Staff

  • Marta Castillo

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Norristown New Life
    Phone: (484) 868-0642
    Marta Beidler Castillo is a LEADership Minister in Franconia Conference and serves on the pastoral team at Nueva Vida Norristown New Life. The daughter of Franconia Conference-rooted mission workers, she has been shaped by all four of the linguistic cultures in Franconia Conference growing up in both Vietnam and Indonesia. While being a primary English speaker she lives in a bilingual family and community of English/Spanish speakers. Marta is committed to prayer along with active engagement of diverse neighborhoods with the message of Christ’s Good News. She is passionate about the intercultural work of unity in cultural diversity, antiracism, and racial reconciliation. She has been a member at Nueva Vida Norristown New Life since 1994 and part of the pastoral team since 2009. She served five years on the conference board, two of those were spent serving as assistant moderator. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite College (1992) with a major in Elementary Education and is currently taking classes at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Marta lives in Norristown, PA, with her husband, Julio and two teenage children, Andres and Daniel.
     

    Michael Clemmer

    LEADership Minister/ Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Towamencin
    Phone: 215-368-2450
    Mike Clemmer is a LEADership minister in Franconia Conference and pastor at Towamencin Mennonite Church. Earning a doctorate in missional leadership at Biblical Theological Seminary, Mike has a passion for leadership and helping a congregation realize the insights they already have for making decisions. Mike considers connecting with the community outside of the church important and one way he does that is by serving as a chaplain for the Towamencin Fire Company. Before pastoring, Mike spent more than 20 years in business at Moyer & Son in Telford. He has been invited on several occasions to speak at Spruce Lake Retreat. Mike appreciates the connections that Franconia Mennonite Conference affords easily between congregations. He also appreciates the diversity and growing diversity of Franconia Mennonite Conference. Mike’s passions include running, sports, music, and gardening. Mike even grows flower gardens on the church property. Mike is married to April and they have three grown children.
     

    Barbie Fischer

    Communication Manager & Administration Coordinator
    Congregation: Ambler
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x 124
    Barbie Fischer ensures all Conference communication is done well and that the office runs smoothly. She brings extensive experience in communication and connecting churches to mission and ministries in their communities and globally. Her favorite scripture verses are Micah 6:8 and James 1:27 which has driven her to develop reintegration programs for child soldiers in Uganda and connecting the nonprofit she helped form with churches in the U.S.A.; to being an advocate with the Africa Faith & Justice Network for positive foreign policies; and assisting with community engagement for an arts-based faith community in the DC area. Barbie has her Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU and a background in Cross-Cultural Communications. Outside of the Conference she is a huge advocate for Restorative Justice and works with an association of other practitioners to bring restorative practices to faith communities, veterans, and prisons. If she isn’t busy with Conference work, or restorative justice prison ministry, Barbie is often found painting or spending time with friends and family.
     

    Randy Heacock

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Doylestown
    Phone:
    Randy Heacock will be serving as Interim LEADership Minister while continuing in his role as pastor of Doylestown Mennonite Church. After years of ministry with the United Methodist Church Randy decided to pursue ministry in the Mennonite Church. He served 12 years in Fairfax, Virginia followed by one year of working at a chime factory, he then began serving Doylestown Mennonite Church in 2001. He has held numerous positions while a part of Virginia Conference including District Secretary, Conference Nurture Committee Member and Chair of the Virginia Peace Committee. Randy holds an MDiv from Moravian Seminary and a BA in History from Messiah College. Though many in our culture are turned off by Christianity, Randy encounters many who are intrigued to learn about Jesus. Randy is married to Nancy and together they have 2 adult daughters. Randy enjoys disc golf, trash talking on the basketball court, trivia, and watching people age with grace.
     

    Steve Kriss

    Executive Minister
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x137
    Stephen Kriss has worked with Franconia Conference since 2005 beginning focused on young leaders and new initiatives. Previously, he served as a pastor at Mennonite congregations in Somerset County, PA and Staten Island, NY. Steve's also worked in areas of communication, editing and public relations. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and from seminary at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Steve lives in Northwest Philadelphia and is part of Philadelphia Praise Center. He works now with the Conference's credentialing processes, leadership development and serves as a leadership minister with a diverse array of congregations from South Philly to Vermont. Steve also teaches at Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster and has taught at other colleges, universities and seminaries across Pennsylvania.
     

