Rev. Dr. Barry R. Ballard

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Barry and his family have been with the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church since 1996. Since then, the Ballard's have made Wyalusing their home. Barry has worked with churches throughout his life in various positions. He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1990, and has since worked in professional ministry. He achieved his Doctor of Ministry in 2011 through Gordon-Conwell. 

Barry's vision for ministry comes from Ephesians 4:11-13, which says it is the job of pastors and teachers "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of God." Barry believes that God specifically called him to Wyalusing to bring people to Jesus in a personal way, so that they could learn to walk with him every day, and do everything to his glory. Barry also believes that the Church is God's agent of transformation in the community, and each member has a ministry and a mission that God gives them to make that transformation happen.

Barry is married to Karen Ballard. Karen is the pastor of nearby Rome Presbyterian Church. They have two grown children: Kirstyn and Wesley. The Ballard's have taken part in community events from sports to Boy Scouts to school music programs, and even community plays. Barry and Karen strive to be a redemptive presence in the community in order to transform Wyalusing for Christ.


Clerk of Session

Lynn Petlock

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Lynn Petlock is the Clerk of Session. Some say Lynn is the Clerk Extrordinaire! As chief officer at WPC, nothing gets past her watchful eye. 

Lynn can be reached by phone at 570-746-3472 (home)

By email, or by leaving a note in her mailbox in the office of the WPC.

If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Lynn.



Administrative Assistant, Organist, Director of Music

Diana Black

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Diana Black is our long-time Administrative Assisant.  In this capacity, Diana produces our weekly bulletins, including announcements and prayer requests, monthly "Front Porch" Newsletters, and is the central hub for church communication (all the while staying in touch with elder Toni McCarty, our Communications Team Leader). Oozing with artistic talent, Diana pours her creativity and skill as a desktop publisher to nearly all of the church's publications and postings. In this capacity, you can find her in the office (570-746-3333) from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Tues - Thurs). 

On Sunday, Diana shares yet another artistic talent with WPC for the glory of God. You can see her in action as the Director of Music, Pianist, and Organist during our worship service.  Hymns, choruses, worship songs, special music, service music--Diana deftly plays it all. Organ and piano accompaniment for Gospel, classical and contemporary music--nothing is outside of Diana's formidable skill set. And Diana truly offers her muscial talent for the glory of God! In this capacity, you can hear Diana every Sunday morning beginning shortly before 10:00.  



Shannon Lord

Books, periodicals, videos and more: all of this is under Shannon's diligent care. Not only that, but Shannon is one of two elders leading the Christian Education Team for the church. Shannon leads the Sunday School music alongside her faithful friend, Rachel Sznaider. She is the go-to tech wizard for many of our audio-visual needs. Shannon can be reached by leaving her a message in the librarians mailbox.



Barb Hugo

Barb Hugo is our talented treasurer. Providing monthly reports that are not only readable, but understandable to non-money people, Barb EXCELS (pun intended) at guiding WPC through the maze of church finance. "Church Treasurer" is a calling that Barb has embraced with open arms and for which she is highly skilled. You can contact Barb by leaving her a note in the treasurers mailbox in the office.


Financial Secretary

Marilyn Ross

WPC is thankful to Marilyn Ross & Ron McCarty for stepping up to fill the vacant position after the passing of Pat Hoffman.   They have big shoes to fill, but they are up to the task. 

Marilyn has served in many positions during her lifetime at Wyalusing Presbterian Church.  She is truly a faithful servant and is always helping others.  Marilyn is always using her gifts and talents for WPC.  Along with her role of Deacon, Marilyn takes on this task and with much gratitude we thank her.  Ron McCarty is assisting Marilyn, having worked with Pat for some time prior to Pat's passing. 

Financial Secretary

Peg Thompson

Peg Thompson serves with much care as another of WPC's financial secretaries. Peg provides a valuable safe guard for the financial record keeping. One might even say, "Our bucks stop with Peg." 


John Petlock

John Petlock is the Groundskeeper for WPC.  John meticulously maintains our landscape and makes our church grounds beautiful season after season.  John is a master of many talents. You name it, John can fix it. John's great care for the church, its properties, accessibility, and its mission are the stuff of legend. John is a great steward of WPC. 

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