Our Staff

Pastor Thomas NicholasPastor Thomas Nicholas

Tom Nicholas has been the Senior Minister at RPC of Ephrata since 1994. Prior to that he led a PCA congregation in Baltimore for over 9 years. Tom was raised in the Philadelphia area, earned his BA in Philosophy and Literature from Wheaton College (1979), followed by a M.Div. (1983) from Westminster Seminary. He met his wife, Linda, a native of Elysburg, PA during his seminary years and they were married in 1982. They have three grown children, one married, living in various parts of the country. Linda enjoys reading, children’s literature, sewing, and gardening. They both enjoy travelling, vacations on Lake Michigan, hiking, and long-haired miniature dachshunds. Tom enjoys sports of all kinds (esp. Phillies and Eagles), golfing, landscaping, and micro-breweries.

 

Office Manager - Debi Hartranft

Debi Hartranft

Debi is a Lancaster County native and graduated from Conestoga Valley High School. She graduated from Columbia Biblical University with a BS in Bible.


Before RPC, Debi was employed at Musser's Markets as Manager of the Craft and Variety Department, and also regularly worked in the office there. Debi began work as RPC sexton (part-time) and has been working as the Office Manager for five years.


Debi has been married to Craig Hartranft for over 20 years and they have one son, Ethan, who is currently attending Elizabethtown College, and a little black dog that diligently guards home and yard from cats and squirrels.


Debi has been involved in many aspects of arts and crafts and has exhibited work in local galleries and shows. She especially enjoys fiber art and sewing. Currently, she is selling handmade flowers, bridal accessories and other handmade items on her etsy website.

 

Amy Weaver, Director of Children’s Ministry 

Amy has a CDA (Child Development Associate degree) which she’s used during many years of teaching pre-school. Her passion is to get children excited about Jesus by planning special activates that brings the Bible to life for them. Amy also enjoys thinking “outside the box” to bring excitement about Jesus to the entire family. Amy also provides individual childcare part time.

Amy has been married to her husband Eric for over 20 years. They have two children. Their daughter is currently in high school.  Their son will attend college this fall. Amy has lived in Lancaster Co. her entire life. She enjoys the community of Lititz with all the fresh farm stands and walking trails. Their whole family enjoys time together at their family cabin and the beach, playing badminton in their back yard, going for walks, and spending time at sporting events. 

 

Organist - Courtney B. Abbott-Fogie

Courtney was raised in Strasburg, PA and has attended RPC for over 25 years. She married her husband Seth in 1998 and is now a busy mother of four children. In addition to homeschooling her children, she works part-time as Client Services Manager for Crosswalk Investment Advisory, Inc.


Courtney joined the RPC Praise Team in 1996, became Assistant Organist in 1998 and has served as Senior Organist since 2002. In addition to her duties in music ministry, Courtney also serves as Co-Commander of the AWANA ministry.
She enjoys taking day trips with her family and sharing dessert with friends. Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
 
Education: Studied under Dr. Mary Vyner, President of The Lancaster Conservatory of Music; Bachelor's Degree in Music

Courtney joined the RPC Praise Team in 1996, became Assistant Organist in 1998 and has served as Senior Organist since 2002. In addition to her duties in music ministry, Courtney also serves as Co-Commander of the AWANA ministry.


She enjoys taking day trips with her family and sharing dessert with friends. Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."


Education: Studied under Dr. Mary Vyner, President of The Lancaster Conservatory of Music; Bachelor's Degree in Music