Staff

Pastor, Bob Straussbobstrauss

Thanks so much for checking out our website. We have so much that we want to share with you. Having served as a pastor for over 30 years, I was appointed to Jarrettown as Senior Pastor in 2014. What a joy it is to share in ministry with the folks here in our community! My passion is helping people reach their full potential as followers of Jesus Christ.

My wife, Laurie, and I have been married for almost 30 years. We have two wonderful children, one amazing grandson, and two beautiful granddaughters. I love spending time with my family “down the shore” and have a special weakness for a good pizza.

I hope to see you in church. God bless!

Ministry Director, Jean Graber

I live with my family in Dresher.  I have worked in church ministry most of my life and I love it. Along with working with the Adult, Tweens and Youth Ministries, I am working with Lisa as she learns about the many aspects of Children’s Ministries.

I am also enjoying working with the staff and volunteers who are dedicated to the ministries and missions at Jarrettown.  If you would like to get involved in any of Jarrettown’s ministries or have a new idea, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Being involved in your church’s ministries is a great way to grow Spiritually with God, to build relationships with your church family and to find opportunities to do outreach and serve with others.

Children & Family Ministry Assistant, Lisa Durst-Hestnar

As Assistant Director of Children and Family Ministries, my goal is to always focus on enhancing the loving and spiritual environment for the children of Jarrettown United Methodist Church (JUMC).  I believe the left hand holds your faith in god and the right hand carries your creativity and purpose.  Together they encompass the strength to build a strong foundation for our lives and our children.

My professional experience includes of over 25 years in the field of public relations and marketing, along with my current volunteer background in children’s programs with Our Lady of Mercy School in Maple Glen, Girls Scouts of America and MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) at JUMC. I graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a degree in English and a certificate in Communication.  I also hold a certificate in Editing and a certificate of Frontline Leadership.

I am a Philadelphia native – born and raised in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia.  I moved to Montgomery County over 15 years ago, and currently reside in Horsham with my husband Jon and our daughter Meredith.

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Music Ministry, Sheri Melcher

SHERI MELCHER is a professional pianist, musical theatre director, choral conductor and educator. She has enjoyed an extensive performance career, including chamber music recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Richard Amoroso. Sheri has musically directed over one hundred productions for professional, community, college and high school theatre programs. As a member of the music faculty at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia for 20 years, Sheri taught upper and middle school music history, music theory, and world music, while co-directing the Boychoir, Upper School Chamber Singers and the Middle School Drama Program.  She is particularly proud of her work as the music director for Harry Connick, Jr.’s new children’s musical, The Happy Elf, which premiered this past holiday season at the Scranton Cultural Center. Sheri is extremely excited about her new position as the Director of SCC’s new Creative and Performing Arts Academy and Summer Camp Program.  A graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, Sheri holds Bachelor degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education as well as Masters Degrees in Piano Accompanying and Pedagogy.  She is currently the organist and choir director at Jarrettown United Methodist Church in Dresher, PA. She currently resides in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with her husband Michael, daughter Kayla and son Sam.

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Praise Band Leader, Frank Malfi

Probably one of my favorite Praise Band songs of all time is “In Christ Alone”.  While perhaps not the most current song played on the KLOVE radio station, it is one that speaks to my heart and how I feel about the presence of the Lord in my life.  As the Praise Team leader I get the awesome privilege to lead a very praise worthy group of team members that equally love the Lord who sing and play with the understanding that it’s not about the performance but rather how we allow the Spirit to move each of us during our contemporary worship.  Having spent many years in a corporate environment working for several banks, a few high tech firms, a consulting company and now returning to Dun & Bradstreet once again, I love spending time learning about Christian music and applying that faith-filled knowledge in our worship.  I’m usually leading the service with my acoustic or electric guitar (and sometimes a ukulele) but I am joined by an awesome bunch of musicians and singers as well.  I’m currently married to Cheryl (who is also a praise band singer) and we are recent grandparents to our first grandson, Calvin.  We hope to see all of you at the contemporary service and we are very much looking forward to meeting each of you and your families!

Administrative Assistant, Wendy Hamilton

I have been a member of Jarrettown UMC, along with my family, since 1998. When my son and daughter were young, I worked in direct sales, and then in the Horsham School district for several years. From there I joined the Real Estate industry for 9 years as an assistant to the broker.

In 2013 I joined the staff at Jarrettown UMC. I have enjoyed the many challenges, working with the wonderful Jarrettown Staff, and having the opportunity to grow closer to the Jarrettown congregation.

Custodian, Bill Conard