Meet the Staff…


DSC_2523The Rev. Lisa M. Leber began her call at First Lutheran in August 2013. She is thrilled to serve a congregation which loves good liturgy and music, has a heart for social ministry, and is warm and welcoming to all!

Pastor Leber is a native of Central Pennsylvania and a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (College of William and Mary), and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. She served as associate pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, from 1995-2000 and under calls to specialized ministry at two Lutheran social ministry organizations between 2000-2013. Pastor Leber currently serves on the boards of United Lutheran Seminary, the Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central Pennsylvania, and Safe Harbour.

Recordings of her recent sermons are available under the Worship tab or by clicking here.

Pastor Leber can be e-mailed at or reached via her direct office number: (717) 462-6138.

Pastoral Assistant:

Pastor Lorenz (2)The Rev. Richard Lorenz joined our staff in March of 2015 after retiring as the senior pastor of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg. Before serving Trindle Spring, Pastor Lorenz served congregations in New Cumberland and southeastern Pennsylvania. He is married to Marsha and enjoys playing golf, reading and psychology.

Minister of Music:

The newest member of our ministry team, Andy Hoke, began at First Lutheran in early August, coming to us from Christ Church U.C.C. in Bethlehem. Prior to that, he served as the director of music at Second Presbyterian Church here in Carlisle. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, and also has experience as a middle school music teacher. Andy and his wife, Christina, have three children, Simon, India, and Philip.

Andy can be emailed at or reached via his direct office number:  (717) 462-6140.

Office Manager:

Robin Orner has worked in the First Lutheran Church office since April 2004. She oversees the congregation’s communications, supports Congregation Council and all committees, and keeps things running smoothly. Robin and her husband, Sam, also serve in many volunteer capacities for First Lutheran. We are grateful for all she does!

Robin can be e-mailed at or reached via the main church number: (717) 249-3310.


JohnSThis summer, we honored John Shughart, Jr. for his twenty years of service caring for the physical plant of our congregation. We are glad for his experience, knowledge, and commitment as we try to be a good steward of the beautiful building and grounds we’ve been blessed with for ministry.

John can be reached via the main church number: (717) 249-3310.

         Financial Secretary:

Erin McCusker began serving as our part-time financial secretary in August 2015. Erin has over ten years of non-profit accounting experience and has worked both through her own consulting firm and that of a local CPA. She lives in Carlisle with her husband, Scott, daughter, Maggie, and stepson, Damian.

Erin can be e-mailed at