Meet The Parish Staff
Vicar Taylor Berdahl
2020-2021 Intern for the Parish
Vicar Taylor grew up in central Texas and has been living in Adams County since 2017 for her seminary studies at United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. She now lives in Bendersville with her spouse, Andrew, who is the Vicar for a parish in Newville and a chaplain candidate in the PA National Guard. She has long loved the outdoors and the performing arts, and has found relaxation and sabbath in gardening and crafting. Before studying for a Masters of Divinity degree in pursuit of a call to Word and Sacrament ministry, she earned Bachelor's of Arts degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is grateful to be called to partner with Bendersville Lutheran Parish for the year as they learn and grow together.
Melissa comes from a music background having studied at Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers University. She graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education, but always had a love of church music. She started her first church gig as Alto soloist in 2001 at St. Luke's Episcopal
Church in Gladstone, New Jersey, and quickly embraced the life of a church musician having sung for numerous parishes for the last 19 years.
Originally from Frederick, Maryland, she now lives in Taneytown, Maryland with her wonderful husband, Philip, two beagles, and one loud parrot. She is currently the masked cantor at St. Luke's Episcopal- Brownsville, Maryland.
Organist / Choir Director
Donna started her Music Ministry at Bendersville Parish's Bethlehem Church as a young teen by playing piano for opening devotions at Sunday School. Throughout her life she has served at other churches and now 50 years later God has called Donna to return to Bendersville Parish as their organist.
Elsewhere you will find Donna on the podium as Director of The Apple Core Band and The Adams County Community Band. She also perform's with Sister's Of Hope; the DoReMi's; Joyful Noises; M & M's; and Gettysburg Symphony Band. She enjoy's playing piano, accordion, flute, and trumpet with plan's to learn her string instruments.
When not performing music you will find Donna working for her two younger brothers at Kime's Cider Mill as a Forklift Driver and Machine Operator. Her hobbies include bicycle riding, crocheting, playing Sudoku, and spending time with her Family.