Clergy and Staff

St. John

We are currently searching for a Rector. More details will be forthcoming soon.

The Rev. Alex Dyakiw, Deacon

IMG_9877The Reverend Alex Dyakiw was ordained to the vocational diaconate in 2007. A Brooklyn native, Deacon Alex and his wife, Ellen, relocated to Bellefonte in the early 1990s. He has been active in the community ever since his arrival: he was a leader in a local scout troop, and volunteered at Bellefonte Elementary School, where his wife taught. Since ordination, Deacon Alex has led, or participated in, many ministries in the area: he has served twice as interim chaplain at the Mount Nittany Medical Center, and currently serves as vice president of the Bellefonte Council of Churches. He leads Bible studies and facilitates twelve-step programs for men and women at the local prison, conducts worship services at the county nursing home, cooks a monthly community meal at the Presbyterian Church, and serves as an adjunct instructor in spirituality for nursing students at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.

Barbara Roberson, Parish Treasurer

Barbara Roberson came to live in Bellefonte in 2007 with her husband, Larry. They chose to make St. John’s their spiritual home and became members soon after. Barbara is a Scot, being born and brought up on the northeast coast of Scotland. In addition to being treasurer, she serves on the Altar Guild, volunteers with St. John’s Breakfast Feeding Ministry, and helps out occasionally with Sunday school.

Sara Witmer, Parish Secretary

IMG_9879Sara Witmer has been a member of St. John’s since she was a child, and has served as secretary for over 25 years. In the past, she has taught children’s Sunday school and been a member of the choir; currently, in addition to her administrative duties, she serves as a chalice bearer and lector, and is a member of the Altar Guild. She also takes a leadership role in planning and coordinating the annual Holiday Bazaar in November. Sara and her husband, Harry, are Bellefonte natives.

Erik Clayton, Organist and Choirmaster

IMG_9889Erik Clayton is a State College native and Penn State graduate. He returned to the area in 2015 to take up his position as Director of Choirs at State College High School. He began his tenure at St. John’s in September of that year. Previously, Erik served Episcopal, Lutheran, and Baptist churches, and has directed high school choirs in Williamsport and Enola. Erik, his wife Rebecca, and their children live in State College.