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About Us

United Churches of Lycoming County (UCLC) is a network of congregations who are Connected Through Faith and United in Service. Begun in 1946 we now have over 125 member congregations representing Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox faith traditions.

As a Lycoming County Faith Community

  • We are persons and congregations who care about our neighbors.
  • We celebrate our unity through faith in action.
  • We respect people and communities in their faith journeys.
  • We believe the broader mandate of Jesus to care in tangible ways; to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to welcome the stranger, to clothe the naked, and to visit the sick and imprisoned.
  • We facilitate cooperation and understanding on faith, life and justice issues.
  • We energize people by mobilizing congregations and communities in response to emerging needs.

We welcome you to participate with congregations and individuals to provide ministry that touches the lives of school students, the elderly, the poor, the ill and the prisoner.

Each year thousands are touched by God's love, grace and hope through our

  • Shepherd of the Streets Ministry
  • Food Pantry
  • Campus Ministry
  • Almost 900 Worship Services provided to area nursing homes and prisons.
  • Editorials and Daily Devotions constantly available to give people hope.
  • Newsletters, Podcasts Lunches and Services that connect and educate
  • An Interfaith Dialogue commission helping us learn how to better live together in a more diverse world.

We welcome you to open your heart to the infinite possibilities of how together we can touch the lives of others with God’s love.

Our Staff

The Rev. Gwen Nelson Bernstine

Executive Director
The Rev. Gwen Nelson Bernstine has been the Executive Director of United Churches
of Lycoming County since January, 1991. Gwen is an American Baptist pastor. A
member of New Covenant United Church of Christ, she and her husband Bob live in
Williamsport.

Mrs. Patricia Gohrs

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Patricia Gohrs has been the Administrative Assistant for United Churches since January of 2012. She retired as office manager of a doctors office for an entire two
days before coming to work for us. Patty is a member of New Covenant United
Church of Christ and lives in Williamsport.

The United Churches Office

Location: In New Covenant United Church of Christ

Address: 202 East Third Street, Williamsport PA 17701

Telephone – 570-322-1110

J. Morris Smith, Th. D.

Shepherd of the Streets Ministry
J. Morris Smith, Th. D. has been the Shepherd of the Streets Ministry of United
Churches since 2001. Dr. Smith and his wife Barby are members of St.
Joseph the Worker Parish.  Originally from Texas they now reside in Williamsport.

Ms. Mona Rundio

Food Pantry Coordinator
Ms. Mona Rundio is the Coordinator of our United Churches Food Pantry. Mona
joined our staff in 2016. She is a member of Montoursville Presbyterian Church and
she and her family reside in Williamsport.

Pastor Tammey Aichner

Coordinator of the United Campus Ministry Program
Pastor Tammey Aichner is the Coordinator of the United Campus Ministry Program
of United Churches at Pennsylvania College of Technology. She joined our staff in
2015. Tammey is pastor of First Church of Christ Disciples, a manager of GNC
locally, and when she gets to be home she and her family reside in Loyalsock.

Mrs. Nancy Long

Administrative Assistant for the Shepherd of the Streets
Mrs. Nancy Long is the Administrative Assistant for the Shepherd of the Streets Ministry of United Churches. Nancy joined our staff in 2017. She is a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, and she and her family reside in Williamsport.

Shepherd of the Streets Office

Location: In the Castellano Center, 320 Park Avenue, Williamsport

Mailing Address: PO Box 2184, Williamsport PA 17703

Phone – 570-322-6538

Food Pantry Office

Location: In the Castellano Center, Rear of 320 Park Avenue, Williamsport

Mailing Address: 202 East Third Street, Williamsport PA 17701

Phone – 570-322-1657

United Campus Ministry

Mailing Address: 202 East Third Street Williamsport