A welcoming community of grace, love, joy, and peace.


Jon Carlson

Lead Pastor

Through preaching and teaching, Jon explores how the truth of God’s word, the example of Jesus, and the energy of the Holy Spirit can invite people to faithfulness. Jon discovered the Mennonite Church as a teenager and has served in pastoral ministry since 2010. He and his wife, Lyn, have three children - Collette, Micah, and Ady. Jon serves as Assistant Moderator of Atlantic Coast Conference (Mennonite Church USA), and enjoys distance running and photography.

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Becky Degan

Associate Pastor of Worship and Christian Education

Becky is a graduate of Elizabethtown College (Pa.) with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. Before coming to Forest Hills in 2006, she worked for eight years as a music therapist for children with special needs. Becky is married with one son. She and her husband perform original music for children at local venues and have released two CD's of original children's music. They have also worked on several projects with Herald Press, including the children’s CD Sing, Little Children, Sing and the book The Family Song.

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Norma Stauffer


Norma has been a member of the Forest Hills congregation for over 25 years. She joined the team as Administrator in 2000, after working 25 years in commercial finance. Norma's organizational skills and years of experience as a volunteer in a variety of congregational ministries effectively prepared her to step into this role. On a regular basis she also offers her gifts to the music ministry at Forest Hills. In her free time she enjoys biking, reading, and good conversation with friends. She is married and the mother of two young adult children.

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Nina Harnish

Minister of Care and Visitation

Nina has been involved in activities at Forest Hills for over 15 years. Her involvements have included children’s ministry, Morning Out for Mothers, junior high ministry, and Sunday School class shepherd. Nina graduated from Goshen College with a degree in Dietetics and then completed her training to become a Registered Dietitian at University of Virginia. Throughout her career she has counseled individuals as inpatients and outpatients and also in private practice. She is married and the mother of four children who are now teenagers and young adults. In her free time she likes reading, being outside throughout all four seasons, and spending time with friends and family.

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Janette Lile

Director of Children and Youth Programming

Janette is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and holds a master’s degree in Literacy. Before moving to Leola in 2007, Janette lived with her family in Harrisonburg, VA., where she taught 3rd grade and Gifted Instruction. Currently, along with serving the church, Janette is also a part-time Reading Support Teacher at Smoketown Elementary in Conestoga Valley School District. Janette is married with two  teen-aged children. Whether it’s with family, old friends or new acquaintances, spending time with people brings her joy and energy. She enjoys music, scrapbooking, and being out in the sunshine on summer days. Janette has a passion for sharing the warmth of Jesus’ love with others

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