The Rev. Timothy Naisby has been named as Chaplain at Moravian Manor Communities following the retirement of Rich Thierolf, who served in this role for 10 years.
A native of the Bethlehem area, Pastor Timothy completed his undergraduate studies at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove graduating with Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, with an emphasis in 3D design. Upon being called to pastoral ministry, he attended and completed his seminary training at Moravian Theological Seminary in 2009. While in seminary, he worked as an intern with Phoebe Ministries, a not-for-profit faith-based continuing care retirement community in Allentown, PA. Upon graduating, Naisby served as pastor of the Moravian Church in Unionville, Michigan until recently accepting the chaplain position at MMC.
Commenting about his intern experiences, “My Clinical Pastoral Education took place in a community very much like Moravian Manor Communities. I quickly found myself blessed with these amazing opportunities to be invited into the lives of so many people, all with different personalities and in varying stages of life’s journey. I consider it to be a great privilege to walk spiritually with residents and their families. I pray that in my time here we can all grow together in faith and share in our experiences of the presence of the Divine.”
Pastor Timothy is joined here in Lititz with his wife Usha, their 6-month-old son Jordan, and a puppy named Maya. He met his wife while serving the Moravian Church in Nepal, shortly after the earthquake of 2015. They also both served at the International Kindergarten, a rapidly growing school that happens to be a ministry of Pastor Timothy’s Aunt and Uncle in Kathmandu. “Just another example of God’s continued providence in our lives. Without that trip, our lives would look very differently today,” he observed. Usha is an amazing cook, talented designer, creative and innovative decorator, and a wonderful mother to Jordan.
Since their arrival in town, the family has enjoyed long walks discovery Lititz and taking in their new surroundings. “We pray that we will have many years to serve MMC as well as the community and people of Lititz,” he remarked.
Once he gets settled into his new role at MMC, Pastor Timothy hopes to get his art workshop up and running again to continue his work with stained glass, carving, and metal work.
We are pleased to have Pastor Timothy as part of our team and look forward to his ministry within our organization.