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, Instrumentalist
She has served as lead soloist at St. James and St. Thomas Episcopal Churches in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has performed in many local theater productions and is a winner of numerous prestigious vocal awards such as Oxnard Gold Medal, the American Traditions Competition, and the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition. Ms. Yovanovich is the Minister of Music at Westgate Baptist Church, a private vocal instructor, for the Lancaster Conservatory of Music, and Executive Director for the State Street Academy of Music in Harrisburg, PA.
Anne loves chamber music and co¬-formed many groups including the Susquehanna Wind Quintet, Prana Winds and Manor Winds. She is also a member of the Lancaster Brass Quintet. Anne is the adjunct horn teacher at Lancaster Bible College and maintains a small home studio. She lives in Lancaster with her husband Rob and enjoys gardening and maintains a small antique business on the side.
Anne Nye has served as worship Pianist and Accompanist for the Choir at Westgate Baptist Church for the past two years. Anne received her Bachelor of Music degree in French horn Performance from Wheaton Conservatory of Music. She holds with the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony, Kennett Symphony and the Maryland Lyric Opera.
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.