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Ken began serving as pastoral team leader at SMC in February, 2022. He previously served for 16½ years as lead pastor of Deep Run East Mennonite Church. Prior to that, he worked at Lacher Insurance in Souderton for eleven years. Ken graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. Ken previously served as moderator of Mosaic Mennonite Conference, and has also been a part of various local boards and committees, including Living Branches Board of Directors. Ken is married to Karen (Frankenfield) Burkholder, and has two young adult children – Alyssa and Justin. He enjoys being with family, cheering for Philly sports teams (especially Phillies), running, biking, reading, and eating at a variety of restaurants.
Ken is enthused about giving leadership to SMC, helping to equip and empower the congregation to live-into its vision of “Strengthening Meaningful Connections with Christ, Church, and Community.”
Jenifer Eriksen Morales
Pastor of Mission and Formation
Jenifer says, “Because we serve a missional God, we are called to be missional, representing Jesus and engaging our culture in meaningful ways that build Shalom and call people into life giving relationship with Jesus and others.” Jenifer is excited to help members of SMC become aware of what is going on in the community and world and helping them mobilize to serve and share God’s love.
Director of Worship and Sr. High Youth
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:21-23
At an early age I learned that I loved leading worship. I am an SMC life member and at age 15, I was invited by the Youth Pastor to play piano for our first “contemporary” worship songs integrated in the morning service. Since then, I have sang in choirs during High School, College and at SMC. When my husband Steve and I joined the Sr. High Youth Advisor team in 2006, I saw a need for guitar players to help the youth sing the contemporary songs that they connected with. I quickly taught myself to play and have been hooked on being a part of the SMC worship teams ever since!
This paring of giving leadership to worship and Sr. High Youth at SMC is a bit of a dream. I can now see that through my life experiences of the last few years, God has prepared me for “such a time as this”. I am thrilled to give leadership to a great team of youth advisors and love spending time with our SMC youth and their friends.
When I am not at church ;), I enjoy playing and listening to music, watching sports and gardening. Steve and I have 3 children – Logan, Sean and Cora.
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Phil and his wife Diane were married in 1988. They have four sons: Greg and his wife Emily, Luke and his wife Ashley, Seth & Blake. They enjoy playing board games and going to the beach together as a family.
Middle School Youth Director
In early 2018, Jess heard God’s call to leave her 20-year career in the business world, but she wasn’t sure what He had in mind for her. While waiting for God’s direction, she got more involved in youth ministry at SMC and absolutely loved it. It wasn’t long before God opened the door for her to step into the role of Director of Junior High Youth Ministry.
Jess has a commitment to grow personally in her relationship with Christ, a desire to make meaningful and authentic connections between people (especially intergenerationally) and a passion to equip young people to follow and serve God. Some of her “best days ever” are when those three things come together at once!
Spending time with her husband John, and children, Katie (17), Aidan (16) and Kieran (14) is something she greatly enjoys and values — especially traveling and being outdoors with them.
Jess is thankful for the opportunity to work with the amazing young people and youth advisors at SMC!
Director of Children’s Ministries
Sarah attended Eastern University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education . While at EU she also minored in Dance and served as a Student Chaplain for 3 years.
Along with serving at SMC, Sarah enjoys teaching middle school and high school ballet and pointe classes at Feet First Dance Center in Phoenixville. Sarah loves spending time with her husband, Mike, as well as scrapbooking, dancing, journaling, swimming, walking and spending time with friends and family.