Staff

Ministry Assistant for La Cosecha

Jalexa Merced

Administrative Assistant

Julie Walton

Julie is no stranger to Wesley Church. She and her husband Ken have been part of Wesley for 22 years. Julie enjoyed being a stay at home mom while their son Kenny grew up and now they are getting use to having an empty nest. Julie loves being able to help with Wesley’s Care Team, Youth Group, A-Team  Sunday School and where ever else she’s needed. During the week you can find Julie in the office ready to greet you with a smile and help you in any way she can.

Lead Pastor for La Cosecha

Richie Nazario

Lead Pastor

Blake Deibler

Blake Deibler has been the lead pastor for over 25 years at Wesley Church.  His prime responsibility is to lead people to Jesus Christ and to have them receive Him as their personal Savior.   To accomplish this, he assumes the major job of preaching the Gospel and connecting it to contemporary life in a way that is understandable and applicable to the people of our community in today’s world.  This entails visioning the needs of the people, affirming and guiding the lives of those who have already been born again and are living their lives according to the teachings of Scripture, and assuring that Wesley Church and its congregation remains a welcoming, compassionate church that will challenge its parishioners to walk and journey with Christ.

How did Blake end up at Wesley Church?  He grew up in Memorial Church in Quarryville, PA, and received Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 17.  He began teaching math in the Solanco School District, but his passion for his God and his belief in Christ led him to become active in a licensed local pastor program.  He felt he was fortunate to be able to teach school for 34 years.  This allowed him to have a connection with young people on a daily basis and to set an example for them that would help establish a foundation for their future lives.  During this time, he was a part time pastor at Wesley and with the help of his wife and three children, he was able to do both jobs. In 2012, Blake retired from teaching and became a full time pastor.

Blake’s personal goals are to continue being faithful to the word of God, to keep going in his journey with Christ; to be a good father to his children  and a good  husband to his wife;  to pastor, to teach, and to be a great family guy.

Blake’s goals for Wesley Church are to expand the ministry, to deepen the faith and to aid people in their life journey with Christ.  He believes that until everyone one in Solanco has come to Christ, his work here is not done.  He wants to be part of this experience and fulfil God’s plan for him!

Phone:717-786-8322 Ext. 305

Worship Director

Craig Deibler

Craig has  been with Wesley since 2012.  His duties at Wesley are to oversee the entire worship service from the technical and musical standpoint.  This entails designing the service order, overseeing our Worship Team, and mentoring and coaching those involved in leading on Sunday morning.

Before serving at Wesley he was the Worship leader at Memorial Methodist Church in Quarryville, PA, for 13 years.  He felt God completing his ministry there.  Craig and Lisa visited Wesley with our daughter, Sarah.  They loved Wesley and felt that they were being guided to follow that lead.

At Wesley, ‘We believe that Worship is not a warm up to the sermon but a warm up for Heaven.’  We desire those who attend to feel the freedom to worship how they feel led.  Craig is excited about leading worship and being a part of a growing congregation here at Wesley!

Phone:717-786-8322 Ext. 311

Executive Pastor

Rich Stevenson

Rich came to Wesley with experience in pastoring, church planting and missions. He responded to the invitation to join the pastoral staff at Wesley because of his deep commitment to the local Church. It really is “plan A,” and there is no “plan B.” Rich is delighted to share in the administrative tasks of local Church ministry, but is overjoyed at the thought of investing in young adults and cultivating a greater emphasis on prayer.

Rich is the author of five books:

Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003)

A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005)

Let’s Dance – A New Way of Relating to Jesus (1elevenmedia, 2017)

40 Days of Easter – Walking with Jesus from the Resurrection to the Ascension (1elevenmedia, 2017)

Scattered Sheep – For Those Prone to Wander (1elevenmedia, 2017)

He graduated from Asbury University in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar.

Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have four children and four grandchildren: Zachary and Meghan with daughters Naima and Aria;  Jacob and Lena with sons Grey and Levi; Jessica and Corrie Emma.

Lead pastor for Colerain

Bryce Wendler

Bryce was born and raised in Lancaster, PA and graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a bachelors degree in Biblical Studies with a focus in the New Testament. He began serving as the Pastor of Colerain Church in August of 2018. Bryce’s passions in ministry include building genuine, unified relationships within the church as shown in the book of Acts, carefully handling and preaching the Word of God regularly, and seeing that believers are properly discipled. Outside of Colerain you will find Bryce working 40 hours a week at his full time job in Lititz, reading, drinking coffee, hiking, or spending time with friends and family.
My goals for Colerain Church are simple. I want to grow the church not only in size and attendance, but I want to see genuine growth in the areas Peter has called all churches to in 1 Peter 3:8: unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love. tender hearts, and humble minds. I believe this begins by staying centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and loving others as we are called to all throughout the Scriptures.
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES

Kari Griest

I live in New Providence with my husband Chadd, our 3 children, Cooper, Chloe and Brodie. I have always had a passion for working with children. Over the years I was a nanny, preschool teacher, and have been teaching in the Solanco School District for the past 17 years. I love the relationships I get to build with the children and their families here at Wesley. Connecting with the children each Sunday allows me to teach them about Jesus, while also growing in my faith journey as I see God’s word come alive in their hearts.
COORDINATOR OF CONGREGATIONAL CONNECTION

Kim McCardell

DIRECTOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRIES

Nathaniel Lacy

WESLEY NETWORK AND COLERAIN WORSHIP LEADER/CUSTODIAN

Patrick Buckner

DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL CARE

Beth Foss

Beth Foss joined Wesley Church with her husband Bob in 2017 after moving to Pennsylvania from Minnesota.  Beth’s professional background is in social work, both in the medical and geriatric fields where she practiced in Maryland, Texas and Minnesota. She also works as Director of Operations for an international research foundation. Beth has enjoyed being a Discussion Leader for Bible Study Fellowship, participating in Ahalt International Ministries Women’s Group and various faith-based groups. At Wesley she teaches  4th & 5th grade Sunday School, volunteers with the Young Mom’s Group and in her spare time she enjoys maintaining their gardens & animals at home, reading and knitting.  Beth & Bob have two adult sons: Ben lives in Wilmington and Matt lives in Nashville.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Mindy Hoopes

Mindy Hoopes has been working as an Office Manager for CompNet Inc. since 2015.  She began consulting as the Business Administrator for Wesley Church in the spring of 2020 through her employer. She understands that financial stewardship is a most valuable asset an organization can have, and as such, is driven to ensure that moral, ethical and prudent decision-making are transparent at Wesley Church. She hopes to bring her passion and discipline for organization and structure in order to protect the long-term interests of Wesley Church. 

Mindy began attending Wesley Church in 2017. She is involved with Leadership and Women’s Ministry. Mindy is driven to question everything and ensure validity. She prays that she is doing her best to present herself to God as a worker who has no need to be ashamed and that He will work in her to fulfill His purpose. 

WORSHIP LEADER

Tyler Williams

Tyler has been at Wesley Church since 2015. He leads the worship team and congregation in worship on Sunday mornings, as well as other church events. Before Tyler came to join Wesley, he spent six years as worship leader at Wesley United Methodist Church in Strasburg. Outside of his duties at church, he owns a flooring business with his father. Tyler resides in Lampeter with his wife and two children.