Greg Guenther, partnered with his wife, lead the Young Adult Ministry Program at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carlisle. Before coming to St. Paul, Greg grew up playing an active role in the Middletown First Church of God congregation, both as a member and as an accompanist and accomplished musician with the church choir.
While attending Lebanon Valley College, Greg met his wife, Laura, and upon graduating, felt called to serve in ministry together. After getting married, Greg and Laura decided to return to Laura’s home church, St. Paul, to find that there was a need for youth ministry. To support the church, both he and his wife stepped into the role as co-leaders for Youth Ministry. Greg has a certification to lead Youth Ministry from Gettysburg Seminary’s Youth Certification program.
As Greg and his family grew over the years, they evolved their role at the church to be what is now the Young Adult leaders and participants in Young Family ministry. Greg and Laura’s core focus for Young Adult Ministry is on social justice and community development, working directly with the residents in the local community, non-profit organizations, LGBTQ youth and young adults, and homeless and displaced persons.
Outside of St. Paul, Greg is a Senior Web Marketer at WebpageFX. When he isn’t on the web or at church, he can most likely be found hiking with his two boys, listening to music, or reading the next great American novel.
Laura Guenther serves St. Paul as the Community Outreach Coordinator. This transition stems from a lifetime of living in Carlisle and feeling called to serve the community, more specifically the youth of our town.
She is one of many generations of her family who lived in Carlisle and attended St. Paul. After graduating from Carlisle High School in 2004, she attended Lebanon Valley College and majored in Elementary Education. She returned to her hometown and started teaching in the Carlisle Area School District after earning her bachelor’s degree. As a teacher her eyes were opened to the many diverse needs of the children in our community, and this sparked her desire for intentional outreach with youth in the community.
After many years in education in several elementary schools as well as spending time at church with both our young members and the children who use our building as a safe place to hang out, she continued to find purpose in serving the youth of our community. When she is not hanging out with her 2nd graders at school or the youth at SP, she is usually hanging out with her two sons, Emerson (6) and Oliver (4), walking around town, or reading a book in a rare moment of calm and quiet.