Pastor Joey Klinger is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where he served as Sacristan his Senior Year. He received his undergraduate degree from Thiel College where he majored in History and minored in Theater and Pre-Seminary Studies. He is originally from Butler, PA where his family still resides. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his husband Mark, their two cats, and one dog. Pastor Joey has been a life-long Lutheran and is overjoyed that he can share the love of God with others. You can contact him through the website contact us page or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Parish Administrator
Beth (on the left) is a long time member and was hired as the parish administrator in June of 2013. In the past she has served the church as the treasurer, been in the choir, served on altar guild, and helped the prayer shawl group. She has two children and five grandchildren; loves to travel and read. She is very excited about the new energy our Pastor brings to our congregation.
Our Music Director
Reese Revak has been active as a vocal coach and accompanist in the Philadelphia area since 2006. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Composition from Temple University, where he also studied collaborative piano with Lambert Orkis and John Douglas. Currently, Revak is on staff at the Curtis Institute of Music, working as an opera coach and accompanist. Other engagements have included Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, and the Castleton Music Festival.
Our Preschool Director
My name is Maria Rucci. I am the director of Redemption Nursery School and a teacher for our four-year-old full day program. I have a degree in early childhood education and have been teaching here since 2002. I have over 40 years experience working with children from infancy to 5 years of age and have enjoyed every moment of it! I have been happily married for 34 years and have two beautiful grown daughters (and a dog) of which I am very proud. When I'm not working I like to spend time with my family and go to the gym (so I can keep up with all my fun and energetic students!).
I am so proud of the program we offer the children here at Redemption Nursery School and the wonderful teachers that I have the privilege to work with. I encourage you to come visit and see our classrooms in action!
Our Field Education Student
Hello, my name is Ethan Doan. I am excited to serve as seminarian at Redemption. I grew up in a small town near Springfield, IL with my five siblings. I then went and did my undergraduate studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. While at Augustana, I studied Religion and Classics. I also met my wife Eileen at Augustana. My wife and I just moved here at the beginning of August to attend United Lutheran Seminary. We are both pursuing Master of Divinity degrees. I look forward to learning and growing in my time at Redemption.
Our Congregational Council
Our Council is made up of dedicated leaders in our church. The council serves as the leadership board of the church. Members are elected for a three year term from the congregation. The current council is made up of (From left to right): Merry Kelly (President), Diane Conn (Vice President), Joan Nagel (Treasurer), Heather Conn, Carol Hancock, and Cheryl Lafferty (Secretary)