Lay Leaders

Salem's 2018 Leaders and Helpers


Council President

Deb Kauffman - R3

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Deb Kauffman is President of the Church Council.  She is married to Keith and has two grown daughters.  She is the CEO of White Rose Credit Union.  She has always lived in the York area and has been a member of the Salem congregation since 2014.  Deb agreed to join church council to help the congregation and to keep us moving forward.  Deb says, “Salem is my church family and I will do whatever I can when something needs to be done.  Salem is full of amazing people who are friendly and giving.”

Vice President

Scott Wright - Building/Grounds

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Scott Wright Vice President has been a Salem Member for 32 years.  He is head usher, has taught the confirmation class, Building/grounds chairman, head of one of the breakfast teams, Eucharist minister, served on the R3 team.  Scott enjoys being on Council to help direct Salem Lutheran’s future.  Scott worked at Kirk Stieff Co for 16 years, worked maintenance at Brown’s Orchards.  Currently working at General Dynamics as a machinist.  He’s been married to his wife for 37 years and has a daughter and son. 

Council Secretary

Wanda Morrison - Outreach

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Wanda Morrison Council Secretary is a lifetime member of Salem. She taught Sunday School for over 30 years, plays on the chime choir, helps to make quilts, serves on the Outreach ministry, served several prior terms on council, manages one of the breakfast teams, serves on fellowship team, helps to maintain the building and grounds, and helps in the office. She ran for council so she could be involved in making decisions about Salem because she cares about her church family. Wanda worked for McCrory Stores for 24 years and retired from Kelloggs after 19 years as a cost accountant. She has been married to her husband for over 40 years, has a step son, daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.

Charlotte Swank

Charlotte Swank Is a past President of the Council and continues to serve on council. She is the mother of 1 and grandmother of 3.  She is a retired manager.  She thinks everyone should do their part in the life of the congregation.  She likes to be “in the know” and have her voice heard.  She has been a member of Salem for 26 years.  “The small, intimate family atmosphere is uplifting.  I joined the Salem congregation because of the friendliness of the people.  I think Salem’s ministry is fulfilling.” says Charlotte.

Rick Hornberger

Rick Hornberger is the proud father of 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.  He is a HVAC estimator who has been a member of Salem since 1975.  He is originally from Washington, PA.  He is an air force veteran.  When told that there was a need for council members, he agreed to fill the need.  Rick says, “I was married at Salem, both of my kids and grandchild were baptized here so I am really attached to this congregation.  Members are friendly, caring and love the Lord.”

Council Member

Sandy Dehoff

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Sandy Dehoff is a lifetime member of Salem Lutheran. “I had taught Sunday School and vacation bible school. I serve as communion assistant and a member of a breakfast team. I have been married to Jack for 45 years. We have three sons and seven grandchildren. We have a family owned and operated 400 head beef farm and crop farm, over 900 acres. I am also employed by Allergy and Asthma Consultants for the past 25 years as their billing manager. I joined council to understand and have a voice in the church decision making.” 

Judy Geesey - Finance

Judy Geesey is Treasurer of the congregation and serves on church council.  She was born in San Francisco, CA and moved to the Jacobus area as a child.  She has 5 children and 6 grandchildren.  She retired from bookkeeping with an accounting firm.   She has been a member of Salem since childhood.  “I encourage people to worship with us because people at Salem are friendly, loving, a family environment.   I want to see our congregation grow.”  Judy shares her voice with the chancel choir and rings in the chime choir.  She is known for her scrubbies and helps make quilts to donate.

Cynthia Gingerich - Youth/Family

I am a lifetime member of Salem Lutheran Church, baptized and married there. I have lived in Florida, Virginia, and Maryland over the years but always worshiped at Salem whenever possible. I recently retired from George Washington University Hospital where I worked as a nurse for 37 years and moved back to the York area. My husband and I are “on call” to help with the community breakfast whenever needed, I am a lay reader and communion assistant. The people of this church are very caring, generous, and supportive. I see this church as my “family”, I wanted to help the church grow as well as continue to share God’s love with all.

Council Member

Deb Hare - Fellowship

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Deb Hare is a RN with 3 children.  She has lived in Baltimore, Carlisle and in the York area for 24 years.  She never served on council.  So when asked to fill a council seat, she wanted to learn the inner workings of the congregation.  She says; “Salem members are wonderful and loving.  They have seen me though some rough times.  I just feel part of the family.”  Deb also sings in the chancel choir, is a member of the fellowship team and altar guild among many other important behind the scenes work. 

Council Member

Karen McHenry - Worship & Music

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Karen McHenry I am a retired school teacher -- at Manheim Central for a year and at Kreutz Creek in Hellam for 26 years.  I also taught for 4 years at  St. Paul's Lutheran preschool at George and Springettsbury Ave.  We have three children, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren with another greatgranddaughter due in May. We have been attending Salem LC since 2008 and joined in 2009. Since then, I have been active in various areas of the church family.  I am a member of the church council,  Worship and Music Committee, and  the finance committee.  I also help with the community breakfasts, VBS, Sunday school, Christmas in Loganville. and am a member of the church choir and the chime choir.  The people at Salem are wonderful, caring, and compassionate.  I am proud to be a member of this family.