H. James Tanner, Interim Pastor

Reverend H. James Tanner Rev. Tanner comes to Emmanuel after serving for almost 30 years in a number of churches in central Pennsylvania and as an interim pastor at three previous churches. Rev. Tanner started his career in the medical field, returned to school and graduated from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. He served as a Dean in the North Lancaster Conference and the Lebanon Conference as well as several synod committees. He has visited Konde Diocese in Tanzania and a companion congregation. Rev. Tanner and his wife, Barbara, have 3 adult children and 10 grandchildren. Rev. Tanner enjoys reading, writing, and watercolor painting.

Valerie Lefever Hughes, Organist/Director of Music

Valerie Lefever Hughes is a committed church musician with a passion for assembly singing. She is a native of Lancaster County and a graduate of Valparaiso University (BM, 2005) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (MAR, 2007). A Deacon of the ELCA, Valerie has served congregations in Indiana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. 


Valerie lives in Willow Street with her husband Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes, who is Director of Music at St. Peter’s Lutheran in Neffsville. They have two sons, Samuel and Nicholas. Her hobbies include traveling, sewing, gardening, skiing, and scuba diving.