Meet Our Leadership Team
Laurie Ann Rookard
Laurie Ann received her Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary in Washington D.C. followed by a certification in Pastoral Psychotherapy at the Pastoral Institute in Columbus, GA.
She began her pastoral ministry in Barbados where she oversaw four churches. Upon returning to the U.S., her calling to cross cultural ministry continued as she pastored churches in Philadelphia. In addition to rock climbing, rollerblading and hiking, Laurie Ann practices hot yoga. She received her certification in Basic Yoga Fit and has been teaching for the past ten years. Her favorite quote is one from Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Andy’s been serving as Music Director at First Church Media since 2017 and has loved being able to lead the growth of both the music and tech sides of our worship program. Prior to First Church Media, he was a high school choral and theatre director, where he led several award-winning performance ensembles. He also previously served as Associate Director of Traditional Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown. He resides in Nazareth, Pa with his wife (Molly), daughter (Maeve), and dog (Benny).
Ayanda Sithole is a Temple University graduate with a degree in broadcasting and mass media. She has been a member of First Church Media since 2004. Since becoming a member she has been involved in vacation bible school, youth group, and praise team. Some of her interests include attending music festivals, roller derby, and attempting to visit every continent.