Staff & Leadership

Rev. Diane Jamison Fitch

Transitional Pastor

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.

pastor@ardmorepres.org

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. 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. Gary is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the 80-voice Chester County Choral Society. He lives in Havertown, PA with his wife, Twila.

music@ardmorepres.org

Rev. Judith Brackett

Director of Family Ministries

Pastor 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 has her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine with a BS in Education, and her Master’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She lives in Narberth with her husband and has two young adult sons. Pastor Judith has served churches in suburban and urban Philadelphia. She leads spiritual retreats in area churches.

music@ardmorepres.org

Michelle Butera

Director of Ardmore Presbyterian Preschool

Michelle has a background in finance and management, 20+ years of parenting experience and 25 years as member of APC, a decade 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 experience. Michelle is originally from Cherry Hill, N.J. She has her undergraduate degree from Drexel University and her Master’s Degree from Penn State University. She loves to see the happiness and joy that come from each child. Michelle is the mother of two adult daughters and lives in Havertown with her husband Louis.

michellebutera@ardmorepres.org

Raelyn Harman

Church Administrator

Raelyn earned her Master’s 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.

admin@ardmorepres.org

Scott Welden

Financial Manager

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 an 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.

scottwelden@ardmorepres.org

Bob Peters

Building Manager

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.

bobpeters@ardmorepres.org

Elders

CLASS OF 2020
Jody Brumbach
Elaine Giese
Don Poorman, Clerk of Session
Bill Toal

CLASS OF 2021
Cathie Calkins
Chip Cobb, Jr.
Jill Fowler
Robie Lawlace

CLASS OF 2022
DIck Corl
Jeff Michaelson
Ben Yurchak

*In our Congregation, Serving Elders are also Trustees of the Corporation

Deacons

CLASS OF 2020
Kevin Fowler
Graham Fuller
Elizabeth Luff
Mary Schreiber

CLASS OF 2021
Eliza Brooks
Dan del Duca
Holly Frank
Viola Terwiesch

CLASS OF 2022
Jessie DiNome
Howard Donahue
Maria Helena Fernandez
Katherine Ann Matt, Moderator

PASTOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Welcome from APC’s Pastor Nominating Committee, a group of 9 members with over 200 years of membership. We are committed to using our combined experience as members and our God given talents to discern who is Called to lead us into the future as Ardmore Presbyterian’s Senior Pastor.

APCs vision of ministry and community is encapsulated in our Mission statement—“Transforming lives through the Good News of Jesus Christ”. We seek to live as transformed people devoted to the Gospel. Our committee views this as core to everything we do. We seek to live as transformed people devoted to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and our Committee views this Mission as the very core of APC’s values.

 Pastor Nominating Committee

John Abrams

Eliza Brooks

John Dinome
Barry Jeffries

Katherine Ann Matt

Jeff Michaelson
Christian Terwiesch
Kathy Toal
Holly Vicki

Message from the PNC

 
We would like to send our greetings and blessings to everyone during this time of quarantine. Thank you for all the e-mails, text messages and prayer offerings. We appreciate all the good wishes and miss all of you. We would especially like to thank Raelyn for her administrative support and Pastor Diane for her continued words of encouragement and prayers.
 
With the exception of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, we have maintained our weekly PNC meetings. All of us have become accustomed to seeing each other via Zoom video meetings! Despite the quarantine, we have also continued to have follow-up Zoom video meetings with certain candidates. In addition, we are still receiving interest from new candidates although perhaps not at the same pace given the Covid-19 crisis. To assist with our recruitment efforts, we have renewed the digital and hard copy ads for the next 90 days in the Presbyterian Outlook and Presbyterian Today.
 
We all remain committed to the work that is needed to be done and are optimistic about our efforts.  Our motto is “Trust the Process”.

Thanks again for all the support and we look forward to seeing you soon, 
Your PNC