Rev. Caroline E. Saxton
The Rev. Caroline E. Saxton serves as pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ. Pastor Caroline was ordained by the Central Association of the Iowa Conference of the UCC in 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Smith College and holds a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She has certificates in Religion and Health and Women’s Studies in Theology and Ministry. An Iowa native, Pastor Caroline is a recent transplant with roots in Pennsylvania. She values relationship, authenticity, and vulnerability. And she loves God. If you’re ever not certain about how to pronounce her name, you can always start singing “Sweet Caroline” and you’ll get it right.
Loretta began her office management career right out of high school when she was hired as a secretary in the Personnel Department of the Chambersburg Area School District, as she attended College. She finds joy in working with people and helping them in any way she can. Loretta is a devoted mother of her son, Carter and likes being an active participant in his activities. She enjoys the outdoors and life in general. Her position as Office Manager at St. John’s United Church of Christ is a real blessing to her and her hope is to be a blessing to her co-workers and the members of this church.
Nicole began her career with St John’s UCC as the office assistant in July 2020, but she was no stranger to the church. Previously she worked as a Family Advocate for the Head Start classrooms, located at St John’s. Nicole is a graduate from Penn State with a degree in Human Developent and Family Studies. She enjoys working with people and technology. Outside of St John’s, she spends time with her family, plays piano, and sings. Getting to know the people of St John’s has been a true blessing!
Wanda has been an employee of St John’s since September 2018. She works diligently to keep our church looking beautiful! Wanda loves animals and has a dog and two cats that she adores. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her pets, her daughter, and her grandchildren.
Nursery School Director
Kari serves as the director of St. John’s Nursery School, a ministry of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She first joined the Nursery School in 2014 as a substitute, working her way to teacher, and then hired as director in 2019. Kari graduated with a BSBA in accounting from Shippensburg University. Kari is a proud soccer mom of 2 boys and enjoys watching them play each weekend. She has always loved being around children and has passion for helping children grow and succeed during their preschool years.
Calvin has been the camp Director at St. John’s since 2017. This upcoming summer will be his 4th year as the Camp Director, but he has been going to Camp in some capacity, either as a camper, Counselor, Assistant Director, or Director for 27 years. Calvin is a High School Learning Support Teacher in the Chambersburg Area School District. In his free time, Calvin enjoys watching sports, being active, and hanging out with his Labrador Retriever named Philly.
Roxanne Davenport comes to St. John’s as Director of Children and Youth Ministries after retiring from 35 years in public school education here in Chambersburg. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Bloomsburg University and a Master’s in Education degree from Shippensburg University. She has worked in Christian Education with the United Church of Christ for more than 25 years. Roxanne is originally from Red Lion, PA and resides with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 turtles here in Chambersburg. Besides family, Roxanne enjoys gardening, cooking, cross stitch, music, reading, cycling, camping, kayaking and therapy dog work.
Gary and Gloria Crum
Choir Director and Organist
Gary studied Music Education at Susquehanna University and Ithaca College and taught instrumental music for 38 years and the Bells of St. John’s for 22 years. In 2008 a summer choir was formed and sposored by St. John’s and named St. John’s Summer Singers. This group is comprised of singers from many churches in the Chambersburg area and gives concerts in many venues as Retirement Homes and churches.
Gloria has a B.S. in Music Education from Susquehanna University where she studied organ with Mr. Dexter Weikel. She taught music in Spring Grove and Chambersburg School Systems for 30 years. She has been a member of St. John’s UCC for 50 years and has substituted as organist on several occasions. She has served as the permanent organist for 14 years.