Staff Directory

Rev. Dr. Monica Dawkins-Smith

Conference  Minister 
Our Conference Minister is pastor and spiritual leader as well as chief administrative office, for our community of congregations. She is our primary representative to the larger Church.

Laurene Bowers
Rev. Dr. Laurene Bowers

Conference Associate Minister for Congregational Life & Vitality
The Conference Associate Ministers are a primary pastoral presence for clergy and congregations. Laurene works with Congregational Vitality and New Church Starts.

Rev. Betsy Bruaw
Rev. Betsy Bruaw

Conference Associate Minister for Congregational Discernment
Rev. Bruaw’s primary responsibility will be to work with local churches in times of transition, helping them through a discernment process to bring clarity to the type of pastoral leadership needed for the congregation.

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Rev. Nora Driver Foust

Conference Associate Minister for Congregational and Ministerial Excellence
Rev. Foust will provide conference wide leadership concentrating on fitness for ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ for authorized ministers and the ministry settings in the Penn Central Conference.

Rev. Patty Dodds
Rev. Patricia Dodds

Coordinator of Camps/Retreats/Youth Ministry
Telephone: (570)506-0677
Patty will provide oversight of the weeks of summer camp as well as conference sponsored events at Hartman Center throughout the year.

Wendy Hepler
Wendy Hepler

Administrative Assistant
Our Administrative Assistant provides secretarial services for the Conference Minister and our Associate Ministers. She also works with the remittances from our congregations.All address changes should be directed to Wendy.

Janice Mountain
Janice Mountain

Profile Secretary/Receptionist
Our receptionist is responsible for scheduling meetings for our ministry groups and keeping our master calendar updated. She also is our profile secretary and receives clergy and church profiles and works with Betsy Bruaw, our Conference Associate Minister in placement.

Rev. Rick Luciotti
Rev. Rick Luciotti

Facilitator of Care to Clergy and Clergy Families
Telephone: (717)679-0001
Rick is responsible for recruiting, training, and coordinating a team of chaplains in the Associations and throughout the Conference to provide pastoral care to Clergy and Clergy families in their times of need.


Stephanie Rader-Titzel

Director of Communications and Generosity
Telephone: (717) 652.1560, x11   Email:

Stephanie is responsible for strategies and activities that advance the overall mission of the Conference, which include fundraising and donor development, communication, special events and volunteer management.

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Conference Calendar

  1. Vitality Workshop, “How to Increase Worship Attendance”

    August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Clergy Convocation Planning

    August 22 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. General Synod Follow-Up

    August 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Intergenerational Camp

    September 1 @ 2:00 pm - September 4 @ 10:00 am

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