Rev. Carrie Call has responsibility for the administration of Penn Central Conference and the spiritual care of its pastors, churches, members and congregations.
Carrie has served as our Transitional Conference Minister since August 1, 2019. She came to us from Lancaster Theological Seminary where she worked since October of 2016 as the Executive Director of Development and Communication. Prior to the Seminary she served the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ as an associate conference minister from 2012-2016. She also worked for 10 years at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, as an instructor in the departments of Psychology and Education and director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement. From 1992-97 she was pastor of Old First Church, Middletown, N.J.
Carrie holds three degrees from Cornell University: B.S. in Rural Sociology (1986), M.S. in Development Sociology (2000), and Ph.D. in Education (2004). She received a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Systematic Theology from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1990, and was ordained as a minister with full standing in the United Church of Christ in 1994. She currently serves the denomination in a variety of ways: On the United Church Board (where she is chair of the Task Force on Clergy Financial Wellness), on the UCC Historical Council; and a co-facilitator of the UCC History and Polity Teachers Network. She is author of Spiritually Healthy Divorce: Navigating Disruption with Insight & Hope (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2010). She lives in Lancaster with her husband Randall, who is Professor Emeritus of Reformation Studies at the University of Notre Dame as well as an adjunct faculty member in Church History at Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Rev. Foust provides conference wide leadership focusing on preparation, formation and continuing education for ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ for authorized ministers and the ministry settings in the Penn Central Conference.
Nora is a cradle-UCCer. At the heart of her call is a passion for teaching and helping others live into the call of God on their lives, individually and in community. She has served the local church in several roles along this journey: deacon, youth leader, Sunday School teacher, liturgist, lay preacher, associate pastor and judicatory staff. Nora explored many avenues of lay leadership in the church while pursuing a career first in education and then in college athletics administration, before attending seminary and seeking ordination in Christian ministry. Along the way, she served in wider church ministry on the executive committees of the boards of the Eastern North Carolina Association, Johns River Valley Camp and Blowing Rock Conference Center. There is a great love for outdoor ministry expressed through service for years as a program director at Johns River Valley Camp and through work with the Southern Regional Winter Youth Retreat at Blowing Rock Conference Center. This past summer, she began her relationship with Hartman Center serving as a Big Splash participant and as a chaplain for one of the camp weeks.
One focus of Rev. Foust’s ministry in Penn Central Conference is staffing the Committees on Ministry as they work with already authorized ministers as well as those seeking ordination to pursue excellence in that work. Helping to interpret the draft Manual on Ministry working toward more consistent processes across Penn Central Association Committees, Nora brings administrative gifts with an eye toward detail and consistency. Additionally, she has envisioned more relevant boundary training awareness for authorized ministers that invites them to see healthy boundaries as an everyday habit in ministry rather than a 6-hour workshop that has to be attended every 3 years. The topical, two-hour sessions, including one designed especially for retired clergy, occur several times a year so that ministers can choose topics that are relevant to their ministry and keep on the 6-hours every three years cycle. Part of bring relevancy into this training has included the development of trainings for local church leaders as well.
Another area of focus for Nora is leadership development and training. Servant recruitment is only effective if those being recruited are trained for the ministry they are called to in the local church. From the ministry of the sexton and the Sunday School volunteer, all the way across the spectrum of the church to the ministry of the pastor, Rev. Foust seeks to encourage continued practical and spiritual development and growth so that all members of the Church might live fully into being the body of Christ that celebrates the differing gifts of its many members. Nora is a graduate of Elon University (’98) with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She earned her teaching license and taught high school social studies and worked as an athletic trainer for four years prior to returning to Elon to work as the Assistant Athletics Business Manager and Ticket Manager. Nora also holds a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School (’07). She was ordained at First Reformed UCC in Burlington, NC and served as Associate Pastor there prior to being called into ministry with the Southern Conference in 2012 and then to Penn Central Conference in 2016. She continues to envision her call through a teaching lens and strives to help others seek excellence in their ministry, both lay and clergy. She lives in Harrisburg with her husband, Mike and their two children, Mckenzie (20) and Joshua (8).
Rev. Dodds provides oversight of the weeks of summer camp as well as conference sponsored events at Hartman Center throughout the year.
Scott Watts is responsible for recruiting, training, and coordinating a team of chaplains in the Associations and throughout the Conference to provide pastoral care to Clergy and Clergy families in their times of need.
Scott Watts has been a pastoral counselor to many clergy and clergy families for over 16 years as Director of Bethany Counseling Ministry and in private practice in Harrisburg, PA. He has also provided clinical supervision for other therapists and conducted a number of workshops and seminars for clergy on prayer, spirituality, communication, self-differentiation, and being a non-anxious presence in midst of conflict, to name a few.
He has earned a Master of Divinity degree and worked for five (5) years in local pastoral ministry, in the Quaker tradition, which he says has given him “an appreciation for the challenges and rewards of ministry in the church.” His clinical training will be beneficial in assisting chaplains in the various Associations.
Scott says that he “…feels drawn to and a concern for pastors today, partly out of my own experience, but also out of a desire to support those men and women who provide a witness to the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of them stand on the front lines of service in difficult circumstances and I know from consultations with Penn Central Conference staff that the care, support and love provided for clergy can make a very real contribution to the building up of the Kingdom of God.”
Paul’s primary duties include financial management, preparing the weekly eNews and other missives, organizing meetings and maintaining pastoral and church records. All address changes should be directed to him.
Paul Keller was born and raised in the greater Harrisburg area. After a very short tenure as a writer for a local magazine and blogger, he spent 14 years in Retail Management at Super Shoes stores before pivoting to church office work in 2018. He joins PCC after a stint as Church Administrator for Hummelstown UCC.
Paul is life-long active church member, serving in lay leadership roles since his teens. He has been a member of Metropolitan Community Church of the Spirit in Harrisburg since 2008 and has lead Bible studies and given sermons there. He regularly celebrates communion, sings in the choir and co-hosts their monthly Drag Bingo fundraisers.
Paul currently lives with his husband in Lemoyne. He is a homeschool graduate of 2002. When not at work, Paul enjoys music, reading, podcasts and baking.
Laura is responsible for scheduling meetings for our ministry groups and keeping our master calendar updated. She also is our profile secretary and receives clergy and church profiles and works on search and call along with supporting the Penn Central Conference staff.
Laura Dalton joins the Penn Central Conference staff with previous experience working as an Event Coordinator, Director of Communications, Program Director, and Sr. Recreation Specialist for Parks and Recreation organizations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas.
She is familiar with Microsoft programs, Web sites and various marketing tools. Her writing and editing skills are highly honed, having written and produced web-based and print articles, publications and projects. She has also served on several social media marketing teams (using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
Having planned many events throughout her career, she thinks incrementally with the mind of a project planner. Of course, this will be very helpful for assisting with planning Annual Meeting and other Conference events.
Laura sings with the Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus and currently serves as Metropolitan Community Church Northeast Network Leader. She and her partner of 18 years (and legal spouse since 2015), Rev. Fern Gaffey (retired MCC clergy), live in Camp Hill.
Her educational background includes a Master of Science degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism, Certificate of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration and English (Summa Cum Laude).
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 4:00pm