The Rev. Dr. Barry R. Folmar
“Being called to be pastor among the people of God at First Lutheran Church is my privilege, my honor and especially my responsibility to proclaim and embody the Gospel of Jesus as I have for thirty-five years in several congregations. I have a sense that we have received inspiration from God’s Holy Spirit to be in a relationship helping one another as disciples of Jesus.” – Pastor Folmar
Pastor Folmar served Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in Highspire, PA, for 22 years; was Director of Spiritual Formation for the Lower Susquehanna Synod; pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church in Bellefonte, PA and part-time Chaplin at The Oaks in Pleasant Gap.
He is a graduate of Lock Haven University and received his Master of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg; a Doctor of Ministry from The Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and a Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
Barbara A. Crago
Director, TLC Childcare & School
Barbara A. Crago, TLC Director and kindergarten teacher, has been a Children’s advocate and teacher for close to forty years. Barb graduated from Pennsylvania State University in Elementary Education, then taught in the Altoona Area School District. She also owned her own baton school for twenty years.
In 1988, Barb started the TLC Childcare and School at First Lutheran. Under her watchful eye and loving spirit, TLC provides each and every child in its care nurturing support in a safe and happy environment.
Organist And Choir Accompanist
Claude is a 2014 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School, and is attending Penn State University’s State College campus. He is majoring in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and minoring in Piano Performance.
Claude has studied under Asa Carns and Pamela Wertman (both former First Evangelical Lutheran Church organists), and served as organist/choir accompanist at First Church of The Brethren and Second Avenue Methodist Church. In high school, he accompanied the school Choir and was frequently accompanist for mass.
His debut appearance at First Lutheran was in 2012, when he performed a spectacular solo recital. Claude says it is an honor to play our “magnificent” organ.
Joni Lee Whetstone
Director Of Music
Joni has been a blessing to the important music ministry here at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has a BME from Lee College (now University) in Cleveland, TN, and an MA in music from IUP. She has almost thirty years’ experience in public school teaching (vocal music instructor) and in teaching various music courses at Penn State Altoona. She has served as minister of music and choir director for several congregations in Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
Joni’s selfless devotion to Christian music is surpassed only by her beautiful voice.
Andrew J. McMullin
Andy is busy in the church office from 8 am through 3 pm, Monday through Friday. He handles all accounting/bookkeeping duties, helps set the church budget, greets visitors, fields phone calls and is the all around go-to guy!