Welcome to Willow Street United Church of Christ
Rev. Ron BohannonPastor
Pastor Ron has been Senior Pastor of the Willow Street Church for over 12 years. Originally from Arkansas (you’ll hear a “slight” southern drawl!), he has pastored churches in Kentucky and Ohio before moving to Lancaster County. He loves preaching, teaching and caring for the folks of WSC. He and Robin have 4 grown children and (to date) 5 grandkids.
Rev. Liza GarciaAssociate Pastor
Pastor Liza has served Willow Street Church since 2010 but has been a member since 2007. Prior to migrating to the U.S. she served at United Church of Christ - Cosmopolitan Church in Manila, Philippines, as a pastor of one of five congregations and two weekly prayer services, and as director of Christian Education, Youth and Children’s Ministry. She finds great pleasure in leading worship services, preaching, member visitations and teaching children’s Sunday School. She is happily married to Paul Garcia with whom she is blessed with a son, Jacob Immanuel.
Brenda GragerDirector of Music
Brenda Grager is Director of Music at Willow Street Church where she leads singing in worship, plans choir anthems for worship and directs the choir. She is a 2008 graduate of Eastern University where she graduated with honors with a BA in Organizational Management. From 1971-1974, she studied Music Education with a voice major and piano minor at Mansfield University. She currently sings with Lancaster Chamber Singers and Musical Associates, chamber choirs in the Lancaster area. She has three children and five beautiful grandchildren.
Jack Behrens studied piano from a young age and subsequently earned degrees in music composition from The Juilliard School and Harvard University (Ph.D.); his formal organ lessons were confined to one summer with Frank McConnell here in Lancaster. As organist Behrens endeavors to select Preludes, Offertories and Postludes congruent with sermon topics and/or the church year.
Paul GarciaSound Technician
Paul shares many gifts and skills to Willow Street Church as a Sexton and Sound Technician. A graduate of Electronics Engineering, he is very handy and the “go-to guy” for most anything that needs fixed in the church. He has been with the church since late 2004. Before coming to the U.S. he ran his own computer hardware and electronic business, worked with home and business security systems, as well as retail display systems. He is married to Liza with whom he shares a son.
Deb LandisAdministrative Assistant
Deb Landis is the Administrative Assistant at Willow Street Church and works part time as support to the pastoral staff and as a resource to the committees and members of the church. Married with grown children, Deb brings experience from her preceding positions as a legal administrator and director of Christian education. She currently serves as a Lay minister for local Methodist churches.