Welcome!

Laura and I warmly welcome you in the name of Jesus Christ to the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring. Here you will find Spirit-filled services, great classes, a warm community, and dynamic youth and children’s programs. We would love to meet you in person—welcome!!

~Rev. Dr Andy Hart and Rev. Laura Hart

FAQs

What are the worship times?

We are a body blessed to have three types of worship services each week! We offer a contemplative service at 8 AM in the Sanctuary.  There is  traditional service at 10 AM in the Sanctuary, in which the organ, adult choir and and traditional hymns sung by the congregation pay homage to our rich heritage and history. A contemporary service, with music led by our praise band and a little less formality, is held in the Family Life Center at 10 AM.

Where do I park?

We have three parking areas along Main Street Chambersburg, each marked by a blue banner. The first two, just past Seller’s Funeral Home are most convenient to the Sanctuary. Handicapped parking is available in the second parking lot. The third lot is directly adjacent to the Christian Education Building.

Is childcare provided?

Yes! We welcome the opportunity to provide care to your infants, toddlers and preschoolers in rooms 104/105 in the Christian Education Building during the Sunday School hour at 9 AM and during the worship services at 10 AM.

What if I can't make it on Sundays?

We would love to see you on Wednesday evening for our Midweek meal and classes or at one of our small groups or bible studies.

Staff

Rev. Dr. Andy Hart

Co-Pastor

Rev. Dr. Andrew Hart was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Wayne PA.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University where he majored in political science.  Andy received a Masters in Political Science from the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study at McGill University in Montreal.  Shortly thereafter, Andy was hired by Systems and Computer Technology as an Account Manager for five years working with clients in Eastern Canada.  Feeling the call from God, Andy attended Princeton Seminary after serving as an Elder for Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.  Most recently, Andy obtained his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary with a focus on PTSD and Spirituality.

Three weeks after graduating from Princeton, Laura and Andy were married and moved to South Carolina where Andy accepted a call as Solo Pastor at Douglas Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC.  He served that congregation from 2003 to 2009.  During that time, Laura served as Interim Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in York, SC, from July 2004 to October 2005. While pregnant with their first child, Olivia, Laura felt God calling her to be a full-time Mom, and two years later Abigail was born.

In response to another call from God, Laura and Andy moved to Huntington, NY, where Andy served as Head of Staff at Old First Presbyterian Church from 2009 to 2014.  Laura served as spiritual director and Mentor at Old First in addition to serving as regular pulpit supply for a yoked congregation.   While there, Laura and Andy had two more children, Benjamin and Nathaniel.  Andy also joined the Civil Air Patrol as chaplain where he received many awards for service.

Both Andy and Laura have passions that run parallel to their call to pastoral ministry.  Andy’s commitment to veterans can been seen in his doctoral work at Columbia Seminary where he received his DM in with a focus on PTSD and Spirituality.  Andy’s strong desire to serve veterans will continue to be a focus of ministry for him in the Chambersburg community and beyond.  His work and studies are highlighted in  several articles and book reviews he has had published, and a book entitled The Same God, Different Pulpits.  Currently, he is working on a chapter for an upcoming book on clergy best practices entitled, “Creating Space For Those Experiencing Trauma Especially Veterans”.  Laura’s passion can be found in the area of church leadership.  She was recently accepted into McCormick Theological Seminary’s Certificate in Executive Leadership Program.  This significant accomplishment demonstrates her commitment to understanding the evolving demands of church leadership, and we are excited that she will be able to apply her knowledge and experience at Falling Spring.

Rev. Laura Hart

Co-Pastor

Rev. Laura Batten Hart was born in McRae, Georgia and graduated from Presbyterian College in South Carolina where she earned a B.A. in Religion with a minor in Music.  Within her major, Laura specialized in Christian Education.  After graduation, she served First Presbyterian Church in Orangeburg, SC for nearly 5 years as the Director of Christian Education and Youth. It was here that Laura began to realize her call to ordained ministry. Laura attended Princeton Seminary and graduated in 2003.  While at Princeton, she interned at Hopewell Presbyterian Church and served as Chaplain at Princeton House, a 73 bed inpatient psychological and addictive recovery facility for Princeton University Medical Center.

Three weeks after graduating from Princeton, Laura and Andy were married and moved to South Carolina where Andy accepted a call as Solo Pastor at Douglas Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC.  He served that congregation from 2003 to 2009.  During that time, Laura served as Interim Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in York, SC, from July 2004 to October 2005. While pregnant with their first child, Olivia, Laura felt God calling her to be a full-time Mom, and two years later Abigail was born.

