From the Pastor

Pastor Michael (Mike) Denelsbeck retired from the NJ Department of Corrections in 2010, after 26 years as a Correctional Officer and has been serving in the pulpit since 2013.


Pastor Mike started serving from the pulpit in 2013, in NJ. Pastor Mike has been Married to the love of his life, Rhonda, for more than 30 years, and is the proud father of four adult children. Pastor Mike and Rhonda moved to the Tioga area in 2020 and have taken over her families’ homestead. Upon moving to the area, Pastor Mike has served Middle Ridge UMC, the “Little Red Church” outside the PA Grand Canyon prior to starting in the Nelson/Elkland area. Pastor Mike was very active in several NJ ministries, on the community level, state levels, and even globally. Here in PA, he and Rhonda have been volunteering at the Wellsboro Food Pantry several times a month. Pastor Mike received his BS in Religious studies from Liberty university in 2019 and is currently attending Asbury Theological Seminary working on his MDiv.


Pastor Mike and Rhonda are very eager to meet and form new friendships with the folks here in the Nelson/Elkland area.