Meet Our New Council Members

Christine Cassel, WORSHIP 
Chris Cassel grew up in the Lutheran church, since her father was a Lutheran minister. She attended Gettysburg College and then Shippensburg University for a Masters in Education. She and her husband, Tom joined St. Matthew in 1986 and both have been active members since then. Their three sons were also very involved in the St. Matthew community. Chris held the position of Director of Christian Education from 1991-1998, continued as Sunday School Director from 1998-2003, and subsequently was on Council for 6 years as Chair of Worship and Music. She also served as president of St. Matthew Women and is currently on Altar Guild and completing a Worship and Music Chair term. Since 2004 she has worked as an adjunct professor at Rider University. Chris would be honored to continue to serve on Church Council. 

Melissa grew up in Delran and currently lives in Roebling, NJ with her husband Jake, two year old daughter, Rachel, and 10 year-old pit bull, Jove. She earned a B.A. in History Education from Temple University in 2005, and has been a social studies teacher at Trenton Central High School since 2006 and a softball coach since 2009. She became a member of Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in 2010. Pastor Wengert baptized her at the age of 29 in January 2011 and performed her marriage ceremony in November 2011. She has taught Sunday school for 7 years, and has recently assumed responsibility for Cradle Roll. She al-so has worked with Twin Oaks for the past two years as the liaison for the Annual Christmas Giving Tree. She loves spending time with her grandmother, rooting for the Atlanta Braves, and advocating for the pit bull breed. 

Jack officially became a Lutheran in 1962 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Haddonfield, NJ. He transferred to Bethany in 1968 and became a member of the Church Council in 1970. He chaired the Social Ministry and Worship Committees over a 17 year tour. The Social Ministry committee he chaired initiated the provision of rent free space to the Head Start program in Palmyra. While chairing the Worship committee they facilitated implementation of the new Green Book Hymnal. In 1991 he transferred to SMLC and became active in the Congregation Council serving in various committees as well as Vice President of the Council. Following a six-year term he left Council and served in various capacities such as Ushering and Communion Assistant. Since 2006 he has served 3 terms on Council, including serving as president during 2016-19. Among his favorite activities: Work-ing on the pictorial directory, heading up the fundraiser known as Dancing Clergy of South Jersey, and chairing Phase 1 of our current Capital Campaign. Jack resides in Mt Laurel, NJ with his wife, Lorraine.