2019 Board of Trustees Election

General Information

Our annual election of the Board of Trustees will be held Sunday, January 27, 2019, at a meeting of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation Corporation. Three trustees are to be elected to serve for three-year terms that will expire in January 2022. Those in nomination are Greg Albert, Joe Cigich, Karen Eklund, Ed Ferguson, Debbie Harwell, Steve Morgan. Biographical sketches for nominees are included below.

The meeting of the Corporation will be opened at 8:45 a.m. At that time, the floor will be open for up to three additional nominations of persons who have agreed to serve if elected. To be eligible for election a person must be at least 21 years of age. Nominations will only be received at that time; voting will then take place. Voting will also take place after the 9:15 and 10:45 worship services.

The By-laws limit those eligible to vote. Only those who are full members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and who are 18 years old or over are eligible to vote.

Proxy Ballot Information

Properly executed proxy votes will be accepted with the following guidelines: Proxy ballots will be available in the church office and must be picked up no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019. Anyone wishing to vote by a proxy ballot must have the ballot properly attested by the signature of a witness. Proxy ballots must be presented to someone attending the corporate meeting. At any corporate meeting, no member shall present more than six properly executed proxy ballots on behalf of other members.

Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees

The basic responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are the management of church property, equipment, investments, endowment, and to support the vision and mission of the church. More specifically, trustees oversee, maintain and supervise all local church property; report annually to the charge conference on the state of the church’s property, equipment, investments and resources; receive and administer all gifts made; make certain that all funds in the endowment are invested properly; responsible for all use of the church buildings and grounds; develop appropriate risk-management policies on all church property; accountable to the charge conference and to the Church Council.

Biographical Sketches

greg albert

Greg Albert

Greg grew up attending St. Paul’s and has been attending for 45 years and a member for 33 years. Greg has served on numerous committees and boards: Chair of Pre-School Committee; Communications Committee and Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC). He has volunteered in Nursery, Sunday School (volunteer and teacher), and VBS.

He attended Penn State and graduated with a degree in marketing (1995). He is employed by Jostens, Inc. Greg enjoys coaching baseball, fishing, and attending/watching Penn State football.

Greg is married to Andrea and has 3 children: Kyler (21) Mollie (18) Cooper (13).


Joe Cigich

Joe Cigich

Joe has lived in State College since 2010 with his wife of 26 years, Tina. They have two grown children, Cassie and Sean. Joe has been a resident of Centre County for the past 23 years, previously living in Centre Hall since 1995. While living in Centre Hall, Joe was a member at the Grace United Methodist Church and the Sprucetown United Methodist Church.

Since joining St. Paul’s in 2013, Joe has volunteered as an usher and for Out of the Cold. He is a member of the Accountable Disciples, and has participated in small group activities including Alpha and Christian Believers. Joe retired from the Pennsylvania State Police in 2017, having served the citizens of the Commonwealth for over 25 years. He currently holds a part-time position at Koch’s Funeral Home as a funeral assistant. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time at the family cabin.


Karen Eklund

Karen Eklund

Karen was born in Baraboo, WI, and when she was 7 years old her family moved to the San Diego area, where she spent her childhood. Karen moved to Boalsburg in 1999 from Lexington, KY, with her now deceased husband Peter, who was a Penn State professor in physics.

During the 18 years Karen has been a member of St Paul’s, she has served in a variety of capacities. As an educator, Karen taught classes from elementary to college, she served as co-coordinator of St. Paul’s children’s Sunday school for three years. Later she served on the UMW executive board as recording secretary and then Vice President (program chairperson) for over seven years. Karen has also been President and Program Vice President for the Penn State Women’s Club. Since retiring from teaching at Penn State, Karen joined Women of Faith Hope and Love Bible study and has been a member of the Wesley Leadership Board and a volunteer at Abba Java, where she enjoys interacting with the students.

Karen recently downsized to Liberty Hill where she enjoys swimming in the summer, walking with her dog, Dylan; reading, taking OLLI courses, and dabbling in the creative arts of painting and photography. Karen has two sons and six grandchildren, who live in Colorado, Florida Keys, and Texas — great places for her to travel!


Ed Ferguson

Ed Ferguson

Ed moved to State College with his wife, Sara, from Rochester, MN, late in 2009. He is a graduate of Fargo South High School having grown up in the Fargo, ND, area. He attended two land-grant universities in North Dakota, ultimately graduating from University of North Dakota School of Law in 2001. After practicing law for seven years in Minnesota, Ed was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 2010. Since 2013, Ed has worked doing indigent criminal defense representation in Blair County.

Ed has a strong commitment to volunteer activities. In Minnesota, he volunteered frequently with Habitat for Humanity and the Jaycees. Ed currently volunteers with the State College Center Alternatives for Community Justice (CACJ).

Ed and his wife, Sara, currently reside in Boalsburg. They have two children, Maddy (8) and Liam 2½). Maddy attends Mount Nittany Elementary School. Sara, a State College native, is employed by Penn State Hershey Medical Group. Ed and Sara became members of St. Paul’s not long after they moved to the State College Area. In his spare time, Ed enjoys watching Penn State football, chasing Liam around the house, and walks with the family around the neighborhood.


Debbie Harwell

Debbie Harwell

Debbie has been an active member of the United Methodist Church for 30 years and became a member of St. Paul’s in 2008. She has served her local congregations in numerous capacities — terms on Finance, Nomination, and Mission committees; Certified Lay Speaker; Lay Leader; Sunday School Superintendent; Youth Leader; VBS Coordinator; Representative to Annual Conference; Stewardship Committee; Sunday School Teacher and has completed Disciple I, II, III, and Jesus in the Gospels. In April, 2015 Debbie completed her Walk to Emmaus.

As a member of St. Paul’s, Debbie has participated in the Small Group organization process, HUB software conversion, serves as a Confirmation Class instructor, a member of the Chancel choir, two terms on the Board of Trustees, Open Table, Out of the Cold, and volunteering in Abba Java. On a Conference level Debbie was active in the Susquehanna Conference camping program for 18 years. She has also completed 8 mission trips to Mississippi for Katrina relief. On a community level, Debbie is a member of the Development and Night to Discover committees for Discovery Space. Debbie also is a member of the Essence2 community choir.

Debbie is a graduate of Penn State and is retired from Penn State where she was a manager for the Telecommunications and Networking Services Group. She enjoys her role as wife to Kevin Harwell and being a mother, step-mother, and grandmother! Her hobbies include traveling, sewing, cooking, baking, and reading.


Steven Morgan

Steven Morgan

Steven is a native of York, PA, and a 2004 Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management graduate of Penn State. At the same time, he met his future wife, Karen, a lifelong member of St. Paul’s. Steven joined St. Paul’s in January 2006.

He can be found singing in the Chancel Choir, as a lay reader, helping in the kitchen, and also with VBS.

Steven has been employed with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a hotel management company, for over 13 years. He has been a Director of Sales with Hampton and General Manager with Marriott brand hotels. Currently he an Area Director of Revenue Strategy, a home-office based position overseeing 11 properties in multiple states.

In his spare time, Steven enjoys watching Penn State sports, working with computers, reading on personal finance, and tinkering around with household and car projects. Steven resides in Pine Grove Mills with his wife Karen, 10-year-old son James, and 8-year-old son Zachary.


Current Trustees

Term Expires 1/20/2019

Todd Erdley
Debbie Harwell
Ron McGlaughlin

Term Expires 1/2020

Kurt Baker
Jean Chirpas
Jim Simon

Term Expires 1/2021

Dustin Case
Kelly Grimes
Robert Rayman