The Rev. Sean Titus was called by the congregation in 2021 to serve as pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dillsburg. He was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2016 after graduating with his M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary). Pastor Titus is passionate about worship that is joyful and reverent; and he seeks to provide leadership that is grounded in the Holy Scripture as the written Word of God, making sure to use the lens of the Confessions of the Lutheran Church. In addition to leading worship & Bible study, Pastor Titus also loves good conversation with people of all ages, sharing coffee, cooking (and eating!) food, and travel. A native of rural western New York State, he first came to the area as a college student at nearby Messiah, where he graduated with a B.A. in 2002. He also received his M.A. in history from the University at Buffalo in 2005, making history one of his great interests! His wife, Jill, hails from nearby Mechanicsburg originally; and they have a seven year old son & a one year old cockapoo “puppy,” making their home northern York County!
Annetta Zea joined the St. Paul’s staff as Parish Administrator in December 2018. She brings many gifts to a position that calls for a working knowledge of Microsoft Programs and church office functions. She has worked in Church offices since 1996.
Since living in Pennsylvania, she worked at St. John’s UCC in Red Lion, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in York, St. Paul’s Lutheran in Hanover, and St. James Lutheran in Brogue.
When not working at St. Paul’s, Annetta and her husband Dale, spend as much time possible with their grandchildren, Hayley and Alexander. The Zea’s have lived in Pennsylvania since 2001 in Red Lion.
Joyce Elaine Gerstenlauer grew up outside of Lititz, PA and has been a Lutheran since birth. Joyce studied piano and organ and served as the choir director at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Brickerville, starting in tenth grade. She graduated with a BS in Music Education, K-12 certified, majoring in voice and piano, from Indiana University of PA in 1977. Then marrying David, she moved to Texas and served as the organist in the only ALC Lutheran church and taught elementary music as he served in the Army at Ft. Hood, TX. In 1986, she received her MS degree in Music Ed. with a minor in organ and choreography from Penn State. She has since studied organ and voice at LVC and conducting at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL.
Over the years, Joyce has served in several Lutheran congregations in the area including six years as a full-time AIM and has played organ, directed choirs of all ages, handbells & chimes choirs, instrumental ensembles, written & taught Bible schools and served on the Candidacy and music consulting committees of the ELCA/LSS. She directed the Perry County Choral Society for ten years and has sung and soloed with the Oratorio Choirs under Dr. Ron Sider. Joyce has taught Youth Choirs courses at Gettysburg Seminary for the MA program, as well. She has conducted massed choirs for the synod and participated in many choral festivals. Currently, Joyce is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, PA Music Educators, PSEA and is on the board of the Harrisburg Chapter of AGO.
Joyce retired in 2015 from teaching K-12 choral/general music at Greencastle-Antrim, Scotland School for Veterans Children, Susquenita, West Shore, Milton, Waynesboro, PA and Killeen, TX. Her choirs have won many first-place trophies including festivals in Hawaii, Boston and Dallas. Over the years, she has directed many musical plays to include Annie, Godspell, South Pacific, West Side Story and Amahl & The Night Visitors, as well as numerous religious musicals of varying levels. She has directed major choral works of Bach, Rutter, Mozart, Vaughn Williams, Saint-Saens, and Handel. Joyce, her husband David and her son Joshua have traveled to most states and many countries and they have spent many years at Camp Nawakwa. We look forward to getting involved in all that St. Paul’s has to offer while Joyce serves as the Minister of Music.
You can contact Joyce by email.
Viki Wonders is a native of Carlisle but moved to Dillsburg after her marriage to Greg Wonders in 1982. She was in public education for thirty-two years and was a stay-at –home mom for nine years after their two children were born. Music was a major part of her life. Her experiences include singing in church choirs from her elementary school years until the present, being drum major for her high school and college bands, and playing in her church’s handbell choir. After joining St. Paul’s congregation in 1982, she became involved with implementing St. Paul’s first handbell and chimes choirs. Viki was also the first handbell choir director from 1990 until she returned to work full-time as a teacher in 1996. Now that she is retired, Viki is pleased to be serving the church again in the capacity as handbell choir director.
You can contact Viki by email.
Mike Zimmerman was called as St. Paul’s Youth & Family Minister in July 2014. He comes to us from Center Lutheran Church in Newville where he has been an active member for almost 30 years. Mike earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University. He embraces a strong sense of call to serve the Lord, especially as a youth minister, and so, he completed the Certification in Youth and Family Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Mike is also commissioned in Stephens Ministry with the Newville Area churches. During Mike’s first year at St. Paul’s, he met many interesting individuals with many talents to share and hopes to continue this ministry through creating many unique opportunities for youth to grow their faith in Jesus Christ.
Mike is employed by Capital Area Intermediate Unit at Hilltop Academy where he works with behavioral and mentally challenged students. He enjoys helping each student with their specific needs. He also volunteers as a youth leader at his home congregation in Newville and works at a local Christian bookstore throughout the year. Mike is very excited to join the St. Paul’s team as the Youth & Family Minister.
For fun outside of his daytime job, Mike appreciates the outdoors, especially on a bicycle and spending time with family and friends. He is a “techie” who enjoys time on his computer, smart phone and iPad. Mike also considers himself an avid football fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. His nickname is “AJ” because he has two middle names.
Mike’s goals for Youth & Family Ministry at St. Paul’s are for each child of God to feel welcome to join in the activities and events that will be offered. With that energy and enthusiasm, ALL youth and families are to respond by coming out! His mission has always been to bring community into the life of the church. Over the last ten years of youth and family ministry, he has worked at different churches and has done just that … shared the teaching and preaching of Jesus Christ in the community. He wants St. Paul’s youth to not be alarmed … there is lots of fun to be had too! He is known for his creative ways through interaction with Faith Talks, games, and community events. He also plans to get youth involved in the many synod-wide events (ALIVE ALIVE, Winterfest, Summerfest, synod pages, and the 2018 National Youth Gathering). His goal is to bring youth from the Dillsburg community, surrounding areas, and in the world to know Christ.
Let’s see where God will take us! He looks forward to meeting each and every one of the youth and to learn more about what makes youth ministry work at St. Paul’s!
You can contact Mike by email.