Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff




Joel Nogle has been pastor of the Chambersburg Church of the Brethren since January 2017. He has 35 years of pastoral experience, previously serving congregations in East Petersburg, Gettysburg and Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. Joel received his Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1985. He is a preacher/storyteller who strives to make each message Scripturally sound and culturally relevant. His particular passions are in the areas of Pastoral Care and Discipleship, helping others connect to Christ on a personal basis. Joel lives with his wife, Kathie, in Chambersburg. They have three grown daughters, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  They share their home with three dogs.


Minister of Music and Congregational Life


Elizabeth (Liz) was a vocal major at Mansfield University where she met her husband, Phil.  Together they share the responsibilities of the music department for the church with Liz leading in the areas of vocal ministry and Phil directing the instrumental ensembles. 

Liz is an ordained minister since 2018. She is a graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, with a Master of Arts in Theology, and a recent graduate of the TRIM program (Training in Ministry) through Bethany Academy for Ministerial Leaders.  Liz also holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction through Oasis Ministries. 

Gretchen Sortzi

Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries


Gretchen Sortzi has been an educator and speaker as a faith-based entrepreneur for the last 25 years. Born and raised in the Church of the Brethren she comes from a long line of faith and ministry; as many of her family currently pastor churches in Virginia. Gretchen is a graduate of Clarion University with a Bachelor’s in Communication and also a Master’s of Sociology from Arizona State University. Gretchen is a dynamic speaker, with her own stories of struggle and victory, led by a passion to change the lives of others through God’s love.

Gretchen’s greatest achievement is and always will be her daughter, Haley. They are both new residents of Chambersburg and are excited to get started. Gretchen looks forward to using her skills and talents to love and grow the church.


Administrative Assistant


I was raised in the Chambersburg Church of the Brethren.  Married with two sons, whom were raised in the Chambersburg Church of the Brethren.  Began employment with the church on June 19, 2006.

Love the people here and enjoy my job!

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