Our Church Leadership 

 Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:

New Pastor1    Chris Schwab- Pastor 


Rev. Chris Schwab is originally from New England, and grew up in Connecticut and Rhode Island.  He went to Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) for college.  After college, he lived in the Boston area for several years, working in the human service field.  Specifically, he worked with people who had mental health concerns.  While working with this population, Rev. Chris worked in group homes as well as with people on the streets.  In 1995, he relocated to Chicago, where he attended McCormick Theological Seminary.  He enrolled in a dual program so that he obtained an MDiv. (Masters in Divinty) as well as a MSW (masters in social work).  During seminary, he met his wife, Rachel.  Rachel is also an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).  After graduating in June 1999, Chris then married Rachel and then they moved to the suburbs of Chicago.  Rachel served a church and worked at a social service agency while searching for her first call.  At the same time, Chris worked as a therapist in a residential treatment facility for adolescents and served a church part-time.  Rachel received the call to serve a church in Neenah, WI as an Associate Pastor in September 2000.  She served that church for 6 years.  During that time, Chris served as an interim minister in three separate churches.  Rev. Chris was ordained in the United Church of Christ denomination in 2001.

 In June 2006, Chris was offered a call to serve a church in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai.  Two weeks later, Noah Julian was born.  In November 2006, the family moved to Kapa’a, HI.  For three and a half years, Chris was the pastor of Kapa’a First Hawaiian Church, a church whose congregation is primarily of Hawaiian descent.   The Hawaiian language and culture is incorporated into the worship service and life of the church.  He also worked part-time in a social service agency, counseling and assisting at-risk families.  During this time, Rachel was a mom, and also served as a part-time pastor of a church on the south side of the island (Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church).  This church too strived to infuse the Hawaiian language and culture into the life of the church and worship.  Noah spent his time there growing and learning with friends a local educational program called Tutu and Me.

In May 2010, Chris took a call to serve a church in Lowell MI.  Chris worked with the church on prudent financial management and decisions, church identity and advertising, as well as mission outreach locally and globally.  The church struggled with finances, and in time, Chris became half time, and then eventually quarter time at the church.  During this time in Michigan, Chris did work on his social work license, becoming a clinical social worker while counseling children and youth.  Rachel served churches in an interim capacity, and was a chaplain to nurture and support a variety of people.  Noah started elementary school, took some drama classes, as well learning how to ride a scooter, bike, and rollerblade.

Rachel’s family lives in the Chicago area.  Chris’ family is in various places on the East coast.  They like spending time together, whether it is activities at home, learning about new experiences or travelling.  Noah has finished second grade, is very creative, likes to play games, and ride his scooter. Chris and Rachel were thrilled with what they saw on their recent visit to the church, interacting with people, and considering what potential there is for the people of First UCC.  The entire family is excited about moving to Pennsylvania, settling into the community, and looking forward to meeting and journeying with the community of faith.   

Contact Information:
Office phone (717) 243-2512

Cell phone (717) 422-8543
Office FAX (717) 243-5381





 Racheal Schwab


 Rev. Rachel Schwab                                       Interim Visitation Pastor 


Rev. Rachel Schwab has served as a local pastor and chaplain in Illinois, Wisconsin, Hawaii, and now currently lives in Carlisle, PA with husband Chris and their son.  Rev. Rachel was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  She received her B.A. and B.S from Loyola University of Chicago in Education and Communication in 1993, and her M. Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, in 1998.  Rachel has been an ordained minister of the Word and Sacrament since 1998.  Rachel’s hobbies include: singing, flute, yoga, reading science fiction, and spending time with family.




Donna Hale 8-1-2014 Donna Hale- Community Chaplain


The Reverend Doctor Donna Hale, oldest of three children, grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice.  Donna received her master’s in criminal justice and doctorate in social science from Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice.  After retiring from Shippensburg University as a professor of criminal justice, she earned her Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministries from Lancaster Theological Seminary.   Discerning a call to serve as a chaplain, Donna completed her Chaplain Residency Program at Hershey Medical Center after finishing her Clinical Pastoral Education Internship at Menno Haven Retirement Communities through Eastern Mennonite Seminary.   Donna has volunteered at Hoffman Homes for Youth and with dementia residents at Menno Haven Retirement Communities.   Along with other United Church of Christ volunteers from Carlisle churches, she spent three weeks at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota repairing and painting residences.    Donna plans to complete board certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains.    She is certified as a SoulCollage facilitator, and trained to use the Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (M.A.R.I.).  Currently, Donna is enrolled in Oasis Ministries’ two-year Spiritual Direction program which concludes in 2015.  This September, Donna will participate in Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine workshop.    She and her husband, Tom, live in Newville with their Scottish Terrier, Kylee, and two cats Skylar and Fritz.  Donna enjoys iconography, creating art projects, and reading mysteries.

 Support Staff

Iva Zell - Office Administrator

Contact Information:
Email: izell@1stuccofcarlisle.org


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Ken Stoner - Sexton


Jim Morrison - Assistant Sexton


Sharon Maurer - Organist/Choir Director


Linda Shatzer-Miller - Bell Choir Director

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