    Conrad Martin

    Director of Finance
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x142
    Conrad Martin is responsible for the conference’s finances and oversees all conference-owned properties. Before working for the conference, Conrad spent time working abroad for Eastern Mennonite Missions and Mennonite Economic Development Associates in Tanzania and Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh. Conrad has been married to his wife, Josephine, for 15 years. In his free time, Conrad enjoys gardening and golf. Proverbs 3:9 is meaningful to him because it fits the best with his personal mission statement. “Honor GOD with everything you own; Give him the first and the best.” (The Message) Conrad appreciates the response he gets when he visits Conference congregations, “even when they learn I work for the conference,” he said. “I am excited that [the Conference] is becoming more intentional about reconnecting with congregations.”
     

    Kristine McClain

    Administrative/Communication Assistant
    Congregation: Bridge Community Church
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x 110
    Kristine McClain keeps the office running smoothly, maintains the websites and databases, and does a variety of media and communications projects. When she’s not at the Conference Center, Kristine runs her own creative services business and continues a 20+ year career in radio. Born and raised in the local area, Kristine graduated from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and Messiah College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching softball, doing service projects, metal detecting, watching the Eagles, Phillies and NASCAR, and flying off to Alaska whenever possible, whether for mission trips or vacation.
     

    Mary Nitzsche

    Associate Executive Minister
    Congregation: Perkasie
    Phone: 267-932-2040
    As Associate Executive Minister of Franconia Conference, Mary's primary role includes giving oversight of the credentialing process, connecting with women pastors, chaplains, retired pastors, and interim pastors, and representing the conference when Steve is not able and an "executive" presence is deemed helpful and important. Prior to serving in this role, Mary was chair of the Conference Board Ministerial Committee, and a member of the Conference Board and Executive Committee. She also has nine years of congregational pastoral ministry experience at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church and 12 years of conference ministry experience in Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA. In both congregational and conference ministry roles, Mary is inspired accompanying people in the ordinary experiences of life and observing the Spirit's transforming power in their lives. Mary is a graduate of Hesston College and Goshen College and taught elementary school for three years. She received her Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. She and her husband, Wayne, are Midwest natives. They have two adult daughters, Alison and Megan. For relaxation, Mary enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, hiking, knitting, and sewing.
     

    Wayne Nitzsche

    Interim LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Perkasie
    Phone:
    Wayne Nitzsche is serving as an Interim LEADership Minister and brings with him a deep love for the church, having served since 1978 in roles of youth ministry, pastor, or conference minister in four Mennonite conferences. He holds an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and a BA from Goshen College. For the past eight years Wayne has been the pastor of Perkasie Mennonite Church. His wife Mary is on the pastoral team at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church and deeply involved in Franconia Conference committee work. They have two children, Alison and husband Michael live in Long Beach, California, and Megan and partner David live in Queens, New York. Wayne finds that running, walking and hiking with Mary, reading, watching sports, hanging out with friends, and getting back into gardening are some fine diversions from ministry. Each fall, he goes back to his childhood home in Nebraska and helps his brothers with the corn harvest. It helps keep Wayne grounded and in touch with being a dirt farmer.
     

    Noel Santiago

    LEADership Minister for Spiritual Transformation
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x115
    Noel Santiago works with pastors and leadership teams to help them align what they do with what they say in their vision and mission. He also works with leaders and networks seeking to bring a transformational impact to their neighboring communities, through prayer. Noel and his wife, Juanita, were both born in Puerto Rico, but he was raised in Pennsylvania. They lived together a year in Costa Rica as co-leaders of the SST program of Goshen College. To relax, Noel barbeques and hangs out with family and friends. The promise of God’s guidance and strength in Isaiah 58:11 is particularly meaningful to him. “I have experienced this time and time again as a reality in my life,” he said. Noel loves when the vision “clicks” for congregational leaders. He remembers one significant meeting with a pastor and elder team that “led to an ‘aha’ moment,” he said. “They recognized a way they could better align some of their activities with their vision.”
     

    Emily Ralph Servant

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation:
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x117
    Emily has served on the pastoral team at Swamp and Indonesian Light congregations (Franconia) and Sunnyside congregation (Lancaster) as well as serving as the Associate Director of Communication for Franconia Conference and the Director of Communication for Mennonite World Conference, PA 2015. In addition to her Conference work, she is writing a dissertation on Anabaptist theology in mission. Some of Emily's favorite memories from her time in Franconia Conference have been when gifted musicians from a variety of congregations and cultures, who speak different languages and worship in different styles, have gathered to lead worship together. "We learned that unity in diversity is developed in relationships," Emily said. "As we grew to care about and for one another, our worship leading was transformed." Emily lives in Baltimore with her husband, Ryan, and wonder-dog, Chase.
     

