Director of Youth Ministry: TBD
Director of Christian Education: Alex Samsel
My name is Alex Samsel and I am the Christian Ed Director. I am excited to be part of the St. Luke’s team and I look forward to working with you. I welcome all of your ideas and creativity.
I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.S in English and have both Minnesota and Pennsylvania teaching licenses in grades 7-12. I am currently enrolled at Alveria University Graduate Dept., working towards a Masters of Special Ed. In the past, I taught preschoolers at the local YMCA and was a substitute teacher for Boyertown and Pottstown School Districts, working with students in various grade levels. Shortly after, I began teaching English/language arts to male students with behavorial problems at St. Gabriel’s Hall. I have worked with this group of students from 2011 through 2014 and enjoyed my time as a teacher. After low enrollment I left the school, with intentions to teach in the summer and started my career as an Instructional Assistance at Pottsgrove School District. I have the passion to teach and creativity that wants to be explored.
If anyone has ideas or advice to give, please let me know. I will meet with the Sunday School staff and anyone interested in Christian Ed events at meetings held on the second Tuesday of the month, in the libary at 7pm.
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Minister of Music: D. Stephen Cable
Stephen Cable started taking piano lessons at age six. He started taking organ lessons at the age of 12 from his church organist, Dr. Edward H. Wetherill. Stephen was the school organist at Drexel Hill Junior High School and Upper Darby High School. He became the assistant organist at Drexel Hill United Methodist Church, where he grew up and took his organ lessons. He directed the Senior Choir from the organ when he substituted for Dr. Wetherill. During this time Stephen sang with his church choir in The Messiah accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra. While in Junior High, Stephen played at Christ Presbyterian Church during the summers. Stephen was a member of the Concert Choir and was their organ accompanist when they were on a three week tour of England, Austria, Switzerland, West Germany and Lichtenstein. He played on such organs as St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Westminster Abbey and Cologne Cathedral. He also sang in the Delaware County Choral Society and Bucks County Choral Society. He went to West Chester State College as an organ major, studying with Dr. Harry Wilkinson with plans of becoming a music teacher. When the job prospects for graduating music teachers became very bad, he switched majors and was graduated with a B. S. in Business Administration. He continued to study organ and played and conducted the choir at Dr. Wilkinson’s church, St. Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia during the summer with the paid Men and Boys Choir.
After graduating from West Chester, Stephen went to Northampton Area Community College, as a Funeral Service major, and became licensed in 1978. He worked for father-in-law for 13 years at Leaver Funeral Home in Buckingham, Bucks County, PA. During this time, Stephen was the organist and choir director at Lansdale Presbyterian Church for a couple years. He then became Music Director and Organist at Chalfont United Methodist Church where he worked for fifteen years and built the choir from five to twenty four members.
In 1986, Stephen bought and renamed the funeral home, Leaver-Cable Funeral Home. He owned the business for 13 years until he was forced to sell as the result of a divorce. Leaver-Cable Funeral Home is now owned by Givnish Family Funeral Homes, where Stephen is currently employed part time.
Stephen was the organist/choir director at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Johnsonville, PA. He was organist/choir director at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, where he conducted the Senior Choir, Youth Choir, Children’s Choir and Handbell Choir. Stephen just left Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in Northampton, where he conducted the Sr. Choir and started and directed the Children’s Choir and Handbell Choir. He has also served as interim organist/choir director at Good Shepherd UCC Church in Boyertown, PA where he had five choirs.
Stephen and his wife Joanie live in Bethlehem Township. He has two step daughters, Lori and Jennifer. In their spare time, Stephen and Joanie enjoy spending time at their cabin in the Poconos.
Stephen loves St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and is looking forward to being our Minister of Music and Organist for many years. Sr. Choir started their rehearsals this past Thursday and will be singing starting Jan. 13, 2013. He has plans to start a Children’s Choir, Youth Choir and Handbell Choir at our church in the near future.
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Secretary: Audrey K. Reinhart
St. Luke’s is blessed to have a Church Secretary who is also an accomplished organist and choir director. She formerly served as Choir Director and Assistant Organist at Faulkner Swamp U.C.C., and as Organist and Choir Director at St. Luke’s U.C.C., Trappe. She is also currently the Music Director at Pennsburg U.C.C. Audrey has four grown children and 2 grandchildren.
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