James Hodsden, Pastor
James spent his childhood years in Ohio and Texas and was raised in the church. While attending the University of Houston, he recommitted himself to Christ and, after graduation, devoted himself to teaching in disadvantaged schools through the Teach for America program. While considering a call to ministry, James met his future wife, Sara, who was already attending Louisville Seminary. After her ordination, James attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while serving as pastor to two small congregations in Ohio. He was ordained in 2003 and began serving as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Vernon in north central Texas. James has been the lead pastor of the Ardmore Presbyterian Church since 2009.
Gary Garletts, Director of Music/Organist
Gary is in his 30th year of professional music leadership. At APC he directs Chancel, Youth, Children’s and Handbell Choirs, and plays, conducts and/or coordinates music for all worship services. During 2001-03 he administered a complete rebuilding of the church’s pipe organ. During APC’s centennial year (2007), Gary led its Chancel Choir on a tour of Scotland and Northern England. He also completed “My Top 100 Organ Pieces,” a 14-month long series of concert-level works played as preludes and postludes. Gary grew up in Fayette County, PA, where he later directed music programs for Trinity Presbyterian Church (Uniontown) and the Greater Uniontown Chorale. In the 1990’s he directed a comprehensive music ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA. Gary earned music degrees at Oberlin College and Duquesne University, and is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. In demand as a vocal accompanist, he plays regularly for students at West Chester University, and for choirs at conferences of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Gary is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the 80-voice Chester County Choral Society. He lives in Havertown, PA with his wife, Twila and son, Nathan.
Michelle is excited to continue some of the long-standing traditions of Ardmore Preschool while maintaining the nurturing environment AWPS offer. Michelle has a background in finance and management, 22 years of parenting experience and 25 years as member of APC, 8 years of Sunday School teaching and 15 years of preschool teaching experience. She brings her faith, her heart and her wisdom to help the preschool have an amazing year. Michelle is originally from Cherry Hill, N.J.. She has her undergraduate degree from Drexel University and her Masters Degree from Penn State University. She loves to see the happiness and joy that come from each child. Michelle is the mother of two daughters, one recent graduate of UCONN and the other a junior in college.
Gerry has a BA in Psychology/Philosophy from Bloomsbury University and a MS in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University. Since 1994 he has worked as a case manager, therapist and program director as well as with volunteers helping children cope with the death of loved ones. At Capital Area Christian Church in Mechanicsburg, PA Gerry participated in short term mission trips to Haiti and Bolivia. He is married to Lisa and they have two dogs, Mr. Bibbs and Odie. Gerry has coached youth soccer teams at both recreational and travel levels. Gerry prays that he will be able to help children and youth at APC develop a close relationship with Jesus Christ that will carry them into adulthood.
Raelyn Harman, Church and Preschool Administrator
Raelyn moved to Philadelphia in 1979 to study for her Masters in Social Work at Temple University. Initially Raelyn worked as a community organizer then worked for the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia School District and as a trainer of child welfare social workers. Raelyn ran the office for her and her husband’s own business for 5 years. Raelyn and her husband, Gopal Subramanian have two children, Peter and Maya and live in Havertown. Raelyn is a member of Overbrook Presbyterian Church and enjoys crocheting, reading, travel, music, gardening, cooking and baking.
Scott Welden, Financial Secretary
Scott worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years and his experience includes serving as CFO for a financial consulting practice experience, Budget Director for Jeanes Hospital as well as an Auditor for Campbell Soup Company.
Scott graduated with a B.S. in Management from Villanova University and has a MBA in Finance from Drexel University. Scott resides in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with his wife of over 35 years, Eve and is the father of two adult sons. Scott’s hobbies include reading, golf, baseball, sailing and spending time with his family. Since his retirement two years ago, Scott has become deeply involved in volunteering for non-profit organizations such as the National Constitution Center, Broad Street Ministries in Philadelphia and City Team in Chester. Scott is a member of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church where he has served twice as Elder, most recently as Chair of the Membership Committee.
Scott’s office hours are: M, 9a-2p; T, 9a-12p; W & TH 9a-3pm and can be reached at the church office at extension 114.