About Us

HebChurchLogo-3_NAT     Hebron United Methodist Church traces its origin back to 1909 when the United Brethren Annual Conference authorized the formation of a Sunday School Class to be known as the Hebron Mission under the oversight of the Rev. Clint S. Miller. A lot at the present site was purchased during the summer of that year. The building was completed in 1910. The congregation originally numbered at 85 members, many of whom came from our mother church in Avon. The brick parsonage was built in 1929. In 1934 extensive improvements were made to the church building. A union between the Evangelical Church and the United Brethren took place in 1946 to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The present sanctuary was started in 1957 and completed in 1958. In 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist Church merged to form the United Methodist Church. The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In line with our evangelical beginnings Hebron Church has adopted the following mission statement: We are thus a worshiping congregation centered on God’s word who live in a committed relationship to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and seek to allow Jesus to minister to others through us. The motto of Hebron Church is:  Know your faith, Live your faith, Share your faith.

Our Staff

Reverend Heidi Silliman

Reverend Heidi Silliman

Pastor

“Pastor Heidi” has served in the Eastern Pa. Conference as both a lay Youth Ministries /Christian Education Director and an Ordained United Methodist Minister since 1984.

Her schooling includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern College in both Youth Ministries and English Literature in 1984.  She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University in 1992.

Her hometown is Palmerton, Pa. and many of her extended family members still reside in and around that town; the church she attended growing up as a child and youth was Salem UMC, of Aquashicola, Pa.

She has served on the Camps & Conferences Committee in years past, several District committees when she pastored in the Southeast District, and also worked two different summers as Gretna Glen’s Program Director.  She loves Christian Camping and has been a volunteer counselor /director at Woodland Adventures for Children at Gretna Glen,  worked one week for  a children’s camp at Camp Innabah, and also shared a week at Pocono Plateau as a Youth Counselor.  Most recently, she was the guest Bible Study teacher at Pocono Plateau’s Senior Citizens Fall Foliage camp for 2  autumns.

Her strengths for ministry include: a passion for preaching and leading worship, teaching Bible studies,  compassionate pastoral care, and any opportunity she can find to interact and teach creatively with children.  She loves to use storytelling, music, humor, and any of the arts to teach all ages about our Christian faith!

She began her ministry with Hebron UMC  on July 1,2016 and seeks to inspire and encourage folks to remember that “Christ IS ALL and IN ALL!” (Colossians 3:11)

Dan Hoover

Dan Hoover

Lay Leader

A graduate of Lebanon Valley College. Dan is a retired music educator, having worked in the Palmyra Area School District for 35 years. Dan was the choir director at Hebron United Methodist Church for 41 years and now maintains an active schedule as a freelance musician in the central Pennsylvania region.

Kara Hess

Kara Hess

Organist / Choir Director

Kara is currently a junior with a double major in Music and Music Business at Lebanon Valley College. She is originally from Reinholds, PA.

Gerry Bensing

Gerry Bensing

Custodian