Lead Pastor

Pastor Brenda Smith

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Brenda has been the Lead Pastor of Faith Wesleyan Church for the past 7 years. She did her classes through Houghton College and Flame and was ordained in 2003. She has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015. Brenda also serves as the Executive Assistant to the District Superintendant of the Wesleyan Church NorthEast District. She has been the Director of Excel Church Fitness Conference for the past 12 years.

 Brenda has been happily married to her husband Scott for the past 40 years. They have 3 daughters Cassandra, Brittany  and Candace, and son in law, Luis (Brittany) and 7 grandchildren Giavonna, Josiah, Adrianna, Maverick, Sophia, Credence and Genesis. They enjoy family time, spending time with friends and making memories. They are excited about what God has in store for their lives as they seek to reach and teach people for the Lord.

Her life verse is Isaiah 6:8NIV, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Asst. Pastor of Youth

Sharon Furbur

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With her personal mission statement “To help people to help themselves through God’s Word”, Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies through Indiana Wesley University which supported her in answering her call from God to become a Pastor. On November 12, 2018, she received her formal letter confirming she has met all requirements for licensing as a Pastor. She is continuing her studies and working towards Ordination. Her passion for guiding, loving and supporting youth and young adults has been a part of Sharon’s life and became formalized with her connection to Care Net Lehigh Valley where she was a volunteer counselor for many years and then asked to design, develop and launch an Abstinence program which is still in our Lehigh Valley public schools today. Sharon has worked in the Corporate world for 20 plus years in senior leadership roles under both Human Resources and Operations departments. Currently she is the Vice President  of Learning & Organizational Development at First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union. God is wherever she is…. So, whether working as a leader in Corporate or a Pastor, Sharon strives to keep shining the light of Jesus in her words and actions. She believes strongly that we have one life. We do not have a personal and a professional life, we have one life. God is in it all.

Sharon and her husband Peter have been members of Faith Wesleyan Church for eight years and they believe this is where God wants them to be. Peter and Sharon have been married for 18 years (coming up on 19 years June 2021) and they have two amazing children (Colton and Sarah) who are both 30 years of age. Colton lives in California and Sarah (and Matt her Fiancé) live in PA. Though all their lives are filled with busy schedules, they very much enjoy and take advantage of the “connection times” provided whether face to face, phone or text to enjoy, celebrate, support and be a part of each other’s lives. In addition, Pete and Sharon enjoy their fun time with their four-legged child (1 cat named Prince) as well as spending quality time with their Grandson Joseph - born January 21, 2020 and with other family, friends a cruising in their 1999 Camaro Z28 SS.




Asst. Pastor of Discipleship

Melody Sell

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Melody gave her life to Christ at a young age and continued to grow in her walk with the Lord.  Mel has an Associate’s Degree from United Wesleyan College, a BA in Psychology from Messiah College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Marywood University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She completed the remainder of her ministerial courses through the Wesleyan Department of Education where she attended FLAME classes and was ordained in 2007.

Mel ministers to the spiritual and emotional needs of residents, families and staff at Fellowship Community in Whitehall, PA. She has been involved in various ministries in the Lehigh Valley area as well as the Washington, DC/Maryland area.  Mel is a member of Zion Choral.  Scripture verses that guide her life are Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 4:23 and Hebrews 12: 1-3.

Director of Wee JAM Nursery

Laurie Heminitz

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Laurie Heminitz is a native to the Lehigh Valley area. She currently resides in Walnutport with her son Henry and husband Matthew. She graduated from Saucon Valley High School and earned her BS in Environmental Science from East Stroudsburg University. She has worked as a lab technician and Plant Operator for the Nazareth WWTP since receiving her degree. Laurie’s love of children, science, teaching and learning and her faith are put to good use in serving the Lord as the director of the WeeJam Nursery Ministry; as well as her involvement in many of our family outreach programs. She enjoys spending time with her family, along with a love of nature and the outdoors. Laurie is an avid runner who has competed in many races throughout the years supporting her local community, with her biggest accomplishment of running a full marathon. She also enjoys cooking, making crafts and reading books.

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