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Our Church Staff

Pastor Bonnie Oplinger

Bonnie Mary (nee) Schloder Oplinger is a native of Reading, PA and a graduate of Reading High School.  She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Albright College, a certification in Christian Education from the Lutheran School for Church Workers, permanent certification in elementary education from the state of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in social work from Temple University and a master of divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary.

 

Pastor Oplinger bookended a twenty-year vocational life in mental health as an elementary education teacher in the Reading School District.  She taught as an adjunct instructor at Albright College, Alvernia University and Penn State U-Berks campus.

 

Pastor Oplinger's avocational life has included serving as organist and choir director for Alsace Lutheran Church, Reading, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Adamstown, Grace (Alsace) United Church of Christ, Reading, and Swamp Evangelical Lutheran Church in Reinholds.

 

Her hobbies include playing the piano and organ, choral singing, reading, swimming, playing volleyball, roller skating and “writing” (painting) Byzantine icons.

 

Pastor Oplinger's faith formation in seminary included Clinical Pastoral Education at Reading Hospital, a field placement at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Reading, a year of study at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, a cross cultural experience in Egypt, and a year internship at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia, PA.

 

Director of Music

Roger Kurtz has served as our Director of Music since 2008.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Previous positions include Organist and Choirmaster for The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, York; Director of Music for St. Andrew United Church of Christ, Lancaster; Director of Music for Lancaster Moravian Church; and Organist and Junior Choir Director for the Moravian Congregation in Lititz.  From 1996 to 2004, Roger was College Organist and Organ Instructor at Elizabethtown College.   A former Dean of the Lancaster Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he has played recitals at Longwood Gardens, St. Thomas Church in New York City, and Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Roger and his wife, Cheri, live in Lititz

Office Administrator

Tracy Lagaza started at Jerusalem in June 2018 and is also the secretary at Zion Lutheran Church on Main Street, Akron.

She's married to Erik for 25 years and they have two adult children and one golden retriever.

Her hobbies are scrapbooking, photography and gardening.