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/ Credentialing Committee Chair
    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.
     

    Jenifer Eriksen Morales

    Minister of Transitional Ministries
    Congregation: Souderton
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x117
    Jenifer Eriksen Morales journeys with congregations in transition and with intentional interim ministers, providing support and resourcing. She is also a LEADership Minister for eleven congregations. Jenifer and her husband Victor have a bi-cultural, Mexican/American, English/Spanish speaking family. They have 3 children: Nicolas, Jonathan, and Janae. The family loves soccer and trips to the mountains and beach. Before coming to work for the conference, Jenifer was the Language and Literacy Program Coordinator for ProJeCt of Easton, Inc. To relax, she enjoys spending time with friends over a good cup of coffee. She also reads and loves a little friendly competition through board and table games. Jenifer has many fond memories of growing up in a Franconia Conference congregation, including the recent gathering at her ordination in May 2011. “The participation, presence and support of members and leaders of many Franconia Conference congregations, as well as friends and family is a gift I will treasure throughout my ministry,” she said. She is excited to continue working with a group of congregations who value being intercultural, missional and formational and who are committed to continual growth in these areas.
     

    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.
     

    Steve Kriss

    Director of Leadership Cultivation & Congregational Resourcing
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x137
    Steve Kriss works with Indonesian-speaking congregations and new leaders. He also oversees communication strategies for the Conference. Steve is LEADership minister for new and established congregations in Central Bucks County and the Lehigh Valley. Besides his Conference work, Steve also works with Eastern Mennonite University and does some teaching at Biblical Seminary. To relax, he likes to read, hike, bike and go to the city, the beach or the mountains. He also enjoys walking around in his neighborhood in Philly. Steve loves the future possibilities that Franconia Conference represents, trying to graft historic faithfulness with new energy and insight. “I believe that we have amazing possibilities in front of us immediately and will into the future,” he said. One of his favorite conference memories was a road trip to visit ministry inquiry students in the Midwest–driving from Souderton to Minneapolis in a van with young leaders to visit other young leaders. He described it as “fun, exhausting, quirky but memorable and meaningful.”
     

    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, creates and distributes bulletin announcements, and keeps the website updated. When she’s not at the Conference Center, Kristine runs her own creative services business and continues a 20-year career in radio. An avid sports fan, Kristine was a dedicated member of Christopher Dock’s softball team in high school, and, later, returned to Dock as an assistant coach, helping the softball team achieve its first three District One championships and trips to States. She enjoys service projects, metal detecting, and flying off to Alaska whenever possible, whether for mission trips or vacation. She has noticed that recently, God has been calling her to new levels of trust in the midst of change; as a result, God’s words in Isaiah 43:18-19 have become important for her: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
     

    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.”
     

    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.
     

    Ertell Whigham

    Executive Minister
    Congregation: Norristown New Life
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x 153
    Ertell Whigham is the executive minister of Franconia Mennonite Conference, a position he has held since 2011. Ertell is also a LEADership minister for several congregations, and represents Franconia Mennonite Conference at the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council, and is the director of the Mennonite Health Services board. Previously, he was a conference minister for more than a decade, and pastored congregations in Reading, Philadelphia and Norristown. He remained a part of the pastoral team when his congregation in Norristown, Bethel Mennonite Church, joined with First Mennonite and Fuente de Salvación to form Nueva Vida Norristown New Life Mennonite Church, an intercultural, multilingual congregation. Ertell grew up in Philadelphia, served with the Marines in the Vietnam War, and connected with Mennonites when he relocated to Reading as a Marine recruiter. It was here that he became a pacifist while having a devotion one morning. “I remember walking away from that and the Lord speaking to me and saying, “How can you tell someone about Jesus and want to take their life?” Ertell and his wife, Patricia, have been married for 44 years. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. Ertell is passionate about music—particularly playing jazz saxophone—and his Rottweiler dog, Ramses.
     

  • Michael Clemmer

    LEADership Minister/ Credentialing Committee Chair
    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.
     

    Jenifer Eriksen Morales

    Minister of Transitional Ministries
    Congregation: Souderton
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x117
    Jenifer Eriksen Morales journeys with congregations in transition and with intentional interim ministers, providing support and resourcing. She is also a LEADership Minister for eleven congregations. Jenifer and her husband Victor have a bi-cultural, Mexican/American, English/Spanish speaking family. They have 3 children: Nicolas, Jonathan, and Janae. The family loves soccer and trips to the mountains and beach. Before coming to work for the conference, Jenifer was the Language and Literacy Program Coordinator for ProJeCt of Easton, Inc. To relax, she enjoys spending time with friends over a good cup of coffee. She also reads and loves a little friendly competition through board and table games. Jenifer has many fond memories of growing up in a Franconia Conference congregation, including the recent gathering at her ordination in May 2011. “The participation, presence and support of members and leaders of many Franconia Conference congregations, as well as friends and family is a gift I will treasure throughout my ministry,” she said. She is excited to continue working with a group of congregations who value being intercultural, missional and formational and who are committed to continual growth in these areas.
     

    Steve Kriss

    Director of Leadership Cultivation & Congregational Resourcing
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
    Phone: 267-932-6050 x137
    Steve Kriss works with Indonesian-speaking congregations and new leaders. He also oversees communication strategies for the Conference. Steve is LEADership minister for new and established congregations in Central Bucks County and the Lehigh Valley. Besides his Conference work, Steve also works with Eastern Mennonite University and does some teaching at Biblical Seminary. To relax, he likes to read, hike, bike and go to the city, the beach or the mountains. He also enjoys walking around in his neighborhood in Philly. Steve loves the future possibilities that Franconia Conference represents, trying to graft historic faithfulness with new energy and insight. “I believe that we have amazing possibilities in front of us immediately and will into the future,” he said. One of his favorite conference memories was a road trip to visit ministry inquiry students in the Midwest–driving from Souderton to Minneapolis in a van with young leaders to visit other young leaders. He described it as “fun, exhausting, quirky but memorable and meaningful.”
     

    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.”
     

    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.