Messiah United Methodist Church

Intergenerational Methodist Church

Church Staff

Pastor Robert A. Vizthum

Bob Vizthum is the current Pastor here at Messiah UMC.  He has two adult children.  His daughter Jen with her husband Matt have two children, Avery and Trey, and live in Baldwinsville, NY.  His son Jim and wife Ann live Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Pastor Bob is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.  He has pastored in the Central PA/Susquehanna Conference of the UM Church for 25 years.  In that time he has served in 5 parishes, including Messiah.  One this you might not know about Pastor Bob is that he played in the NCAA College Baseball World Series in 1976 with Eastern Michigan Hurons.  They were runners-up that year to Arizona.  Thanks for looking into Messiah Church! Go with God!

Visitation Pastor –  Rev. Owen H. Walter

Rev. Owen Walter is our Visitation Pastor at Messiah UMC.  He’s been married to wife Paula for 52 years and they have two children (girls) and 5 grandchildren (4 boys, 1 girl).  Rev. Owen served as an active pastor for 38 years starting at Walkersville EUB in 1967.   He served 13 years at Otterbein UMC in Boiling Springs, 12 years at Chapel UMC in Red Lion, and 10 years at Calvary UMC in York.  He retired from Calvary UMC.  He has served as Messiah’s visitation pastor for last 12 years.   Rev. Owen likes to travel, woodworking (when he can find the time) and yard work.  He grew up on a farm and attended a one room school house with all 8 grades in one room.  His father, also a pastor, was the teacher for the 1st 3 years of his schooling.  

Administrative Assistant  – Beth Green

Beth is married to Rob Green and they have two boys, Jeffrey and Matthew.  Jeffrey graduated from Penn State University and is employed locally.  Matthew graduated from Millersville University and is pursuing his Masters in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.  Beth loves gardening, exercising, decorating and painting.    Her favorite pastime is decorative painting and she is a Level II OSCI (OneStroke) instructor.  She has been employed at Messiah for 6 years.   

Children’s Ministry Coordinator – Liz Berger

Liz is a kindergarten teacher in the Northern York County School District.  She graduated from Messiah College with dual degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education.  She loves to read and especially enjoys discovering new picture books with her students.  She is pursuing a Masters degree from Penn State to explore her interest in children’s literature.  She also enjoys hiking, running, and being with family.  She currently is sharing her house with her sister, Sarah who also is a teacher.  Both her parents, and grandmother attend Messiah UMC.  

Youth Ministries Coordinator – Breanne Brunner

Breanne is the new Youth Coordinator here at Messiah UMC.  She also works for Calvary UMC on the other side of York.  Breanne is a 2004 graduate of Messiah College and has been working in youth ministry since 2005.  She loves traveling to new places and cultures and doing mission trips in different locations.  Breanne spent a year in London working with inner city kids through an organization called XLP who work with at risk youth across London.  London is her favorite place to visit and if you talk to her about it long enough she will start to sound British.  She prefers Marvel to DC, beach and summer over winter, running, reading, mint chocolate chip ice cream and hates talking about herself. 

Choir Director – Vicky Salisbury

Vicky is married to Charlie Salisbury (who is a pastor currently serving as the York District UMC Superintendent.  They have 3 children and 2 granddaughters.  Steve, the oldest, is a pastor serving at Grace Hanover UMC.  He and his wife have 3 daughters, 5 yrs, 3yrs, and one.  Gordy, the middle son, is a nuclear engineer and is married.  Shelby, the daughter, graduated from Pittsburgh University.  Vicky taught elementary music in Harford County, MD for 26 years before retiring in 2015.  In addition to directing music at Messiah UMC, she is working as the Admin Assistant at York District UMC offic.  She loves children, spending time at the beach, traveling, reading singing, playing the piano, and walking, and has a pug named Gracie.  Her father was from England and still has many relatives there.  

Organist – Jan Frey

 Jan is a retired public school teacher, an avid gardener, and a kayaker.  She loves making music and spending time with her family and friends.  She is a brain injury rehabilitant who, in recovery, became a resource line representative for the Brian Injury Assoc. of Pa and gladly helps others who want support for neurological challenges and issues. 

Treasurer – Laura Graver

Laura has been attending Messiah UMC since she was an infant.  She and her husband Josh are raising two children and are very active within the church.  Laura works full time at Wolfgang Candy as the Director of Administration and enjoys spending time with family.  Laura has a twin sister, Martha, who attends here with her family as well.  

Custodian – Charlie Bowman

Charlie and Becky have been married for 55 years.  They have two boys, Bob and Scott, and 3 grandchildren. Charlie was an optician for 36 years retiring at age 62.  Many people are unaware that Charlie and Delores Runkle are brother and sister.  Also, he was very quiet and shy in school. (If you can believe that..)