Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Moon Ho Kim, Pastor

Rev. Dr. Moon Ho Kim was born in South Korea and came to the USA after completing college in Seoul, Korea, in 1976. He received his Master of Divinity at Drew University in 1981, after which he was ordained in the Northern New Jersey Conference of UMC. In 1999 he obtained a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University, focusing on strengthening three areas of the church ministry – Spirit, Study, and Service. Over the last 40 years, Pastor Kim served as a parish minister in Anglo-American congregations of the United Methodist Church in the areas of Albany, Utica, and Syracuse in upstate New York. After he retired from a 40-year full-time church ministry in the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2021, Pastor Kim and his wife Insouk moved from upstate New York to New Holland, PA.

Carol Dittoe, Administrative and Financial Assistant

Carol Dittoe has been a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church since 1984. She has been very active in many of the ministries of St. John’s including being a part of the creation of the Preschool, a member of the church choir, a Sunday School teacher, a Chairman of various committees, a Disciple Bible Study Leader, and the audio-video coordinator.

Carol retired from teaching in June 2020 after spending 42 years in education. She worked with all levels of students from K-12 in the public schools. She was also an adjunct professor at HACC – Lancaster Campus for 15 years. She has a Master’s degree in Education, with a focus on Reading and Language Arts, and a Doctor of Education degree focusing on Educational Technology Management.

Carol is very excited to bring her gifts and talents to this position, as she serves the church.

Elaine Severein, Organist and Director of Music

Music has been an important part of Elaine’s life from a very young age, with experiences in a wide variety of styles of music. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College, with major studies in both sacred music and organ. She has served as director of music and organist in various churches for over 30 years, including serving at St. John’s since 2006. In addition, she taught private piano lessons for over 30 years, and is a member of both the Lancaster chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Lancaster Music Teachers’ Association.

Bobbie Witmer, Treasurer

We welcome Bobbie Witmer to the role of Treasurer for St. John’s. Bobbie has been attending St. John’s since 2007 and is an active member of the Builder’s Sunday School class.

Bobbie grew up in Selinsgrove, PA. After graduating from Lock Haven University, she moved to Lancaster. Bobbie began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1996, where she met her husband, Mike. They have been happily married since 2007.

When not in Lancaster, she loves to spend time at the beach.