Pastor and staff @ St. James lutheran church
Pastor: Pastor Liz Polanzke
Pastor Liz grew-up in State College on the main route to the football stadium, where her father was the Lutheran Campus Pastor for Penn State and her mother earned her doctorate in Religious Studies. She is the middle child of three daughters. She graduated from State College Area High School (Class of '87) and then, Kutztown University. At KU she studied History and English Literature. She continues to love both and read avidly.
Determined to experience more of the country, she moved to Dubuque, Iowa as a graduate student at Wartburg Theological Seminary to pursue her Master of Divinity degree and become a pastor. At Wartburg, she met her husband, Jim, who is also a pastor in the York area at Christ Lutheran Church of Spry.
Their daughter, Rebecca, is a recent college graduate who now lives in NYC, where she works for art galleries.
Pastor Liz loves animals, reading, rom-com movies and God. (Not necessarily in that order). In addition to serving the West York community through St. James, she is earning a doctorate in theology. She loves sharing God's love and grace and learning about the journey that others are on. Her door is always open and she hopes you will drop-in.
Music Ministry: Becky Pulling
Becky hails from western PA, but has lived in many places, as her husband, Rick is a UCC pastor. They "retired" to York in 2017 in order to be closer to family. Becky has a degreee in Music Education from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and has been organist, choir director, and handbell director in several churches over the years, most recently at St. Mark's on East Market Street. Becky enjoys accompanying musical theater groups, and has played for TAFE a few times here in York. Becky is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and is an avid Steelers and Pirates fan.
Secretary: Pat Breneman
Pat is our church secretary. She organizes all of the daily operations and office administration of the church. You may contact her by calling the church or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexton: Dave Smith
Custodian: Sonja Hoke
Director of Music Emeritus: Dr. Ernestine (Tina) Hoff
Tina, our long time Organist and Director of Music was bestowed the distinction of Director of Music Emeritus of Saint James in June of 2018.