Rev. Robert Zimmerman
Pastor Robert Zimmerman was largely brought up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, but has also lived in Ohio, Alabama, and Illinois. Prior to moving to Lancaster he spent twenty seven years in the greater Philadelphia area. He is a graduate Messiah College and United Theological Seminary (Dayton Ohio).
Robert has had a rich diversity of ministry and vocational experiences which include Prison Chaplaincy, Professional Counseling, Social Work, and in small business entrepreneurship. A large portion of Robert’s professional life was serving as Pastor to numerous congregations in and around the Philadelphia area. He has served extensively in both the Philadelphia Baptist Association, and ABCOPAD (American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware.) While acquiring his Divinity School training, Robert served for five years as a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church of East Ohio Conference.
Pastor Robert has an adult daughter living in the Philadelphia area, and family in the Carlisle. He enjoys a diversity of interests outside of ministry which include motorcycling, bicycling, travel, reading, frequenting local restaurants, and spending quality time with friends and family. He enjoys the natural beauty and the vibrant culture of Lancaster County. For additional information visit: www.zimspiration.com
Amy Yovanovich, Minister of Music
Ms. Amy Yovanovich is our Minister of Music. She is a current a resident of Middletown, was a 1989 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School. After high school, she studied voice/opera at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, PA. Ms. Yovanovich studied under Mr. John Darrenkamp, a well-known veteran of the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City and currently studies with Ms. Kyle C. Engler, Mezzo-Soprano, Baltimore, Maryland. She has served as lead soloist at St. James and St. Thomas Episcopal Churches in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ms. Yovanovich has performed with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music Opera Theatre Workshop, Lancaster and Harrisburg Opera Companies and the Reading Lite Opera Company.
Ms. Yovanovich is a vocal instructor and Exectutive Director for the State Street Academy of Music in Harrisburg, PA, vocal instructor for the Lancaster Conservatory of Music, and Minister of Music at Westgate Baptist Church in Lancaster, Pa Anne Nye, InstrumentalistShe has served as lead soloist at St. James and St. Thomas Episcopal Churches in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has perform
Piano Accompanist David Ryan. David considers himself to have gotten a late start in music. At the age of 14 he heard a new Pianist (Bill Thompson) play at his church for the first time. It was then David knew deep in his heart that he wanted to learn to play the Piano. A year after hearing Mr. Thompson play at church, Mr. Thompson unfortunately had a heart attack. As providence would have it, David stepped up to the task and became the churches new pianist—and he has been playing in various churches ever since. David has taught Piano lesson for many years and founded a Gospel Quartet called “All Four Him.”
David’s consummate desire is to see his musical gifts used for the glory of God. David is known for his ability to play traditional hymns with his own stylistic flare and vibrancy. In the past few years David has also begun to play the guitar which he hopes to also utilize in worship at Westgate. David has a CDL License and drives a Tractor Trailer which was a desire he possessed since second grade. David currently lives in Cochranville, Chester County, but hopes to return to living in Lancaster County in the future.
Christine Zelem , Children’s Church
Christine is originally from Long Island, NY. She holds an Associate’s degree In Childcare management from Central Penn College and a certificate of completion in Early Childhood Education from the Lancaster County Career and Technology center. She is currently finishing up her last weeks as a School- Age program coordinator at Ephrata Church of the Brethren Children’s Center and then will be taking on a new role as an Assistant Director for a Luther care location is Lancaster city. She has been working in the field of early childhood for over 16 years. She has experience working in many different environments, and with different abilities of children as young as 3 weeks and youth as old as 21 . In her free time she enjoys painting/creating, bike riding, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her dogs and loved ones. One thing she loves about working here is being able to observe the children at play and interact with them. “Children teach me something new every day and I am very grateful for that”. Christine visits our Church twice a month and works with our older children.