    Aldo Siahaan

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
    Phone:
    Aldo is a LEADership minister for three congregations, assisting churches to reach their vision and serving as a bridge between the conference and the congregation. Aldo has worked with the conference before and currently serves on Franconia’s credentialing committee. He appreciates how Franconia Mennonite Conference is much more than a building—it’s like being a part of a big family, across the nation and across the globe. Aldo is also the pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center, a multi-ethnic church on the south side of the city. He is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, and is married to Viviani Chandra.
     

    John Stoltzfus

    Conference Youth Minister
    Congregation: Plains
    Phone: 215-362-2675 ext. 417
    John Stoltzfus oversees youth ministry in Franconia and Eastern District Conference, partnering with those who minister with youth in our conference, providing support and resources for ministry, and helping coordinate conference youth events. John also serves as campus pastor for Christopher Dock High School. Before this role, John worked as associate pastor at Lombard Mennonite Church in Illinois. Between undergraduate and seminary studies at Eastern Mennonite University, John served for two years as an English teacher in China with Mennonite Partners in China. John is married to Paula, who is also a graduate of EMS, and they have four children. John is encouraged by the collaborative spirit he has seen between the conferences among those who journey with youth in life and discipleship. He remembers sitting at a table of youth pastors and workers at the last conference gathering and enjoying good laughter and the special sense of fellowship among those called to this work. He hopes that this table fellowship will extend to all corners of the two conferences, inviting all to share in the rich feast of God’s gracious community.
     

    Hadi Sunarto

    Conference-based Minister of Community Life
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
    Phone:
    Hadi Sunarto serves as the minister of community life at Philadelphia Praise Center as a Conference-based pastor. He organizes and implements bible studies among the members, facilitates weekly prayer meetings, works with outreach initiatives and provides visitation and prayer in hospitals and prisons. Being born and growing up in Indonesia, Hadi is bi-lingual and assists the Indonesian community with language barriers during visits to the doctors, lawyers, and other interactions. He is empowered by the word of God in Matthew 19:19 “Honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself,” which empowers him to do his best work. Hadi is married to Titik and has a son, Marven. He is credentialed in Franconia Conference.
     

  • Marta Castillo

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Norristown New Life
    Phone: (484) 868-0642
    Marta Beidler Castillo is a LEADership Minister in Franconia Conference and serves on the pastoral team at Nueva Vida Norristown New Life. The daughter of Franconia Conference-rooted mission workers, she has been shaped by all four of the linguistic cultures in Franconia Conference growing up in both Vietnam and Indonesia. While being a primary English speaker she lives in a bilingual family and community of English/Spanish speakers. Marta is committed to prayer along with active engagement of diverse neighborhoods with the message of Christ’s Good News. She is passionate about the intercultural work of unity in cultural diversity, antiracism, and racial reconciliation. She has been a member at Nueva Vida Norristown New Life since 1994 and part of the pastoral team since 2009. She served five years on the conference board, two of those were spent serving as assistant moderator. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite College (1992) with a major in Elementary Education and is currently taking classes at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Marta lives in Norristown, PA, with her husband, Julio and two teenage children, Andres and Daniel.
     

    Michael Clemmer

    LEADership Minister/ Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Towamencin
    Phone: 215-368-2450
    Mike Clemmer is a LEADership minister in Franconia Conference and pastor at Towamencin Mennonite Church. Earning a doctorate in missional leadership at Biblical Theological Seminary, Mike has a passion for leadership and helping a congregation realize the insights they already have for making decisions. Mike considers connecting with the community outside of the church important and one way he does that is by serving as a chaplain for the Towamencin Fire Company. Before pastoring, Mike spent more than 20 years in business at Moyer & Son in Telford. He has been invited on several occasions to speak at Spruce Lake Retreat. Mike appreciates the connections that Franconia Mennonite Conference affords easily between congregations. He also appreciates the diversity and growing diversity of Franconia Mennonite Conference. Mike’s passions include running, sports, music, and gardening. Mike even grows flower gardens on the church property. Mike is married to April and they have three grown children.
     

