Meet Our Authors

Meet Our Authors

Tony Blair
Co-Pastor
Tony Blair is a longtime pastor-teacher who has also had the opportunity to provide leadership to a variety of organizations and projects. He has served for 35 years as pastor or superintendent of churches throughout southcentral Pennsylvania. He and his family (wife Carol and daughters Rachel and Alia) began worshipping at Hosanna! in 2005, soon after their move to Lititz, and he accepted a call to be a Senior Pastor alongside Jo Ann Kunz in January, 2007. Tony also serves as President and Professor of Leadership and Historical Studies at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown. He has earned doctorates in history and leadership and subsequently studied spiritual direction (under Jo Ann Kunz and others) through Oasis Ministries. He is also the author of several books and a variety of articles. He is notoriously fond of Johnny Cash, Star Trek, hiking, and pizza... but is not yet redeemed enough to like cats.
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Jo Ann Kunz
Co-Pastor
Jo Ann Kunz has been a part of the Hosanna!"family" since 1980. She has served the congregation in one capacity or another for nearly twenty-five years - the last fourteen as Senior Pastor. She is an experienced scholar-practitioner... Continue Reading
Deb Helt
Pastor of Congregational Life
Deb serves as Pastor of Congregational Life and has been active in Hosanna! for more than 28 years. She is a trained spiritual director and a trained Enneagram instructor. She works part time for Safe Communities, a non-profit organization for the prevention of child sexual abuse in churches and youth-serving organizations. She has a son, daughter-in-law, and two adorable grandchildren, Emma is nine years old, and Dylan is four years old. She loves the Hosanna! community, and if she would not work here, she would attend church here.
Jared Kunz
Youth Pastor
Jared is Hosanna!'s Youth Pastor. He ministers to the spiritual needs of students in grades 7-12, and works with parents and volunteers to train them to serve students as well. Jared tries to live according to the principles in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." Jared and his wife, Carla, and their daughter, Mara, and son, Javin, live in Manheim, and he says that he has been attending Hosanna! "...ever since I was born."
Kelly Kirk-Wentzel
Director of Children's Ministries
Kelly serves at Hosanna! as the Director of Children’s Ministries and has been attending Hosanna! since 2014. She provides oversight and guidance to the teachers and helpers who volunteer with the Sunday morning classes and directs our yearly VBS, and the Heavenly Hearts Choir. These various activities for children all provide the opportunity for dynamic, Jesus centered learning. In addition to her position at Hosanna!, Kelly is an adjunct instructor in the Psychology department at Millersville University. She loves the energy that working with both children and young adults creates. Kelly lives in Lititz with her husband Eric, and their children Daniel and Marenthia, and during her free time loves playing and writing music, spending time outdoors and staying physically fit. Kelly strives to live by one of her favorite verses-Micah 6:8, “And this is what He requires of you: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Shawn Erb
Worship Pastor
Shawn serves as Worship Pastor and Leadership Team member. He has been on staff since 1999. He lives in Rothsville with his wife, Jill, and two children, Luke and Justin. His guiding prayer and scripture for worship ministry is Ephesians 3:17-19: And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Jeff Burkholder
Director of Technical Arts
Jeff is Hosanna!'s Director of Technical Arts. He is responsible for any and all technical needs for the church, including overseeing the audio and visual needs for services and ministries... Continue Reading
Mary Dye
Financial Assistant
Mary is Hosanna!'s Office Manager. She cites Psalm 148 as her favorite scripture. Mary lives in Lancaster, with her husband Chris. They have been attending Hosanna! since 1982.
Sheree Allen
Staff Assistant
Sheree currently serves as the Staff Assistant here at Hosanna!. Sheree has been attending Hosanna! since 2004 along with her husband, Jerry and their daughter Holly. Her responsibilities include editing the bulletin and providing secretarial support to the staff and congregation. She volunteers in many ways and shares her talents by providing lots of savory and sweet treats at many events. She considers it a blessing to be part of “a growing, friendly and purposeful body of believers.”
Helen Cookey
Associate Pastor of Welcome Ministries
Helen serves as Hosanna!'s Associate Pastor of Welcome Ministries. She has been attending Hosanna! since 1980 and is personally inspired by Romans 8:28. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Julie Leed
Elder
Julie Leed has been a member at Hosanna for twenty+ years and during that time she has served in various ministries. She has been part of the prayer ministries over the past several years. Julie has a passion for prayer and healing ministries.” I love helping others to have hope and build their faith and trust in God” Julie’s favorite verse is found in Song of Solomon 2vs 11 “see the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth, the season of singing has come...” After every dark time God brings to us a season of hope. Julie is a spiritual director. She received her training at Oasis Ministries. She lives in Lancaster with her husband Jay. She has three children and two beautiful grandchildren
Beth McKinney
Elder
Beth serves as an elder and has been active in various capacities at Hosanna! for over 25 years. She is also a Spiritual Direction advisor, and received her training at Oasis Ministries. Beth and her husband Rick live in Lititz.
Rick McKinney
Elder
Rick has been a part of the Hosanna! family for over three decades. He is a past Lead Elder and volunteers his time in several areas of ministry including teaching and dramas. He plays keyboards with the worship team, and, on occasion, enjoys visiting our Children's Ministry as "Tricks, the Clown". He is especially ministered to by Philippians 4: 13, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Rick, and his wife Beth, live in Ephrata and have been attending Hosanna! since 1984. They have two daughters - Jane, who lives in Maine with her two children, and Kris, who lives in Ephrata with her husband and daughter.
April Ottey
Elder
April has been attending Hosanna for over 30 years and has been involved in various ministries over this time. April enjoys being an elder because she cares about people and their whole being. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, cross stitch, playing with her Yorkies. Her favorite Bible verse is Nehemiah 8:10. The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Diane Stoltz
Elder
Diane Stoltz is married to Don Stoltz who is also an elder. They have been attending Hosanna! for over 30 years. They have a blended family of 3 children , 6 grandchildren , 2 dogs. Her favorite past-time is walking through nature with her dogs! Diane says, "I enjoy being a elder because I get to serve the body of of Christ through prayer and to serve when God directs!"
Kevin Sweigart
Elder
Kevin has been attending Hosanna since the early 1990s with his wife and son. Caring for and helping others is what is at the heart of why Kevin enjoys being an elder. In addition to his elder responsibilities he serves as co-director of guest services and also is active with the children’s choir and their musical.
Loren Nafziger
Elder
Loren joined the Elders in 2019 after serving on the Advisory Board. He has attended Hosanna! for more than 15 years with his wife Kristen and their children, Claire and Ryan. They live in Willow Street with an enthusiastic Bernadoodle named Reeses Puppy Cups. He enjoys attending Hosanna! because of everyone’s loving nature, the worship, and the thoughtful messages. “I joined the Elders to support the leadership and to help in any way that I can.” Loren works as a Fire Department Captain and considers Isaiah 43:2 to be a meaningful verse for him.

Dr. Tony Blair is President and Professor of Church History at Evangelical Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is former Dean of the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies and Professor of Leadership Studies at Eastern University. He is also co-senior pastor of a nondenominational congregation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and a consultant with nonprofit, faith-based organizations. He is not the former prime minister of Great Britain. Visit his Amazon Author Page for more information.