Rev. Edward Harshbarger, Interim Pastor

Pastor Ed was born on November 15, 1932, in Huntingdon County, PA, int the town of Petersburg.

He attended the Elementary School in Mapleton Depot and graduated from the Mount Union High School in 1950 - both in Huntingdon County, PA.

He attended West Chester University (PA) and graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor Degree in Music Education.

He Enrolled in the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg and graduated in 1956 with a major in Systematic Theology. During his Seminary years he also participated in many elective studies on the life and teachings of Luther.

He has worked in the Ministry from 1956 through 1997 when he retired from active ministry. However, he has supplied in numerous Lutheran Churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has also served as interim Pastor, teacher and choir director in six different Parishes for longer durations of time.

He has six children, nine grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. 

Rev. Judith Simonson, Interim Pastor

Pastor Judy is our Co-Interim Pastor as of November 6, 2014, while St. Matthew is in a transition period. Below is some background information on Pastor Judy.

Developing an interest in theology, she attended seminary and was ordained a minister in 1980. She has held several positions in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and presently serves as an endorser for Lutheran chaplains in hospitals and nursing homes serving all faiths.

Her personal connection to the Holocaust was through her children’s father. His parents came from Germany; his mother was Lutheran and his father was Jewish. After the Nazis came to power, the family escaped to the Soviet Union. From there, they went to the Netherlands and, in 1939, immigrated to the United States.

As Reverend Simonson began thinking about her legacy, helping ensure the Museum can always inspire new generations to act on the lessons of this watershed event was an important part of the example she wanted to leave behind. “It continues to be vital that we tell this story because intolerance is as prevalent as ever,” she said. She established a charitable gift annuity—a planned gift that will provide her with lifetime income, with the remainder designated for the Museum’s permanent unrestricted endowment fund. “I made this gift in memory of my children’s grandfather, Dr. Ernst Simonson,” she explained, “and hope it will inspire others to help secure the Museum’s future.”


Lori Tremmel, Administrative Assistant

Lori manages all aspects of the church office from certificates, lending an ear, preparing the monthly newsletter (The Messenger), to handling the church’s financial books and records. Lori is always willing to listen, lend a helping hand or help you find the help you need or help you find the information you need. The office is open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and in the afternoons by appointment. 

Her ministry here at St. Matthew's started November 1, 1993. Lori loves the friends and family that she watches over and has grown to know. Lori helps members that are planning a wedding, funeral or special occasion in any capacity.

Lori looked after the local food bank when it was located at St. Matthew. Now that the Local Food Pantry is located on Allegheny St., Martinsburg she manages the books and records for the Food Pantry. 

During the time that St. Matthew had PennMont Academy (pre-school) here for five years, she was a teachers assistant. 

Lori also was Sexton/Janitor here at St. Matthew for two years and is well aware of what is needed to keep God's House in order and welcoming to all visitors.

Lori has been married for 37 years and has three sons, a daughter-in-law, two grandsons and two granddaughters. She is known in the community not only for her friendliness but for her bowling achievements. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bowling Hall of Fame and the Altoona Bowling Hall of Fame. Lori taught junior bowlers for 22 years and also taught and coached women's collegiate bowling (NCAA Div III) at Penn State Altoona for 6 years.

Destarta Carberry, Sexton

Destarta became St. Matthew’s Sexton in May of 2010. Her first challenge was to discover what a Sexton is and does. Traditionally, a Sexton cares for the church, rings the bell and digs graves. Destarta hasn’t yet tackled our bell or any graves, but does indeed do a marvelous job caring for the church.

Destarta is originally from Marklesburg, PA and moved to Martinsburg in 1997 when she married Doug Bush. Her family consists of a step-son, Bryan Bush, a daughter, Catherine Carberry, and a son, Christopher Bush. In addition to all of the work Destarta does to keep the church clean and in order, she also teaches the Nursery Sunday School class, is a teacher during our Summer Vacation Bible School program, volunteers with our SPYKids program and assists wherever needed within the parish.

Outside of St. Matthew, Destarta volunteers at the Martinsburg Elementary School and helps to officiate YMCA swim meets. She is also an active member of the Family Campers and RV’ers and Lincoln Grange #913.