Deacons

"The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry."                - Book of Order 

Wendell Jordan

Class of 2022

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Wendell is a Presbyterian Elder who joined Faith Church in 1998 with his wife Rose Jewell-Jordan.  He currently serves as Moderator of the Deacons.   Wendell enjoyed a lengthy career in insurance claims and sales and retired as an advertising sales rep with The Patriot-News. A native of Washington, DC, Wendell graduated high school in Pittsburgh, before graduating from Howard University. He married Rose Jewell in 1976 and they relocated to Harrisburg from New Jersey in 1997. Together they have four adult children and one granddaughter. He enjoys sports and music.

Gary Souders

Class of 2022

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 28:20 “Surely I am with you, always.”

Gary and his wife Carolyn joined Faith Church in 1984 and he has faithfully served as both deacon and elder. He has enjoyed many committee assignments over the years and has been a volunteer with Downtown Daily Bread. He is retired from the Commonwealth of PA where he worked as a computer/system analyst.  Together with his wife he enjoys summer beach trips and cruises. About his favorite Bible verse he writes, “What a way to start a new day!”

Shirley McLaren

Class of 2022

Favorite Bible Verse: Matt. 25:31-46 [The Sheep and The Goats] “…For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave ME drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.”

Shirley grew up in a Presbyterian Church in Missouri and, except for brief times as a Lutheran, and later as a member of the Church of God, she has been a member of several Presbyterian Churches. Shirley joined Faith Church in 1998. She taught English at Harrisburg High for 24 years before retiring in 1993. Since that time, she has been active in the PA Association of School Retirees. She has four adult children and nine grandchildren. She has enjoyed hiking, camping, and traveling to other parts of our wonderful world.

Carol Gangwish

Class of 2023

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Carol was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church and has served as a deacon. She has been involved in a number of church ministries, looks after our flowerbeds and gardens, and has been very active in cooking and baking for many years. She was born and raised in Nebraska and obtained degrees in social work from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and California State University. The mental health field was her early focus before she began working in geriatrics in 2001. She retired as the Director of Social Services after nine years of service at the Homeland Center. She and her husband Gene have been married for 47 years and have two grown children. Her hobbies include gardening, antiquing, and reading.

Billie Hawk

Class of 2023


Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Billie and her husband, the late Bill Hawk, joined Progress Church in 1964 one year before the Progress-Immanuel merger in February of 1965. As an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and youth group leader, she has served on many committees over the years, fondling remembering over fifty years in church choirs, youth trips to Assateague Island, and cooking for many church events and funerals as part of the Women’s Association and Congregational Life Committees. She has taught special education in public schools, worked for the former Northwood and Progress-Immanuel Nursery Schools, worked at a nursing home, and together with her husband owned a business. She has two children, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She enjoys gardening, reading, and continued community work, for women and children through the Soroptimists, and to her native Susquehanna Township through HANNA’s Pantry. 


 

Anita Klaboe

Class of 2023

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

 

Anita was raised in the Bronx, New York and first served as Deacon at Fort Schuyler Presbyterian Church. She moved to Harrisburg in 1986 and married her husband, Larry, one year later. Together they joined Faith Presbyterian Church in 1988. They relocated to Kansas for two years for Larry's job and rejoined Faith Presbyterian in 1992. "It was so nice, we joined it twice!" writes Anita. She was installed as a deacon at Faith Presbyterian in 2003 and has faithfully served the church ever since including work as a preschool teacher at Northwood Nursery School for seven years. Anita has also been a gymnastics instructor for the past 25 years. She and her husband have three grown children who all attended Northwood when they were little. She volunteers with the Girl Scouts and leads a junior troop. She also enjoys gardening and reading.

Mickey Hoffman

Class of 2024

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 24 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…”

Mickey was a member of Progress Immanuel Church. She is a deacon and serves on the Congregational Life Committee. She is active as a volunteer for Hanna’s Pantry, Downtown Daily Bread, Meals on Wheels, and Wednesday Faithful. She enjoys the beach and the mountains, walking and reading, and spending time with her son and daughter-in-law.


 

Susan Skelly

Class of 2024

Susan Skelly
Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:12 “As Holy people, whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient.”

Susan was a lifelong member of Progress Immanuel Church and active in many church ministries. Preretirement she was an elementary school teacher in the Halifax Area School District. Postretirement she has worked as a Docent at Fort Hunter through Dauphin County Parks and Recreation. A long-term volunteer, she has worked in the pediatric ward of the Hershey Med Center and with hospice providing bereavement follow up care. She also served Downtown Daily Bread for many years and is currently involved in Hanna’s Pantry.  Susan leads a self-described quiet life and shares her home with two pampered dogs. She enjoys visiting National Parks, working with Wreaths Across America, playing her small street organ at various festivals, and collecting antique music boxes. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Music Box Society International, and Carousel Organ Association of America. 

 

Sally Humbert

Class of 2024

Favorite Bible Verse: John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Sally and her husband Gordon joined Faith Immanuel Church in 2019. She is a deacon and is involved with the Congregational Life Committee and Mission Committee. She has been married to Gordon for over 51 years, and her most important job was raising their two wonderful children. She moved on to office work and retired from the office of the Lower Paxton Police Department in 2013. She enjoys reading and camping with Gordon during the warmer months.