Our Purpose

Sharing the light of Christ together and with the community beyond walls is our passion.  Authentic worship, deeply rooted, is the central and most obvious action of our life together. We are named to proclaim and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the community and in the world. We are sent to serve others in Christian love, empowered and transformed by the Holy Spirit.

About St. Luke

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Lower Susquehanna Synod, Chambersburg Conference. Our facilities are situated along the campus of SpiriTrust Lutheran Village of Luther Ridge, just off I-81 on route 997 (Black Gap Road).  The congregation was chartered in 1894 in nearby Scotland, and has grown steadily over the years and anticipates similar growth into the future.

Online Services & Resources Archive

Join us for recorded online services and online Kid’s Bible Time lessons.


Our Staff & Leadership

Christopher Frye


Pastor Frye loves being a pastor and sharing his experience of God’s transforming grace in Christ through preaching, teaching, and individual conversations of spiritual direction. Originally from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Pastor Frye was ordained in 1997 and has served congregations in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and Fairfield, Pennsylvania, before accepting the call as Pastor to St. Luke in 2013. He holds a BA in Religion from Lebanon Valley College, studied at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and earned a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Chicago and Pastoral Internship at Dr. Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Prior to entering seminary, he worked as Administrator of College Collections at Lebanon Valley College. Pastor Frye and his wife Heidi have three children, Isabelle, Gabriel, and Rowan. He enjoys gardening, woodworking, going to the gym, having a sense of humor and good coffee.

You may contact Pastor Frye at 717-261-1213 or at [email protected]. His blog is willinghabitation.blogspot.com

Shelly Davies

Director of Education and Outreach

Shelly grew up in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in Elementary education with concentrations in Special Education and Math. She worked for a year with students with severe disabilities as well as working with a local campus ministry discipling adults. She joined Mercy Ships, an international medical mission using ships to bring hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor, in 1999. There she met her husband Charles and they were married in 2001. Shelly taught in the Academy on board as well as helping in other areas of service including children’s programs, event planning and orphanage work. Shelly and Charles took a short break from 2003-2006 and lived in Harrisburg and Dillsburg where they started a family and had Sian and Luke. In 2007 they rejoined the work of Mercy Ships and served on the Africa Mercy from 2008-2018. They settled in Chambersburg in late 2018 and are glad to be fellowshipping with St. Luke. Shelly loves to travel, be artistic and do anything that involves being outside.

You my contact Shelly at 717-261-1213 or at [email protected]

Sherry Fahnestock


“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”  -Psalm 100: 1-2

Sherry Fahnestock serves as the church organist, pianist and choir accompanist here at St. Luke.

She was baptized here at St. Luke as an infant. Her family transferred their membership to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chambersburg when she was seven. It was there that she had her first experience as a church musician – she served as accompanist for the children’s choir. In 1985 she was invited back to St. Luke as the church organist.

Sherry studied organ and piano under Mrs. Ora Hare who was organist for Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Chambersburg.

She loves to play the piano and while she enjoys many styles of music, classical music is her favorite. She also enjoys reading, spending time with family and traveling with her husband, Steve. Together they have three grandsons who are keeping them young.

You may contact Sherry at 717-261-1213 or at [email protected]

To be filled

Choir Director

The Choir Director position is open.

Would you like to join our St. Luke Family and assist us with our musical worship?

We are hiring a part-time Choir Director at St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chambersburg, PA.

The Choir Director at St. Luke Lutheran Church will perform all duties/functions relevant to the choir music program. This includes working to coordinate all aspects of music for worship services of the congregation through the Worship and Music Committee, and consulting with the pastor as necessary in carrying out these duties for the smooth functioning of relevant parish activities. This is a 9 month position with summers off.

– Plan/implement all aspects of the music for the choir in the liturgical services.

– Conduct the Sunday choir

– Encourage members to recruit new members.

– Handle organizational matters.

– Plan music, procure sufficient music copies as needed for choir.

– Conduct rehearsals, or arrange for substitute when unable to be present.

Job Type: Part-time (approximately 6-9 hours per week)

Salary:  approximately $8000-8500 per year depending upon experience.

Please send Resume and/or letter of interest to:  Personnel Committee at [email protected]

Christine Cressler

Office Manager

Christine is the daughter of a retired career Air Force family. Her parents met in Spain and fell in love and married. She always felt lucky to travel and meet new people and try new foods. Her parents settled in Shippensburg, and she has 2 brothers and a sister. Christine met her husband in High School (she knew immediately he was the one) and they have been married for almost 40 years. They have 4 sons (3 college graduates and one veteran), 4 beautiful daughter in-laws, 12 grandchildren and one on the way. She is a long standing member of Our Lady of the Visitation Church in Shippensburg. She taught CCD to school aged kids and was a Eucharist Minister and money counter. Christine brought the first Rita’s Italian Ice to Franklin County in Shippensburg in 1999, which she operated. Her favorite flavor is Mango Ice. She worked with her husband Sam; doing office administration and bookkeeping while her boys were young; combining both work and motherhood. She is a member of Beta Sigma Phi and an elected Republican committee person in Southampton Township, Franklin Co. She has held positions in customer service, bank teller, and personal banker. She loves the challenge work brings, meeting people, travel, music and reading. She is a romantic at heart!

