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St. Matthew's Staff Members

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Deborah N. Frey
  Director of Christian Education
  Deborah, or "Miss Debbie" as she is affectionately known by the children and youth, is a native of York and a "daughter" of the St. Matthew congregation. She is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and received her Masters of Arts in Religion at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. She and her husband, Jon, have one daughter. (Jon serves as a guitarist and vocalist for the Contemporary Worship service.)

During her seminary years, Debbie worked in youth ministry at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of York with Pastor David Hoh. After graduation from seminary in 1982, Debbie served for four years at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover as Director of Youth and Evangelism. In 1986, Debbie returned "home" to St. Matthew as Director of Christian Education and Youth. Today her ministry umbrella covers most areas of education as well as other ministries involving children and youth.

Growing up at St. Matthew with the role models of sincere, loving and dedicated pastors, along with life long friends, also involved in youth ministry and Sunday School, made returning to this congregation a prayer answered and an opportunity to give back to others what was shared with her through the church.

Debbie tries to share her joy of life as well as the love and care of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with all those she serves. Her prayer is that, as a congregation, we continue to welcome all who enter our doors for Sunday Church School and worship. And that together, we do God’s will in the congregation’s ministry, the community and the world.

LaQuinn N. Thompson
  Community Outreach Director

November 8. 1993, LaQuinn Thompson was born in the city of York. Raised by his single mother, he attended York City schools and also became a product of the Lighthouse Youth Center. His passion to work with the youth came to light in his ninth grade year at William Penn Senior High School. Since his years of being a camper at the Lighthouse came to an end, he continued his time there being a Summer Camp Counselor and a volunteer during the school year. He became a graduate of York High in 2011 and went off to college to further his education in the field of Applied Human Services. In May of 2016, he graduated college with his Bachelors with the passion to become a youth center director in his hometown. In August 2016, LaQuinn began his journey as “The Matts” Youth Center Director.


LaQuinn is very passionate about inspiring and motivating the youth to become the best person they can be. He is a published author/poet with his book titled “Mind of the B.E.A.S.T.”. He uses the acronym, B.E.A.S.T., as a way to connect with the youth in hopes of inspiring and motivating them to be positive and to strive toward achieving their goals. B.E.A.S.T. stands for Be yourself, Experience life at its full potential, Achieve greatness, Shine like no other, and Testimony.


LaQuinn enjoys playing basketball, writing poetry, reading mystery novels by James Patterson, playing video games, and spending quality time with close friends and family. Understanding that God’s plan for him is to work with youth, he continues to remain focused on spreading the Gospel and bringing positivity to the lives of the youth in and around the York area. “It is time to allow our youth to thrive and grow into positive leaders for our next generations. They are our present and our future. Let’s allow our youth to activate their B.E.A.S.T. Mode!”


Stephanie A. Johnson
  Discipleship Connector

Stephanie Johnson is excited to have joined the staff team as half time Discipleship Connector in June 2017.  She and her husband Doug, a Lutheran pastor, relocated to the area from Iowa after nine years of ministry in the Des Moines area.  They loved their time in Iowa but now are happy to be back in York where they enjoy living closer to two children, one granddaughter, and Stephanie’s parents.  Family members also include a very sweet cockapoo named Maggie.

Stephanie graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and then later received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  Her career has included teaching dance and preschool in CT, teaching an after-school drama program called Drama Kids International in MD, and most recently serving at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, IA as the Director of Laity Ministries. 

Stephanie enjoys adventures with her husband, classical dance, theatre, and going for walks with her husband and dog.  She is happy to be getting to know the people of St. Matthew and learning about their passions and gifts

Danelle M. Newman
  Youth Director

Danelle has been a member of St Matthew since the late 1989 when her father’s job brought her family to York.  She was always active in the St. Matthew youth program as a teenager. 


Danelle has been the Youth Director since 2002 and also works full time for OSS Health.  She has a passion for Christ and uses her spiritual gifts to help the youth of this congregation to grow in their faith and be disciples for Jesus.


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