Meet Our Speakers

Jean Ross Jean Ross, the other originator of Sisters in Christ grew up in Ridley Park, PA, but moved to Lancaster County as a college student and never left. Jean has been married for 29 years to her husband, Rick, and is the mother of three sons. She works part time as a nurse and has had a heart for special needs kids since her youngest son, Mark, was injured when he was almost two years old. Jean says, “God rescued me from my sadness over Mark and has given me back my joy, and I want to share that with others!”. A current life verse for Jean is Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)Jean is available for speaking engagements and events. Please visit her website for more information.

Cathy Peifer Cathy Peifer has been speaking with Sisters in Christ since its inception in 2001. Cathy and her husband Rick have been married for 28 years and have two daughters. She has lived in Lancaster County all her life. Cathy is an avid supporter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation since 2001 when her oldest daughter, Victoria, passed away from an inoperable brain tumor. Cathy holds Proverbs 3:5-6 very close to her heart. “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

Dannel Wissler Dannel has been a part of the SIC team since 2007. By day Dannel works as a mental health and drug and alcohol counselor at Morning Star Counseling agency, by night she and her husband of 27 years enjoy their 4 (mostly) grown children. Her faith journey which began as a young girl, was made into a personal choice as a young adult and continues today. “It is exciting and humbling to look back and see how God has walked with me through every season.” Deuteronomy 33:27 (the eternal God is our refuge and strength and underneath is the everlasting arms) has been a comfort, motivator and an anchor for her life.

Rae Eby Rae Eby was born and raised in Lancaster County, as was her husband Michael. After living in many other states, they and their daughter, Emma, returned to Lancaster in 2000. Both Rae and Michael were busy volunteers in various children’s ministry programs at Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC) until his passing from ALS in 2013. Rae and Emma continue to choreograph and lead worship for HUMC’s Kidstuf Family Ministry Productions and Vacation Bible School. Additionally, Rae joyfully teaches first grade each week for HUMC’s Kids Konnection Sunday Morning Ministry Program. A verse Rae holds dear to her heart is Luke 18: 16 where Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (NIV) Rae also homeschools her daughter and attends college in pursuit of her RN nursing degree.