Ministry Staff:
Rev. Timothy K. Hartzell, Lead Pastor        
Rebecca Spencer, Student Pastor
Heather Hartzell, Pastor's Administrative & Ministry Assistant

Kerri Girton, Worship Arts

Leila Rotz, Congregational Ministries

Robin Muffley, Administrative Ministries & Communication

Jessica Schwoyer, Children's Group Discipleship & Office Reception

Support Staff:

Bob Rockwell, Church Custodian

Wayne Kinley, Church Accountant

Tim Hartzell

Rev. Timothy K. Hartzell, Lead Pastor

Pastor Tim grew up in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from United Wesleyan College in Allentown, PA, earning a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology with an emphasis in Sacred Music. While at college, he met Heather Crosser. They were married on July 20, 1985.

After graduation in 1986, Tim and Heather accepted their first pastoral ministry assignment at the Wesleyan church in Sandy Lake, Pa., where they would spend the next 11 years ministering to the youth and engaging in many other areas of church service and leadership. During this time, Tim also served as the president of the Western Pa. District Wesleyan Youth. Their sons, Reid and Ryan, were born in 1992 and 1995.  

In 1997, Tim and Heather accepted their next ministry assignment at Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton, Pa.  Tim’s initial role at the church was being the pastor to the new people, but grew to include men’s ministries and new-believer discipleship. It was an exciting time to serve on staff as the church grew from an average attendance of 600 to over 1,200 in just four years.   

In 2001, Tim and Heather accepted the call to be the pastoral family of Faith Wesleyan Church in Williamsport, Pa.  At that time, the church was struggling. Three pastoral transitions in the space of just three years had resulted in stressed relationships and frustration. Attendance had dwindled to an annual average of just 69. But within that number remained a faithful and committed group that were determined to reengage God’s mission. God honored their faithfulness.

In 2002, the church purchased the one-acre lot located on the north side of Maxwell Place. In 2003, the sanctuary was completely remodeled, a 32-car gravel parking lot was installed on the Maxell Property, and Pastor Tim and his family moved out of the parsonage and into their own home. A second worship service was added in 2004 as attendance grew to 163. In 2008, a major addition was added and by 2012, attendance had grown to 270. In 2014 and 2015, additional properties were added to the campus as the church prepares for future expansion.

In addition to leading the church, Pastor Tim enjoys going on adventures with Heather and his many hobbies which include hunting, fishing, trapping, backpacking, vegetable gardening, golf, playing his trumpet, wood cutting and carving with his chainsaw. He’s been a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Mets, and the Penn State Nittany Lions.   

Rebecca Spencer

Rebecca Spencer, Student Pastor

Pastor Rebecca is a graduate of Lycoming College, where she earned a bachelor of science in biology.  She spent the next three years working in higher education as an admissions counselor, before answering a call to full-time ministry.  In 2014 Rebecca joined the ministry staff with Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) in partnership with Penn State Christian Athletics, and served student athletes at Penn State University for one year.  For the next three years Rebecca taught science, mathematics, and Bible classes at Grace Prep High School in State College.  In February 2018, Rebecca joined the staff at Faith Wesleyan as a ministry intern and began serving as a student pastor in March 2019.  Rebecca is currently pursuing the education and credentialing requirements to become an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church.  

As a student pastor, Rebecca facilitates the welcome ministry, ID student ministry, and children's ministry.  Her heart is for learning, evangelism, encouraging others, and service projects.  In May 2018 she traveled to Zambia, Africa with a team from Faith Wesleyan to complete a building project at Zimba Mission Hospital.

