Church Council

Vice President – Cheryl Varga

Cheryl has been a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection since 1993.  She first attended on an invitation to “Bring a friend Sunday” event.  Since that time, she has taught high school age Sunday School Class as well as confirmation classes.  She has also served as an Assisting Minister and Communion Assistant.  In 2005 Cheryl joined the Arise Praise team that was just starting.  In 2007 she graduated from the Diakonia program, and was installed as a congregational deacon.  For her congregational deacon project Cheryl became chairperson of the Worship and Music Committee.  Currently, Cheryl sings with both the traditional church choir and Arise Praise Band, serves on the Worship and Music committee, and is a member of church council.

Treasurer – Barb Spencer

Barbara is a long time member who has served on various committees voth at LCR and on the synod level.

Currently a member of the finance committee

Wife, mother and grandmother continues to work in health care.

Challenging times may call for creative solutions.

Now is the time to Be the Church more than ever.

Secretary – Kent Elwell

Kent has been a member of LCR since 1998.

Over the course of the past twenty one years, he’s taught Sunday school and  and also served on the Audit and Endowment committees,

Kent and his wife Betsy have three children. They (Sara, Michael, and James) were all confirmed at LCR.

Kent feels that it would be a privilege to serve on the Church Council.

Ruth DiDonato

Ruth has been a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection for 20 years. She has served as a counter, lector and bible study participant. She has been a Lutheran since childhood, her grandfather was a Lutheran minister. Ruth has 2 children, Tina & Mark, 2 step children Dawn & Drew and 3 grandchildren, Cloe,Josiah, and Eleanor. Ruth works as a riding instructor at Concord Acres and a substitute teacher for Hopewell Valley Regional School District. She now feels called to serve on council.

Jens Rosmus

Jens, a German-born immigrant has been in the U.S. for over 25 years. A resident of Yardley for over 12 years, he lived in places such as Switzerland, Texas, Arizona and California. He is happy being back in the four seasons and enjoys summer activities such as swimming, biking and running. When not doing sports, he can be seen riding his motorcycle with his daughter and friends. In the winter he enjoys activities like skiing and snowboarding. After having been a Corporate Finance executive working for Fortune 100 companies for over 20 years, the Lord has put him into a new mission, running a faith-based automotive service business in Montgomery County. That job, being a council member and raising his daughter keep him busy and excited to be doing God’s work.

Karla Lerie

Hi, I’m Karla Lerie! For those of you who don’t know, I was raised Methodist. When I moved to Levittown from Lock Haven, PA for a teaching job, I did not have a church and a friend invited me to hers. I was 22 at the time. I belonged to Resurrection Lutheran Church of Levittown for 20 years. I was married there, and my three Children were baptized there. I joined LCR in 2000. While at LCR I have led Adult Sunday School discussions, taught Vacation Bible School, helped to bag vegetables for the Welcome Garden, I help out with the shared meal on the 3rd Sunday of the month, volunteer at the backpack center (Interfaith Food Alliance) in Morrisville, participate in our monthly book group, pack brunch/lunches for ATHN, Helped with the pancake dinner before Easter and Lenten Soup Dinners, participate in Adult Bible Study, Have attended the Welcome Church in Philadelphia, Participate on our mission team and I was elected to Church Council in 2019. I’m beginning my second year on council representing the Sent Serve Fractal. I’m blessed to be able to babysit my granddaughters weekly.

Nellie Plummer

Nellie has been attending Lutheran Church of the Resurrection since 2004. She usually attends the 11 traditional service. Nellie is currently the co-chair of Worship and Music with Sue Hess. She is co-chair of the ushers with her sister Delane Branson. Nellie has recently started the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Ringers (a tone chime group). She serves as Assisting Minister at the 11 service. She has also served on Church Council.

Nellie has been a music teacher in the Morrisville School District for over 25 years. She teaches general elementary to kindergarten through fifth graders. She also teaches two high school classes. She graduated from West Chester University with a BS in Music Education. She also has her Master’s Degree from Marygrove College. Nellie has played her violin at times during the service.

Nellie is married to her husband Rich. They have been married for over 25 years. They have lived in Levittown for all those years. They have shared their home with several cats over the years, Fluffy being their current cat.

Nellie completed the two year Diakonia program through the ELCA Synod. She was installed in 2018. Nellie’s ministry has to do with prayer walks. She is very nature oriented. Nellie wanted to bring her love of nature and God into one ministry!

Hank Merritt

In June 2016 Hank married Barbara and began calling himself the Deacon’s Assistant. With his installation in June 2019, he is no longer a Deacon’s Assistant. He enjoys serving, with Barbara, as a Communion Assistant and Lector. Together they train the new Acolytes. He serves monthly at Pickering Manor, and enjoys the Wednesday morning Bible studies and Sonshiner events.

As a Deacon, Hank’s ministry is to serve as a Stephen Ministry Leader – training Stephen Ministers for LCR and being an administrator of the program.

Hank serves the homeless with the bus transportation team of the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need. Together they maintain the clothing room in LCR that is active during our monthly shared meals.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Hank is a Life Member of the Marine Corps League.