Cherry Lane United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Our Staff

Larry Mark, Pastor

 
 

Larry loves God, his family and people. You would expect him to love God, but when you meet with him or listen to one of his messages you begin to realize that he has a passion for the Lord and the grace, love, hope and joy God pours out to us with every breath we take. You would expect him to love his family, and he does so with all the love and dedication he can give. And, if you talk to people who know him, they will quickly add that Larry loves people. They will say he is fun and funny (at least sometimes), caring and compassionate to people in need, and alive with the Spirit of God. You will have to decide for yourself, but realize whether you like him or not, he will accept you as you are and love you in Christ. Now for the normal bio stuff: Larry is a retired ordained Elder and an approved Associate Evangelist of the United Methodist Church. Since 1975 Larry has served churches throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, including churches in Reading, Akron, Havertown, Pocono Lake, Pen Argyl and Reeders before beginning his ministry with the people of Cherry Lane UMC. From 1993 to 1998 Larry served as a conference approved full time “General Evangelist” for the denomination. During that period he simultaneously taught Biology and Anatomy and Physiology for the Pocono Mountain School District. He was also the coordinator of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) which addressed at-risk behaviors of youth for the school district. As a member of NAUME (National Association of United Methodist Evangelists) since 1987, he continues his evangelism outreach through “Hope Transforms,” an online ministry he founded and serves as director. (Visit www.HopeTransforms.com to read any of his more than 470 blogposts.) Larry has served as a consultant for church growth and evangelism, as well as assisting conflicted churches in the process of healing. He has served as a community organizer to combat racism. Larry has served as a resource for school districts which faced racial and other conflicts. Married in 1974, Larry and Deb, have led marriage enrichment and parenting programs. Larry and Deb continue to enjoy their three adult sons, Bradley, Jeffrey and Daniel, and their families. They also enjoy the companionship of their Sheltie, Callie.    

 

Gary Raish, Organist

 

A Monroe County native, currently living in Stroud Township, Gary has served as Cherry Lane’s organist since January 1986 and been involved in music for most of his life.  

As a child, he sang and toured with the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania and later was in band and chorus at Pocono Mountain High School.  He has sung with local community groups including Pleasant Valley Choral Society, Pocono Summer Chorus, and Pocono Mountain Community Chorus of Churches, which he has accompanied for several years.  Gary was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tannersville where he was an active member and organist for many years.  In addition to Cherry Lane, he is also the Saturday organist at The Church of St. Luke in Stroudsburg, assistant organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg, accompanies summer services at Parkside Chapel and Paradise Falls Lutheran Association, and plays for weddings and funerals throughout the Monroe County area.

In addition to church services, he has also accompanied many area community concerts and events including Pocono Lively Arts and Black Sheep Productions musical productions.

 

Gary’s musical education included studying piano with Elsie Low and organ with Paula Ream, Ernest Michelfelder and Stephanie Boyer.  

He is a member of the Lehigh Valley chapter of American Guild of Organists and enjoys attending their annual regional and national conventions; board member and secretary of the Tannersville Union Cemetery Association; and member and past president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. 

A Pennsylvania licensed funeral director, Gary is the supervisor of William H. Clark Funeral Home in Stroudsburg, where he has worked for the Clark family since 1988.

Gary’s emai: garyraish@hotmail.com

 

 
Ashleigh Snyder, Administrative Assistant

Ashleigh has been our administrative assistant at Cherry Lane Church since September 2017.  She is responsible for the operation of the church office and facilitating usage of the church’s building.  Ashleigh can be reached through the church office at 570-629-1990 and email:  Cherrylaneumcsnyder@gmail.com.