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Pastor Wayne Shamer - Pastor - Committee on Lay Leadership (Nominations) Chairperson

Finance Committee Member

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Pastor Wayne Shamer – A Biographical Sketch  ( )

Pastor Wayne was born on Setember 28th, 1944 in Patapsco, Carroll County, Maryland. Wayne is the son of Howell and Ella Shamer (both deceased) and had 3 brothers (2 are deceased) and 4 sisters (1 is deceased).

Pastor Wayne attended Sandymount Elementary for 6 years. He graduated from Westminster High School in June of 1962. He attended York College and later Graduated from Wesley Seminary in 2004.

In 1962 he met Shirley Thoman from Glen Rock, PA. She became his wife in June of 1963 and they have been married for 53 years. The Shamers have one daughter, Teresa Lee (Shamer) Keith and husband Douglas Keith. They have three grandsons, Eddie, Douglas and Wayne.

On January of 1963 he entered the United States Marine Corps and served six years of active duty in Viet Nam as a combat engineer. After discharge he worked for P. H. Glatfelter in Spring Grove, PA as a licensed mechanical repairman for 28 years.

Service to the Church and community have included:

President of York County PTO - Sunday School Teacher - Lay Speaker - Certified Lay Speaker - Lewisburg Moving Coordinator and several Church Missions.

In June of 1993 Pastor Wayne answered God's call to the ministry and became licensed in 1995. He first served as Pastor at the Bittersville/Grace Charge in Windsor, PA. Later he served the Runville Charge in State College for seven years and the White Deer Charge in White Deer, PA also for seven years 

In June of 2012 he retired as a full time Pastor but once again the Lord called (as did the UM Church) and he took over as Pastor for the Violet Hill Church on George Street in York.

Along with his Pastoral duties he has volunteered at the Local 1303 Papermakers Union, the Marine Corps League, the Evangelical Hospital and the White Deer Fire Company.

Pastor Wayne's interests include hunting, fishing, nature walks, writing poetry, gardening, restoring his 1950 Chevy and he is writing several books. In his free time he loves reading (ancient civilizations) but most importantly he states he loves his Lord Jesus Christ.

Chris Bixby - Trustee and Co-Chairman of Pastor/Staff Relations Committee
Dan Blaydon - Trustee
Paul Brown - Trustee and Chairman of Trustees
Sally Brown - Administrative Council Recording Secretary

Member of Pastor/Staff Relations Committee and Finance Committee Member and Church Organist

John Elicker - Member of Pastor/Staff Relations Committee -

Member of Committee on Lay Leadership (Nominations) and Delegate to Annual Conference -

Member of Administrative Council and webmaster for this site

(717) 779-5092

Lew Elicker - Administrative Council Chairman, Financial Secretary,

Finance Committee Member and Choir Director

Linda Elicker - Administrative Council Member at large

Finance Committee Member, Trustee and Member of Pastor/Staff Relations Committee

Nancy (Nan) Hershner - Administrative Council Member at large
Mary Kraft - Treasurer

Administrative Council and Finance Committee Member, and Children's Church Co-coordinator

Joe Shamer - Trustee
Joanne Townsend - Member of Committee on Lay Leadership (Nominations)
Tom Townsend - Chairman of Finance Comm

Co-Chairperson of Pastor/Staff Relations Committee and Administrative Council Member at Large

Dan Withers - Trustee