Staff & Leadership

The Leadership Team and Staff listed below are only a small portion of the many members of Zion United Methodist Church who have been a vital part of the life and witness of our Church. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great  leadership, co-workers, volunteers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • Pastor keith buckbee

    Senior Pastor

    Greetings in the powerful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! My name is Keith Buckbee and I am the lead pastor here at Zion UMC in Myerstown. I am constantly amazed as I see God's goodness and mercy revealed in this church community. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a loving and welcoming church!


    For nearly the past decade, I have served as a bi-vocational pastor - splitting time between owning a hearing aid business and serving as a pastor at various churches in Lancaster county. I am excited as I begin ministry in a full-time capacity at Zion. My heart is passionate for sharing the good news about Jesus and helping others to grow in their relationship with him. I love to see people come alive as they realize Christ's love for them and his calling on their lives.


    I was born and raised in Lancaster county, and married my high school sweetheart, Jenn. We have been blessed with six children  - five daughters and one son, and they keep us very busy! When we have the time, Jenn and I love to exercise and are avid runners. I love to watch college sports and root for my alma mater, the Virginia Cavaliers.


    I look forward to seeing you soon! 

    God's grace,

    Pastor Keith


    Present Cell: 717-203-7012

    Cell: 717-537-5256 (new)


  • pastor rob dagen

    youth director & assistant pastor

    Rob Dagen has been associate pastor at Zion since 2017 and youth director since 2012. He also plays the bass guitar in the Zion worship team. Rob is also employed at William's Apothecary in Lancaster and is a graduate of Eastern University and Evangelical Seminary. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, games, and the piano, as well as listening to music. Rob lives in Manheim with his wife, Keara, son, Diggory, and daughters, Kit and Piper.

    Phone: 717-341-9436


  • judy vindich

    church secretary

    God’s design for my life changed 20 years ago when I accepted my position at Zion, ministering to pastors and to the church in quiet ways. I like to read, love to cook and take nature walks with my husband. Feel free to contact me at 717-866-6839. I like to meet new people and would love to hear from you. 


  • johnathan shuey

    contemporary worship leader

    Phone: 717-507-6475


  • cynthia kercher

    communications Director

    My husband, Ed, and I have been members of Zion UMC since 1991. We always loved this church and its message of Christ. This church is particularly blessed with an outstanding music ministry. I have been a graphic designer for 35 years and enjoy flying and skiing.

    Cell: 717-383-3406


  • barb kriston

    senior choir and children's choir director

    My name is Barbara Kriston and I am the director of the Senior Choir, King’s Kids, Men of Zion and Sisters of Zion. I have been involved in the music groups of the church since 1975. I am a retired Spanish teacher from Northern Lebanon School District and a graduate of Albright College. I have two sons and one daughter. I enjoy reading, gardening, bike riding, and water aerobics. Being a transplant from Johnstown, I have been blessed to have found a church that has always felt like home. Always considered to be a very music centered church, Zion was a perfect fit for me.

    Phone: 717-866-7053


  • carl l. kimmel

    grounds and security

    My family and I have been attending ZION for the last 17 years. I serve on the Board of Trustees, as well as take care of the Grounds and Security of the church. In my free time I like to play racquetball, spend time with my dog and family.

    Phone: 717-866-5381

  • crystal kimmel

    sexton

    My family and I have been attending ZION for the last 18 years. I have 4 beautiful children ages 15, 17, 21, and 25. In my free time I love to read and spend time with my family. I also love to travel as my favorite way to do so is by cruising!

    Phone: 717-866-5381

  • brian klinger

    concert band director

    I have been the Concert Band director at Zion since 2000 and have been a member of Zion for many years. I am a retired teacher from the ELCO School District. My wife, Kathy, is also involved with several church ministries. Our son, Justin, can be found in the sound booth at Zion. Our other son, Brandon, is a worship leader in Florida. "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord." Ephesians 5:19.

    Phone: 717-926-1352


  • david schell

    organist

    David Schell, a native of Myerstown, has served as organist/pianist at Zion Church for the past 44 years where he and his wife Anna are active members. David is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College where he majored in Music Education and Organ Performance. "It has been a joy serving our Lord and working with the other staff members at Zion".

    Phone: 717-866-3662


  • kim potocny

    handbell director


  • CARRIE CALLAHAN

    Missionary Pápa, hungary

    Carrie Callahan made a commitment to serve Jesus Christ on the mission field at the altar railing of Zion UMC.  She has served as a missionary teacher and church musician in South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Guam, Cambodia and presently serves in Pápa, Hungary.  Carrie’s goal is to bring the message of the saving power of Jesus Christ to the children of the world. She received her training from Zion UMC, Appalachian Bible College, Hong Kong Baptist University and Liberty University.


ways you can serve

There are many ways to add to the ministry of Zion United Methodist Church and the community. Here is a brief list of some of the areas where you could be of great help and service in our mission to spread the good news of Christ.

  • Sunday School teachers
  • Sunday Welcome Hosts & Ushers
  • Zion's Prayer Chain
  • Audio and Visual Technicians for Sunday Worship Services
  • Choir, Band, or Handbell member
  • Childcare for ages 7 and under during Sunday Worship Services
  • Helpers needed for Release Time Christian Education once a week at OnFire Ministries
  • Helpers needed for Prison Ministry
  • Reading scripture during Sunday Worship Services
  • Kitchen help during special events



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