, followed by enrollment at LTSG in 2001.

    Her husband, Dean, retired from the Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection in May 2015. After returning to BAQ as a part-time employee to assist with special projects, he retired “for good” in December 2016. Their two young adult children, Philip and Elizabeth, have embarked upon careers outside of their home in Carlisle. Philip is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving in Harrisburg, PA for the Recruiting Office on Union Deposit Road. He is married to Sara, a German citizen who speaks English fluently. They enjoy two dogs, Fritzi and Lena and a couple of cats. Elizabeth graduated from Pratt Institute with a master’s in architecture in May 2015. She recently relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina to work for EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as an architect with a focus on interior design.

    Pastor Van Orden enjoys quilting, gardening and traveling with her husband to visit their “children” and to other venues. When she is at home, her four cats, Jack, Izzy, Emma and Kitty, demand her attention.

  • 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
    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
    1/1/2018 – 12/31/2020

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

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