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.
Director, Arabic Worship
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, have been members of FPCA since XXXX and have two 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 Northampton. 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
Assistant, Alternative Worship
Interim Director of Youth Ministry
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.
Ministry Support, Spiritual Formation and Missions
Kelsey joined our staff in November 2014 in the role of Ministry Support for Spiritual Formation and Mission. In this role, Kelsey supports all the youth ministry program registrations, all church event registrations, mission related activities and also acts as the general hub of information for church members with questions. Kelsey was born and raised in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and holds a BA in Recreation and Leisure Services Management from East Stroudsburg University. She and her husband Richard currently are living in Emmaus and in their spare time, enjoy hiking and camping. Kelsey even hiked and canoed the Adirondacks in New York!