Staff & Leadership

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 Okanya, Associate Pastor

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. Right now she’s into podcasts, including Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Radio Ambulante, Good Christian Fun, and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!

Alysha Argot, Interim Minister of Youth and Worship

Alysha is a 2020 Messiah University grad who came to JSMC for 1 year through the Shalom Project as an Intern in Youth Ministry. Upon completion of that year, we felt her gifts were well-suited to our ministry at JSMC and she is currently serving a one-year term as Interim Minister of Youth & Worship, taking over many of the responsibilities of Jonathan Landis (see below).

Jonathan Landis, Minister of Music & Worship

Jonathan joined the staff at James Street in August of 2018 and coordinates the various people involved with worship services. He enjoys the creative and interpersonal aspects of blending various arts in service to expressing God and the congregation to each other. In August we released Jonathan from the bulk of his workload to participate in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at LGH for the next year. Alysha is picking up most of his duties in the meantime. He is very glad to be part of such a friendly and welcoming congregation. In his spare time, he enjoys any excuse to make music, reading from a wide swath of genres, and laughing with friends over a good meal or board game. 

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.

Eloise Glick, Administrative Assistant 

       Eloise joined our team on a part-time basis in January of 2020. 

Our Oversight Board Members: Dwight Rohrer, Chair; Wendy Hoke Witmer, Assistant Chair; Jeff Bohlen, Bernie Harris and Jake King