Rev. Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
Marnie is the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. Marnie loves talking to people about their story and God’s story. As a pastor, she is a leader of teams who take risks and dream kingdom dreams. She gets energy from building and experiencing community. She speaks around the country about leadership and evangelism and living a life of following Jesus.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Wake Forest University, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She previously served as a college chaplain as well as the executive pastor at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.
Marnie is married to Mark, also a pastor, and more important her best friend and fellow adventure seeker. They have two kids- both students at Wake Forest. She loves to play tennis, needs her trainer three times a week and loves a good adventure.
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Rev. Dr. Mark Crumpler, Associate Pastor for Worship and Formation
Before coming to First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Mark Crumpler’s vocational journey has included serving as a hospital chaplain and teaching Bible at the college level in both full-time and adjunct positions. His greatest love, however,, aside from being a dad and a husband, is the pastoral work of shepherding and leading God’s people in the local church. Growing up in the home of a pastor, Mark can’t remember a time when the church was not an anchoring presence in his life. Mark’s pastoral ministry is grounded in a desire to blend the life of the mind with the love of God. He discovered a love for theological study in an introductory college course in Christian doctrine. After receiving his B.A. in English from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, Mark did his M.Div and Ph.D work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Mark’s great joy in ministry is the unfolding of biblical truth in a way that allows people to meet God in life changing ways.
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Jackie Etter, Executive Director
Jackie serves as Executive Director at FPC Bethlehem. Jackie comes to work daily excited to see what God will do through FPCB. As Executive Director, Jackie provides leadership to the Finance, Facilities, IT, Human Resources, and Administrative Departments.
In 2012, Jackie and her husband Gary moved to the Lehigh Valley with their three children Marissa, Bryan and Addison. Having grown up in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Jackie spent most of her young life living out her deep passion for horses. Jackie competed extensively and is an accomplished equestrian athlete. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University in 1993. She also holds an Executive MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jackie spent ten years at AT&T as a Director of Product Marketing before getting involved with the non-profit sector. Jackie was the Admission Director and then Head of School at the Acorn Montessori School. In addition to her work at FPCB, Jackie is the Chair of the Board of Trustee for America’s Grow-a-Row a non-profit organization who provides over one million pounds of farm fresh food to those in need at food banks and hunger relief agencies.
Jackie is clear in her call to use her God-given gifts every day and is truly humbled and honored to be a part of the FPCB Senior Staff.
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Manuela Kauer, Pastor of Mission and Outreach
Manuela's preparation for service as Minister of Word and Sacrament includes extensive experience both on the mission field and at home. She is multilingual which includes—as she herself expresses it—"speaking several languages, but also conveying the faith in many different ways." Manuela Kauer is a woman of deep personal faith and wisdom. She has been a servant leader who has discerned God's call for her life in a ministry marked by personal sacrifice and faithful, joyful obedience to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is passionate and committed to serving God's precious children throughout the world.
Born in Spain, Manuela and her family moved to Switzerland where she went to high school and then received a BA degree in Business. Later coming to the United States, she received a Master of Business Administration from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, followed a few years later by a Master of Divinity from Palmer Seminary in Philadelphia. She recently completed her Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership of Missional Church Renewal, at Palmer Seminary.
Manuela, her husband, Juan, and daughters, Laura and Camila, served during 15 years as missionaries of our denomination in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There she carried multiple tasks as the Executive Director of a small Christian organization, then as the Coordinator of Community Development in the same organization, the Coordinator of PCUSA Young Adult Volunteers in Argentina and Uruguay, and finally held two pastoral positions in local churches in Buenos Aires. She also served as the Interim Pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Pottsville, PA before coming to our church.
She feels blessed to have a wonderful husband who is also deeply involved in the community as a Case Manager for a non-profit organization in Allentown with many low-income clients—many of them Spanish speaking families. The Kauers continue to be in contact with mission partners they worked with and are passionate to bring the good news in words and deed wherever they are.
The whole family enjoys outdoor activities, reading, traveling, discovering new places and building relationships with people of different cultures.
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Rev. Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Ext. 336
Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
Rev. Dr. Mark Crumpler, Ext. 207
Associate Pastor For Worship And Formation
Bill Freeman, Ext. 532
Parish Nurses, Ext. 332
Jodi Wycherley, Ext. 203
Youth Discipleship Coordinator
Denise Pierson-Balik, Ext. 253
Coordinator for Children's Discipleship
Mission & Outreach Ministries
Pastor Manuela Kauer, Ext. 209
Pastor for Mission & Outreach
Music & Worship Arts
Paul Ney, Ext. 263
Beverly Bailey, Ext. 323
Children's Choir Coordinator
Carol Choir Director
Andie Barbehenn, Ext. 236
Director of Preschool and Extended Care
Jackie Etter, Ext. 210
Stacey Judge, Ext. 206
Executive Assistant To The Senior Pastor, Safe Church Administrator/Child care Coordinator
Nina Jaworski, Ext. 201
Susan Smith, Ext. 216
Kathie Welker, Ext. 228
Yovita Wooden, Ext. 238
Bill Kesack, Ext. 224
Jeff Murphy, Ext. 204
Security and Facilities Coordinator
Facilities team contact number: 610-504-4970
Simone Garcia, Ext. 202
Sue Knarr, Ext. 211
Amy Dillman, Ext. 212
Assistant to the Financial Manager
Andy Roman, Ext 215
Planned Giving Officer