Board of Directors
Paul and his family moved to Red Lion, Pa., from Lebanon, Pa., in 2014 when he became the pastor of Pleasant View Brethren in Christ Church. He joined the board in February 2017.
A graduate of Messiah College and Evangelical Seminary, Paul is equipped with more than 15 years worth of experience working in youth ministry in church, para-church, rural, suburban, and urban settings. As a pastor, he is passionate about teaching others about Jesus.
“Having worked at non-profit youth ministries and a homeless shelter for families, I always had a heart for the kids on the margin, so 18 South was just a natural fit for me,” Paul said. “I get excited to watch teens learn and grow as people and as they meet Jesus.”
In his spare time, Paul enjoys playing guitar, golfing, being in nature, and spending time with his wife, Dawn, and his two daughters, Korrine and Ashlyn.
A 2005 graduate of Spring Grove Area High School, Jimmy began volunteering at 18 South Youth Center in February 2014 and joined 18 South Youth Ministries as a board member in July 2016. He works as a service technician at Hoober, Inc., and is the former owner of Woods Riders in Red Lion.
As a board member, Jimmy hopes to connect the youth center to the local community, while also connecting with the teens in the town where he lives and works.
“I just love the vision for the youth center. I think it’s a good place where people are being loved,” Jimmy said. “Scripture calls us to simply love people, and I think it’s being done really well there.”
An attendee of Providence Community Church in Spring Grove, Jimmy grew up on his family’s farm near Spring Grove. In his spare time, he loves riding dirt bikes.
When asked how he would encourage those who are considering becoming a volunteer at 18 South, Jimmy said, “Pick one kid over the next year and get to know them, and I think they’ll find they’ll be extremely surprised by what happens.”
A native of Baltimore, Md., Sondra Tabeling joined our board as Treasurer in December 2016. Sondra moved to Red Lion, Pa., in 1997 to plant DOVE Community Church, which is now known as The Brook.
Sondra worked as a bookkeeper for Complete Bookkeeping Services in York for 5 years. She also has extensive experience in church accounting. In the past, she has worked as a legal secretary and medical transcriptionist. In her spare time, she enjoys working in the yard, sewing, bowling, and spending time with her two daughters and grandson.
An attendee and elder of The Brook, Sondra was instrumental in the launching of 18 South Youth Center. She was involved with the renovation process before the facility opened in November 2007 and helped to paint the walls and sew custom curtains. She also devoted many years to volunteering every Thursday and Friday evening, as well as purchasing items needed to restock the snack bar and cleaning supplies.
A graduate of Mercy High School in Baltimore, Sondra’s heart breaks for the hurting youth who frequent 18 South.
“I’ve seen good fruit come out of it…I’ve seen lives changed,” Sondra said. “It’s really cool when they’re sad that they are too old to attend the youth center. It means you’re doing something right.”
A native of Maryland, Becky and her husband, Paul, moved to Pennsylvania when their first son was born in 2000. She currently resides in Red Lion with her husband and two sons, Alex and Cooper. Becky joined our board in October 2016 and has been a devoted volunteer at 18 South Youth Center since October 2015.
Becky has been a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway for more than 10 years and is armed with 25 years’ worth of experience in advertising and marketing from her former career working in Baltimore. She also co-owns The Bees Knees, a home goods and gift shop on Main Street in Red Lion, with her mother-in-law.
An attendee of Living Word Community Church, Becky always felt a calling to work with youth and began to do so by loving on the babies in the nursery at church.
“I began to feel God’s calling to work with teenagers. While there were many wonderful opportunities to do so at church, it wasn’t until I walked in the door of 18 South that a flood of emotion came over me and I knew that was where I needed to be,” Becky said.
Becky loves each and every kid and volunteer at 18 South and enthusiastically encourages anyone that may have a heart and listening ear for the hurting and underprivileged youth in our community to come check out 18 South!
“You just never know how a loving word or kind gesture can change the direction of a teen’s life,” said Becky.
Kellie is an attendee of Pleasant View Church in Red Lion. Kellie first began working with 18 South when her youth group partnered with the Youth Center to go to Creation Festival several years ago.
“I immediately was drawn to the kids and the mission of the center. Soon after Creation Festival, I became a volunteer and got very close to a lot of the kids that attend.” Kellie said.
Kellie’s favorite way to build relationships with the teens at 18 South is through doing their hair! “I’m a licensed cosmetologist, so any time I get to do hair is great!”
Knisely currently works full time at Weaver Eye Associates in Dallastown. She works front desk, as a technician, and recently started on the optical side after receiving her Paraoptometric Certification.
An attendee of Living Word Community Church in Red Lion, Don is currently employed by Met-Ed as a Customer Support Specialist IV. As a CSS IV, and manages major accounts.
A graduate of Red Lion High School, Don has been a lifelong York County resident and is the proud father and step-father to 5 children. Smith is excited to bring everything he can to the board of 18 South.
“18 South and their mission are dear to me for two reasons. First, my roots are entrenched in this area. I have seen the struggles of families and their children and feel it is past time to give back.” Don said.
“Second, is the testimony I heard from a youth center student, Dominic, at an 18 South event. His passion was evident and contagious. He pushed my interest in 18 South over the top. I knew I had to pursue working with this ministry.”
Sarah attends Providence Community Church in Spring Grove, where she volunteers with the Hospitality Ministry and sits on the Board of Directors for the 'Greater Culture Group' - an organization that consults with struggling churches nationwide to repair and strengthen their culture!
After learning about 18 South and their mission, Sarah started volunteering at Girls Club during the fall of 2018. "After my first experience at Girls Club, I knew this was an organization I wanted to further invest my time in.”
“The girls are at a pivotal point in their lives where a single mentor, word of encouragement or an ear to listen, can completely alter the choices they make or the paths they choose to take. I want to be all of those things for them because they deserve it!" Sarah said.
Sarah attended both York College of Pennsylvania and the University of Tampa, where she majored in Public Relations and minored in communications and marketing. While earning her Bachelors Degree, Sarah had five marketing internships, which allowed her to determine which niche of marketing she wanted to pursue after graduating.
Now, four years after graduating, Sarah works for herself as a Digital Marketing Specialist with a focus on communicating brands stories. She is excited to bring her marketing and communications knowledge to the 18 South Board to help make the organization more visible and understood by the local and surrounding communities!