Rick Elam

  Send Email

Rick is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a BBA in Marketing, and has worked for the Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, PA since 1984. He is currently a Client Administration Manager in the Institutional Division, and holds the 7, 63 and 26 licenses.

Rick was a deacon at the King of Prussia church of Christ for a number of years. For 13 years, he was a member of the Board of Trustees for Coventry Christian Schools. He currently serves as a Board member for Hope For Life (A Herald of Truth ministry), and leads the Training and Development committee. He has served in a variety of roles at Camp Manatawny, for a number of ages groups over the last 20 years, and his favorite role is Bible teacher. He has been on missions trips to Juarez, Mexico and Riga, Latvia. Since 2005 he has been an elder at Chesmont. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children. He has called Amarillo, Dallas, and Abilene, Texas along with Chicago home in the past, and has lived in the Pottstown area since 1980.

Service to others is Christ's example to us from John 13 and many other passages. And the Chesmont congregation is doing their very best every day to follow that example.


Mark Niehls

  Send Email

Mark Niehls is a fifth generation restorationist.  He has served as a youth minister, Bible class teacher, church bus program coordinator, and summer camp counselor.  Having served as a deacon first, he was appointed as an elder of the Chesmont Church of Christ in 2012.  He has served on the boards of Delaware Valley Christian Camp, Inc. (Camp Manatawny) and Coventry Christian Schools, Inc.  He currently serves on the boards of Wheeler Care Centers, Inc., a non-profit personal care home,  and Project Purpose, a non-profit tutoring and mentoring program to students.  Mark has served on the staff of Coventry Christian Schools since 1984.   He served on the Board of Directors of the National Christian School Association for over 15 years.  In addition to local outreach efforts, Mark has been involved in multiple mission trips to Haiti, Latvia, and Mexico to build a school, conduct camps for orphans, and build houses for the homeless respectively.

Mark is happily married to Beverly J. (Koch) Niehls since 1979.  She has taught Bible classes and ladies classes, and served as counselor, kitchen staff and medical director at Camp Manatawny.  She too has volunteered time and effort to the mission efforts in Latvia.  They have two grown children who both serve in Christian ministry, one adopted son in college, and seven grandchildren.      

Deacon (Worship)

Joe Lohr

  Send Email

Joe is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN where he studied Mass Communication and Journalism. Joe is currently employed at Coventry Christian Schools as the Business Manager. Joe loves to sing and is working diligently to enhance the experience Chesmont has on a weekly basis during our time of worship. Joe and his family have attended Chesmont since 2012 and he has been a Deacon since 2015.

Joe is married to his lovely wife Sarah and they have four wonderful children, Bayley, Ellie, Jack, and Maverick. Joe used to work extensively in television production prior to moving to Pennsylvania.  He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He enjoys playing golf and coaching the Varsity Boys Basketball team at Coventry Christian Schools.


John Mark Niehls

  Send Email

John Mark Niehls is the Head of School at Coventry Christian Schools in Pottstown, PA. John has a passion for young people and their relationship with Christ.  John has his B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Classical Christian Studies.  He is on the Board of Issachar Imperative and also serves as a Director for Camp Manatawny's Senior High I summer session. John is married to Kristen Niehls and they have four children: John Mark, Anna, Matthew, and Samuel.