Meet Our Staff
These are the beautiful people who support the many ministries here at FPC.
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
REV. JACK HABERER
Jack is well known in the denomination of the PC(USA), having served on several denomination-wide committees and task forces, most notably the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church from 2001- 2006. He has served two long-time PC(USA) pastorates as Head-of-Staff in Houston, Texas, and Satellite Beach, Florida, and most recently (as he says) as an “unintentional interim” Head-of-Staff in Naples, Florida. In addition, Jack has been the Editor-Publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook, Richmond, Virginia, for nine years and is the author of three books, Living in the Presence of the Spirit (2001), God Views: The Convictions That Drive Us and Divide Us (2001) and It’s Complicated: A Guide To Faithful Decision Making (2016). He received his A.B. from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., and his D. Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
Born in Queens, N.Y. and raised in Ramsey, N.J., Jack met his wife, Barbie, while they were both students at Elim Bible Institute, Lima, N.Y.. Barbie, a native Californian and the daughter of a minister, says she knew from high school that she would be a minister’s wife, and she loves it. She is a Stephen Minister. They have two adult children: son David, a computer engineer, and daughter Kelly, a physical therapist (and a U. Penn grad), both of whom live in Houston. Jack is also a musician who plays piano and guitar (“Nothing lifts my spirits more than pounding out hymns and praise songs all by myself on the piano.”). In their free time, he and Barbie enjoy antiquing, flea markets, “junking,” and biking together. Jack loves skiing (Barbie has promised to try to learn). As for golf, well, Jack describes himself as a “duffer.”
REV. STEPHEN EMICK
Pastor, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
First called to FPCA in 1995, Stephen currently serves as Pastor for Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, with a passion for helping all members and friends of FPCA to become more faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Stephen previously served as Associate Pastor for Christian Education at Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, Virginia and as Youth Minister at Hickory Street Presbyterian Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Stephen also held positions as Exploring Executive with Boy Scouts of America, in Scranton, and as an Account Executive/Radio Announcer at WWDL/WICK in Scranton. He received his BA in Communication Arts/Radio and Television from Marywood University, his Master of Arts in Christian Education at Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and his Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Stephen and his wife Barbara spend much of their free time supporting the activities of their two daughters, Allison and Emily. Stephen also enjoys reading biographies, non-fiction and has returned to a childhood love of model trains and chocolate-covered gummy bears.
REV. DALLAS BRADEL
Transitional Associate Pastor
Dallas Bradel is a native of western Pennsylvania. She was a very little girl when she first met Jesus at a tiny, Methodist Sunday school. And although she did not grow up in the church, she has fond memories of attending VBS when a Mrs. Griggs with a large station wagon drove kids from her neighborhood to a nearby Presbyterian church one summer. Her childhood dialog with God over the years led her to seek a church home when she went off to college. While getting her degree in German at Lehigh University, here in Bethlehem, Dallas was discipled by a sorority sister. She committed her life to Christ at about the same time she decided to go to law school, and while she did graduate and pass the bar exam, her heart was in the local church. When Dallas told her mentor that she sensed God calling her to full-time ministry, she was told: “If you can be happy doing anything else, do it.”
Dallas went off to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts with a heart for ministering to children and young families in the local church. She earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Counseling, then served as a Director of Children’s Ministry in Connecticut before being ordained in the PC (USA) and serving as an Associate Pastor for Christian Education at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius, North Carolina. When that church went through a split and her position was closed, Dallas returned to New England to serve as Interim Pastor of the Windham Presbyterian Church in Windham, New Hampshire, where the presbytery says she has led the congregation through a great turnaround. She will complete her service there at the end of October.
She has a passion for teaching God’s word and loving God’s people. And, although she has been called to singleness, Dallas continues to champion young families and children as they grow in Christ. She is excited to be joining FPCA’s staff, learning how we engage the secular culture, addressing matters of social justice while proclaiming the Gospel, and maintaining a clear commitment to being guided by the scriptures. She is looking forward to getting to know God’s people here, seeing where God is at work in this community, and preparing the congregation for its next installed associate pastor.
In her spare time, Dallas likes to take leisurely walks, explore local history, museums and antique shops, read, and play the piano.
Commissioned Lay Pastor for Arabic Ministries
Moufid serves the extensive Middle Eastern community at FPCA and in Allentown, and leads the church’s Arabic-language worship every Sunday. He started his career at FPCA as a volunteer in 1994, and later joined the staff on a part time basis in 2001. Moufid received his BA at American University in Beirut and his Master of Divinity and Master of Theological studies at Moravian Theological Seminary. As a sixth-generation worldwide Presbyterian pastor, Moufid was previously owner of several food service businesses and held the position of CEO and Managing Partner at Chubb Fire Security in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Moufid and his wife Afaf, are long-time members of FPCA and have three sons. In addition to his love of preaching and helping people in need, Moufid also enjoys several hobbies, including writing poetry in Arabic and babysitting his granddaughter.
