Pastor Stan Shantz, Lead Pastor

Stan was called by the congregation to serve as Lead Pastor in August 2004.  His roots are in Canada but he spent time in Voluntary Service in Mississippi and has pastored churches in Indiana and Arizona prior to coming to James Street.  Stan appreciates the diversity within the congregation and the willingness to remain in a relationship with those who think differently.  He is very thankful to work with a great staff and many wonderful volunteers.  During his spare time he enjoys hanging out in coffee shops, watching all types of sports, reading, and hiking.

Pastor Carmen Horst, Associate Pastor of Outreach

Carmen came on board in June 2011 and currently oversees the Pastoral Care and Adult Nurture Ministry, as well as shares in the preaching and worship leading ministries. James Street MC is her first official pastor role. She loves almost everything she does here, and loves the people of this congregation – even if she doesn’t answer their email right away. When she’s not reading a serious book on theology, she’s gardening, playing piano or drinking freshly ground and brewed coffee from her favorite violin mug.

Phil Yoder, Minister of Worship and Youth

Phil began working as the Minister of Youth in 2015, overseeing Jr. High and Sr. High Sunday School, retreats, service-learning trips, convention trips and monthly programs. In 2017, he added the responsibilities of Minister of Worship, where he helps the worship leaders, pastors, worship arts, and music leaders carry out the worship services. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing various instruments, biking around the city, hiking with his wife, watching the Sixers, and spending time with family.

Kelly Winters, Administrator

Kelly has been part of the JSMC team since June, 2002.  Starting out doing a couple of hours of bookkeeping per week, has blossomed into responsibility for most of the financial record keeping and reporting, as well as issues relating to the facility.  She feels blessed to be able to use her financial training in a ministry setting.  One of the most rewarding aspects of her job is getting to know many different people that she wouldn’t otherwise be in contact with.

RongBin ‘Leo’ Xie, IVEP Intern

RongBin arrived in mid-August to begin serving an 11-month pastoral internship with us through Mennonite Central Committee’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). He is learning a lot about various facets of church life and leadership, and is gaining experience that he can take with him when he returns to China in August of 2018.