Who We Are

The Presbytery of Carlisle serves congregations located in south-central Pennsylvania and one in Maryland. Ours is an area graced with beautiful rivers, creeks and streams, as well as, rolling mountains and lush forests. Beautiful farmlands populate the valleys. A state university and several colleges are in our area. We have been called the sweetest presbytery in the nation because Hershey (Chocolate-town U.S.A.) is within our bounds. Also, Gettysburg National Military Park and our state capital Harrisburg are within our presbytery. We are known as one of the best places in the nation for freshwater fishing. Several ski resorts are found here too. Camping is a popular pastime. Our churches are located in urban, suburban and rural settings. We are home to some larger suburban churches, but many are smaller.

What We Do

Our presbytery is responsible for supporting the mission and government of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Our denomination is connectional. To that end, our presbytery supports our member congregations in serving together with one another, and as a part of the broader mission of the Synod of the Trinity and General Assembly. We provide leadership and resources that help our congregations to become faithful, Christian witnesses and partners in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Our Staff

  • The Reverend Cheryl Galan is our Interim Executive Presbyter.
  • The Reverend Kristal Smith is our Presbytery Leader for Governance and Congregational Leadership
  • The Reverend Ed Blank is our Treasurer
  • Gwenn Egresitz is our Bookkeeper
  • Christie Ward is our Communications Coordinator

See the Presbytery of Carlisle Staff page for more information.