    Randy Heacock

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Doylestown
    Phone:
    Randy Heacock will be serving as Interim LEADership Minister while continuing in his role as pastor of Doylestown Mennonite Church. After years of ministry with the United Methodist Church Randy decided to pursue ministry in the Mennonite Church. He served 12 years in Fairfax, Virginia followed by one year of working at a chime factory, he then began serving Doylestown Mennonite Church in 2001. He has held numerous positions while a part of Virginia Conference including District Secretary, Conference Nurture Committee Member and Chair of the Virginia Peace Committee. Randy holds an MDiv from Moravian Seminary and a BA in History from Messiah College. Though many in our culture are turned off by Christianity, Randy encounters many who are intrigued to learn about Jesus. Randy is married to Nancy and together they have 2 adult daughters. Randy enjoys disc golf, trash talking on the basketball court, trivia, and watching people age with grace.
     

    Steve Kriss

    Executive Minister
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x137
    Stephen Kriss has worked with Franconia Conference since 2005 beginning focused on young leaders and new initiatives. Previously, he served as a pastor at Mennonite congregations in Somerset County, PA and Staten Island, NY. Steve's also worked in areas of communication, editing and public relations. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and from seminary at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Steve lives in Northwest Philadelphia and is part of Philadelphia Praise Center. He works now with the Conference's credentialing processes, leadership development and serves as a leadership minister with a diverse array of congregations from South Philly to Vermont. Steve also teaches at Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster and has taught at other colleges, universities and seminaries across Pennsylvania.
     

    Wayne Nitzsche

    Interim LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Perkasie
    Phone:
    Wayne Nitzsche is serving as an Interim LEADership Minister and brings with him a deep love for the church, having served since 1978 in roles of youth ministry, pastor, or conference minister in four Mennonite conferences. He holds an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and a BA from Goshen College. For the past eight years Wayne has been the pastor of Perkasie Mennonite Church. His wife Mary is on the pastoral team at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church and deeply involved in Franconia Conference committee work. They have two children, Alison and husband Michael live in Long Beach, California, and Megan and partner David live in Queens, New York. Wayne finds that running, walking and hiking with Mary, reading, watching sports, hanging out with friends, and getting back into gardening are some fine diversions from ministry. Each fall, he goes back to his childhood home in Nebraska and helps his brothers with the corn harvest. It helps keep Wayne grounded and in touch with being a dirt farmer.
     

    Noel Santiago

    LEADership Minister for Spiritual Transformation
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x115
    Noel Santiago works with pastors and leadership teams to help them align what they do with what they say in their vision and mission. He also works with leaders and networks seeking to bring a transformational impact to their neighboring communities, through prayer. Noel and his wife, Juanita, were both born in Puerto Rico, but he was raised in Pennsylvania. They lived together a year in Costa Rica as co-leaders of the SST program of Goshen College. To relax, Noel barbeques and hangs out with family and friends. The promise of God’s guidance and strength in Isaiah 58:11 is particularly meaningful to him. “I have experienced this time and time again as a reality in my life,” he said. Noel loves when the vision “clicks” for congregational leaders. He remembers one significant meeting with a pastor and elder team that “led to an ‘aha’ moment,” he said. “They recognized a way they could better align some of their activities with their vision.”
     

    Emily Ralph Servant

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation:
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x117
    Emily has served on the pastoral team at Swamp and Indonesian Light congregations (Franconia) and Sunnyside congregation (Lancaster) as well as serving as the Associate Director of Communication for Franconia Conference and the Director of Communication for Mennonite World Conference, PA 2015. In addition to her Conference work, she is writing a dissertation on Anabaptist theology in mission. Some of Emily's favorite memories from her time in Franconia Conference have been when gifted musicians from a variety of congregations and cultures, who speak different languages and worship in different styles, have gathered to lead worship together. "We learned that unity in diversity is developed in relationships," Emily said. "As we grew to care about and for one another, our worship leading was transformed." Emily lives in Baltimore with her husband, Ryan, and wonder-dog, Chase.
     

    Aldo Siahaan

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
    Phone:
    Aldo is a LEADership minister for three congregations, assisting churches to reach their vision and serving as a bridge between the conference and the congregation. Aldo has worked with the conference before and currently serves on Franconia’s credentialing committee. He appreciates how Franconia Mennonite Conference is much more than a building—it’s like being a part of a big family, across the nation and across the globe. Aldo is also the pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center, a multi-ethnic church on the south side of the city. He is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, and is married to Viviani Chandra.