8031 Salem Bible Church Rd. Macungie, PA 18062

(610) 966-5822

Meet the Team

God has built an amazing team to serve here in youth ministry at Salem. Each one of these leaders serves in a unique way, and has a gift God has given to impact our youth. I'm reminded of Paul's letter to the Ephesians when he writes about the importance of unity.


And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

                                                                                                                              Ephesians 4:11-16

We work well as a team and we have a lot of fun together. Scroll down to see and read a little about each of our leaders.

The Veterans

Bob DeVoll (BASE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Lancaster (BASE)

I have had the privilege of working with youth for 39 years. God has graciously given me a love and passion for youth ministry. I believe these teen years are critical, and the decisions they make can affect their lives for many years to come. My desire is to walk with them on this exciting journey of knowing Jesus personally and growing in the knowledge and love of Him and faithfully serving Him. Special message to the youth: This is an exciting time in your life. I want to be there for you to help guide and support you and cheer you on in this wonderful journey of discovering how awesome God is and how much He loves you and the desire for you to love and live for Him.

 

 

 

Christine Lancaster (Imprint)

I began working as a youth leader in 1981 and served for about 10 years until after I had our first child. Although I didn't formally work in youth ministries for a number of years, I have always had a connection with teens. For 2 years in the mid-2000s, I helped as a leader with our Middle School youth group. Later, in 2015, a female chaperone was needed to accompany our youth to Harvey Cedars Bible Conference so I offered since I had the time available and was familiar with HCBC. After spending the week with them I decided to come back and join the Fossil Ministries team working with the High School.

 

 

 

 

Becky Delp (Imprint)

Funny story about myself to help you get to know who I am...Hmmmm...I once burned my eye with a curling iron on Christmas Eve and had to go to the ER (this was only a few years ago, btw). So...that gives you a little bit about me, haha! 😊 Some other highlights include...I am 41 years old. I've been married for almost 24 years, I have 3 adult kids and one who's 9. My family accuses me of being a crazy chicken lady. I have been a youth leader off and on for the last 15 years in different capacities. Jesus has given me a heart for the generation that somehow seems to scare some adults away. When these young people are in the craziest times of their lives, trying to figure out where they belong in this world, they need someone to help guide them through these murky waters and remind them that Jesus loves them always! I pray that I can be that person, if only for one young person, that's enough! 💜 It doesn't stop when they graduate from high school either, it's important to keep up with their lives well into adulthood. They need someone they can always call on to lead them back to Jesus and His great plan for their life! I can still do this today with my youth leaders from my crazy teenage years. It's a huge blessing to me!

 

Brian Strausser (Imprint)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Young Guns

Megan Delp (BASE)

Attending youth group as a student challenged me in so many ways and really helped me to make my faith my own. I desire to see other students learn and grow and I want to be a positive influence in their lives. As a child, I was never afraid of heights and found it quite fun to see how high I could climb. From trees, doorways and wash line posts, to climbing into my brother’s crib, the world was my jungle gym.

 

 

 

 

Mike DeVoll (BASE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Holly Meehan (BASE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Kaitlyn Aston (BASE)

Ever since I was a kid, I loved citing movie quotes/songs (intentionally or unintentionally). I could see a movie/hear a song once, and recall it back whenever I wanted. However, there is a downside to this capability: whenever somebody else unintentionally says something that cites a movie quote/song lyric (i.e. "Inconceivable!"), I ALWAYS respond with the next line (to finish the example, I would say "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means"). You should see some of the strange looks people always give me... Yet, the weird looks I get from it always make me laugh. Being a ministry means serving together as a body, not by letting one soul trying to lead alone. Given the opportunity to serve as a youth leader, I was super excited. Not only am I able to share God's love and grace with the students we encounter every week, but that I am also able to partake in a chance to impact them the way previous (and current) youth leaders had on my life. The middle and high school years of one's life can be the most trying and challenging, and that is why I am more than thrilled to be here with them every step of the way, guiding them back toward Christ. God always has such great things in store for ministries that are all-in and directed back towards praising Him!

