Chaplaincy

 

At United Methodist Homes, we have remained true to our faith-based heritage by providing on-campus chaplaincy services for residents and staff. It’s a fundamental part of our mission, and it defines our Caring, Connecting, Community philosophy.

Each of our campuses have a dedicated chaplain whose primary purpose is to meet the spiritual needs of our residents, families and staff.

Some of the services our chaplains provide include:

  • Individual Visits with Residents and Families
  • Lead Prayer Services and Support
  • Coordinate Regular Services including a Multi-Denominational program
  • Bible Study
  • Pastoral & Palliative Care
  • Grief Counseling & Support
  • Collaborates with Staff and Attends Various Activities Programs

Reverend Janet Abel, Campus Chaplain, Elizabeth Church & St. Louise Manor

Rev. Janet Abel is from Cape May, New Jersey.  She is a graduate of Rutgers University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Earlier in her career, she was a banker on Wall Street before becoming a minister in 1995.  She is board certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains with a specialty in palliative pastoral care. She pastored in five churches before joining United Methodist Homes as Chaplain, serving now 15 years on the campus of Elizabeth Church and St. Louise.

Rev. Abel conducts and coordinates services on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Mass is offered on both campuses as well.  Rosary is on Wednesdays and the first Saturday of the month. Weekly, she leads a book club and bible study as well as sessions of Yoga-Nidra meditation with the staff. Her program offerings also include an occasional “Tea and Chat” as well as individual visits with residents and families. She also dedicates time to visit residents when they are hospitalized.

Reverend Abel is part of the “Sunny Side Singers”, a choir at St. Louise Manor that performs concerts at Elizabeth Church Manor throughout the year. The choir will also be performing at Hilltop Campus this year.  She holds various seminars with speakers on World Religions and local history.   She also performs weddings, funerals and baptisms for residents, their families and staff.

Contact Reverend Abel at:

Office: 607-722-3463 ext. 263 Email: jabel@umhwc.org  

Reverend W. Lea Harding, Director of Pastoral Care, Hilltop Campus

Rev. Lea is a native and current resident of Endicott, NY.She is a graduate of Union-Endicott High School, Broome Community College (now known as SUNY Broome) and Russell Sage College. Her first career was as a special education teacher for the Children’s Home (Binghamton) and for BOCES Work-Study program.  She then went to Denver, CO to attend seminary at one of the thirteen United Methodist Seminaries in the United States, the Iliff School of Theology. Upon graduating from Iliff in 1997 she was appointed half-time to the United Methodist Homes, Hilltop and half-time to two   Endicott churches (St. Paul’s and Campville).  In 1999 Rev. Lea became a full-time presence on the Hilltop Campus.

Rev. Lea is worship leader for three Sunday services (JGJ, SUN Unit and Hilltop auditorium) and two services on Monday mornings (STAR Unit and Unit III). She leads a mid-week service at JGJ as well.  St. James Roman Catholic Church provides leadership for Catholic Mass which is held on Tuesdays and Rosary which is held on Thursdays.  And once a month an Episcopal priest offers communion in the chapel for   all residents interested in receiving Episcopal Communion.

In addition to worship services Rev. Lea leads two Bible Studies (for Hilltop and JGJ) and three Book Clubs (for Hilltop, JGJ and the Highlands).  Hilltop now has a choir that sings each Sunday with Rev. Lea as their conductor.

Out in the community Rev. Lea is also the conductor of the Vestal Community Chorus.  She is also the chair of the Binghamton District Committee on Ministry for the Upper New York Conference.  She offers her services to be a guest preacher at local congregations.  She officiates at funerals, weddings or baptisms for residents, their family members or for staff members.

Contact Reverend Lea at:

Office: 607-798-7818 Email: lharding@umhwc.org

Pastor Carol Folk, Campus Chaplain, Tunkhannock Manor

Carol was born and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey, coming to Northeast Pennsylvania to attend Misericordia University.

Tunkhannock Manor welcomed Pastor Carol in June of 2017. Prior to being the chaplain, Carol was a dietitian at Highmark Health Insurance.

Pastor Carol was called to the ministry in 2009 at which point she was assigned to Loyalville United Methodist Church in Harvey’s Lake, PA.  Carol is quarter time at Loyalville and half time at Tunkhannock Manor.  Pastor Carol leads Sunday worship at the Manor as well as a weekly “pastor time.”   A Tuesday afternoon Vesper service is hosted by several folks from the Tunkhannock area.

The residents and chaplain have been involved in an ongoing Bible study which is held at least twice monthly.  Pastor Carol spends regular time with the residents throughout the facility.

Contact Pastor Carol at:

Office: 570-836-2983  Email: cfolk@umhwc.org

Pastor Eugene Sperazza, Campus Chaplain, Wesley Village Campus

Pastor Gene was born and raised in Pittston, PA, and currently resides in Mountaintop, PA.

His education includes a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Scranton, an M.A. in Counseling from Marywood University and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law.

Prior to answering the call to ministry, Gene worked in social services for a County Mental Health Center and subsequently practiced law as a Civil Trial Attorney for 35 years.

Pastor Gene began his ministry as a Lay Speaker for the Luzerne UMC, and in 2014 he became a Certified Lay Minister. In June 2015, he obtained his License as a Local Pastor. He currently serves as Pastor of the Albright and Central United Methodist Churches in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  

In addition to visiting residents and families, Pastor Gene conducts and coordinates Sunday and Wednesday services at Partridge-Tippett.  He also conducts a Friday Service and leads a bi-weekly Bible Study at Myers Manor.

Contact Pastor Gene at:

Office: 570-655-2891 ext. 5201 Cell: 570-760-0676  

Email: esperazza@umhwc.org