Rev. Samantha Sale Hudson
Samantha was installed as Pastor here at Glading in September of 2014. Ordained in 2012, she has a calling is to facilitate relationships among diverse peoples. She says, “We need each other to know God more fully, because each of us reflects a unique image of God.” She sees Glading growing by deepening relationships with the neighborhood, and understanding more about how God is moving in the Oxford Circle. “It’s through these relationships that the good news of Jesus can mean real transformation in peoples’ lives.”
Samantha brings many global experiences to Glading Church. She served as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Guatemala in 2007-2008, where she learned the value of partnership and accompaniment in global mission. In 2011-2013, Samantha and her husband taught at the Seminario de Sudamerica, or Semisud, in Quito, Ecuador. She served as a delegate to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders, and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in 2014. With each new experience, she gains wider perspective of God’s big world.
All in all, Samantha’s life is knit together with threads of Scripture, coffee, frisbee and hiking with her husband, Andrew; her sisterhood, Tarheel basketball, ocean swimming, sunrises, and Guatemalan fabrics.
Rev. (Nt.) Lazslo Ujj
Pastor Ujj has been the Hungarian-language associate pastor of the Glading Memorial Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia since October 1, 2005. He is also the full Pastor at the Hungarian Reformed Church in Trenton, NJ. He has been active in getting the two churches working together including a large commemoration ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian 1956 uprising. Previously, he was the pastor of Hungarian language churches in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Toronto, Canada. Pastor Ujj was originally ordained to the ministry in Canada.
Pastor Ujj was born in Miskolc, Hungary, where his family was extremely active in the local Hungarian Reformed Church. He is married to his wife, Elizabeth, who is very active in both the Philadelphia and Trenton church life. They have three sons, all actively seeking to complete various stages of education.
Pastor Ujj has a wide variety of interests which include Hungarian culture and traditions, and also hiking, including a trip to mountainous New Mexico in 2007. He is also very proud of and very knowledgeable about his city of birth, Miskolc.
Dr. Allen George Biester
Dr. Allen George Biester has a degree in German Literature & Music from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. Besides having pursued a career in teaching at colleges around the country during the course of his life, he has held many positions as Director of Music at mainly Lutheran churches, most recently for nine years at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA, where he also founded and managed the Eine kleine Sonntagsmusik Concert Series.
After an extended 2016 engagement as recitalist with the Brno Organ Festival in the Czech Republic, Dr. Biester returned to his native Philadelphia last year. His specialty is organ and choral music of the German Baroque.