Staff & Leadership




Alison L. Leitzel

Pastor Emeritus

Albert U. Gesler, Jr.


Office Assistant

Denise Miller

Coordinator of Music Ministry

Sheryl Williams


Director of Parish Nurse Program

Jeanne Tropper RN


2019 Church Council

President: Andy Saska

Vice-President: Penny Gresh

Secretary: Analee Cree

Treasurer: John Holmberg

Financial Secretary: Pat Wenzel


Members: Pastor Allie, June Beard, Lois Kuhns and Jeanne Tropper  

New to Abiding Hope is Organist and Music Minister Sheryl Williams

Talented Abiding Hope musicians lead by Brian Gresh play weekly during the 10:30 service

Sheryl Williams is indeed a gifted organist and pianist. She comes to us with a lifetime of experience and training in piano, organ, choral education and hand bell ringing. Her degree in music education includes graduate studies and extensive experience in sacred music, performance, teaching, worship planning, directing adult and children’s choral ensembles and hand bell ringing. She is no stranger to accompanying both traditional Lutheran and contemporary worship.  As a former music teacher, she has taught children in grades K - 12 vocal and instrumental music.  She has been a Lutheran church organist, pianist and choir director for all ages as well as a private music instructor.  Sheryl has also worked full time for the Erie County Office of Children and Youth and is the Township Secretary for the Millcreek Township Board of Supervisors.

Her family is no stranger to ministry. Her daughter, Stephanie, served as an apprentice at Abiding Hope under Pastor John Coleman, and she, her husband and their 3 daughters are active missionaries stationed in Germany.  Sheryl has teamed up with her other daughter, Christina, her husband and their 6 children to help coordinate Christmas musical performances with Our Lady of Peace and Messiah Lutheran Church.

God has blessed Abiding Hope once again and sent us this energetic and talented musician to enhance our worship experience and inspire joy and fellowship through her musical gifts.   May God continue to bless Sheryl and members of Abiding Hope in our ministry together.

Pastor Allie Leitzel

Contemporary Praise Band at Abiding Hope

Usually the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

The Praise Band enlivens our spoken Saturday evening worship service with 3 contemporary songs. Worship will still be brief: 5:30-6:15 pm giving you plenty of time to make 6:30 dinner reservations.

2402 W. Grandview Blvd.

Erie, PA 16506