Director, Weekday Preschool
In her duties as Director of Preschool, Barbara’s goal is to ensure a nurturing environment to encourage the social, physical, emotional and cognitive development of each student and to promote Christian love and values. She oversees a staff of 11 teachers of children from ages 2-5. Originally from Frazer, Pennsylvania, Barbara received her BS in Elementary Education at Shippensburg University and her Masters in Elementary Education at Kutztown University. She is the mother of three children and a one granddaughter. In her free time, Barb enjoys reading and gardening. She is also a passionate sports fan, resulting from watching sports with her father as child. Her Uncle is an All-American player from the University of Georgia and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Director, Adult Spiritual Formation
Pam has been a part of the FPCA family since 1983 and has held various interim positions, but has most recently been named as Director of Adult Spiritual Formation. In this role, Pam oversees and coordinates all adult spiritual formation and small groups and resources the Nominating and Equipping team and the Stewardship team. Pam received her BA in Communications Education with an emphasis in Public Relations at Susquehanna University and her Masters in Theological Studies at Moravian Theological Seminary. Born and raised in Allentown, Pam and her husband Andy are the parents to two grown children, James and Charles. In her spare time, Pam enjoys sailing and sewing and spending as much time as possible at her “happy place”, Chautauqua Lake.
Coordinator, Traditional Worship
Caley joined the FPCA staff in June 2009 as Ministry Support for Spiritual Formation and Mission and is now Coordinator of Communications. Her duties include production of the weekly bulletins and eblast, overseeing social media accounts, coordinating the production of various church publications and any other outbound church communications. Caley attended Penn State Hazleton Campus and is from Nescopeck, PA. She and her husband Phil are the parents to Brody and currently reside in Wescosville. While not at work, Caley likes to read, travel with her family, hear live music and watch old movies. She is an identical twin to her sister Corinne and is extremely close to both Corinne and her other sister, Mandy.
Associate, Children’s and Youth Choirs
Director of Family Ministries
Coordinator, Alternative Worship
Wilson was born and raised in New York City to Puerto Rican parents where he was raised in a Pentecostal Christian environment, honing his musical skills in the church, ministering in both English and Spanish.
A recent graduate of Lee University, COG, Wilson earned his Bachelors Of Science Degree in Church Leadership with a concentration on Praise & Worship. Wilson has been a witness to the power of Praise & Worship; power to heal, liberate, and set free!
Together with his wife, Desiree, they love to travel and they have a blended family of 6 children and 4 grandchildren.
Director of Children Ministries
Donna recently joined the staff of FPCA as the Director of Mission. Donna oversees all areas of Mission providing organization, encouragement, and direction to those involved in Mission.
Born in Maryland, Donna grow up in Delaware and attended college in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a BS in Chemistry but quickly found her passion was in ministry. Donna has served as the Director of Youth Ministry in Lynchburg, VA; the Director of Children’s Ministry in York, PA; and the Director of Lay Mobilization in Allentown, PA. While living in York, Donna attended Lancaster Theological Seminary for further studies. Most recently, Donna worked for Bethany Christian Services, Refugee Resettlement office in Allentown.
Donna is married to Ron who is a software engineer for a medical engineering company. They have two adult children who are married and there are five grandchildren in the family. In her spare time, Donna enjoys water activities, reading, and spending time with her husband.
Director of High School Ministry
Having been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown since 1983, Larry joined the staff on December 1, 2017. He made his career mostly in the Health & Human Services arena serving in many financial and operational capacities, so this position seemed very appealing to him when it became available. In this position, Larry is responsible for managing the Financial, Administrative and Support staff of the church as well as the church facilities. By way of education, Larry holds a B.S. in Accounting from York College of Pennsylvania and has an MBA in Finance from Wilkes University. In addition to his role at the church, he currently also serves as an adjunct professor for the DeSales University MBA program.
When not working, Larry enjoys spending time engaged in many activities with his wife Sherry, their two daughters & sons-in law, and their three granddaughters. Larry can also be found on the golf course working on his handicap.
Tara joined the FPCA staff in July 2013 and serves as staff accountant. She is responsible for the day to day financial activities of members, visitors and staff and assists with many accounting functions such as contributions, accounts payable and receivable and numerous other financial transactions. Employed by the US Postal Service for 21 years, Tara opened and operated her own deli for several years before returning to school to obtain her Associate Degree in Accounting at Lehigh Carbon Community College. She is married to her wonderful husband Roger and has one grown daughter. Her hobbies include auction hunting with her husband, traveling and motorcycle rides. Tara recently traveled with her husband on the same motorcycle from Pennsylvania through 11 other states, logging over 5,300 miles in 16 days. She is looking forward to doing it again!
Ministry Support, Pastoral Care, Worship and Connections
Joanne recently joined our staff as Ministry Support for Membership, Pastoral Care and Connections. In this role, she provides administrative support for all the worship ministries, membership logistics and follow-up, as well as general office duties. Joanne also coordinates all baptisms, weddings and funerals and works closely with church families to meet their needs during these occasions. A native of Staten Island, NY, Joanne graduated with Regents honors from St Joseph Hill Academy and attended St John’s University. She is the mother of twins, Kaitlyn and James and is engaged to her fiance, Robert. She enjoys live music and has trained and shown dogs in various related sports since 1991, although her children’s activities have now taken precedent over her dog shows.
Assistant to the Pastor
Nancy Hoffman grew up attending FPCA and has been a current member of our church family since she and her husband Mark moved back to the Lehigh Valley in 2002 after years living in New Jersey and California. Mark and Nancy have two children, Brian who is about to leave for his freshman year at Temple University and Amy who will be a freshman at Parkland High School. As a member, she has led various programs in Children’s ministry such as VBS and Youth Club. Currently, she is a member of one of our small study groups and serves on the communication team. When not driving her daughter to her activities, she enjoys reading, relaxing with her dog, and traveling. She will be working part-time as an assistant to Jack.