Our Ministries & Teams

Our mission at WellSprings is to be a community charged-full with the charge of the soul. That charge is what sustains and energizes all our efforts to make our mission real, within our spiritual community and beyond. Our six core Ministries are color-coded below to show their relationships with Teams doing similar work. The leaders and members of these Ministries & Teams gather together regularly for connection, discernment, support, inspiration, and growth.

If you have questions about how things work at WellSprings (e.g. how to post in our Weekly newsletter, plan a program, or purchase supplies for your Team, etc.) you can click here to view some frequently asked questions and answers.

WellSprings Org Chart

Board of Trustees

Chris Chepel (President)
Ted Howe (Vice President)
Julie Choi (2nd Vice President)
Josie Waldman (Treasurer)
Sharon Bader (Secretary)

Our Board of Trustees is elected by the congregation to provide strategic, forward-looking guidance in accordance with our mission, and to safeguard our community’s gifts and resources. The Board meets monthly with the Executive Minister to evaluate our congregation’s financial and management conditions, and to set strategic direction in collaboration with all our Ministries and Teams. In addition to duties defined in our bylaws, the Board roles and responsibilities are outlined here. Please feel free to talk to any Board member about your experiences or concerns at WellSprings.

Staff Team

Rev. Ken Beldon, Rev. Lee Paczulla,

Carol Breslin, Jessica Heichel, Corinne Halpren

Our Staff Team meets regularly to share information, offer and ask for support, and coordinate our efforts in faithfulness to our congregation’s mission. Our Founding Minister and Executive Minister serve as co-ministers with equal authority and accountability to the Board, and our Executive Minister holds the role of head of staff.

Spiritual Development

Majid Alsayegh, Phyllis Mahers, Sally Reeves,
Deb Soderland, Ellen Youngdahl

The Spiritual Development Ministry attends to the breath of the congregation. We encourage all parts of WellSprings to embody our spiritual aspirations, so that any part reflects the whole in interconnected relationship. Just as there is no inhalation without exhalation, this ministry lifts up the giving and receiving that is a part of healthy bodies and healthy systems.

Through loving inquiry of and deep listening to individuals, teams and ministries, and the congregation as a whole, we seek to honestly evaluate where we are, discern where we are called to be, and collaboratively establish the ways of being in community that will allow us to fully live into our mission, vision, values and beliefs.

Our areas of inquiry include:

  • How well do our vision, mission, values and beliefs continue to serve us?
  • How can we build and sustain shared accountability, transparency, and right relationship among our ministers, lay leaders, congregants and paid staff?
  • What should we celebrate?
  • What should we release and mourn?
  • How is WellSprings called to new life?
  • Where is WellSprings not fully flourishing?
  • How do we listen to the still, small voices among us?
  • Where are our edges?

Addictions & Recovery Team

Josie Waldman, Karilen Mays, Team Leaders

The Addictions & Recovery Team provides compassionate, nonjudgmental presence for individuals and families within WellSprings struggling with alcoholism and other addictions, and helps connect people with resources for recovery and healing. Read more about our ministry here.

Family Ministry Team

Melissa Davignon, Team Leader

Our team serves individuals, parents, spouses, and children who are seeking authentic connection and a vibrant spiritual experience in their family lives. We know we don’t need to be experts to provide support, understanding, and empathy, and believe no one should feel alone in their experience of being part of a family.

Our Ministries & Teams

Small Groups Team

Beverly Fox, Linda Peduto,
Lorraine Sexton, Ellen Youngdahl, Co-Facilitators

The Small Groups Team creates opportunities to develop more personal connections, strengthen our relationship to WellSprings and deepen our spiritual sense outside of Sunday Services, so that everyone may find a place in our midst. We do this by fostering the creation and facilitation of Small Groups such as Springboards, Soul Bites, Retreats, training and nurturing facilitators, welcoming feedback, and discovering topics that reflect WellSprings DNA.

Worship Leaders Team

Loy Miller, Frank Zinni, Team Co-Leaders

Our Worship Leaders meet periodically to discuss the liturgy for our Sunday services, plan for future seasons, and support and encourage each other in spiritual growth.

