The Rev. Dr. Dolores Littleton was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor in 1983 and served as Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lansdowne followed by Trinity Lutheran Church in Havertown.
She currently serves as the Director of Clergy Training at Council for Relationships and is an experienced retreat leader and workshop speaker, also serving as a consultant and coach for churches and clergy who are experiencing conflict and are seeking to focus on mission and ministry.
In addition, Dr. Littleton is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with many areas of expertise, including pre-marital, marriage education, relationship enrichment, spiritual and faith issues, mid-life transition, abuse, attachment, parenting, remarriage and stepfamilies. For 25 years, she has had a small private practice providing therapy for individuals, families and couples.
Karen Hepler is excited to join Centennial Lutheran as its new Music Director. A Master’s graduate of Northwestern University, Karen studied piano, voice, and, later, organ. She loves working with choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists in all seasons of the church year, especially our next season, Advent/ Christmas. One of the most rewarding parts of a music director’s job is discovering parishioners with beautiful voices who don’t know what wonderful gifts they have. An accompanist and vocal coach at heart, Karen cherishes the many choir members and singers she has worked with. It is a privilege to join the team of a church with such lovely and welcoming people.
When not playing in church or working with choirs, Karen has eclectic interests and a zany sense of humor. She is an assistant teacher in a respected school district, a WWII and Civil War history nut, and loves documentaries on the Smithsonian Channel. An avid fan of golf and cycling, Karen follows the PGA, the Tour de France, and the Olympics. Besides music, her greatest love is animals – wildlife and domestic. She has done considerable cat rescue in her community, and continues to advocate whenever possible. Karen lives in North Wales/ Montgomery Township with her two cats (ie, children), Rusty and Yoda.
Rebecca Benecke brings her background in education and psychology to the office at Centennial. She joined the staff at Centennial in 2011 and truly enjoys working with such a caring and warm-hearted congregation.
Rebecca is married to her best friend, Dierk, and they have two adult kids, Rachel and Alex. In her spare time, you can usually find Rebecca hiking or running with her husband, planning her next travel adventure or playing with her two crazy cats.