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Greencastle church has new pastor

August 05, 2006

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Franklin County, Pa., native was installed in June as pastor of Salem Ridge Mennonite Church.

Galen H. Lehman had been serving as the church's interim pastor since June 2005.

Born in Chambersburg, Pa., Lehman, 63, grew up on a poultry farm. Ordained in the Mennonite Church in 1969, he moved to Corning, N.Y., through the Mennonite Disaster Service following Hurricane Agnes-related flooding in 1972. There, he started a church, now the Corning Mennonite Fellowship.

Returning to his "roots" in 1980, he started a new Mennonite church in Shippensburg, Pa., in 1984 and served 20 years as its pastor. The church, which featured contemporary worship with musical instruments at each service, started in a bank community room and grew into a new facility in 1987. An addition was built 10 years later.

Lehman has received training through Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Team Work Ministries, Dove Fellowship and the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions.

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He married the former Jeannie Wadel of Shippensburg in 1964. They have two daughters - Katrina, an author and high school teacher in Myanmar; and Twila Gerlach, a registered nurse at Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital - and two grandchildren, Austin and Amber Gerlach.

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