our staff

  • pastor

    Pastor Jerry Tancredi is delighted to be serving the people of Centennial Lutheran Church. A resident of Lansdale, Pastor Tancredi is a recent graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. His call to ministry follows a 24 year career as a financial consultant. He has been married for over 30 years to Patti and they have two adult children, Vincent and Laura. Pastor Tancredi believes his call to ministry is a response to worshiping in the Lutheran Church. 

    In worship, he has experienced the grace and mercy of a loving God who wants to be in relationship with us. The risen Christ calls us and restores us again and again through the work of the Holy Spirit. “We are all sinful people,” says Tancredi, “and our forgiving God wants only to heal and restore us so that we can be sent back out into a world in need, serving our neighbors through Christ.”

    Pastor Tancredi is enjoying his time with the faith community at Centennial Lutheran, and invites people to join us in worshiping the living God. “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” 

    Contact Pastor Jerry

  • director OF music MINISTRY

    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.

  • office administrator

    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 daughters, Rachel and Abby. In her spare time, you can usually find Rebecca hiking or running with her husband, shopping with her daughters, or playing with her two crazy cats.

    Contact Rebecca

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