Meet Our Staff
UPG Intentional Interim Pastor
The Rev. Mike Button
Mike Button is a 1974 graduate of Louisiana State University and a 1978 graduate of Luther Theological Seminary. From 1978 through 2020 Pastor Mike served churches in what is now the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA. He’s been an Associate Pastor, a solo Pastor, a Senior Pastor, and an internship supervisor. Over and above his parish duties, Pastor Mike has been active in the hospice movement, campus ministry, and his synod’s camping and outdoor retreat ministries. If he had a nickel for every mile he’s logged taking youth groups on mission trips, backpacking adventures, and overseas pilgrimages, he’d be in pretty good shape. Pastor and Carolyn married right after graduating from LSU, and while Pastor was in seminary she earned an education degree from the University of Minnesota. She retired after 25 years as a social studies teacher in Texas public schools. They have two children – Mary, who’s just been approved for ordination in the ELCA, and Tommy, a film and video editor who lives in Brooklyn with his wife Melanie and their (adorable) son Hank.
Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator
Mr. Josh Gulotta
Josh moved to Bethlehem with his wife Rae in 2018, and they’ve been a involved with the UPG ever since. Josh worked as a pastoral assistant at Christ Lutheran Community Church and University Lutheran in Philadelphia and St. John’s in NYC. He and Rae have one dog named Peter Barker and two cats named Pablo Picatso and Sammeow Beckcat.
Minister of Music, St. John's Windish
Mr. Jim Long
Jim Long has served at St. John's Windish Lutheran Church as organist and choir director for the past 29 years. A music major at West Chester University, he studied as an organ major under Dr. Harry Wilkinson and a tuba minor under Dr. James Welles. Jim worked for JPMorgan Chase for 23 years in the IT department until 2008. A new career began in 2009 at Olde Homestead Golf Club in New Tripoli and in 2012 he graduated from Rutgers University's Turf Management program where he continues life in a new direction in turfgrass maintenance. Jim is a member of Liberty High School Alumni Band as principal tuba and also is a member of Southside Brass of Bethlehem. A lifelong resident of Bethlehem, he resides there along with his cat Wanda, who just "wanda'd" to the house. Travel, gardening, golfing and of course music are life's enjoyments.
Ms. Kathy Novak
Administrative Assistant St. John's Windish
I originally attended St. John’s Windish with my aunt before her marriage around 1958. I was 16 at the time. Graduated from Allentown High School--now William Allen. I came back to St. John’s when I married Eugene Novak in 1963. We have 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. We also have a rescue dog, Rocco and 2 rescue cats, Pumpkin and Kitti. I have worked at St. John’s Windish office since before our first grandchild was born. Approximately 30 years or more. Since I usually work 2 days a week, I worked other places in between (EcoGen, Attorney’s Abstract, First Night, SponsorLink, St. Matthews). I was also on the board of Southside Ministries and taught VBS there. One of my loves is spending time with our children and grandchildren.
I made a couple of banners for church, was a Eucharistic minister, sacristan, usher, greeter, Altar Society, Altar Guild, and did some scheduling. I also enjoy gardening, reading, sewing, participating in St. John’s book club, working on the church newsletter. It is a joy to work at St. John’s Windish. I have truly been blessed by all our wonderful parishioners.
Parish Administrator St. John's Windish
Ms. Jody Fliter
I have been the Parish Administrator for St. John’s Windish for close to 4 years. I have been a member of St. John’s since I was a young child. Attending Sunday school, I was confirmed here, and also participated in the youth group and Jr. Choir. As an adult I was on Church Council for 6 years, I was active in Altar Society, Social Activities, Altar Guild, and being an Usher/Greeter. The years I spent growing up in this church has given me a strong relationship with God and my church family.
I graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, and also graduated from Northampton Community College I retired after 30 years working for Northampton County, and currently I am employed at St. Luke’s University Health Network, in the Emergency Department Registration. I am a single dog mommy, and enjoy cooking and baking; I like to hike and be outdoors, and enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, especially anything Disney related and hope to adventure more into this great big country of ours.