Meet Our Staff
Pastor St. John's Windish
UPG Pastoral Partner
The Rev. Suzanne
Pastor Suzanne graduated from Temple University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. For a couple of years, she worked as an Occupational Therapist in case management. Suzanne graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1992 but choose not to take a call and returned to occupational therapy. She worked in home health care for several years and then joined the faculty at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia as an instructor in Occupational Therapy. During her time at the university she served as Assistant Dean of Academic Success with responsibilities for the academic advising program and first year student success programing. She also graduated from Temple University with a Master of Arts in Religion in 2002. No longer able to resist God’s call to ministry she was ordained in 2007 and is currently serving as pastor of St. John’s Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church.
She is a widow with three stepchildren and seven grandchildren. She lives in Fogelsville with her rescue dog, Fiona, and her rescue cats Oedipus and Mistofelees. She enjoys golf, traveling, reading and being outside.
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.
Ms Marisa Deshler
Marisa Deshler has been the organist at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church for the past 20 years. In 2018, she began directing the St. Peter’s choir. She has enjoyed her new responsibilities of directing the choirs, as well as continuing to play the organ in worship. She also works closely with Linda Maule and the other members of the Music and Worship Ministry team to coordinate the worship planning for the UPG. Linda and I work together to choose hymns for worship. We also take turns directing the joint choir anthems on UPG Joint Worship Experiences. She is happy to be a part of all of the music ministries of the UPG.
She completed her undergraduate studies in Music at Cedar Crest College and earned her M.A. in Music History from Rutgers University. She did her graduate thesis on examining the organ works of J.S. Bach and his students. Since completing her graduate work, she has continued to study organ privately. She enjoys learning the organ repertoire and performing it at concerts at St. Peters. She is a member of the Lehigh Valley Guild of Organists. In addition to serving at the UPG, she is the piano accompanist and member of The Jerusalem Singers and a member of the professional a capella singing group, The Wandering Singers. Both of these choral groups regularly perform concerts throughout the Lehigh Valley. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Pete, and their daughter, Katherine.
Church Office Secretary
Ms Sandy Horwath
For the past sixteen years Sandy has been the church secretary at Light of Christ (formerly Messiah Lutheran Church). For the last three years, she has been Coordinator for the UPG at the Light of Christ campus. She enjoys doing God’s work with her heart and hands. Her biggest pleasure is to attend to the needs of the UPG parishioners and church responsibilities.
UPG Parish Nurse
Ms Donna Musselman, RN, CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room)
Donna began her health care career 48 years ago. She is a graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. She has worked in the operating room for the last 39 years. She was one of the early recipients of St. Luke’s PCRAFT award. (Pride, Caring, Respect, Accountability, Flexibility, Teamwork): a peer nominated and chosen award. She has held numerous roles in her hospital career: staff nurse, team leader, charge nurse, assistant nurse manager, and, on several occasions, interim OR nurse manager.
As parish nurse she is able to assist you in understanding health care information provided by your physician, answer questions you may have concerning health issues and can offer and suggest practices to maintain good health.
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.
VIsitation Ministry Coordinator
Ms Michel Lloyd
I have been a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church since birth. My entire working life was spent at St. Luke’s Hospital, now known as St. Luke’s University Health Network, performing a job ( Blood Banking and Transfusion ) in a workplace I truly loved and from which I retired, very reluctantly, after 50 years service. I was blessed by Pastor Jerry’s offer to become the Home Visitation Ministry Coordinator because it allowed me to be more closely involved with my church family and also to often make trips to the hospital to visit the sick. Our Homebound Ministry has grown with the formation of the UPG and the growth in the number of members of our church family. I am busier than ever with visitations, singing in the choirs, both church and Bach, my commitment to the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter, involvement in the many activities afforded by the UPG, and most importantly my family of four children and their spouses, plus seven delightful grandchildren. Thanks be to God for all the ways in which He has blessed me!
ELCA Deacon, Minister of Music (choir director and organist) and Social Ministry Leader at Light of Christ
Ms Linda Maule
Linda graduated from West Chester University with a BS in Music Education and earned an MA in organ performance from Marywood University. She took courses at Moravian Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to satisfy requirements for the lay certification of Associate in Ministry (renamed Deacon). After being commissioned by the bishop in 2002, Linda continued to serve as the parish musician at former Messiah, a position she has held since 1982, and she took on additional hours as visitation minister and convener of the social ministry committee now called GWOH - God’s Work.Our Hands. In addition, she taught vocal music in Easton and Bethlehem for over 30 years and served as church musician at Christ Lutheran and Memorial UCC in Easton before coming to the former Messiah.
Linda is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. She is also active with the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists having served as secretary, dean (twice) and recently elected to a 3-year term on the chapter board. Linda sang for many years in the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been married to Gordon since 1965, and they have two married sons - Darren and Ryan.
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.