Preschool Information

St. Paul’s offers a quality preschool program at an affordable price.  A 2-day class is available for 3-4 year old children, and a 3-day class is available for children who are 4-5 years of age.  A 5-day option is also available for students who are eligible for the 3 day class.  Classes provide structured academic lessons, learning centers, thematic units, group activities, free play, hands-on activities, holiday celebrations, chapel time, and an end-of-year program.  The children also enjoy monthly field trips during the school year in which the teachers mix learning and fun.  The school year runs from September through May.  The children are issued report cards twice a year.  We are currently accepting student registrations. If you are interested in registering your child or you would like more information about St. Paul’s Preschool program, please contact the church office by calling (717)244-2355





The 2-day class is limited to 16 students and the 3-day class is limited to 18 students.  In order to register for the 2-day class, the student must be eligible for kindergarten in 2 years.  In order to register for the 3-day class, the student must be eligible for kindergarten the following school year.  In the Red Lion Area School District the students must be 5 by August 31 to be eligible for kindergarten.

Pre-school Staff



Church Administrative Assistant: Mr. Bob Strickler Church Pastor: Pastor Tim Funk
Preschool Committee Chairperson: Mrs. Ronda Vasellas 

3-Day Class Teacher/Director: Mrs. Patience Martin 

Patience Martin has been a preschool teacher at St. Paul’s UM church for over 20 years. She has her teaching degree from Messiah College. She is also employed by Unique Physique Fitness Center where she teaches fitness classes and is a personal trainer. Education. In addition to teaching, Patience is active in her church as a junior high youth advisor and Sunday school teacher. In her free time, she enjoys reading and values family time with her husband, teenage son and extended family. 

2-Day Class Teacher: Ms. Andrea Rider 

Andrea received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education along with her Reading Specialist Certification from Millersville University. She has taught in the primary grades of the public school system. Andrea has been a strong supporter of St. Paul’s Preschool. She was a member of the committee that developed and began St. Paul’s Preschool. 

For the last 4 years, Andrea has been the Children and Youth Coordinator for St. Paul’s UMC and the Director of the Den After School Program held at Mazie Gable Elementary School. Andrea loves working with children and she loves music! She enjoys sharing music with the children through educational songs! 

Classroom Assistant: Melissa Joines 

Melissa Joines has been a teacher’s assistant for the past 12 school years at St. Paul’s. She is a Sunday teacher at her church and also helps in the nursery and sings with the Praise Team. Missy has her Cosmetology license and is currently self employed in the beauty industry. She enjoys camping with her husband and 2 children. Missy is very active with her local fire company along with her family. In her free time, you will often find her reading and spending time in her garden. 

Classroom Assistant: Carissa Eveler 

Carissa lives in Dallastown with her husband and three children. She loves working with preschoolers because they are fun, unpredictable, and active. 

When she is not working, she is very busy with her children who are involved with sports. She also loves the beach, going to church, spending time with her husband, trying new recipes, teaching her kids how to bake, listening to music, and doing yoga.