A life-long church musician, Stephen Longenecker, Jr. is a Berks County-native who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from University of Richmond, where he also studied theatre, organ performance, and choral conducting. Stephen enjoys an active artistic lifestyle; he has performed with and conducted choirs in the US and throughout Europe, and he has also held musical positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, Second Presbyterian Church, The Hill School, Reformation Lutheran Church, and Atonement Lutheran Church. Currently, Stephen serves as a musician for the Common Ground Recovery Community, directs the drama program at Wyomissing Jr/Sr High School, and maintains private voice/piano studios in Wyomissing and Philadelphia. Stephen is a member of the Vox Philia Chamber Choir and also manages the Bone & Joint Care Center, a division of Keystone Orthopaedic Specialists.
"I feel truly humbled and blessed by the call to serve as the Interim Minister of Music at Immanuel. At a time when so much of the world seems to be focused on differences and division, I believe that church music has the power to unite and align us with a desire to create something beautiful for the greater good. I pray that whatever musical gifts I bring to Immanuel will be used for the purpose of enriching the fabric of this congregation and community by bring together people from all different musical backgrounds and experiences for a single purpose: Soli Deo gloria."
Mrs. Kimberly Nelson has been directing the youth and bell choirs at Immanuel since 1995. The choirs currently under her direction include, the Cherub Choir, Junior Choir, and the Chimer Choir. She specializes in training young voices and holds level 1 Orff certification.
Mrs. Nelson also teaches elementary vocal music at Green Valley Elementary School in the Wilson School District. She instructs kindergarten through fifth grade vocal music classes as well as various choral concerts. Prior to this position, Mrs. Nelson taught music in the District of the Chathams , N.J.,Wallingford-Swarthmore, Boyertown and Kutztown Area School Districts.
In 1989, Mrs. Nelson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University and in 1995 earned a Master’s degree in Music Education, with a concentration in vocal performance. also from West Chester University. While attending the university, Mrs. Nelson majored in voice and studied under Alan Wagner and Joy Vanderver.
She is married to Bill Nelson, an instrumental music teacher in the Wilson School District. Kim and Bill have three children, Emily, Evan, and Erin. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, reading, exploring nature, musical theater, and travel.