Nick Melcher (BASE)

Ummmmm hi, my names nick...and I like to party. I mean I like to plan parties for youth group, yeah... Ok ok ok, here's something's about me!(because I know everyone is super interested) some of you younger kids may not know but I am short. I KNOW BIG SHOCKER! But ANYWAYS, I'm known in my family as the weird one but I love to have spend time with my family, and I have 2 parents! I love spending time with people and that's part of the reason I joined Salem's youth ministries, but the major reason I joined is because of Christ. I grew up with a religious back round but barely went to church as a family, and didn't really take it seriously. The years went on and I got older, and I got wonderful friends, and wonderful family members who had a heart for Christ. This impacted me and the changed the direction of where my life was going. That's why I am here, helping out at Salem bible church, to make a difference for Christ in the youth. I was very blessed to have people around me that loved me with the love of Christ and I wanna shine that light to the youth, and be that very blessing I was blessed with.

 

Turner Schoenly (BASE) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Joanna Solt (BASE)

I am a third year college student at Kutztown University. I surrendered my life to Christ as a freshman and never looked back since. The summer of 2016 I went on the "On the Road Missions" with Pastor Justin and 5 others and my relationship with the Lord grew even deeper. The Lord used the trip to reveal His Great Commission in ways I never even imagined. I began asking God for His direction in where He wants me in His plan and soon I was lead to FOSSIL Ministries. Through investing in young lives, God has revealed such a great importance in sharing true life, love, and what it is like to be given the freedom in being a young child of God. I wish I had taken this amazing opportunity when I was that age, but since I didn't, I am encouraged even more to be intentional and show Christ's love to every kid that walks through Salem's doors.

 

 

Ellie Houseknecht (Imprint)

 I’m known in my family for mispronouncing words. So when someone asks for a volunteer to read out loud I’m always hesitant to raise my hand, because who knows if I’ll pronounce geography like “gee-o-GRAPH-ee.” When I was in youth group, God really impacted me through the youth leaders I had. I learned a lot throughout those years because of their guidance and examples. I’d like to be able to do the same for those in youth group now, as these can be some of the most significant years of change and growth.

 

 

 

 

Tim Melcher (Imprint)

The name is Tim(short for Timmothy) and I'm kind of a silly, clumsy guy in important times. Not sure why but time and time again, just in moments trying to have fun I mess up. Whether it's being split down the center on an electric fence or spilling boiling hot soup on myself trying to prank someone. All that being said, it makes me a good fit for youth. Truly the main reason I help with the youth group is God has given me a great burden for them, their lives can be tough, even for kids growing up in the "perfect" Christian home. So, I want to be there for them and shine the light of Christ in their lives during these pivotal times. And Lord willing He will use me to impact them for Christ.

 

 

 

 

The Muscle

Robbie Napolitano (Imprint)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Robert Reitz (Imprint)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moms

Elisabeth Reese (BASE) 

I love working with students because this is such an intense time of life. Everything feels amplified. Good and bad. Hopes and dreams. Heartbreaks and disasters. I remember vividly what that feels like. In 7th grade I was goofing off on a field trip and fell into a river. Looking back, it was no big deal, just some wet clothes and a big laugh. But I remember being so mortified in that moment that I genuinely felt I would have preferred to disappear forever, rather than endure that embarrassment. Like many of the kids in our group, I grew up with the extraordinary privilege of a solid, Jesus-loving family and a wonderful Christian community and education to ground and guide me. But even in the best environment, being a teenager is HARD. The choices and mistakes made during these pivotal years will shape entire lives. It is a joy and an honor for me to get to share in, pray for, and be part of that in each of the kids in our group. My goal is to guide them to always rely on the Lord and seek Him for the wisdom to make excellent choices every day for the rest of their lives.

 

Ashley Williams (Imprint)

When I was younger my mom used to like to scare me, so she use hide in my room at night and I would go in my room and she would jump out from behind a corner and scary me silly. Needless to say, till this day, walking in to dark rooms is not my favorite thing to do because of not know what's going to be there I am serving in youth ministry because I have a heart for serving, and growing up, I had always enjoyed my youth group and my leaders of my youth group. I want to be apart of the youths lives to help them learn and grow with Jesus and their relationship with him. I want to also show them how to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their community.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Melcher (Imprint)

I have always been the shy and quiet person out of the bunch. So if any attention is adverted in my direction you can expect my face to turn all shades of red, from pink to dark pink to blazing red. I have recently joined the leadership group because I have felt a calling. This is such a vital age for maturing and I would love to help them find their way to discovering who God has made them to be. I did not have such guidance at their age and I can see now how important it would have been. It will be fantastic to be able to be involved on their journey.