Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness is a 501(c)(3) organization supervised by a Board made up of 12-16 members drawn from churches of Lancaster County.
The Officers consist of a president, vice president, and treasurer.
A public annual meeting is held in January.
Our Current Board Members
Beth Kuttab, President
Beth Kuttab was born and raised in Lancaster County. Following the completion of undergraduate studies in sociology at Messiah College, she worked as a volunteer in two refugee camps in Jordan and later completed Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology and Management, respectively. Since 1982, she has worked with a number of international relief and development nonprofits, co-founded Tamer Institute for Community Education (West Bank), and provided management consulting services to NGOs. Beth served as the Director of Relief and Social Services, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (1998-2012), Amman, Jordan. Prior to Jordan, she served with the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Most recently she was affiliated with the Aga Khan Foundation in Washington, DC (managing a $120 million Asia and Africa portfolio) and has carried out consulting assignments on behalf of The KonTerra Group.
Bob Birch, Co-Vice President
Bob Birch is pastor at Leacock Presbyterian Church, Paradise, Pa. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Bob serves as the Chair of Peace, Justice and Care of Creation Committee, Donegal Presbytery, Pa.; and was a member of Presbyterian Church USA, delegation to the Middle East in 2014. He was formerly Director of Sales at Greenwood Publishing Group.
Sandy Strauss, Co-Vice President
Sandy Strauss joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches as its Director of Public Advocacy in April, 2004. In this role, Sandy serves as a member of the executive staff of the Council of Churches with responsibilities to inform, educate, and empower people of faith on significant public issues. She received her Master of Divinity degree in 2003 from Lancaster Theological Seminary and was ordained in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (US), Jan. 25, 2004. She also holds a M. A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Sandy lives in Harrisburg, PA.
Malinda Clatterbuck, Secretary
Malinda Clatterbuck brings a wealth of professional credentials and experience to LIPW. This
includes a Masters in Religion from Lancaster Theological Seminary, a Masters in Psychology from Geneva College and certification in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute. Professional positions have included Director of Congregational Care and Youth, respectively, at three separate churches, teacher, high school counselor,and various management roles in Housing and Residential Services at The Catholic University of America. More recently, Malinda has served as the Director of Family Ministries for the Greenfield Summer Day Camp. In 2014 she established Martic SOUL, Inc. (Save Our Unspoiled Land), a local non-profit mobilizing community resistance to a proposed natural gas pipeline slated to cut through the greater Martic Township community and Lancaster County. She has been affiliated with Lancaster County Conservancy and the Lancaster Farmland Trust since 2006. Malinda is passionate about care of creation and the common good.
Charles G. Denlinger, Ph.D, Treasurer
Charles G. Denlinger, Ph.D. Mathematics is a member of Lancaster Church of the Brethren, past member of Lancaster Friends Meeting. Graduated from Elizabethtown College (A.B., 1961); University of Illinois (M.S., 1963), Michigan State University (Ph.D. Mathematics, 1971). Retired 2005 from Millersville University Mathematics Dept. after 41 years of service, including 11 years as department chair. Previously served on boards of Lancaster Church of the Brethren, United Campus Ministry at Millersville Univ., Lancaster Community Concert Association, and Alpha and Omega (Hispanic) Family Life Center, Lancaster. Husband of Gloria Meyers Denlinger, two children, and three grandchildren. Special interests include classical music, adult Christian education, travel, and model railroading. Active on two committees at Lancaster Church of the Brethren: The Education Ministry Team, and the Hunger and Poverty Task Force.
Charlie Bonner is a member of Lancaster Friends Meeting, He serves as co- convener of the Nominating Committee and also as a member of the Intergenerational Concerns Committee, Youth Services Program and Healing Racism Group. He is a Philadelphia native who served as a U.S. Marine in Viet Nam for twelve months in 1965-1966. Charlie is a past National President and board member of Veterans for Peace. In 2012 he returned to Viet Nam with Veterans for Peace for a peace and reconciliation tour. The task was to increase public awareness of the damage that Agent Orange defoliant and unexploded ordinance are causing more than forty years after the war.Charlie is a retired LPN who worked with homeless veterans at the Coatesville VA.
