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.
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.
Walter Haenn, Business Manager
Walter Haenn has been a member of APC since 1991. In his role as Business Manager, Walter is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Church finances, buildings and grounds.
Walter has an MBA from Drexel University and his outside interests include golf, cooking and wine. Walter volunteers his time with the Pan American Association, where he is a member of the Board of Directors, the Golf Association of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Golf Association where he is a rules official. Walter is married to Theresa, who has served the church as a Serving Elder and Deacon. They have two grown children Tony and Ted, who were raised at APC.
Raelyn Harman, Church Administrator / Pastor’s Secretary
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.
Pearlie Diesinger, Preschool Administrator/Church Secretary
Pearlie was born and raised in Florida and moved to suburban Philadelphia when she married husband Bill. Pearlie and Bill joined APC in 1959. She began work at APC in 1969 as an assistant teacher in the pre-school. She has been on staff ever since, mostly in her current capacity. Pearlie lives in Wayne and is the parent of a grown son, Chip and 2 step-grandchildren, Christopher and Anja.