Pastor Frank Podolinski, President
Jim Stewart, Vice-President
Richard Welsh, Recording Secretary
Joan and I are from Greenville, PA. I accepted a job with Elliott Company in 1964 after graduating from Youngstown State College. A Good Shepherd member brought me to West Point to see rental homes. I’ve served on Council several terms, and various committees, including Evangelism, Property and Stewardship. I have served on Synod Council in the ’80’s and attended several National ELCA Conventions. Early on, I taught youth Sunday School and was youth coordinator when in 1975, we spent 9 days biking, camping and cooking in Amish country with senior youths, Pastor Robert Goehrig’s family, my family, Carl & Eileen Dumsick, Amy and Carrie and 12 other youth. In 1983, I left Elliott and started The Vacuum Center in Greensburg and later in Cranberry. I wanted to work for myself and with my family. Joan quit as church secretary to join me and Brad and Wendy also came. I cherish the memopries every time I run into Amy, Carrie and Kim Beehner-White…who are still active here.
I will continue to be active in GOD’S HOME as long as he sees fit to allow me.
I am married to Joe Cottrill and living in West Point with our cockapoo, Toby.
I have two adult sons and two adult step-daughters, along with a grandson, Blake.
I graduated from Jeannette Senior High School in 1984 and continued on to achieve my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Saint Vincent College. While working at Horner-Wible and Associates, I earned my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. I have also held positions of Budget Analyst, Accountant, System Developer, Auditor, Controls Compliance Consultant and Project Manager.
While a member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for the past two years, I have participated in Bell Choir, Vacation Bible School, as a lector, altar guild and a Worship Assistant.
I am a lifetime member of Good Shepherd. I have been married for 16 years with 3 sons ages 14, 8, & 8. I am an IUP graduate and the owner & operator the Ramada Ligonier for 20 + years and the Days Inn Donegal for 3 years. I currently serve as the chairman of Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and am an active board member of Greater Latrobe Chamber of Commerce.
I have many years of experience in being a leader and a member on various committees and organizations throughout my professional career. I feel that these attributes could help me as a church council member.
Although I have been a lifetime member of Good Shepherd, I had a brief period (approximately 7 years) of attending the Catholic Church after marrying my husband. This offered me a unique perspective of another church and Christian faith. Returning to Good Shepherd was like coming home to me, but from this experience I gained a better appreciation of Good Shepherd, but also had the opportunity to see how another church operates in terms of fellowship, youth education & programs, and fundraising.
I do like the current direction of the church. My vision is to continue to grow the church, appeal to young families, and engage our youth and young members of the church. I feel these are all vital to keeping Good Shepherd a strong and healthy parish.
I’ve been a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for 5 years. I’ve been married to Megan for more than 10 years. Together we have one daughter, Kelsey who is 8 years old and in second grade at West Point Elementary School. I served in the United States Navy for 8 years and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and San Diego, California. I’ve earned numerous metals and awards for my military service. I hold both an Associate’s Degree in Computer Electronics Engineering Technology along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Security from ITT Technical Institute. Currently, I am working at Philips Respironics in Youngwood as a Service Technician. I am looking forward to serving the church as a council member over the next 3 years.
MARITAL STATUS: married to Jennifer Luffy for 18 years.
CHILDREN: Brady age 16. And Jamie age 14
OCCUPATION: Branch Manager for AVI Foodsystems (a vending company)
Member of Good Shepherd since 2007
Goals for Church Council
1. Bridge generational gaps
2. Encourage inactive members to return to regular attendance
3. Short Term Financial stability
4. Long term planning
5. Youth education
I am married to Andrew King and have been married for 2 years now. We are very excited to be expecting our first child in June. Since October when my husband got out of the Air Force and we relocated back to Pennsylvania, I have been very active at Good Shepherd. I love being part of the church and helping out in any way that I can. In the past year, I have joined Kathy Wolfe in running the Youth Group, started doing scheduling acolytes, ushering with Andrew King, joined Altar Guild, played in the bell choir and taught Vacation Bible School. This year, along with Shelley Cottrill and Joy Stynchula, I have taken over the planning for Vacation Bible School scheduled for June 2015.
I love our church and love to participate in all that I can. My vision for our church is to foster more community and youth involvement. This is why I chose to get involved with the youth group. I feel that church is very important to our community and we need to encourage that fact to bring more people into the Good Shepherd family
I am a lifelong member of Good Shepherd Church. I have been married to my husband Dave for 27 + years and have an adult daughter, Carrie. My job involves managing a Quality Control Office for the Department of Human Services. In the past, I have served as Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School teacher. I was on the 50th Anniversary Committee, attended the most recent Youth Gathering (2012 in New Orleans) and am currently involved in fund-raising and planning for next year’s gathering in Detroit. Currently, I, along with Rachel King, head up the Youth Group. I also serve on the Worship and Music Committee, play in the Handbell Choir, lector and attend Bible Study. I previously fully served my last two terms on council and would like to be a part of church council again.
My mission would be to continue to grow the church by providing and strengthening opportunities for education, fellowship across generations and community outreach.
Pastor Frank Podolinski
I have been a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church since 1983. I have served on Church Council for a total of 12 years since transferring to Good Shepherd from State College, PA. I regularly attend the 10:30 am. worship and assist with ushering duties. I have chaired the Property and Stewardship Committees, and served on the board of Rocking Horse Preschool.
I coordinated “Member Work Crews” to work with the building contractor during the construction of our Education Wing. I have been actively involved with lighting improvements in the choir loft, carpet replacement, pew reupholstering and rebuilding the church chimney with various contractors.
I assist the various church committees with their activities such as funeral and church dinners, Family Fun night and church grounds clean up as needed.
The bottom line for my desire to be a Church Council member is: If there is a problem or situation that needs addressed – “Let’s get on it and get it done if it is affordable.”
I live with my wife, Carol and our grandson, Dakoda Perry. I was born and raised in the West Point area, worshipped at Good Shepherd for 50 years. My parents Jim and Dorothy still live in the West Point area also. I worked at Westmoreland County Planning Dept. for 12 years as a local government coordinator. Then, I spent the next 24 years in sales and marketing positions with several different companies. In 1995, I was a founding member and president for 17 years of Homes Build Hope, a nonprofit community housing development agency. At the same time, I was on the executive board of Adelphio USA, the largest nonprofit agency in Westmoreland serving trouble youth.
I’m a graduate of Bowling Green University and have been married to my wife Tammy for 10 years this May. Our son, David, attended Rocking Horse Preschool and we became members of Good Shepherd shortly after. I have worked at Sherwin Williams in different management positions for the past 24 years.
My vision for Good Shepherd is to maintain and grow our care and concern for one another, to resolve issues that arise in a fair and just manner, and to focus on our youth as they are our church’s future.
I believe it’s important for members to have a voice and to use their input in creating a church environment that sees to their needs, growing and adapting as needed – in the most seamless way possible.
I have served on your church council for the past 2 years and would like to serve on council and this congregation for another 3 years. I have served on council several times at my other church and was the council secretary. I am a Stephen Minister, Lay Eucharist Minister, lector, and chairperson on Mutual Ministry. I have been in the Human Services field for the past 35 years and would use these gifts and talents to serve God, church, and this congregation.