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Search Committee
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Search Committee


Scott Allen

Scott Allen, St. Andrew's, Allentown
Born in Germany (Dad was in Army), grew up in West Virginia and Mumbai (Bombay) India. Attended West Virginia University and received a degree in Journalism. Went to Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and received my M.Div.

Ordained a deacon in 1983 and priest in 1984, I served parishes in Parkersburg and Wheeling, WV before joining the Bishop's Staff in Bethlehem as Social Missioner. I served St. Bartholomew's Church in Pittsboro, NC after that. Returned to Bethlehem and served at St. Elizabeth's in South Allentown and then in Schnecksville before coming to St. Andrew's in 2007.

I have served on the Stewardship Committee, Standing Committee, Evangelism Committee and as a Deputy to General Convention. I serve on the Provincial Anti-racism Commission and as a Deputy to Provincial Synod from Bethlehem. I was a founder of Integrity Bethlehem and currently serve as an officer.

I have two children, both of whom live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Olivia is at KQED TV/Radio and Zach does home lending through Lending Home, Inc. I live in South Bethlehem with my little dog, Martini. I like gardening, cooking and movies.

I look forward to serving in this capacity at this exciting juncture in our common life in the diocese of Bethlehem.


Rich Evans Rich Evans, St. Martins-in-the-Fields, Mountain Top
I am a member of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Mountain Top where I serve on the vestry, as volunteer bookkeeper and as organizer of the Mountain Top Kite Festival.

I am also active on the Diocesan Council, its finance committee and with my audit ministry. My favorite volunteer activity is as treasurer of New Bethany Ministries, one of the best outreach programs of the diocese.

I wanted to serve on the Bishop Search Committee for a couple of reasons: first, I am an optimistic, future-oriented person and I know that the choice of our next servant-leader is of critical importance.

Second, I represent a small parish and want to give voice to the many parishioners in like circumstances. I take this responsibility very seriously.


Kate Fanning Kate Fanning, Christ Church Reading
My name is Kate Fanning. I am a member of Christ Church, Reading. My husband Wayne and I have two children, ages twelve and ten. I have served my church as a member of the vestry, the evangelism committee, I am a Daughter of the King, and I just completed four years of serving on the Standing Committee.

Each Sunday morning I have the opportunity to lead the three to six year old children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level One.

I am grateful for the opportunity and privilege to be a part of a dedicated group of people in the search for our next Bishop.



John Frances John Frances, Christ Church, Reading
Ordained since May of 1986, after graduating from The General Theological Seminary, currently serving as rector of Christ Church, Reading since January of 2005. Diocesan ministries include serving as past vice-chair of Diocesan Council and currently serving as the co-chair of the Evangelism Commission.

I feel very privileged to be able to serve on Bishop Search Committee. Since we are the "Episcopal Church," the bishop (episcopate) is the spiritual leader of our diocese with all of its congregations and members, so the calling a new bishop is of the utmost in importance.

We have an excellent committee, led by two of the top people in our diocese and I feel very fortunate to be able to serve with such spirit-filled and bright, faithful, accomplished and loving folks from all over our diocese. I am confident we will represent the desires of the members of our entire diocese as we discern the call of our new spiritual pastor.


Rebecca McLaughlin Rebecca McLaughlin, St. Mark's, Moscow, Co-chair
I have been a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Moscow, PA for 16 years. I recently retired from teaching Sunday school, which I have co-taught for 15 years with a good friend & fellow St. Mark's member. I am also a mother of 3 teenagers; I have brought my children up in the faith and want to see a strengthening of the environment that allows others to do the same with their children. I attended Convention twice (in 2014 and 2015) as a representative of St. Mark's, and most recently was on the Design Team for Regional Gatherings, which was in support of our Diocesan Pilgrimage mission. I love and cherish the traditions of the Episcopal faith, and welcome the opportunity to further serve the Diocese by being a member of the Search Committee. Thank you for your support and prayers.


Cynthia Nortey Cynthia Nortey, Christ Church, Stroudsburg
Cynthia Nortey is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Stroudsburg, PA.. She has been a member of the parish for the past 20 years.

Cynthia is the Chair of the Parish Life Committee, a Sunday School teacher, Evangelism Committee member, and member of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Youth Against Cancer organization.

She's also a member of The Daughters of the King , where she serves as the recording secretary for her chapter.



Tony Pompa Tony Pompa, Cathedral Church of the Nativity,
Bethlehem, Co-chair

I am in my tenth year of service as the Dean and Rector of the Cathedral. I am a child of this diocese, having grown up at St. Mark's and St. John's parish in Jim Thorpe, PA. I was ordained in this Diocese in 1991.

I have served previously in the dioceses of Virginia and Delaware. I am honored to serve on this committee and look forward to our diocese moving forward in mission and ministry with our next Bishop.





