Our Staff

We love the Lord and we love people. We look forward to meeting with you and sharing our passion for Christ.

Rev. Dr. Paul Charles Amara.

Head Pastor

Rev. Dr. Paul is relatively new to the State College area. Born in Sierra Leone, he traveled to Russia for education and work before living in various parts of Europe. I lived in various parts of Europe.

He pursued his seminary education at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY. Prior to arriving in State College, he served in the former Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Plains church in the Scranton/Wilkes Barre of the Susquehanna Conference .

Husband to his beautiful wife, Kadie, a Sierra Leone native, they are blessed with two wonderful sons Charles and Paul Jr. and two grandchildren, Andrew and Jacob.

Graham Sanders

Choir Director

Originally from Chichester, England, Graham and his wife Laurel moved to the States 11 years ago to raise their two daughters, Erika and Michele, and have settled permanently in State College.

Graham’s career as a professional musician is impressive. He first began his musical studies as a countertenor, receiving diplomas from the London College of Music. In 1984, he married Laurel (an American) and moved to the United States. Three years later, he developed his tenor voice under the guidance of William McGraw at the University of Cincinnati, and subsequently studied with the internationally acclaimed heldentenor James King at Indiana University in Bloomington.

In addition to opera, Graham has experience in choral conducting and particularly enjoys working with male choruses and ensembles. He has been the director of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church choir in Centre Hall for three years. Graham is a member of the PSU music faculty and also gives private voice instruction.

Source: Nittany Knights

Laura Gilbert

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Mills


Cynthia Mills studied piano and organ at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio  and organ at Penn State.  She worked in several Presbyterian churches before coming to Park Forest.

Rose Park

Children’s Director

A member of PFVUMC since 1972, Rose has served as the Children’s Director for more than 30 years. Recruiting, organizing, coordinating, and making our church a better place.

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