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Pastor Rich Weitzel
Associate Pastor


Richard and his family moved to Lebanon in 2000 at which time they began attending LWC. He joined our staff in January 2019. Richard sensed God’s call to vocational ministry at the age of 21. He completed undergraduate studies at Southeastern University in 1981 and completed graduate work at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1986. He then served in pastoral ministry for 16 years in New England before moving back to Pennsylvania. Richard served 19 years in various roles at Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge and enjoys Biblical study, teaching and encouraging others in their personal journey of faith in Christ. His wife, Donna, is a registered nurse, and they were married in 1984. The Weitzels have three adult children—Richie, Hans and Callie. Their oldest and youngest have married; Richie and Jennifer have given them three beautiful granddaughters. They enjoy time and activities with their family, traveling and being outdoors, especially in warmer weather.  Pastor Rich also enjoys gardening and feel closest to God in the outdoors.