Meet the Staff

Our Pastor

 Rev. Charles McClung III (Charlie): “I am 5th in a line of Presbyterian Ministers and did my best to avoid getting hit by that generational bus, growing up in the church but keeping a certain distance while planning (and beginning) a career in secondary education.  God had different ideas, calling me first to a personal and committed faith, and later to pastoral ministry.

That ministry has included prior churches in Aliquippa, Franklin, and Lake City, PA.  It has also included a spiritual support and prayer ministry for people seeking emotional healing, a prison healing group at SCI Albion, and part time work as a hospice chaplain with AseraCare Hospice.  As these ministries developed and changed contemplative prayer has been a rich and transforming support.

Throughout I’ve been blessed with a small family in my wife, Joan (a “mish-kid” who was born in India!), and an adult son, Felix (who “dodged” the family “ministry bus” by going into social work and lives in Minnesota).

To keep life balanced I love to play my French horn in the Gem City Concert Band and the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra,  hike and paddle my kayak, and watch a few trains (‘Choo-choo Charlie’).  Even played a little hockey for a few years – what a blast!  Jesus is not a dull Lord!”


Dr. Robert W. Holderer is Organist and Choir Director.  He is also the Assistant Department Chair of the English and Philosophy Department and Director of the University Writing Center.  He graduated with a BA in from Houghton College in 1972, an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College in 1976, an MEPD in English from the University of Wisconsin: Whitewater in 1986, and a Ph.D. in English (Composition and Rhetoric) from Oklahoma State University in 1993.  He has been at Edinboro since 1993.


Administrative Assistant 

Kathy Kuffer is the mother of two boys, Jeremy and Nicholas. She graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1984 and attended Mercyhurst College and Tri-State Business Institute. She has worked as an administrative assistant for over 20 years at various locations including St. Vincent Health Center, Stairways Behavioral Health and St. John’s Lutheran Church. In addition to New Hope, she currently works at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. She is a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoys spending time with her family, crafts and board games — especially Scrabble.