In response to another call from God, Laura and Andy moved to Huntington, NY, where Andy served as Head of Staff at Old First Presbyterian Church from 2009 to 2014.  Laura served as spiritual director and Mentor at Old First in addition to serving as regular pulpit supply for a yoked congregation.   While there, Laura and Andy had two more children, Benjamin and Nathaniel.  Andy also joined the Civil Air Patrol as chaplain where he received many awards for service.

Both Andy and Laura have passions that run parallel to their call to pastoral ministry.  Andy’s commitment to veterans can been seen in his doctoral work at Columbia Seminary where he received his DM in with a focus on PTSD and Spirituality.  Andy’s strong desire to serve veterans will continue to be a focus of ministry for him in the Chambersburg community and beyond.  His work and studies are highlighted in  several articles and book reviews he has had published, and a book entitled The Same God, Different Pulpits.  Currently, he is working on a chapter for an upcoming book on clergy best practices entitled, “Creating Space For Those Experiencing Trauma Especially Veterans”.  Laura’s passion can be found in the area of church leadership.  She was recently accepted into McCormick Theological Seminary’s Certificate in Executive Leadership Program.  This significant accomplishment demonstrates her commitment to understanding the evolving demands of church leadership, and we are excited that she will be able to apply her knowledge and experience at Falling Spring.

Brad Hill

Director of Youth Ministries

Brad has enjoyed serving as youth director since August, 2000 and is grateful to lead and learn from such great youth, leaders, and families. Before coming to Falling Spring, Brad served as youth director at Graystone Presbyterian Church in Indiana, PA from April, 1994 to August, 2000. He graduated from Indiana University of PA in 1994 with a B.A. in Clinical Sociology and minor in Cultural Anthropology. Brad loves his beautiful wife and adores his two amazing daughters.

Bekii Kisamore

Director of Children's Ministries

Bekii is glad to serve all children who enter Falling Spring doors and to be a part of a wonderful team of volunteers who love and invest in the children. Her desire is for each child to know they are loved by God, learn to love God back, grow in prayer and Biblical knowledge, and share the good news of Jesus with their friends.  She and her husband were missionaries in southern Chile for 9 years and have two adorable children.

Mrs. Patti Jo Plasterer

Organist

Mrs. Patti Jo Plasterer is a graduate of CASHS & Franklin County LPN School. She worked as an LPN Charge Nurse at Franklin Co Nursing Home for 16 years. Patti studied pipe organ & piano with Miss Winifred Ross & served as a substitute organist in many area churches since 1971. She has been employed at Falling Spring Church for 3 years as organist and is married with 2 children.

Eric Poe

Director of Music Ministries

Mr. Eric M. Poe, is an alumnus of James Buchanan High School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Messiah College.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from IUP and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Messiah College.He currently is employed by the Tuscarora School District where he directs high school and middle school choirs, teaches music elective classes, and beginning band.In his spare time he enjoys arranging and composing music, home improvement projects, gardening, hunting, and spending time with his family.  He currently resides with his wife Alisha and their four children, Elijah, Ezra, Avery and Eivin, in Mercersburg.

Tressa Bellows

Office Manager

Tressa Bellows earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Penn State University. She has worked for PCFS since 2011 and became the Administrative Assistant in September 2012. Tressa and her husband, Garth are the proud parents of 3 daughters, Abigael, Eliza and Ivy.

Kelly Witmer

Bookkeeper

I am a wife, mother and a grandmother who loves to spoil. In my spare time, I like to study prophecy from the bible, talk with God and spending time with my family. I like scrapbooking, crafts and blessing others.  I am very blessed to have this opportunity to be a part of the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring as the bookkeeper and am happy to  assist the congregation to the best of my ability.

Bryan Lucas

Director of Culinary Services

Bryan and his wife Heidi and three children, Erin, Ryan, Ashton reside in Chambersburg and are members of the church and active in its service to the community.  Bryan has been performing the Director of Culinary Services position now for two years and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to give of his gifts and talents to the church and the community.  Bryan is a trained chef who studied the culinary arts under chefs from the prestigious Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh and has worked in the food service industry for thirty years.

Cindy Olson

Childcare Supervisor

Cindy started off as an intern in the nursery in 2016. In the fall of 2017 she took over as Childcare Supervisor. She graduated from the English Nanny and Governess School in 1995. She worked as a certified professional nanny for 11 years before moving to Chambersburg with her husband and 2 children.  She is excited to be part of the Falling Spring team.