Ginny Rex-Day Ginny Rex-Day, clergy retired
Having been a member of the diocesan community since December, 1986, I bring memories of many transitions and leadership styles to the search for our ninth bishop. I am both humbled and honored to participate in this work. During these thirty plus years I made the transition from being a lay person (and the wife of the rector) to being a priest. After almost five years on staff at the cathedral, I became rector of Trinity, Mt. Pocono. I worked with Margaret Sipple on Christian Education for all ages throughout the diocese, with "Happening" for about eight years, on the Liturgy & Music Commission for ten years, and two terms (six years) on the Commission on Ministry. I added a Masters in Christian Spirituality to my Master of Divinity degree, and have served as a spiritual director. As of July 1, 2008 I retired. Since then I have supplied in 25 different parishes in the diocese, including some sabbatical work and some transition work involving three months or so. Even so, I believe there is still much to learn about the heart of the diocese. I bring the desire to do so to this search, hoping that we will find a pastor who will understand that we are the body of Christ in Northeastern Pennsylvania in what our Presiding Bishop refers to as "the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement." We need to see ourselves as part of a larger whole seeking to bring the good news to a world which is vulnerable in so many ways.


Dr. Linda Rogers Dr. Linda Rogers
I was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. My husband, John “Jack” Rogers, and I met at Blackburn College, a small Presbyterian school. We have three children and six grandchildren. I love learning. I always planned to be a teacher – teaching my four younger siblings whether they liked it or not. My formal teaching career began as a third grade teacher. Through a variety of unexpected opportunities (undoubtedly God’s doing), I have had a rich career in education as an elementary Title I Reading teacher; Church of the Epiphany’s first paid Coordinator of Christian Education – serving for 10 years; an adjunct professor at the University of Scranton; and, delighted in a 16 year career at East Stroudsburg University, retiring as Full Professor from the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Epiphany Rector, Fr. Henry Male, “volunteered” me to serve on the Diocesan Christian Education Committee which opened another way to learn, grow and serve God. Over the 30+ years I’ve lived, worked, and worshiped in Pennsylvania, God has continued to open my eyes, mind, and heart through events and activities in my parish, the Diocese, and beyond. I’ve represented the Diocese of Bethlehem at Province III Synod meetings, was a Lay Delegate to General Convention in 2015, and re-elected for General Convention in 2018.

I love to read, sew, and cook. I ran seven half-marathons and numerous shorter races in the first five years of my retirement. Then my knees told me to stop! Fortunately, faulty knees won’t inhibit doing God’s work.


Chris Sutton Chris Sutton, Deacon, Prince of Peace, Dallas
Hi, I am Chris Sutton AKA Deacon Chris. I reside in Lehman , Luzerne County with husband Dave. Love spending time with family who live nearby and also in Allentown.

I currently serve as the deacon at Prince of Peace Church in Dallas. I find myself as newly retired with time to become more involved within the larger diocese. Serving on the Bishop Search Committee is one such opportunity.

I truly look forward to working with this dedicated group and traveling around the diocese to gather and share information on the search process.


Maria Tjeltveit Maria Tjeltveit, Church of the Mediator, Allentown
I am the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, in Allentown, where one of our new ministries is a Refugee Community Center. I serve the diocese as the Canon for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, something which I enjoy greatly. A priest for 30 years, I have served congregations in the Dioceses of West Virginia, Virginia and Newark prior to coming here. I am married to a Psychology professor at Muhlenberg College, and we have two children, 19 and 16. I love running and cooking. I am excited to be on the Bishop Search Committee to learn and to share insights from other dioceses and other denominations as we discern who God is calling to join us in ministry as our bishop.



Ty Welles Ty Welles, St. Peter's Tunkhannock
I am a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock, Pa, which is a small church about a half hour northwest of Scranton. I am a lawyer in general practice with an office in Scranton. At the Diocesan level, I served as Chancellor (or legal officer) for about fourteen years, and as such served on a number of Diocesan Committees, including the Incorporated Trustees. I also chaired for about ten years the Congregational Development Committee (now Congregational Renewal), which financially supported needy parishes and otherwise provided resources to parishes. I am also a marble sculptor and recently exhibited my Stations of the Cross at St. Gabriel's, Douglassville.



David Zwifka David Zwifka, St. Luke’s, Lebanon
I currently serve as the Rector of St. Luke's in Lebanon Pennsylvania, having comes to the Diocese of Bethlehem from the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania where I most recently served as Rector of Saint Mark’s Church (Lewistown, PA) and the Dean of the Harrisburg Convocation.

I formerly served as the Canon for Finance and Diocesan Administration in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and continue my work in the Stephenson School for Ministry. I see the principal purpose of my ministry as the development of Christian disciples and empowering them for ministry in the world.




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