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.
Kathryn Seel has served as our Administrative Assistant and Church Adminstrator 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
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.
Youth Ministry Matt Leon and Laura Guzman
Matt Leon has served with us as Director of Youth Ministries since September 2014. Matt was born and raised in the great state of Maine. He grew up in a Christian family where the Gospel message was something frequently heard. He holds two Bachelor degrees in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies from the Moody Bible Institute where he graduated in 2012. While there, he served as the Student Body President. Along with working with the youth at CVC Matt is the Middle School Bible and Theology teacher at Timothy Academy in downtown Philadelphia. When Matt isn’t teaching he is most likely spending time with Laura helping her edit papers, playing or teaching tennis, enjoying time with friends, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, deep sea fishing, playing basketball, enjoying big cities together, or daydreaming about sailing.
Laura has served with the CVC Youth Ministry since March 2015. She was born and raised in sunny Southern California. Raised in a non-Christian home, it wasn’t until her freshman year of high school that Laura (and her immediate family!) came to know the Lord. From that point forward she was hooked on learning about the people of the New Testament and their unwavering faith in Christ and His resurrection.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Biola University. While there, she served as the Children’s Sunday school director at Trinity Presbyterian Church. She recently graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary where she received a Master of Arts in Religion. She currently is enrolled Westminster’s PhD program where she is studying Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation with a keen interest in the way the New Testament uses the Old Testament. When she’s not hitting the books, she is spending time with Matt, daydreaming about meals and pickup basketball games with friends, competitive tennis matches against Matt, jamming to Led Zeppelin on guitar or drums, exploring the beautiful city of Philadelphia, or traveling home to California with Matt to see her family (and her 6 dogs, too).
Matt and Laura were married on July 24, 2016.
Gospel Grace Porquez
COMMISSIONS Coordinators & Assistants
Elementary Children’s Group: Amy Chapman
Community Groups: David Viehman
Men’s Ministry: Dan Henrich
Mercy Ministry: Roger Hoover
Women’s Ministry: Caryn Messinger
Missions: Dan Chittick
Outreach: John Leonard