Leadership Development

Gael Alba, Mary Alsayegh, Terry Rothermel

Our Leadership Development Ministry invites and supports members of our Leadership Community into deepening, continuous practices that help us incarnate our gifts in the world. The Leadership Covenant that guides our work is available here, and you can read more about how our Ministry works here. The leadership requirements to participate in a WellSprings Core Ministry or to become a WellSprings Team Leader are outlined here.


Sam Dulay, Mike Smith

Our YouthSpirit Ministry seeks to nurture childhood and family spiritual awareness, growth, and maturity. A child or teen’s regular participation in YouthSpirit develops early practices of faith that encourage the growing mind and heart to live with integrity throughout their lives.

Mentors Team

Carol Breslin

YouthSpirit Mentors lead interactive groups and spiritual workshops that connect to life beyond Sunday morning, and become a part of family life – in conversations, intentional time together, and practices that sustain meaningful daily living.

Generosity & Gratitude

Kevin Donahue, Adam Shoffner, Rodney Whittenberg

Our Generosity & Gratitude Ministry encourages in us the open-hearted sharing of our gifts, helping us all find ways to support the health and growth of our membership, and the community outside our doors.

Belonging Team

Julie Choi, Team Leader

The Belonging Team invites new and existing WellSpringers to experience a sense of belonging through intentional outreach, as well as creating and fostering opportunities for ongoing connection with each other.

HeartWorks Team

Sandra Tucker, Jim Sterchele, Team Co-Leaders

Our team commits to the spiritual practice of heartfelt acts of conscious service grounded in compassion and respect. Throughout life’s cycle of giving and receiving, connections are formed with and among each other and the sacred. We bridge giving and receiving opportunities among our members and in the community outside our doors.

Hospitality Team

Angie Sheets, Team Leader

Our team embraces the belief that each of us yearns for connection, and so we welcome people on Sunday mornings with generosity of spirit, sharing our deeper selves with joy. We aspire to create an atmosphere where all can be nurtured in their spiritual life by the WellSprings community.

JusticeWorks Team

John Melniczek, Team Leader

The JusticeWorks Team lives into shared principles of love and compassion to impact lives and promote justice with local and global communities.


Carl Bader, Bill Cabin

Our Management Ministry guides the creation and implementation of WellSprings’ strategic goals, and serves as a resource in matters of organizational process, growth and development of our staff team, and alignment of internal structures of the organization with the congregation’s strategy.

Setup and Support Team

Chris Chepel, Team Leader

Our team “sets the welcome table” for our sacred space by generously and joyfully providing a comfortable, functional, and welcoming physical environment for each Sunday morning service.

Tech Team

Carl Bader, John Jacobs, Team Co-Leaders

Our team powers the sounds and sights for each Sunday morning service, making sure our band, worship leaders, and ministers are heard and seen in our worship space, and on our weekly podcast.

Sunday Services


Summer Hours:
One Service at 10:00 AM
May 26 through September 1
   Services at 9:30 and 11:00 am
   resume September 8


The Montgomery School (Bell Hall)
1141 Kimberton Road (Route 113)
Chester Springs, PA 19425
*Accessible entrance in back of Bell Hall. Follow the driveway loop to parking at top of hill, and enter the left-side doors.
directions  map


Casual and contemporary. Come as you are.



Sunday Mornings

YouthSpirit is just for kids! We strive to create spaces where our kids experience and talk about the things that make living more meaningful, like friendship, gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, and caring for self, each other and all living things. Children begin each Sunday morning in our lively, music-filled service with their families, and are dismissed to YouthSpirit about 25 minutes after the service begins.


Our Nursery is staffed all morning with two experienced caregivers who can attend to the needs of our littlest ones (5 and under). We do welcome all ages to stay in our service throughout the entire morning, so please choose what’s best for your family!


Contact Us

Mailing Address

WellSprings Congregation 
47 Marchwood Road, Suite 2A-2
Exton, PA 19341




Office: office@wellspringsuu.org
Founding Minister, Rev. Ken Beldon:
Executive Minister, Rev. Lee Paczulla: