Rev. Michael E. Allwein

Senior Pastor

Pastor Mike was ordained in 1980 and has served congregations and campuses in Lancaster, Shippensburg and Chambersburg before accepting the call as Senior Pastor to St. James in 2004. Some of the areas of ministry he oversees are: Child Care Governance, Endowment, Executive, Finance, Health Ministry, Memorial, Personnel, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Social Ministry, Strategic Planning, World Outreach, and Worship and Music. He also teaches confirmation classes. He holds a BS in Secondary Education and a MS in Mental Health Counseling, as well as a MDivinity degree. He is a Board Certified Counselor and a certified Spiritual Director. Pastor Mike and his wife, Lois, have two sons and two grandsons and one granddaughter. He spends as much time as possible on the tennis courts, loves to ride his bike on the battlefield and tries to keep ahead of the weeds in his garden.

You can contact Pr. Mike at 334-2012 ext. 205 or

Rev. Andrew R. Geib

Associate Pastor

Pastor Andrew was ordained in 2015 before accepting the call as Associate Pastor to St. James. Some of the areas of ministry he oversees at St. James are: Christian Education, Columbarium, Evangelism, Executive, Mission Fund, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Stephen Ministry, Stewardship, Strategic Planning, Worship and Music, and Youth Ministry. He also teaches confirmation classes. Pastor Andrew has a daughter, Gabrielle. He enjoys playing sports of all kind, especially soccer and basketball. Pastor Andrew graduated from Penn State Harrisburg in 2009 and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg in May 2015. His ordination marked a milestone not only for the Geib family, but also for the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was the first time the synod has had three generations of pastors in one family!

You can contact Pr. Andrew at 334-2012 ext. 206 or

Timothy E. Braband

Minister of Music

Tim has served as Minister of Music at St. James since August 1, 1975. He is principal organist, playing at all three weekend liturgies, weddings and funerals, as well as director of the five vocal choirs. In addition to his musical work at St. James, he oversees the liturgical planning in conjunction with the Pastors. A graduate of Susquehanna University, he has done additional graduate study at Westminster Choir College. Tim is an active member in Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, American Guild of Organists, Choristers Guild and Leadership Program for Musicians.  He and his wife Barbara, also an accomplished organist and teacher, are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Kate and Annie; and two grandchildren, Keaton and Kellen.

You can contact Tim at 334-2012 ext. 209 or

Barbara H. Braband

Associate Organist

Barbara was called to St. James with her husband, Minister of Music Timothy Braband, in 1975.  She is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a major in music. The Brabands have two adult daughters, Kate and Annie; and two grandchildren, Keaton and Kellen.  Barbara loves music (of course!) but also reading, stargazing, and spending time with friends.

Jessica L. Smith

Youth Minister

“I am so excited to begin my time with you all at St. James! While originally from Georgia, I have been living in the northeast for a few years now and cannot wait to escape the busy city life in Washington, DC. I began working with youth while I was in college, and organized summer workcamps for many years in Milwaukee, WI and Nashville, TN (two of my most favorite cities!). My love for youth work led me to seminary in Philadelphia, where I studied a lot and ate way too many cheesesteaks. When I graduated last year, I began a job with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps doing outreach and fundraising work. Though I have still been able to work with young adults during their year of service and discernment, I am overjoyed to be diving into full time youth work again!

A little more about me: I am a hardcore Georgia Bulldogs football fan, I love to go running, cycling, hiking, and skiing; cereal is my favorite food for anytime of the day, and I am terrible at bowling. I am looking forward to getting to know you all in the coming weeks! Gratefully, Jessica”

You can contact Jess at 334-2012 ext. 207 or

G. Thomas Bender

Building Superintendent

Tom has been St. James’ Building Superintendent since 2008. He and his wife, Mary, have two adult children: Jessica and Andrew, plus two grandchilden. In his spare time, Tom enjoys singing in the Adult Choir, walking and running. (The children in Child Care especially love Mr. Tom!)

You can contact Tom at 334-2012 ext. 215 or

Cingdon Kim 

Assistant Sexton

Kim cleans the child care facility in the evenings and occasionally assists with Sunday fellowship and weekend clean-up after worship.

Karen T. Lentz

Church Treasurer

As recommended by the ELCA, Karen is once again overseeing the church finances for St. James Lutheran Church, as well as the finances for other institutions in Gettysburg. Karen graduated from Shippensburg University. She is the proud mother of a teenage son, Derek.

You can contact Karen at 334-2012 ext. 204 or

Katy Clowney

Office Manager

Katy graduated from Gettysburg College with a major in Environmental Studies and minor in Spanish.  After graduating she worked within the fruit industry for over 10 years.  Supporting local agriculture remains very close to her heart.  Katy lives in New Oxford with her husband, Mark, and 2 little boys, Liam and Connor. While she used to be busy in the summers working on the farm, Katy is very much looking forward to summertime activities:  planting more veggies in the garden, backyard landscaping projects, and hiking with the family.

You can contact Katy at 334-2012 ext. 201 or

Debra L. Nimtz

Administrative Assistant

Debby has been working at St. James Lutheran Church since January 2, 1985. She is a life-long resident of Gettysburg as well as a life-long member of St. James. She married Carl on June 28, 1975.  They have three adult sons and three granddaughters, as well as three lovable fur babies. In her spare time, Debby enjoys reading books and watching movies.

You can contact Debby at 334-2012 ext. 202 or

Lisa Poole

Spiritual Gifts Coordinator

Lisa Poole is the Spiritual Gifts Coordinator. Lisa’s responsibilities include compiling a database of needs of the congregation and matching them with volunteers’ time & talent. She will be reaching out to the congregation to see where you might be interested in becoming involved and serving.

She is married to Mike and they have two children, Olivia and Peyton.

You can contact Lisa at 334-2012 ext. 203 or