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Don Wahlig

Rev. Donald B. Wahlig
Senior Pastor

Rev. Wahlig was baptized and raised at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant near Wilmington, Delaware. Don, as he prefers to be called, graduated from the Univ. of Delaware with a BA in English Literature, then moved to New York to begin a career in advertising sales. While in New York, Don found a church home at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. In the young adults group there, he met his wife, Beth, also a lifelong Presbyterian. During this time, Don earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and made the transition to become a marketing manager at American Express.

During this period Don and Beth moved to New Jersey to start their family. They are blessed with two daughters, Emma and Jane. Through a series of events and moving by the Holy Spirit, Don discerned his call to pursue pastoral ministry. He enrolled at Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ, and graduated with highest honors. He served at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church as Associate Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism, followed by Acting Head of Staff in May, 2015. Shortly thereafter, Don sensed God's hand in directing him to pursue his current position as Senior Pastor of Silver Spring where he began in January, 2016. He says, "Beth and I are convinced that the Spirit is calling me to walk alongside the congregation as together we follow Jesus Christ in leading lives of even greater faithfulness."

 

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John Dyson
Director of Youth Ministry

John and his family are members at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church near Shippensburg where he serves as an ordained Deacon and has been nominated to serve on Session.  A Real Estate professional, John is pursuing the call to ordained ministry which he heard as a very active lay leader at MSPC. He is studying at Dubuque University Theological Seminary's Master of Divinity (MDiv) Distance program. 

At MSPC, John has been involved in numerous ministries that touch multiple generations.  He has helped lead Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and young adult Bible Study.  An avid musician, John led the creation of Middle Stringers, a small musical group that travels to nursing homes, preschools, churches and various other venues to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

John has been married to his wife, Rhonda, for 15 years.  Together they have three children, Kemper (12), Joey (10) and Emma (7).  They also have a giant lovable mastiff named Isis and a smallish – and adorable – English Bulldog, Bertha.    

Kyle and Evie Weary

 

Kyle Weary
Director of Music

Kyle joined the staff in August, 2016. He has a Master of Music degree for conducting and Vocal Pedagogy from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, in Winchester, Virginia. Kyle also has a Bachelor of Music degree from the same Conservatory in Virginia, in Music Education. Kyle currently teaches for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, in Washington County, MD where he is the Department Head for the Vocal Music program. Kyle's background includes the position of Director of Music for the Palmyra Church of the Brethren in Palmyra, Pa. He has been a guest conductor for a number of choirs as well as theatrical productions.Kyle currently lives in Mechanicsburg and has one lovely daughter, Evie.  

 

Erica

Erica Ickes
Organist

Erica earned her B.A. degre in Music, with a concentration in Paino from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. She has served several chures as choir accompanist and substitute organist in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. She is very happy to be here at Silver Spring. Erica enjoys running, teaching piano, and spending time with her children, John and Cassidy, and her husband, Chris.

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Nina Blaszka
Children's Choir Director

Nina joined the staff in November, 2016. She is the Assistant Director of the Fine Arts at West Shore Christian Academy. Nina earned a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Western Illinois University, May 2016. She also attended Messiah College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Spring 2013.

Nina's teaching experience includes working as a co-teacher for a Woodwind Methods Course, a substitute teacher for Music History and general music courses, and a private oboe instructor. She completed her student teaching at West Perry High School and Middle School where she taught instrumental lessons, general music classes, and co-directed the high school concert band, jazz band, and middle school concert bands. 

Barbara

Barbara Shoun
Parish Nurse

Barbara has been a member of Silver Spring for 25 years. She joined the staff in September 2010. She earned a Registered Nurse degree from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Health Arts from Saint Frances University. Her career in nursing and medicine has been varied in several specialties. Barbara enjoys sewing, crafts, going to the beach at Cape May, NJ, and spending time with her four granddaughters.

Kristen

Kristen McGaffin
Preschool Director

Kristen began serving as SSPC's Preschool Director in 2010. She is a 1996 graduate of Elizabethtown College with a B.A. in Communications. Kristen and her family have been a part of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church for many years. She and her husband Mark have three children; Lauren, Ryan and Jayson, all of whom graduated from SSPC Preschool.

Kristen stays busy with dance, baseball and soccer with her children and enjoys supporting their activities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, PSU football and trips to Stone Harbor, NJ.

 

Diane

Diane Rabold
Business Manager

Diane joined the staff in 1999. She has a B.S. from East Stroudsburg University and has many years of experience in commercial banking. Diane has been the head tennis coach at Bishop McDevitt High School for the past several years and also competes in league tennis.

Priscilla

Priscilla Biller
Office Manager

Priscilla joined the staff in 2009. She graduated from Messiah College with a B.S. in Biology and spent many years working in the field of Microbiology and Infection Control. Priscilla and her husband, Gerry, stay active by playing with their grandchildren. She also enjoys her knitting group, Bible study, cooking, and her toy poodle, Zoey.

John

John Clegg
Custodial Supervisor

John joined the staff in 2010. He lives in Newport with his wife, Michelle, and their two boys, Johnny and Justin; who are the joys of his life. John enjoys fishing, hunting and chocolate. He loves serving people, which is evident the moment you meet him.

   

Our Leadership

Session

Each Presbyterian congregation has a governing body of persons, elected from their active membership, as Elders, serving a three year term. This group of Elders makes up the Session. The Session has the responsibility for overseeing the life of a particular congregation

Silver Spring's Session is made up of 21 Elders, a Clerk of Session, and the Pastor. The Pastor is the Moderator of the Session. Like a Pastor, Elders are ordained to their ministry.

The Session is organized into various committees, most of which are open to members and friends of the congregation. Through these committees, the Session keeps the congregation focused on the mission of Christian "worship, fellowship, and discipleship."

Board of Deacons

Deacons are elected from the active membership of the congregation, serving a three year term. The principle focus of Silver Spring's Deacons is a ministry of compassion and kindness directed towards members of the congregation and folks living in the immediate community.

Silver Spring's Board of Deacons is made up of 32 Deacons with 2 being Youth Deacons. The Youth Deacons are elected to a one year term. Like the Pastor, the Deacons are ordained to their ministry as well.

For listings of the current members of these boards, please refer to the Resources section.

 

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