Lead Pastor

Brenda Smith

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Brenda has been the Lead Pastor of Faith Wesleyan Church for the past 10 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 Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church Northeast District. She has been the Director of Excel Church Fitness Conference for the past 15 years.

 Brenda has been happily married to her husband Scott for the past 42 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 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 3:5-6Proverbs 4:23 and Hebrews 12: 1-3.

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. On June 9, 2022, Pastor Sharon was Ordained and is now officially Reverend Sharon L. Furbur. 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 Senior Vice President of Training & Organizational Development at First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union. She is currently pursuing her master’s in organizational leadership and anticipates graduating in May 2024. 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 nine years and they believe this is where God wants them to be. Peter and Sharon have been married for 20 years and they have two amazing children (Colton and Sarah) who are both 32 years of age. Both 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) and their two St. Bernards Otis and Maggie as well as spending quality time with their Grandson’s Joseph and Jameson and with other family, friends a cruising in their 1999 Camaro Z28 SS.