Rebecca resides in Williamsport and enjoys outdoor activities, reading, cleaning, dog sitting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Heather Hartzell

Heather Hartzell, Pastor's Administrative & Ministry Assistant
Heather is a graduate of United Wesleyan College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She then continued her education at Lehigh University, earning a master's degree in elementary education.
Active for many years in children's ministry, Heather has served as a Sunday School teacher, leader of a junior church program, and director of children's musical. During their appointment at the Wesleyan Church in Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, she assisted Pastor Tim in young adult, youth, and children's ministries.
In addition to serving in children and youth ministries, Heather's experience also includes more than 15 years of teaching in public schools. Prior to moving to Williamsport, she taught the sixth grade at Meadowbrook Christian School. Heather also served for five years as a teacher's aide and a long-time substitute in the Loyalsock School District.
In April 2019, Heather retired as the Children's Ministry Director at Faith Wesleyan, and is now serving in her new role as Pastor's Administrative and Ministry Assistant. In addition to her administrative position, her work in children's ministry will continue in September 2019 with the start-up of the Growing Faith Preschool, where she will also serve as the preschool facilitator and classroom assistant.

Kerri Girton

Kerri Girton, Worship Arts

Kerri is a graduate from Ithaca College where she earned a bachelor of music with an outside field in Social Work. After graduating, she was a missionary in Bolivia for one year, then a Spanish and Music teacher at several schools in Delaware. Since moving back to Williamsport, Kerri has taught private piano & guitar lessons as well as preschool music and swimming classes. 

As the Worship Arts Director at Faith Wesleyan, Kerri directs the Celebration Choir, coordinates the worship teams and leads occasionally, oversees the projection and sound technicians and develops the weekly worship service order. She has a heart for helping people plug into the music ministry and loves to worship Jesus with her church family.

Kerri is also certified in Private Early Childhood Education, with 7 years of experience. Starting in September 2019, Kerri will serve as the preschool coordinator and classroom teacher of Growing Faith Preschool at Faith Wesleyan, in addition to her role as Worship Arts Director.

Kerri and her husband have two beautiful daughters and they are all very involved in the church life of Faith Wesleyan. She also enjoys running, finding new healthy recipes, learning to play the ukulele and exploring the outdoors in and around Williamsport. A perfect weekend consists of coffee, a Trader Joe's run and a hike in the woods.

Leila Rotz, Congregational Ministries

Leila is a graduate of Houghton College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education. After graduation, she worked as a therapeutic support staff person for Community Services Group, providing one-on-one support/interventions to several students. In 2011, Leila began serving on staff at Faith Wesleyan as Director of Congregational Ministries. In 2013, she married her husband, Reuben, and they reside in Nippenose Valley as they enjoy the country life!

Leila’s responsibilities include oversight of prayer requests and praises, encouragement/hospital/nursing home visits, and coordination of compassion responses consisting of meals and other helps for families in times of need.

Leila also gives leadership to our Children’s Registration/Security process as well as our Infant and Toddler Nurseries.

In Leila’s spare time she enjoys cooking, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends!

Robin Muffley

Robin Muffley, Administrative Ministries & Communications

Robin graduated from the Williamsport School of Commerce with an associate's degree in specialized business.

Her prior experience includes seven years as office administrator at Center Manufacturing, and five years at Springs Window Fashions, where she worked as executive secretary to the director of operations. While at Springs, she served terms as both president and secretary on the Springs of Achievement Team, which spearheaded fundraising, community and employee projects.

Robin serves in a wide range of administrative and technology capacities in support of the ministries of Faith Wesleyan. She especially enjoys writing feature articles for the religion section of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and columns for the monthly church newsletter.

She is an avid reader, and an active member of the YMCA and Williamsport TOPS Chapter 1628. Robin and her husband, Charles, live in Williamsport with their devoted rescue cat, Babykat. 

Jessica Schwoyer, Children's Group Discipleship & Office Reception

Jessica is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, where she earned an associate's degree in early childhood education. She continued her education at Northampton Community College, where she earned a director's credential in early childhood education, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in applied management from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Jessica has been active for many years in children's ministry, serving as a nursery and toddler teacher. As a Children's Group Discipleship leader, she oversees the Sunday morning Bible lessons for children ages 3 to 6th grade. Prior to her position at Faith Wesleyan, she served as an assistant teacher and later as a preschool director of a childcare center.

Jessica's role at Faith Wesleyan also includes providing office support. Hobbies include painting, sketching, and reading.  Jessica's favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."