who are we?
The South Mountain Charge is a grouping of three small United Methodist Churches in Adams County, Pennsylvania, a delightful area north of Gettysburg. It is an area rich with history, and also rich with fruit orchards, corn fields, farmer's markets, and wildlife. Sitting just to the east of the Michaux State Forest, and within a stone's throw of the center point of the Appalachian Trail, this area is bursting with opportunities to experience God in all of creation.
Bendersville, Wenksville, and Mt. Calvary United Methodist Churches are all small yet energetic congregations with truly welcoming hearts and a contagious joy.
about our pastors
Rev. Melissa Madara is pastor of Bendersville and Wenksville churches, and administrative pastor of Mt. Calvary. Melissa and her family have recently relocated to Pennsylvania from New Mexico, where Melissa grew up.
Melissa first came to know and love God as a teenager, while backpacking the trails of the Pecos Wilderness in northern New Mexico. Since that time, she has had a deep heart for the church, and also a heart for helping people discover the love of God in nontraditional worship contexts that cultivate a love for God with the fullness of ourselves - our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths. Whether through outdoor adventure opportunities or through conversation over coffee or worship on a yoga mat (she is also a certified Holy Yoga instructor), Melissa delights in building intentional Christian community through personal relationship and through the nurturing of the unique gifts and passions that God has given us.
Melissa is a graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, TX (Bachelor of Arts in Music and Religion) and of Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC (Master of Divinity). She and her husband (also United Methodist Clergy) live with their two children, Samuel and Julia, and their two gregarious cats.
Bill Ingram is a Certified Lay Minister in the York District of the Susquehanna Annual Conference, and currently serves as lay pastor of Mt. Calvary church.
Bill accepted Christ and was baptized as a senior in high school. He graduated from Shippensburg State College with a teaching degree. He and his wife have been in Hanover since 1973, and have two daughters. Bill has a passion for teaching youth to grow in their personal relationship with Christ, both as Sunday school teacher and as youth leader. He has served in many leadership positions in the church and has was also a member of the choir and praise team. After retiring from 40 years manufacturing management, Bill felt the call to ministry. He is currently serving as a Certified Lay Minister of Mt. Calvary and Salem Guldens UMC.
He prays continually that his excitement for growing his faith is contagious. The beginning each new day is a time to look for God’s blessings and to use our special gifts in service to others as a disciple of Christ.