Diane Jamison Fitch has been in ministry 26 years. She grew up in Newtown, PA, and attended Newton Presbyterian Church with her family and grandparents. Diane attended Bucknell University, studying Business Management.
After working in the business world, Diane felt the call to ministry and attended Princeton Theological Seminary. Diane’s ministry has included two years as a chaplain at Abington Memorial Hospital, twelve years serving in the Hudson River Presbytery in Yorktown Heights, Carmel, and Katonah, New York, and twelve years serving Philadelphia Presbytery churches in Ambler, Chestnut Hill, and Abington.
Outside of work, Diane enjoys reading, cooking, music, hiking, art, photography, and travelling. Her husband John works for Microsoft. They reside in Maple Glen and have two children: Joshua, who is a junior studying at Purdue University, and Caroline, who is a freshman at MassArt in Boston. We look forward to Pastor Diane’s leadership in guiding us through our transition to the next called pastor.
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 Butera, Director of Ardmore Presbyterian Preschool email@example.com
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.
Rev. Judith is an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament, and a minister member of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and comes to us with a background in education with a second career as a pastor. She lives in Narberth with her husband and has two young adult sons. Rev. Judith has served churches in suburban and urban Philadelphia. She leads spiritual retreats in area churches.
Raelyn Harman, Church Administrator
Raelyn earned her Masters in Social Work at Temple University and has worked as a community organizer, in the Department of Human Services, the Philadelphia School District and as a trainer of child welfare social workers. She ran the office for her family’s business. 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 travel. crocheting and gardening.
Scott Welden, Financial Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Bob worked in the Insurance Industry for many years, starting as a fire protection engineer, then underwriting, district manager and was a global property broker for 5 years.
Bob left the insurance industry and started working with his son rehabbing rental properties.
With his experience in business and hands on maintenance work, he makes a great fit for Building Manager at APC.
Bob’s office hours are: M-F 8:00am to 4:00pm
Bob will be on site weekday mornings. Bob’s phone extension is 108.