Paul Disher

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Paul Disher Rn. 56ys old Married; with two Children My loving mother raised me in the Love of God as we traveled with my father in his career in the US Air Force. I was born in Illinois and then went to Alaska, Michigan, California and Idaho. I graduated High School in Idaho and went to serve in the US Army, my service took me to Germany as well as Texas (a place some would claim to be a foreign land). After an Honorable discharge I then went to Abilene Christian University where I met my beloved Rose (Davis) my Wife of 32 years. I also joined Army ROTC and became a Commissioned officer in the US Army Reserve. I served in that capacity for nine years. I was not able to finish my degree at ACU as Rose found employment in Houston Texas. I finished my Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the University of Houston with a major in Psychology. I then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; School of Nursing and earned a 2nd BS, this time in Nursing. We then came to the Northeast (again following my wife's career) and I found employment at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I took advantage of their career advancement program and earned a Master of Science degree, with a specialty in Psychiatric Nursing at The University of Pennsylvania. I have not only worked with hospitalized sufferers of mental illness but I also have worked with them on an outpatient basis. My favorite work (and most challenging) was with Dual Diagnosed individuals who suffer not only from mental illness but drug addiction as well. I remain licensed, but I am not practicing as my son was born with Down's Syndrome and we made the decision that I would stay home and be a Homemaker. All of the above are mere details. My real life, my walk with the LORD, the life of the eternal spirit that is in all of us, has been one filled with the common challenges of faith. Baptized at 16yrs old, my journey of faith in the LORD has been filled with fits, starts, back peddles,out right failures, glorious victories, hill top experiences, brief tours of abject despair and fluctuating levels of commitment to the narrow road of salvation. It would not be unfair to say that in this I am like everyone else. In this real life I am speaking of, the life of the spirit; God has never abandoned me, he has discipled me and for that I am grateful. He has continuously placed people and circumstances in such a way that my faith has always grown. I am not anywhere near perfection, that will not happen until he comes again, but I am committed to the path of righteousness, and am I am trying to be careful lest I fall.


Rick Elam

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Rick is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a BBA in Marketing, and has spent the last 27 years working for the Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, PA. He is currently a Client Administration Manager in the Institutional Division.

Rick was a deacon at the King of Prussia church of Christ for a number of years. For 13 years, he was a member of the Board of Trustees for Coventry Christian Schools. And since 2005 he has been an elder at Chesmont. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children. He has called Amarillo, Dallas, and Abilene, Texas along with Chicago home in the past, and lived in the Pottstown area since 1980.

Service to others is Christ's example to us from John 13 and many other passages. And the Chesmont congregation is doing their very best every day to follow that example.


Mark Niehls

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Mark Niehls is a fifth generation restorationist.  He has served as a youth minister, Bible class teacher, church bus program coordinator, and summer camp counselor.  Having served as a deacon first, he was appointed as an elder of the Chesmont Church of Christ in 2012.  He has served on the boards of Delaware Valley Christian Camp, Inc. (Camp Manatawny) and Coventry Christian Schools, Inc.  He currently serves on the boards of Wheeler Care Centers, Inc., a non-profit personal care home,  and Project Purpose, a non-profit tutoring and mentoring program to students.  Mark has served on the staff of Coventry Christian Schools since 1984.   He served on the Board of Directors of the National Christian School Association for over 15 years.  In addition to local outreach efforts, Mark has been involved in multiple mission trips to Haiti, Latvia, and Mexico to build a school, conduct camps for orphans, and build houses for the homeless respectively.

Mark is happily married to Beverly J. (Koch) Niehls since 1979.  She has taught Bible classes and ladies classes, and served as counselor, kitchen staff and medical director at Camp Manatawny.  She too has volunteered time and effort to the mission efforts in Latvia.  They have two grown children who both serve in Christian ministry, one adopted son in college, and six grandchildren.      

Deacon (Facilities / Hands to Serve)

Darrell Barton

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Deacon (Youth Ministry)

Josh Dove

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Joshua Dove is a Mathematics Teacher at Coventry Christian Schools. He is married to Doji and they have three children Julianne, Ethan and Daniel. Josh has been the Deacon of Youth since 2012 and his family has been attending Chesmont since 1999. Josh is on the Board of Youth Advance, a Christian organization that helps strengthen youth to become Christian leaders. Josh enjoys playing sports, the outdoors, working with the youth, and spending time with his family. 

Deacon (Missions)

Ed Gawlas

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Ed Gawlas is a Graduate of Lock Haven University (B.S. Education) and of Wilkes University (M.S. Classroom Technology). He has taught in both public and private schools, and currently teaching at the Williamson College of the Trades. Ed’s focus in Chesmont is international missions and camps. His heart is focused with working with youth in a camp environment, having worked in Latvia as well as our own Camp Manatawny for several years as a counselor. Ed and his family are originally from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. Ed now calls Pottstown home with his wife Colleen and their two daughters Emma and Rebecca. His hobbies include woodturning, gardening and helping to facilitate the climbing wall and Zip line at Camp Manatawny. His favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31, that he tries to demonstrate on a daily basis.

Deacon (Worship)

Joe Lohr

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Joe is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN where he studied Mass Communication and Journalism. Joe is currently employed at Coventry Christian Schools as the Business Manager. Joe loves to sing and is working diligently to enhance the experience Chesmont has on a weekly basis during our time of worship. Joe and his family have attended Chesmont since 2012 and he has been a Deacon since 2015.

Joe is married to his lovely wife Sarah and they have four wonderful children, Bayley, Ellie, Jack, and Maverick. Joe used to work extensively in television production prior to moving to Pennsylvania.  He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He enjoys playing golf and coaching the Varsity Boys Basketball team at Coventry Christian Schools.


John Mark Niehls

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John Mark Niehls is the Head of School at Coventry Christian Schools in Pottstown, PA. John has a passion for young people and their relationship with Christ.  John has his B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Classical Christian Studies.  He is on the Board of Issachar Imperative and also serves as a Director for Camp Manatawny's Senior High I summer session. John is married to Kristen Niehls and they have four children: John Mark, Anna, Matthew, and Samuel.

Ministry Intern

Josiah Potts

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Josiah Potts is our new Ministry Intern. He began his 1-year internship on August 1, 2017. His focus is on local evangelism, small group development and will occasionally preach and teach on Sunday mornings.  Josiah is from Middletown, PA.  Josiah is a spirited young man with a heart for Christ.  Josiah is currently enrolled in preaching classes at Sunset International Bible Institute.  He is also currently employed with Project Purpose as their Young Men's Discipleship Coordinator.