Meet our Team

Lead Pastor

John A. Laughlin, Sr.     Pastor John is an ordained Pastor with 29 years' experience in ministry. He is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, and holds a BS in finance, a Master of Divinity, and a postgraduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Pastor John is supported in ministry by Amy, his wife of 28 years. Amy is the Business Manager at Kautter & Kelley Architects in Wyomissing. They have three grown children: Emily is a Math teacher in York, Megan is about to complete a nursing degree at York College, and Alex is a freshman at Penn State University.


Office Manager

Karen Beck was hired as the office manager at Salem United Methodist Church in August 2016. She was raised in Millersville, PA and attended Penn Manor High School and then Shippensburg University.  She accepted a job and moved to Laurel, Delaware, where she worked as a High School Librarian for 30 years.  When she retired in 2014, she moved back to Lancaster County; deciding that 30 years away from her family was long enough. She lives with her parents and her pooch, Paris, in Millersville.  She is involved in Millersville Area Meals on Wheels and the Pilot Club of Central Pennsylvania.  She enjoys traveling; she's  been to Europe several times and has traveled to many places in the U.S.

Business Manager

Terry Gott  joins us as our new Business Manager. He brings with him a degree in Accounting and 30 years of experience not only in accounting but also budgeting, trend analysis and management. He and his wife were born in Arkansas and lived in Florida for 10 years before embarking on an adventure to travel around the country. They are now pleased to live in Manheim and are looking forward to many years enjoying the fellowship of the local residents, and participating in the outdoor recreation that the Central Pennsylvania landscape has to offer.

Director of Praise & Worship

Matt Zook has been on staff at Salem since August 2016. He is the husband to Jodi and father to Caleb, Jordan, Katie, and Josiah.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lancaster Bible College.  He has been leading worship since being in high school.  God has implanted in him a desire to worship and to see others do the same.  Matt also has worked in the construction field for 20 years and continues to do so.  In his free time he enjoys playing and coaching soccer.  



Director of Music

Cheryl Gingrich has served as choir director at Salem since 2009. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Messiah College, she has taught music in public and private schools in the Lancaster area and has given private lessons from her home studio. Cheryl and her husband, Terry are the parents of 4 adult children. In addition to music, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing Scrabble, and playing or watching tennis and volleyball. During the summer months she enjoys growing and preparing healthy, fresh foods from the garden. She feels privileged to lead the choir and believes that music helps to grow faith and is a fundamental part of everyone’s worship experience. “My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.”


Frank Rittenhouse graduated from Manheim Central, attended Rosedale Bible College, and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree  from Lancaster Bible College, and also a Masters of Education degree from Millersville University.  Frank is on the team of Organists at Chiques Church of the Brethren and serves here at Salem as our Organist.  He has substituted in various local churches and has sung in a mixed quartet, male quartet, various choirs and toured with a Mennonite chorale.  Apart from his Organist duties, he has also been employed by Manheim Christian Day School since 1980. Frank feels honored to play Salem’s Reuter Organ each Sunday and he hopes to bless people with the sounds of this mighty instrument.

Church Council Chair

Lisa Palmquist lives in Landisville with her husband, Scott. They have “four” wonderful adult children,  Bob and Natalie,  and Kelly and Scott as well as two beautiful granddaughters, Alysa and Harper Rose. Lisa has been an RN for over 35 years and retired from elementary school teaching after 26 years of service. Presently, she is working part time at CASA, Court-Appointed Special Advocates for foster children. In addition to Church Council chair, Lisa serves as the children’s Ministry chair at Salem and loves to see the excitement on the child’s faces as they build their relationships with God. Lisa loves tending to her flowers on her deck and going to the beach.

Lay Leader

Trevor Enck has been a member of Salem UMC since 2002. In addition to serving as a Lay Leader, he serves as a liturgist, an usher, member of the sound team, member of the Staff Parish Relations committees, and an adult Sunday School teacher. Trevor is a graduate of Manheim Central HS and Lebanon Valley College, and he works at Meridian Products in New Holland as the Special Pricing Coordinator. Trevor lives in Manheim with his wife Christina and their children, Kaleigh, Colbie, Arolyn, and Aidan. He enjoys fishing, yard work, and attending MC sporting events, and he is a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Youth Pastor

Terrance Rosario was hired as Youth Pastor in April 2018.  “T” graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 2006 and recently earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College.  As well as working at Salem, he  works as a CNA at Mennonite Homes.  "T" has a 12-year-old son, TJ.  He is excited about helping the youth at Salem grow in their relationships with God and challenging them to engage their peers and people within the Manheim Community.