Rev. Scott Staub, Pastor
Born into a family of farm raised parents, he pursued a career in Agriculture, in the School of Forestry at Penn State University. Idolizing smoke jumpers who fought fires by jumping out of airplanes, he studied to be a Forrest Ranger, until he worked as a roofer one summer and realized he had a fear of heights. He then pursued a degree in science when he was hired to do chemical research.
He worked in the chemical industry for 27 years enjoying working in research, sales, construction, and production. In 2003, he attended an ELCA Youth Gathering in Atlanta, Georgia, where while visiting youth from Kosovo, God took him to his knees and called him into ministry. Realizing the trouble in the world through the eyes of these youth who had witnessed and survived a war and ethnic cleansing, he quit his career to help the world, and responded, Here I Am, Lord.
Finishing his Bachelors of Science degree started 27 years earlier (don’t argue parents about your child’s 5 year plan), he then enrolled in the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he graduated in 2010. Prior to his first call as an ordained Lutheran Pastor, he served as a Children’s and Family Pastor in the United Church of Christ.
Without the help of God and his wife, Marsha, none of this could have happened. The couple enjoys spending time with their children and grandchildren. Traveling with his wife and family and touring Christian Historical sites are his main passions. Pastor Scott plans to build on Schwarzwald’s distinguished history and present strengths, he prays that Schwarzwald can be a leading light in the greater church, community, and world as we seek to share the good news of Christ in creative and compelling ways. Peace.
Crystal Jordan, Director of Christian Education
Crystal joined the Schwarzwald team as Director of Christian Education in June of 2018. Prior to this appointment, she developed and taught the Parent & Me class, attended adult classes, helped with various church events, and performed during church services. Crystal is now responsible for running all aspects of our Sunday School program. This includes choosing curriculum, coordinating teachers and volunteers, communicating with parents, directing the Christmas program, organizing Rally Day, bringing in special guest artists and much more. She also helps the Pastor with the confirmation program and spearheads various other youth activities such as the Egg Hunt and Trunk or Treat.
Crystal graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Music in education. She received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University. She was a music teacher in the Central Bucks and Oley school districts and began her career in the Wilson School District in 2018. She is a pianist and cellist and regularly performs in professional orchestras, small chamber ensembles, and on stage with famous musicians. She is also the director of the Millersville Summer String Camp. She is looking forward to sharing her teaching and musical knowledge with the members of Schwarzwald!
Crystal and her husband, Mike, are constantly on the go with their 3 children. Between sports, music lessons, dance, scouts and other activities, they completely understand the demands of a very active and busy lifestyle. They are elated when they find a few hours to do a fun family activity together. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys jogging, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Diane V. Hafer, Office Administrator
Diane has been in administration all her working career. After working full-time as a legal secretary and notary public for several years, and then as an Administrative Assistant for the PA Department of Environmental Resources, she started part-time at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church as Assistant Secretary for the church office and secretary/bookkeeper of its daycare/preschool in 1989. The part-time hours allowed her the flexibility to help with her husband’s business and raise their three daughters.
Today, as the full-time Office Administrator, Diane’s job includes so many different aspects from Executive Assistant to the Pastor, to weekly bulletins, monthly newsletters, bookkeeping, payroll and taxes, accounts receivable and payable, scheduling, building security, and record keeping, just to name a few…but her favorite part of the job is working with and for her church family! Diane continues to take courses and attend seminars to enhance and improve the workings of the church office.
In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her family and especially loves being a grandmother! Her hobbies include vacationing at the shore and in the mountains, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, reading, counted cross stitch….and her dachshund, Ruby (who drives her crazy!).
Patricia Weiser, Director of Music
Pat has served as the Director of Music at Schwarzwald for 20 years, and has served in similar positions in various churches in Berks County and the Chicago area for a total of 50 years. Her primary duties include selecting hymns, playing the organ for church services, selecting music for and directing the Cherub, Junior, Senior, Men’s and Women’s Choirs, choosing and preparing music for special services, i.e. Christmas Eve Services and Music Sunday, and being available for weddings and funeral services. Pat is a member of the Worship & Music and Worship Planning Committees.
Outside of Schwarzwald, Pat is a Registered Nurse and works as a full-time Nurse Manager in the Protocol Office (Cancer Clinical Trials and Cancer Research) at the Reading Hospital. She and her husband, Chuck, have 3 daughters and a son, 4 grandsons and 2 great-grandsons.
Melissa Kerber, Sexton
Melissa has been a member of Schwarzwald since 2011, and has served in the Sexton role since May 2017. Her primary role is to keep our church looking so beautiful! Prior to working at Schwarzwald, she held positions as TGI Friday’s and Pizzeria Uno handling payroll and accounts payable. She left those companies to have her daughter 10 years ago and be a stay-at-home mom, raising her three children along with her husband, Frank. She also works from home as a part-time secretary for the church she grew up in, and is a family mentor for her children’s cyber school, for which she takes the lead and cyber homeschools all three of them!
Melissa has a very active family, and is always on-on-the-go. Summer is the Kerber’s favorite time of year, as they have a boat and spend lazy summer days on the lake.