Vanessa Hepfer


While Vanessa recently began serving as custodian for our congregation, she certainly is well-known as a faithful worshipper and active participant in the life of the congregation. She has been a member for many years. She grew up in Chambersburg and finds it rewarding to pursue her interest in local historical and genealogical research. Vanessa is actively engaged in the weekly rhythm of worship, fellowship, and service as she serves as acolyte, crucifer, lector, and assisting minister. She enjoys knitting, caring for her “four-legged children” – her dogs Molly and Dolly, and following the Baltimore Orioles.

Staci Grimes

Communications Consultant

Staci serves in Communications.

Dick Kuhn

Financial Secretary

Dick has served as our Financial Secretary for almost two decades.

Bob Huss

Council President

Bob was born & raised in Johnstown, PA.  After serving 2 years in the Army, he settled in Northern VA where he and Norma raised their family, three daughters.  Heretired from Atlantic Research Corp. as a Process/Manufacturing Engineer. Then they relocated back to Fayetteville, PA in 2003.  Bob & Norma joined St. Luke in 2004.  His hobbies include wood working, golf and fly fishing.  His favorite bible verse is: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.  His mercies never come to an end.  They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness”.

Bob serves as our liaison to the Constitution & Bylaws Committee.

Brad Bolinger

Council Vice President

Brad has been a practicing attorney in Chambersburg since 1985.  He enjoys rooting for the Boston Red Sox and cooking on his “Big Green Egg.”  His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2: 3-4 – “Don’t be selfish, don’t try to impress others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

Brad serves as the Head of the Personnel Committee.

JoAnn Wildeson

Council Secretary

JoAnn is retired.  She likes birdwatching, flower gardening and crafts. Her favorite Bible verse is “For God so loved the world He gave His only Son. And whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

JoAnn serves as our liaison to the Outreach Committee.

Tiffany Fraiser

Council Member

Tiffany is an Elementary School Teacher. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, and theatre.  Her favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”


Sue Purnell

Council Member

Sue is a Speech-Language Pathologist.  She enjoys scrapbooking and camping in her free time.  Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 –  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Sue serves as our liaison to the Family & Youth Committee.

Jodi Forrester

Council Member

In 1989, Jodi “retired” from the USDA to be a stay at home mom and work part time for the family business. She enjoys spending time with her family and her granddaughter, Lennon.

Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:1  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.”

Charles Davies

Council Member

Charles was born in Wales and emigrated to Canada with his parents and two brothers when he was six. He went on the mission field with Mercy Ships when he was 23 and loved it so much he went back to college to get a Navigation ship’s officers license.  Not only did he fall in love with God’s work on the mission field, he met and fell in love with Shelly (Foster) Davies while serving in El Salvador. They were engaged one year later in Guatemala and were married in Gaithersburg, MD at Good Shepherd Lutheran.  After 18 years of serving on the mission field, Charles, Shelly and their two kids moved to the Chambersburg area.  Charles has a passion for history and enjoys theological debate with Retired Reverend Mike Brendle!

Charles serves as the liaison to the Social Ministry Committee.

Rick Lawver

Council Member
Rick is a retired Director of Logistics. His hobbies include golf and travel.  His favorite Bible verse is Luke 10:37 – “The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””
Rick serves as our liaison to the Finance Committee.

Joy Shinn

Council Member

Joy is a Retired High School English teacher. In her free time she enjoys reading, singing, writing, composing poetry and drama.  Her favorite verse is Psalm 46:10 New International Version (NIV) – “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.””

Joy serves as our liaison to the Worship & Music Committee.

Rodger Vorhauer

Council Member

Rodger is a retired director of Operations, Planning, and Control from Northrop Grumman Defense Center in Maryland. His hobbies include reading, stained glass, hiking, and travel. His favorite Bible verse is: ISAIAH 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in
perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”

Rodger serves as our liaison to the Property Committee.

Michael Peters

Council Member
Michael is an English and Journalism teacher at Shippensburg Area Senior High School. 2022 marks his 26th year as a teacher. He is also the Head Softball Coach at SASHS. In his free time, he likes to travel, hike, play golf, and run softball camps in the summer.  His favorite Bible verse is Job 5:6: “For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.”

Michael serves as our liaison to the Communications Committee.

Donna Hocker

Council Member

Long, long ago Donna was born in Quakertown PA.  Following graduation from Moravian College she was a reporter for the former Bethlehem Globe Times.  She was married for 48 years to Frank Hocker who died in 2015. She was a stay-at-home mom until the children went off to college.  She then served Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg MD for 10 years as the Business Manager before moving to Fayetteville.  She has 2 children, 2 step daughters and 7 grandchildren.  Her passions include: serving the church through Bible Studies, St. Luke and SpiriTrust Lutheran; corresponding with people, bird watching, gardening and visiting family.

Donna serves as the liaison to the Fellowship Committee.