Pastor & Staff

Pastor Janelle Krais
Janelle Krais was called to Grace in September of 2004. Her professional journey began as a Speech Language Pathologist, but after volunteering and then working as a Director of Christian Education for her home congregation, she heard the call to ordained ministry. This led her to the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where she earned her M.Div. degree in 2004. Her passions in ministry include leading inspiring and meaningful worship, teaching the beauty and power of scripture, creating opportunities to work for social justice, and helping people to recognize and respond to God’s amazing grace. She married John (who has proven to be a saint over and over) in 1984, and has three incredibly cool adult children and an adorable grandson. In her free time, you’ll find her reading (anything), gardening, or running.

Deacon Allison Wilcox
Allison is serving as our deacon. She is supporting our congregation in energizing our Evangelism and Adult Education ministries. What’s a deacon? (Glad you asked!) A deacon is a seminary graduate and rostered leader in the ELCA, who is called to be a “Minister of Word and Service.” The role of Deacon Wilcox at Grace will be to work in the areas of evangelism and adult education, and to preach monthly.

Phyllis Conroy
Phyllis has been our Parish Administrator since 2001 and is most likely the first face you’ll see when you stop in the office or the voice you hear when you call. Along with being the first person to welcome folks into the office, she takes care of putting together the bulletins, PowerPoint slides for worship, newsletters, and just about anything that comes out of the office. She married her college sweetheart in 1982; they live in Gilbertsville and have four wonderful children. She is very active in her Methodist church, but we consider her an honorary Lutheran. In her spare time, she loves going on walks, bowling, and playing cards or games with her family.

Joyce Berner
Joyce Berner is the Director of Church Music. She has been the keyboard player and vocalist for Spirit of Grace since 2003. She started her music studies as a child and continued on through school as a music major. In addition to her music at church, Joyce also plays in a rock band, Rougarou. She lives in Royersford with her husband Kurt and has a daughter in college.
Kelsey Hlavac
Kelsey Hlavac started at Grace in June 2014 and is our Director of Christian Education & Youth Ministry. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Youth & Family Ministries from Augsburg University and is currently working towards her Masters of Arts in Children, Youth, & Family Ministry. Kelsey works with our Christian Education program, especially our Sunday program – G.R.A.C.E. Place – to keep our kids engaged and our volunteers excited to teach each lesson! Kelsey is also our youth leader and works closely with the Youth Visioning team to create fun and engaging events for all ages. Her favorite thing to do is to watch movies and find hidden themes of God in them! Our high school youth group meets each Sunday and is currently working through a Harry Potter Bible study! Kelsey will do anything she can take her dog to! She loves to hike, bike, kayak, and swim. Her biggest passion is young adult ministry as she is a young adult and sees the need to connect with others her age in Bible studies and in fun!
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”
Matthew 18:3-4

Ken Slack
Ken started working for Grace in December of 2009 as the Property Manager. He lives in Limerick Township with his wife, Jan, and has two daughters, Lauren and Kristen, who’ve graduated from college and live on their own. Ken loves to bike and rides every week (weather permitting), and participates in Jan’s Gracecycles riding group. Ken served on church council for 10 years, taught Sunday School for 12 years, and is active with Habitat, counting, ushering, and communion assistance. “I really love taking care of our church. It gives me a great sense of pride to be able to care for God’s house, providing our members with a safe, warm and pleasant building to worship in. It is such a beautiful building but is now 117 years old, so it takes a lot of TLC to make it shine. I thank God every day that I am still physically able to perform my duties.”

Ellen Jones
Ellen, our Childcare Coordinator, enjoys her job as a nanny during the week.  She is happy for the opportunity to watch the children at Tot Spot and appreciates all the wonderful people at Grace Lutheran. She has been a blessing for many years to parents at Grace!