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

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 as accompanist for 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

Charles Adler served as the church sexton since April 2018.  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.