Pastor Brent Salsgiver was born in Harrisburg, Pa and grew up living in Wellsboro, Nashville, TN, and Bloomsburg. Pastor Brent received a BA in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College. During his time in college he began work with the American Anti-Slavery Group which led him to Southern Sudan on two separate occasions to take part in fact finding and slave redemptions. In 2004 Pastor Brent was elected as a delegate from the former Central Pennsylvania Conference, now the Susquehanna Conference, to the General and Jurisdictional conference. While taking part in General Conference he was elected as the secretary for the legislative committee on Church and Society. Pastor Brent received his Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary in Washington D.C. with a focus in Urban Ministry. During his three years of seminary Pastor Brent worked as the pastoral intern at St. Matthews United Methodist Church in inner city Baltimore. After graduating in 2007 Pastor Brent began serving as the Pastor of the West Decatur Charge, consisting of Faith United Methodist Church and Calvary United Methodist Church in the State College District. He served for three years as a member of the Northeast Jurisdiction’s Vision Table as well as the conference’s Vital Congregations Task Force. During this time Pastor Brent was also one of the fifty young United Methodist clergy in the United States to take part in the Young Pastor’s Network led by Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter. In 2011 Pastor Brent was appointed to serve as the Pastor of Juniata United Methodist Church in Altoona Pa, in the Altoona District. He also taught two classes for Lay Speakers School on preaching and worship. In 2015 Pastor Brent was appointed to Paxton United Methodist Church in Harrisburg. In 2016, Pastor Brent was Ordained as an Elder in the Susquehanna Conference. During his time Pastor Brent was nominated to join the Central Pa Clergy Cohort where he became a leadership fellow of the Clergy Leadership Program of Central Pennsylvania. As an alcoholic in recovery Pastor Brent is active in AA. Pastor Brent is married to his beautiful wife Mary, a Registered Nurse. They co-parent Mason (11) Molly (14) and Maxwell (16) they enjoy spending family time together, watching movies, going to sporting events, and just being goofy with their English Mastiff Ruby and Meeps their cat.
Laura Achey has been a music director at Fishburn since 1998, and the choir director since 1991. She directs the Adult and Children's Choir, Worship Zone for kids, and leads the music for the service at 10:30 AM each Sunday. Laura accompanies soloists, and well as performing solos herself. She also plays for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions.
Born a coal-cracker in Schuylkill County, Jim grew up in Myerstown PA. He graduated from ELCO HS before going to Susquehanna University where he earned a BS in Music Education. As a church professional working with music and Christian education, he attended Lancaster Theological Seminary and was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1990. God’s path for Jim lead to Board Certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains. He worked in various medical settings in PA and NC, most recently providing spiritual care with hospice patients and their families. Jim has also served in various local church ministerial capacities including officer manager. Jim and his wife, Nancy, live in Lebanon and have two married adult children and five grand children
Fishburn Flock Director
Katie has worked in child care most of her life in varying capacities. She started early in volunteering at her church’s nursery, where she realized her passion for child care. She earned her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of Valley Forge in 2016 and then after graduation started working at the Fishburn Flock. We have been fortunate to have her as the Director of Fishburn Flock since February 2022. Katie states “ I love my jobs as Director!.” In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family as well as her dog, Nero and Cat Marceline.
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Tel: (717) 534-2262
1215 Fishburn Rd
Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033-9744