District Office Team
Terry Smith has served in ministry with the C&MA since 1981, both as a local church pastor and in district ministry overseeing church planting. Most recently, he pastored Immanuel Church of the C&MA in Mechanicsburg, PA. Terry serves on the C&MA Board of Directors. He is the author of "Changing Course: Leading Older Churches in a New Direction." A graduate of Toccoa Falls College, Terry also holds a master’s degree from Crown College. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Trinity College (Florida). Terry has been married to Ruth since 1977. They have two adult sons, Brian who is married to Lea, and Jeff who is married to Kallyn. Brian and Lea have given them their first grandchild, Canyon.
Terry has created two blogs. The first one is connected to his book and can be accessed by clicking this link: https://changingcourseforchurches.wordpress.com/.
The second blog is a collection of devotions which he adds to Facebook weekly. It can be accessed at:
Alan has been married to Sandra for more than 25 years and they have been blessed to parent three children together: Brandon, Bryan and Brooke. He loves spending time with Sandra and his three Bs on road trips as they explore God’s amazing creation, play at the beach, attend baseball games and eat good ice cream wherever they can find it. He started in ministry as an assistant pastor at First Alliance Church in Harrisburg and had the privilege of planting Community Alliance Church in Harrisburg as a daughter of that church. At Community Alliance, they had the opportunity to partner with five other Alliance churches to plant a church in one of the most difficult sections of the city of Harrisburg. Alan has also had the opportunity serve on mission trips to Mali, Macedonia, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, the cross-cultural land of West Virginia, and on a hurricane relief trip to New Orleans. Alan is thankful for several people that God has led to coach him in both life and ministry. Their influence has reproduced a desire in Alan to coach others toward a fruitful life with God. He enjoys asking good questions that help people discover God’s goodness and seek His kingdom. He also enjoys reading about spiritual transformation, apologetics, and coaching.
Having served at Immanuel Church (C&MA) in Mechanicsburg for seven years as director of student ministries and then as an assistant pastor, Duane came to the District Office as Assistant to the District Superintendent for Administration and Finance. He attended Immanuel all of his life and met his wife, Sue, at the church. Duane and Sue were married in 1986 and have two adult children, Amanda (Mandi) and Matt. Prior to starting his vocational ministry, he owned an engineering business in the communications industry and is a licensed professional engineer. While a layman in the church, Duane served in a variety of positions including youth leader, elder, and trustee.
District Spanish Point Person
Originally from Ecuador, Xavier planted Iglesia El Camino (The Way Church) in 2008 in Mechanicsburg, PA. Xavier now oversees a growing Spanish work in cooperation with the Chambersburg Alliance Church and has several other projects in the works. Xavier is married to Alexandra and they have three children: Valerie, Sofia, and Andres.
Brenda came to the District Office in April 2014, having previously served as the bookkeeper and administrative assistant for Immanuel Church in Mechanicsburg. Brenda and her husband, Ernie, served in many different capacities as members of West Shore Evangelical Free Church in Mechanicsburg for over 20 years. Recently, they've begun attending and serving an independent church plant, Grace Community Church in Mechanicsburg. They have have four children - 2 adult biological daughters and 2 teens (daughter and son) adopted from Haiti in 2003.
Administrative Assistant to the DS/Communications
Beth Lorow grew up in Meadville, PA and moved to Harrisburg in 2000 to take a job as a member services representative at the Pennsylvania Municipal League. In 2006 she joined the marketing and communications office at Messiah College assisting with media relations, social media, crisis communication and web content strategy. She joined the Eastern PA District Office team in November 2014. Beth attends Immanuel Alliance Church in Mechanicsburg, where she met her husband Jeff in 2004. Two years later they were married at Immanuel by Terry Smith! They have two sweet daughters, Adele and Meredith.