Patrick Brady is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Landisville, where he has served as youth ministry advisor since 2005 and currently serves as church board chair. Patrick works as a Senior Reactor Engineer for Exelon Corporation. He and his wife Judy (a teacher at Hempfield High School) have three children: Meghan, Kyle, and Duncan. Patrick notes that as a Lancaster County native, he has embraced a faith in Jesus that is grounded and focused on peace and justice, which are inseparable components of the true understanding of the Kingdom of God. In addition to his involvements with Every Church a Peace Church, Patrick served as coordinator for two mission trips to Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina relief through Lutheran Disaster Relief. He has been a long time advocate and supporter of LIPW.
Sue Heilman is a Pittsburgh native who moved to Lancaster in 1988 after living in Philadelphia for 5 years. She has 3 grown children; Annika and Hannah are involved in wild bird research and environmental education, and her son, Zachary is in Malawi working for an NGO called Family Health International (FHI360). She is on the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lancaster city and is very involved in peace & justice work through their MDG (Millenium Development Goals) and Jubilee Committees. Her passion for justice & mercy was inspired by her faith in Jesus, and nurtured by Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement. She has been an active volunteer with CCP (Center for Community Peacemaking) for over 10 years working mainly with teens & their parents through their Making Peace Seminars and most recently is a member of a Circle of Support & Accountability with a sexual offender/returning citizen. Sue works full-time night shift as an RN at Landis Homes and dreams of the day she can work more closely with those on the fringe of society.
Naomi Christine Leapheart
Naomi Christine Leapheart serves as co-pastor and minister of music at the Wisdom’s Table @St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (UCC), and is a Brown, Rooks and Evans Scholar at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is a daughter of Detroit, and an educator, activist and consultant to nonprofit organizations. After 10 years, she left full-time teaching in Philadelphia and across the Delaware Valley region to pursue the persistent call to ordained ministry.
Phil Schwabe-Fry is a junior at Manheim Township High School. From a Lutheran background, Phil currently attends Community Mennonite Church. He serves as editor of the monthly newspaper, TV Substitutes, working with 4-5 writers: Televisionsub.wordpress.com. Phil was introduced to LIPW at the Roy Bourgeois forum on human rights in Latin America.
Ken Trauger is a United Church of Christ clergy-person. He retired in 2004 from a 27-year chaplaincy at Conestoga View, the former county home. After graduating from Ursinus and Lancaster Theological Seminary, Ken and his wife Marilynn studied Spanish for a year in Costa Rica, and then served the Honduras Evangelical and Reformed Churches for 7 years. After a pastorate of 3 years in Ohio, Ken and his family came to Lancaster city, where they have lived for 38 years. Ken worked for the First Reformed UCC and the Salvation Army Community Center before becoming the chaplain at Conestoga View. Ken and his wife have a daughter, 3 sons (born in Honduras), and 6 grandchildren. Ken has been a peacemaker since he went as a short term volunteer to Nicaragua in 1986 with Witness For Peace. He participated in 3 other volunteer trips to Guatemala, and spent time with the Presbyterian Churches in Colombia. He has served in churches in Honduras, Nicaragua and Columbia during times of war.
Sue Waterfield lives in Lancaster City and attends East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. Sue has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University, and currently works with Mental Health America, as well as at a cooking school and on an organic farm. Sue spent 20 years working internationally in the field of microfinance, first with Mennonite Economic Development Associates and CARE, and then as a consultant. She has a deep interest in global and local social justice issues.
Steve Weaver is the Middle East Regional Coordinator for CWS. He has worked with CWS since 2001. From 2003 to 2005 he was based in Amman and Baghdad, focusing on CWS’s Iraq response. Since 2005 he has taken on regional responsibilities for Palestine/Israel and Egypt. In addition to his Middle East responsibilities, Steve has also provided headquarter level support around issues of climate change and disaster risk reduction. Prior to working for CWS, Steve was with Mennonite Central Committee in Burundi for one year. Steve studied biology and history at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and spent two years studying philosophy at Tufts University near Boston Massachusetts. Steve lives outside Landisville with his wife, Magdalen, and two year old daughter, Layla. They attend Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster.