Pastor John Leonard (Ph.D.)
John, a native of Miami, Florida, began to follow Christ as a teenager. When John’s family moved across town before his freshman year in high school, they also changed churches. For the first time he met young people his age who were excited about being Christians. They had a remarkable walk with the Lord and John wanted to know Christ the way that they knew Him.
John married Christy Snyder in 1985, and they have three daughters, Kimberly, Katherine and Betsy.
From 1984-1988 the Leonards served as church planters at Redlands Community Church (PCA) in Homestead, FL where John was the assistant pastor. From 1988-1998 they served in Montpellier, France with Arab World Ministries and the Presbyterian Church in America, working with North African Muslim immigrants. From 1999 to the present John has taught Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
John holds a B.A. in Greek and Christian Education from Belhaven College in Jackson, MS (class of 1973), an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS (1977), and a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL (2006). His dissertation is entitled: Oasis: An Ethnography of a Muslim Convert Group in France. John is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.
John loves all kinds of sports and outdoor activities. He especially enjoys anything that has to do with water. He quips, “It does not make any difference if it is a lake or an ocean, or if I am on it or in it. It is all fun to me!”
When asked why he and Christy are committed to planting a church in the Mount Airy/Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, John replies, “We want to see all of the promises of God come true in a community of people. We want to be part of a church that is deeply committed to God, to one another, our neighborhoods, and the world.”
Assistant Pastor David Viehman
Dave brings over six years of pastoral experience to CVC. Dave’s passion is to help followers of Jesus grow in their love and knowledge of the Lord and in their service to God’s kingdom. Dave helps CVC to focus on Community Groups, Adult Sunday School, community outreach and leadership development. Dave and his wife, Elsie, have lived in the Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy community for over 30 years. Prior to his pastoral ministry, Dave had a successful 30 year career in business and has long served in leadership of church and neighborhood Bible studies. Dave and Elsie have three adult children and five grandchildren.
Administrative Assistant Kathryn Seel
Kathryn Seel has served as our Administrative Assistant and Church Administrator since the fall of 2014. She is responsible for church-wide communication, scheduling, and relationship management. Her responsibilities include publications such as the weekly e-Newsletter, Sunday’s bulletin, the CVC website, and the Facebook page. She is also involved in scheduling and managing volunteers. She spent the majority of her career in the business world in senior management in the fashion industry. Kathryn grew up in Dallas, Texas, attended Highland Park High School, and graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA in 1976. She is married to Dr. David John Seel, Jr. They have three children and four grandchildren. John and Kathryn live in Lafayette Hill, PA.
Children’s Ministry Carol Fenley
Carol graduated from Valdosta State College in Georgia with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She received a master’s degree in counseling from Sam Houston State University in Texas. She worked in education as a teacher and elementary school counselor for 28 years. Her last 18 years of teaching was spent teaching kindergarten in San Antonio, Texas. Carol retired from teaching in Texas in 2013 and moved to Philadelphia in 2014 to be close to her three grandsons. In addition to being Children’s Director at CVC, she is the Children’s Director of Community Bible Study, the Main Line Philadelphia class.
A Pennsylvania native, I grew up an hour outside of Philadelphia in Berks County. I hold a Bachelor in Business Administration from Nyack College and an M.Div. from Westminster Seminary. Shortly after high school I gave my life to Christ and there began to grow in me a desire to serve in ministry. Early on in my faith, I got involved in the leadership of the youth ministry within the church my family was attending. I have experienced the positive impact that youth ministry has had on my life and in the life of others, and by God’s grace I want to see that same impact within the lives of the young people at Cresheim Valley Church. When I am not working, I enjoy checking out new areas of the city or hanging at a coffee shop. I like food, and find myself spending time messing around with different recipes. I also love all kinds of music and am an amateur guitar player. I enjoy following Philadelphia sports, especially the Eagles and Sixers.
Organist Scott Anthony
Scott Anthony began his piano studies at age 4. At age 10, he joined the American Boychoir, touring the US and Canada. After continuing piano and organ lessons throughout high school, he was admitted to the Peabody Conservatory. There he studied organ with Donald Sutherland, and piano with Nancy Roldan, then transferred to Catholic University of America. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Catholic University, studying with Emmy-winning artist Marilyn Neeley. Scott also attended the Brevard Music Festival under fellowship and studied there with Bruce Murray. More recently, he has studied with Harvey Wedeen at Temple University, where he received his Master’s in Piano Performance. Scott has worked with other notable artists as well, such as John O’ Conor, Julian Martin, and Ivo Kaltchev, and coached in harpsichord with Joyce Lindorff at Temple. He has also been the Music Director for the 2013-14 season at the Media Theatre, and currently coaches and teaches and performs in venues such as the Union Leaugue, Jacobs, and the New Leaf Club.
Dan Henrich (Treasurer)
Deaconesses and Deacon Assistant
Tim Straub (Assistant)
Coordinators & Assistants
Elementary Children’s Group Amy Chapman
Jr. & Sr. High School Aron Geissinger
Community Groups David Viehman
Mercy Ministry Roger Hoover
Women’s Ministry Caryn Messinger
Missions Dan Chittick
Outreach John Leonard