Meet the Staff

The Rev. Anthony Lorenz has served as pastor at First Church since July 2015. In addition to his service at First Church, “Tony” is an active member of the Presbytery of Carlisle, serving as chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Mission Advocacy Committee. He regularly participates in mission trips and has traveled to Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, and Syria.  Prior to coming to First Church, Tony served for seven years as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Upper West Conococheague, Mercersburg, PA. He also served for one year as a supply pastor at the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church in Ohio. Tony is a native of Warsaw, OH, and grew up in the First Presbyterian Church there. He is an honors graduate of Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2007 and was ordained by the Muskingum Valley Presbytery in 2008. Pastor Tony can be reached at alorenz.fpcarl@pa.net.

Deborah Madden has served as the Director of Educational Ministries since January 1, 2001. “Debby” holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, with majors in English and History. She is a Certified Associate Christian Educator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and holds a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Seminary, Decatur, GA. Debby’s hobbies are reading, cheering for her Phillies, and painting. She married Dave Madden in 1995. Their grandchildren are known as the “3M’s”:  Michelle, Mason & McKenzie. Debby was honored as 2016 “Educator of the Year” from the Eastern Region of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. She can be reached at dmadden.fpcarl@pa.net.

Arthur Thompson, a lifelong member of First Presbyterian, has served as organist since 2013. “Art” is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Winchester, VA. In addition to being a private piano instructor, he has performed for many professional and civic organizations. Art has served as musical director/accompanist for over 60 mid-state theater productions, and has been accompanist for Cantate Carlisle since the group was formed in 1990.

Susan Shuey has served as Adult Choir Director since 2011. Sue is a retired high school choral music teacher.  She has sung for many years in several area choral groups, to include Cantate Carlisle.

Avis Allen has been the church’s administrative secretary since November 2007.  A Newville, PA native, she returned to the area in August 2007 after completing a 30-year career as an Army civilian, having served 1977-1993 at Carlisle Barracks, and 1993-2007 in Alexandria, VA.  Her free time is spent playing the piano and organ, knitting, and enjoying time with daughter Hillary and granddaughter Olivia. She can be reached at fpcarl@pa.net.

Charles Adler served as the church janitor since April 2018 and added sexton duties in January 2019.  In addition to his church duties, “Chuck” is the public relations coordinator at Universe in Motion School of Creative Arts, Carlisle. He enjoys serving First Church as he feels it allows him to serve the community through his music, his message of unity, and his passion for the Arts.