Pastor Mark Lyndaker-Studer has been our Pastor since 2007. Mark grew up in San Diego and Sacramento, California. After graduating with a BA degree in Religious Studies from Sacramento State and working six years as the Director of Youth Ministries and Contemporary Worship at Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Northern California, Mark moved to the Northeast to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. Mark believes the church is called to be a place where everyone knows they belong, that all are defined by God’s grace and love, and that the Church is at its best when it is focused on extending the grace and love of God to a broken world in need of healing and hope. Mark and his wife Anita have two children, Emma and Annalyn. The Joy of Mark’s life is spending time with his family, both at home and traveling. Mark loves playing guitar, listening to music, and was in a Prog rock band with his brother in the 1990s. He loves going to concerts, great movies, reading, basketball, and is a fan of the San Diego Padres and Sacramento Kings.
Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries
Donna Mazeika has been our Director of Children & Youth ministries since 2014. She grew up in the Presbyterian Church and has been a member of NWPC since 1991. Donna has been involved with our youth group, confirmation class and Sunday School since joining the church. She believes that it is important for children to learn about Jesus Christ and all that He teaches us about who God is and how much He loves us. She loves spending time with her husband, Joe, their two grown children, Chris, Jacki and Jacki’s husband, Brenton and their grandson, Nolan. Donna enjoys riding her bike, walking (preferably on a beach), reading, sewing and listening to music. Donna graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. Before working at NWPC she taught Kindergarten at Magic Cottage in Levittown, PA, then worked as the Director of Children and Youth Fitness Programs at the Cornerstone Clubs in Doylestown.
Director of Music
Suzanne Zak, a pianist and educator, came to NWPC in 2008. Her musical journey started at the age of six. After hearing the pianist of a touring musical group perform at her childhood church, she knew music was her calling, specifically the piano. Pursuing that passion, she received her B.S. in Music Education from Cairn University and her M.M from SUNY Purchase college in piano performance. Suzanne recently received her Doctorate in Music and Music education at Columbia University, 2015. At NWPC, she enjoys directing the Sanctuary choir, special music, the yearly Christmas Cantata and the occasional festival handbell choir. She also plays keyboard for the contemporary worship team. Suzanne enjoys the diversity of the church’s music, both traditional and contemporary, allowing one to experience worship in a variety of ways. Having performed many solo piano recitals as well as piano concertos, Suzanne continues to perfect her pianistic skills. As a music educator, Suzanne specializes in higher education, music e-learning, teaching online music at Adelphi University. Suzanne and her husband Steve recently welcomed a daughter, Alexandra, to their family.
Pastor of Visitation
Rev. Sameh Shaker (who prefers to be called Sameh) grew up in Upper Egypt and attended a Presbyterian Church since he was a young child. Sameh completed his undergraduate in Philosophy and his graduate degree in theology. He earned his Master of Sacred Theology in Pastoral Care from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (currently known as United Lutheran Seminary). He is currently studying a Ph.D. program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Eastern University.
Sameh has been ordained since 2007. He started his ministry in Egypt before moving to the U.S. in 2010. After moving to the U.S., Sameh completed four units of clinical pastoral education and worked as a hospital and hospice chaplain. Sameh currently works as a hospice pastoral counselor in a non-profit hospice agency besides his role as a pastor of visitation at NWPC. Sameh also served as a moderator of the National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus from 2019 to 2021.
Sameh is married to Heidi, who is a French professor, and who serves as a Sunday School teacher at NWPC. Sameh has two children: Adam is 9, and Mila is 7. Sameh loves traveling with his family, and watching soccer with his son Adam.
Keith Rounds was born and bred at Neshaminy-Warwick. At a young age, Keith attended The American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ. For those middle school years, he recorded and toured the country. Keith continued singing in choirs throughout high school and toured Europe and Asia before becoming a music major at Bucks County Community College studying both vocal and jazz performance.
Keith has been a contemporary worship leader since 2005 and has led worship at Community Church of Feasterville and The Crossing before returning to his home church to lead worship in 2010. In 2017 Keith recorded and produced a Christmas album as a benefit for Neshaminy-Warwick and just recently released his first album “Two Twenty Two” with his band, the Keith Rounds Band. When he isn’t glued to an instrument, Keith enjoys biking, running, and spending time with his wife Chelsea and his daughter Natalee. Keith also loves the Philadelphia Union, Chelsea FC, Formula 1, and the Tour de France. He has assured his wife that they will get to the Eiffel Tower one day with or without cycling.
Marianne Tierney has over 40 years’ experience in business operations, with a strong background in accounting. Most recently she worked for two nonprofit music organizations in Philadelphia. Marianne and her husband Anthony live in Warminster and enjoy ballroom dancing, cooking, good wine and spending time with family and friends.
Cheryl Overton has been the Church Administrator at Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church for over 17 years.
She grew up in Bucks County, and has lived in Warwick Township most of her life.
She has two children, her son Tyler and daughter Haley. She is also grandmother to her toddler grandson. Cheryl enjoys the outdoors… anything from kayaking to taking care of her chickens. She also enjoys making pottery and jewelry.
Cheryl enjoys her job, especially appreciating the people and relationships she has formed here at NWPC over the years.