The Rev. Amanda Knouse, Rector
The Rev. Amanda Knouse was called to be the rector of St. John’s in June, 2019. Previously, Amanda served as rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Delaplane, Virginia, a position she held since 2012. She was Associate Rector at St. James’ in Lothian, MD from 2008-2012 and served as the Camp Director for the Bishop Claggett Center during that time.
The Rev. Amanda Knouse received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata College and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. In the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Amanda serves on the Council of Trustees, the task force for diocesan Youth Ministry, and is a member of POWER, an interfaith community dedicated to carrying out faith in the public sphere.
Amanda is a native of Central Pennsylvania and an avid lover of the outdoors and sports. She and her husband, John, have two children; Ruthie and Caleb.
The Rev. Jennifer Trenary, Assistant Rector
The Rev. Jennifer Trenary is currently serving as the Assistant Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA. They received their MDiv from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2020, along with their Certificate in Anglican Studies from the Stevenson School for Ministry in the Diocese of Central PA. Following graduation, they also finished a year-long residency as a chaplain at the Lebanon VA Medical Center in a Clinical Pastoral Education program. Jen holds a Master’s in Community Counseling and practiced as a licensed therapist in Ohio for several years. They also earned their MBA and worked in the business field prior to their counseling work, which lends itself to the tasks of administration and management in the church.
Jen is married to their wonderful wife, Heather, and lives in Columbia with their cats and Jen’s younger sister. They love being close to the water, history, and THE Ohio State University. In their off time, you can likely find Jen sipping tea and reading a good book in their recliner. When their wife drags them out of the house, it’s usually to go camping and take hikes in nature to spiritually rejuvenate.
The Rev. Stacey Catigano, Deacon
The Rev. Sr. Stacey Catigano, Deacon, is a fool for Christ, wife, mother, grandmother, veteran and novice in the Community of Francis and Clare.
Sister Stacey believes it is both a “joy and privilege” to be serving at St. John’s as their deacon and at Lancaster County Prison as a chaplain.
Sister Stacey loves to laugh, pray the Anglican rosary, knife palette paint, read Terry Pratchett books and collect corny jokes. Presently, she is learning to play the harmonica.
Favorite Quote: “I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me,
He can work through anyone.” ― St Francis of Assisi
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Douglas Beach, Minister of Music & Director of Communications
Douglas Beach is a native of Bel Air, Maryland. His father began giving him piano lessons at the age of 5. Douglas went on to study at the Maryland Conservatory of Music under its director, Dr Duke Thompson. His music studies led him to study piano at Messiah College, now Messiah University, under the Music Department’s Dean, Dr Richard Roberson. While at Messiah, Douglas participated in such activities as Concert Choir with Linda Tedford, Collaborative Piano with Dr Patrice Ewoldt, One College Ave Vocal Jazz Ensemble with Elaine Henderson, and Men’s Ensemble with Eric Dundore. During all four years of undergrad, Douglas sang with his college quartet, The Grantham Gents, and even recorded a CD upon graduation.
After graduating, Douglas assumed the position of Director of Music at St John’s Hain’s United Church of Christ in Wernersville, PA. While there, he moved to Lancaster City, where he joined the ranks of college staff pianists at Millersville University, Franklin and Marshall College, and Lancaster Bible College.
Douglas is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and sings with the Hershey chapter of the Mid Atlantic District, Parkside Harmony, as well as his quartet, Brothers in Arms. Parkside competed in the 2019 International Convention in Miami, Florida, and placed 3rd in the world after forming a mere 5 years prior. Brothers in Arms competed in the 2022 International Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and were fortunate enough to also bring home a 3rd place ranking. Douglas is a third generation barbershopper, taking after his grandfather, Nelson Lawhon, a charter member of the Dundalk Chapter, Chorus of the Chesapeake, and an accomplished comedy quartet baritone.
Outside of music, Douglas enjoys hiking, riding his motorcycle, swing dancing, traveling, and is working on his pilot’s license. Douglas is grateful to be a part of the St. John’s community, and looks forward to many meaningful musical moments!
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John Knouse, Property Manager
Having grown up in the Lutheran Church, John began working in Christian Outdoor ministries at Camp Mount Luther in 2004. The same place he would later meet his wife and current Rector Amanda Knouse. Their love for camping ministries and their career paths led them to places such as the Bishop Claggett Center in the Episcopal Dicocese of Maryland, and the Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center in the Diocese of Virginia.
In 2012 he took his first job as the Director of Family Ministries at Trinity Episcopal in Upperville, Virginia.
In 2019 he began working with the St. John’s Youth Programs, overseeing monthly men’s gatherings, directing our Eagle’s Nest After-school Program and a stint as our interim Parish Administrator.
Over that time and out of necessity, John began to elaborate on the skills his grandfather had instilled in him as a handyman/carpenter and woodworker to assist in managing our wonderful campus. In 2021 he agreed to become our part time property manager among his other volunteer responsibilities, and enjoys being an integral part of our wonderful leadership team.
You will also see him around on Sunday Mornings teaching classes to our young people and navigating his and Amanda’s two children, Ruthie and Caleb.
Ellia Osofsky, Nursery Attendant
Ellia has worked with children ages two-ten in a professional capacity for five years. With both Montessori and play-based training, she enjoys taking a blended approach to help children grow in balanced way. She was born and raised in Boulder, CO and is now in her senior year at Franklin and Marshall College where she is a Chemistry major, tutor, student teacher, research associate, and member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Dana Sanborn, Bookkeeper
Dana is a graduate of Bloomsburg University where she majored in Business and was a member of the varsity swim team. After graduation, she worked for many years in the field of Human Resources, specifically recruitment and benefits. Upon the birth of her first child, she became a stay-at-home Mom. When her youngest was 10, she volunteered to assume the position of Treasurer at her home church in Cleona, PA. This experience led her to other church-based accounting positions, the most recent being the position of Bookkeeper for Saint John’s. She enjoys working with the accounting software and making sure that church finances are accounted for accurately and in a way that all parishioners can easily understand. Dana states that it has been a wonderful and positive experience here at Saint John’s, and she is grateful for all of the support and guidance she’s received since she first began working with the Church. Outside of church, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her three grown children, and she enjoys gardening and exercise.