Church Staff

Pastor – Rev Dr Thomas Blair

Rev. Dr. Blair grew up attending Zion UCC in Stroudsburg, PA. He graduated from Lafayette College and Princeton Theological Seminary, completed a year’s academic work at New College, Edinburgh, Scotland, studied theological German at two Goethe Institutes, and served for a year in a congregation in Berlin, Germany. His Doctorate in Ministry comes from Columbia Seminary, in Decatur, Georgia.

In total, Rev. Dr. Blair has 31 years of ministry experience and is looking forward to being in ministry with us. He has three grown wonderful children, is an avid cyclist (road and gravel), and enjoys connecting with people, especially over coffee and something tasty. To quote his Pastor Profile, “I want to have a steady diet of preaching and teaching and encourage others to grow in new ways of ministry.”


Office Manager: Marieta Smith

Marieta Smith began working part-time at St. John’s on October 17, 2007 as Office Assistant.  On October 15, 2009, she became the Office Manager.  Marieta grew up in Centre Hall and is a graduate of Penns Valley Area High School.  She has been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Centre Hall for more than 30 years.  On July 30,1993, she married John D. Smith and they live in Potters Mills.  Her hobbies include camping, boating, tubing, canoeing, counted cross stitching, making jewelry, painting, scrapbooking, swimming, card playing, photography, shopping, mowing grass and spending time with the ones she loves.