Kenn Anderson, Jr.

Kenn Anderson, Jr.

Kenn Anderson, Jr. grew up in the small Pennsylvania town of LaPlume with his three younger sisters. He was raised by his Christian parents to follow biblical principles and came to know the Lord at an early age. After graduating high school a year early to attend Keystone Junior College he met his future wife, Marcia. He graduated Keystone in 1992 with an A.A. in Engineering and left the following year to enter the Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman. Kenn and Marcia were married on July 9th, 1994 and spent the next few years at China Lake Naval Air Station before returning to Scranton, PA after leaving the Navy. Upon their return, Kenn and Marcia began attending Hope Church and became members of its congregation.

Although not formally trained in theology, Kenn is earnest in his study of scripture, served as a deacon for several years prior to being ordained as an elder, and desires to be an instrument of mercy for the benefit of Christ’s kingdom. Kenn is actively involved in Hope's youth group (Y.E.S) as well as in leading a mentoring group and a fellowship group. He currently lives in Scranton with his wife and and delights in raising his three growing children - Marilyn, Samuel, and Melanie.

Bill Barnes

Bill Barnes

Bill Barnes was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He became a Christian in his early teen years. He has taught Sunday School classes, served on Missions Committees, and is an ordained deacon and elder. He has participated in Billy Graham crusades and Evangelism Explosion.

Bill has chosen to be a Presbyterian because of the emphasis on reformation theology. It’s the pure simplicity and authority of God’s Word, the reliance of the Grace of God and the Gospel which make having a relationship with God reality. He would also say that God has given us minds to use for Him.

Bill met his wife, Beverly in his hometown church. They married in 1980. He has worked in a steel mill, a brokerage firm, and retail establishments. Bill and Beverly taught in Baltimore County Public Schools as reading specialists. Even though they were both studying for their master’s degrees at the same university (unknowingly), they met in church. They have two grown children and two great grandsons on the way. They enjoy their family on as many occasions as can be arranged. He and his wife are both retired and live near White Haven.

It is Bill’s desire to see Hope Church teach the truths of God’s Word and to see many come to faith in Him, and then grow in their Christian lives.

Doug Batzel

Doug Batzel

Doug Batzel, one of our three follically and vertically challenged elders, was born at a very early age and grew up in Gouldsboro, PA, where he met his lovely wife, Kathy. He served in the Air Force in Vietnam. He was ordained as an elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Doug and Kathy have three sons and a daughter, two daughters-in-law and several grandchildren. Doug is the owner of Batzel Consulting in Moosic and lives in Madisonville.




Larry Heckman

Larry HeckmanRuling Elder Larry Heckman is a life-long resident of Moosic. He grew up in the Moosic United Presbyterian Church. He became a Christian while in High School through witness of friends and YFC ministries. He attended Nyack Missionary College and obtained a BA in History and met and married Karen Young from Toronto Ontario. Larry attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He worked at AAA North Penn for 38 years and retired as Senior Vice President/COO in 2012. Larry also served on the Board of Directors of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre YFC for several years. He and Karen have three adult daughters, three sons-in-laws, and six grandchildren all who live in the Moosic/Avoca area. Larry is Clerk of Session at Hope.

John Schwartz

John Schwartz

John was born in West Pittston, PA. Upon graduation from high school in 1964, he served 3 years in the US Army Signal Corp. He worked 32 years with AT&T as a technician and supervisor in microwave, cable, satellite, and light guide communications at various locations. Following early retirement from AT&T, he worked as Quality Manager for Health Now NY; as ISO Coordinator for AEP Plastics; and as Documentation Manager for TMG Health. John officially retired in November 2014.

John married Lois Davies, also of West Pittston, in 1969. Although married as unbelievers, God saved them by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ – John in 1974 and Lois two years later. They have 3 married children and are very thankful for their godly spouses. They have been blessed with 8 grandchildren. John loves spending time with his family, beach vacations, reading, golfing, fishing, and working on prots around the house.

John was ordained an elder in Bible Fellowship Church, served as elder in the OPC and currently the PCA. He loves studying and teaching the Scriptures. Throughout the years, he has been involved in home Bible studies, Evangelism Explosion, church planting, prison ministries, and hospital/nursing home/neighborhood visitation. He also served on a Christian School board and coached Little League/Senior League baseball. His life verse is Ephesians 2:8-10..

Ron Straka

Ron StrakaRon Straka was born and raised in Peckville, PA. He entered the U. S. Navy after high school and served four years. Upon returning home, he worked in various industrial settings and attended Penn State University and Lackawanna College in Scranton. Following retirement from Thomson Consumer Electronics, he has been employed part time at AAA Motor Club and H&R Block.  Throughout the years, he has served on many boards including Child Evangelism Fellowship of Scranton, Northeastern Christian School and was instrumental in founding The Geneva School. For twenty years, he served as a Vestryman in the Reformed Episcopal Church and now serves as an Elder in the PCA. During the past 35 years, he has taught Christian Education Classes, lead home Bible Studies as well as Evangelism classes.

Ron is the father of two children: Daniel, deceased, and Jamie who lives in E. Bethany, NY.  He and his wife Cheryl have six grandchildren, ranging in age from 1 to 16.