Our Staff

Brian Hand

chris kennedy

Lead Pastor

Chris and his family come to Lansdale from Dublin, Ireland.  Originally from Northern Ireland, Chris studied at the University of East Anglia and has served in churches in England, Ireland, and the US. He worked in London in BBC radio, and then served as part of the college ministry at St Helen’s, Bishopsgate. It was also in London that Chris and Sallie met and were married in 1999. Soon after, Chris and Sallie relocated to Philadelphia where Chris attained an M. Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2003.

Following seminary, Chris served in Belfast with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Prior to coming to Lansdale, Chris was the lead pastor of Dun Laoghaire (pronounced ‘Dun Leery’ – it’s an Irish thing!) Presbyterian Church in South County Dublin, Ireland. In 2021, Chris received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  The Kennedys have three sons.

Chris has a passion for teaching God’s word and encouraging people to an ever-growing faith in Jesus Christ.
Brian Hand

brian hand

Church Life Pastor

Brian’s family began attending LPC when he was 9 years old. Brian's love for serving in the church began in his twenties while helping with children's, youth, and Sunday school ministries. Brian graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University), and completed a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies through Reformed Theological Seminary.  Brian began his work at LPC as a Ministry Intern in 2009, and by God's faithfulness he now serves as Church Life Pastor.

Brian and his wife, Mary, got to know each other while serving together in the youth ministry and have been married since December of 2006. They have three children. The Hands enjoy serving together as well as cooking, entertaining and family adventures.
JJ Zeller


Strategy & Operations Manager

JJ grew up in the Lansdale/Harleysville area.  He and his wife, Theresa were married in 2003 and have one son, Christian.  JJ has been a professional drummer for over 25 years and has recorded and toured nationally.  JJ is also a film and TV composer and enjoys using his music skills in the church.  

In addition to serving as an elder and band director, JJ oversees numerous operations and projects of the church including planning our weekly worship services. JJ is excited to use his gifts to help advance the LPC vision.

Mary Hand


Communications Director

Mary began attending LPC in 1998 when her family relocated to the area.  She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in business, and after college discovered a joy for graphic design and marketing, which combined her business and artistic skills.  During the years when Mary stayed home to care for her children, she enjoyed using her gifts in the church with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), church promotional materials, the church website and interior design.

Mary serves as the Communications Director and is excited to help grow the community at LPC, making it a welcoming place for people to find and follow Jesus.
Steve Smith

steve smith, MA, LPC

Pastoral Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor (PC008728)
Master of Arts in Counseling
Master of Arts, Christian Thought
Grief Counseling Specialist
Leadership Coach

Steve is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania and has served Lansdale Presbyterian Church as a pastoral counselor since 2012.   
Steve provides low-cost pastoral counseling services from both a clinical and spiritual perspective.  Counseling services are available by appointment, and open to members and friends of Lansdale Presbyterian Church, referrals from other churches in our local communities, as well as individuals and couples seeking pastoral counseling services here in our local area. 
Steve’s most requested services include:  Premarital and Marriage Counseling including Couple’s Counseling, Grief and Loss Counseling, Managing Household Finances and Budgeting, Career Counseling and Guidance, Men’s issues, and Leadership/Vocational Coaching. 
MOBILE: (267) 269-8005
Lori Davis

lori davis

Office Manager

Lori began attending LPC when she was five years old. She is thankful for the biblical preaching and teaching of so many people at the church who have helped to influence her Christian life. Lori originally worked part-time in the office from 1986 – 2003 when she left for a full-time position at Gwynedd Mercy University. She is happy to have returned to her former position of Administrative Assistant as of January 2017.  

Lori and her husband, Rick, have been married since 1981 and have two grown children and four grandchildren.  
Sue Hathaway

amber etherton

Bookkeeper  |  Office Assistant

Amber has been attending LPC her entire life. She received her degree in Business Administration from Messiah College and worked in financial services for eight years before staying home with her two girls. Amber has a creative eye and has enjoyed decorating corporate Christmas trees at the holidays for the past five years. She also works part time at the family produce farm and has a love for fresh cut flowers.  

Amber enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremiah and two girls Anna and Ellie, as well as exploring new places together. 
Sue Hathaway



Ken has been a Christian since 1974 and began attending LPC in 2009.  Ken recently retired as a Research Fellow in a local chemical company, where he was an inventor and problem solver for chemical plants and customers.  Ken sees the Sexton position as a welcome, God-honoring use of his building, fixing, repurposing, and organizational skills.

Ken is also a Deacon and enjoys writing and leading Bible studies for Community Groups. Ken and his wife Shelley have two grown children and three grandchildren.  In his spare time Ken enjoys making things and is building a metal and ceramic shop in his backyard.  
Sue Hathaway

ian & darla zang

Youth Ministry Directors

Darla has been attending LPC for as long as she can remember and has grown up as a participant in the church’s youth ministry. She received her degree in English at Grove City College, with minors in Psychology and Christian Ministry. She now works full-time in Marketing and Sales in the Audio Visual Tech industry.

Ian grew up in the Lehigh Valley, but has been attending LPC for the last couple of years. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, as well as an MBA, from Cairn University. After a four year stint working at Cairn University in the Athletic Department, Ian now currently works full-time in Marketing for an IT Tech company as well.

Darla and Ian Zang enjoy working on their home, traveling, eating yummy food, hiking, golfing, spending time with friends and family, and watching movies. They also love serving as the Youth Ministry Directors, working with the Jr. and Sr. High students, and being able to give back to ministries that were such a big part of Darla’s life growing up.
Sue Hathaway


Children's Ministry Director

Celia has been a member of LPC her whole life. She attended missions trips through youth group and enjoyed serving in the nursery which ignited her passion for working with children. She went on to attend Liberty University and received her undergraduate in elementary education. She used her gifts and love for the nations to teach in Korea, Thailand, and Honduras before returning to the United States where she now is a fourth grade teacher in a local school district.

Celia is excited to be a part of the leadership team at LPC and feels blessed to lead and love on the children in this congregation. She can be found hiking, traveling, or lesson planning with a coffee in hand.
Sue Hathaway


Missions Intern

Although Rachel has only attended Lansdale Presbyterian Church for the past three years, LPC is considered her home and family.  Growing up in a missions-minded family (back in Tennessee), Rachel has sensed a call to missions since middle school. Originally, with an interest in the sciences, Rachel received a B.S. in biology at Middle Tennessee State University in order to become a physician for medical missions. Yet the Lord graciously redirected her steps to pursue only missions--without the "medicine"--by attaining an M.Div. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary; this degree was accomplished with the wonderful help and support of LPC for which Rachel is very grateful.

As for missions interest, Rachel has served two times in Western Ukraine, first, with Christian Medical & Dental Association and, then, Mission to the World, and she hopes to soon pursue further ministry in Eastern Europe, specifically Ukraine.  

Rachel enjoys coffee, pastries, walks/runs in nature, spending time with friends, movies, and--if ever she recovers from the massive loads of required reading in seminary--books.