Pastors & Staff

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Raffauf

Head Pastor

Lead Pastor since 2000, Pastor Jeff grew up in the West Lawn area, as well as at West Lawn UMC. He considers it both a great privilege and a great challenge to minister in the community that played such an important role in his life.

Rev. Chris Hardy

Associate Pastor

Pastor Chris is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He comes to West Lawn from the First UMC of Bangor. Chris originally studied criminology, and previously served  as a deputy sherif with the Luzerne County Sheriff's Department, and then as a patrol officer with the City of Wilkes-Barre Police Department. After retiring from law enforcement, Chris felt called to pursue a career in ministry. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School.

Chris is married to his best friend, Teisha, and they have three beautiful children, and two dogs. In his spare time, Chris enjoys watching sports, camping, and reading. Chris loves anything pertaining to Batman or Star Wars.

Pastor Terry Cooney

Pastor of Visitation

Besides our Pastor of Visitation, Terry is also the Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Birdsboro and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Evangelical Theology Seminary.

Lisa Hoopes

Lay Pastor

Pastor Lisa Hoopes is the Lay Pastor at West Lawn United Methodist Church, assigned on November 1, 2019.  Prior to her assignment, she served in various ministries at West Lawn UMC since 2004.

Originally from Schuylkill County, Lisa moved to Berks County in 1985.  She holds a BA Degree in Accounting and Finance from Alvernia College, an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University, a Post-MBA Certificate in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University, and is currently pursuing a degree from Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown.

Pastor Lisa lives with her husband Jeff and their cocker spaniel Darwin.  She has an adult son, Preston, who lives in State College.

God put a calling on her heart several years ago to be in ministry, but it was through the My One Word bible study in 2019 that Pastor Lisa made the decision to answer the call.   Her word for 2019 was “BOLD”.

Laura Hill

Director of  Communications and Marketing

Laura is a graduate of West Chester University.  Prior to this job, Laura worked on staff at West Lawn UMC with her husband as a worship leader. In addition, Laura manages her own photography business, and works part-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist. 

Carolann Schneiderhan

Pastor of Administration

Working at the liaison between the congregation and the staff, Carolann oversees all of the services, programs, ministries and missions at West Lawn.

Kelly Rismiller

Director of  Children and Family Ministries

Kelly is in charge of ministering children from infant to tween. She coordinates Sunday School, VBS, Kid’s Club, Tween Group & Toddler Time.

Laurie Jentes

Program Coordinator for Children and Family Ministries

Laurie plans, executes and supports all programs and special events within the scope of Children’s and Family Ministries. She is involved with our mid week, Sunday evening and special event programs for children, assists with Sunday School scheduling, classroom organization and teacher support, and overall supports this growing & active ministry.

Trisha Rabold

Youth Pastor

Trisha is in charge of ministering students in grades 6-12. She coordinates all youth group related actives, as well as confirmation class.

John Coakley

Minister of  Music

John leads our adult and youth choirs & organizes special music, soloists, and outside musicians and ensembles. He also assists in coordinating our traditional services and special services. John works closely with the other members of our music ministry to make worship at West Lawn UMC an exciting and moving experience that helps us praise God together. John is a graduate of West Chester University where he studied music education and vocal performance. In addition to his position as Minister of Music, John is a regular guest conductor and soloist in the area. John and his wife, Elise, our Director of Children's Music, lead our Children’s worship during Sunday School and direct our Children’s Choir, Cherub Choir, and Chimes Choir.

Elise Coakley

Preschool Director

Elise has a bachelor’s degree in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education from West Chester University, and brings years of teaching and leadership experience to our preschool.

She previously taught in the Children’s Center of West Chester United Methodist Church. She also worked as a substitute teacher in various school districts, and most recently taught nutrition and cooking education programs for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade children in the Reading and William Penn School Districts, as an employee of The Food Trust.

Elise is a member of our congregation, serves as the Director of Children’s Music Ministry and is part of our adult choirs and brass ensemble.

David Haas

Audio Visual, Sexton

Besides keeping our buildings clean and organized, Dave also runs all of the equipment for the sound, lighting and videos during our worship services.
Christopher Rodgers
Christopher Rodgers has served as both organist and director of music at numerous churches in the Philadelphia and Reading areas for over thirty years. He currently provides organ music for our Sunday morning worship, as well as accompaniment for our choirs and soloists.
Email: christopherrodgers892@gmail.com

Paul Eisenhuth
Financial Manager
Paul works to oversee line item budgets and handle all outgoing expenses in the form of check requests and payments of receipts.
Email: paul@westlawnumc.org

Kim Swartz
Assistant to Financial Manager
Kim oversees all incoming funds the church receives, including tithes and offerings, online givings, and ministry funds.
Email: kim@westlawnumc.org

Kathy Ballick
Administrative Assistant
Kathy assists Church office guests with their special requests. Also, she’s the primary assistant to our Pastors & staff and coordinates many of the publications.
Email: kathy@westlawnumc.org

Sally Brown
When you call West Lawn, or come into our Education Building, you will be greeted first by Sally. She also assists the staff with clerical and administrative tasks.
Email: sally@westlawnumc.org

Diane Moyer
Administrative Assistant
Diane is a member or our congregation who serves on our welcoming team and is retiring as a full-time Accounts Payable Clerk with Threshold Rehabilitation Services. Diane will provide administrative support in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday mornings and all day on Wednesdays.
Email: diane@westlawnumc.org 

Warren Marweg
Maintenance Manager
Warren is in charge of keeping our three main buildings, garages and vehicles all in the best condition possible.

Josh Wenrich
Josh is tasked with making sure our buildings are properly cleaned and maintained.

Judith Alvarez
Bell Choir Director
Email: judy@westlawnumc.org