The Rev. Dr. Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
Lead Pastor
email: pastorkathy@stmattlutheran.org

Pastor Kathy received her Master of Divinity at Luther Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership  from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Pastor Kathy has served faithfully in ministry for over 31 years and in five different ministry settings before coming to St. Matthew.  She comes to St. Matthew with a passion for people and ministry and offers great insight and leadership.  Pastor Kathy is married to the Reverend Mark Vitalis Hoffman, a professor at Gettysburg Seminary.  Together, they have two daughters, Sarah and Amy.

 

The Rev. Taylor Berdahl
Associate Pastor
email:  pastortaylor@stmattlutheran.org

Pastor Taylor holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Texas and a Master of Divinity degree from United Lutheran Seminary. St. Matthew is her first call as an ordained minister of word and sacrament and she is thrilled to be connected with the St. Matthew Hanover community. She has encountered the expansive love of God in scripture, community, and creation, and she hopes you will too.

Pastor Taylor loves dancing, singing, time with friends & family, and being outside (or bringing plants indoors!) She lives with her husband Andrew Berdahl who is a pastor at Advent Lutheran Church in York and their two cats.

 

The Rev. Faye C. Snyder
Congregational Visitation Pastor

email: nicksong@comcast.net

A native of Hanover, Pastor Faye is pleased to again minister in her home congregation, St. Matthew. This is the church home where her 4 children grew up. These walls have witnessed, both joyful and sad, the major transitions of their lives.

Having graduated from York College of PA with a degree in Behavioral Sciences, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with a Masters of Divinity, Pastor Faye is a second-career pastor. She filled many roles in her former life.  She was the Executive Director of Hanover Area Council of Churches, the founding Director, as well as a teacher, of Discovery Place Preschool, and a founding board member of Turning Point Interfaith Housing.  She is a veteran in the Northern Canadian Ministry, in addition to being a founding board member of On Eagle's Wings, a ministry in the Northwest Territory.

Pastor Faye served in Mt. Joy-St. Paul's Parish in Gettysburg, PA, and Taneytown, MD, and as interim pastor at First Lutheran Church in New Oxford, PA, from 2313-2014.  She was active in ELCA Rural ministry, and is trained as a mission developer/church renewer/redeveloper.  She has been a Stephen Ministry leader since 1995.

The  mother of 4 grown children, Shane, Laurel, Cara, and Ryan, Pastor Faye is  delighted to be the grandmother of 8 beautiful grandchildren!

 

Tim Peck
Youth Ministry

email: youth@stmattlutheran.org

Tim is a lifelong member of St. Matthew who has been involved in youth ministry for over 15 years. Tim is married to Christine and has two daughters. Courtney now lives in Pittsburgh, the city of her father’s favorite football team. Kaitlyn resides in Hanover with her husband Elijah.

Tim has overseen youth attending two ELCA Youth Gatherings, a mission trip, and many Lower Susquehanna Synod youth events.  He felt called and in 2016 and received a certificate in Youth Ministry from the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg. He joined the staff in 2021 and looks forward to dedicating his full attention to nurturing even more youth and families as they grow in their faith.

 

Stacy Parsons
Children and Family Ministry

email: sparsons@stmattlutheran.org

Stacy has been a member of St. Matthew since she was around 5 years.  She grew up in the church from singing in children’s choir, to attending Sunday School, to being an acolyte, and completing the Girl Scout program.  Upon graduating high school, Stacy attended Messiah College (now University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and several years later earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Stacy’s passion of working with children and adolescents led her to a career at Hoffman Homes for Youth, where she has worked since 2002.  During her time there she has worked directly with the children, supervised the staff, was a psychotherapist, and most recently has moved into the role as the Vice President of Clinical & Residential Programs.

In her spare time, Stacy enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her furbaby Jersey, as well as traveling and learning/seeing historical sites and God’s majestic creation.  She also has a creative side which includes a love of music (she is a member of the St. Mathew Ringers), painting, and scrapbooking.