Board Officers

Dick Kovach (President)

Dick was saved February 14, 1971, was founding elder of New Covenant Christian Community Church in 1980, served 22 years of middle management at Bethlehem Steel, 15 years as regional director of a Christian social service agency, and 3 years as pastor and founder of Shepherd’s Gate Church in Tylersport(’91-94). He acted as coordinator of the Tri-City Prayer Walk and and currently serves as President of Share the Power.

Rev. Larry E. Burd (Chairman)

Pastor Larry was the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Easton for 33 years before transitioning in 2016 as Pastor Emeritus and part time Visitation Pastor. He is also a part time Regional Minister for the North American Baptist Conference of Churches and the co-host of the TV program, Today’s News and Biblical Views, produced at WBPH in Allentown and aired Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Larry has been part of Share the Power since it began in 1991 and serves as Chairman of the Board.

Rev. Larry Humberd (Vice-Chairman)

Pastor Larry received his Masters of Divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary in Indiana, after which he served in Hagerstown, MD as an associate pastor of teen ministries with other assignments for 11 years. Since 1991 he has been the Sr. Pastor at Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem. His participation with Share The Power began shortly after his arrival and has been on the Board of Directors since 1992, presently serving as Vice Chairman.

Sharon Koch (Treasurer)

Sharon has 30 years experience as a corporate accountant. She is a living testimony to the healing power of God as she has completely recovered from brain surgery she had done in 2007. Since “getting her life back” she volunteers her service to further His Kingdom. In addition to her secular job, Sharon serves Share The Power as our treasurer.

Gordon Okuley (Corporate Secretary)

Gordon Okuley was a Senior Marketing Representative for The Federated Insurance Companies, retiring in 2006, CFO for a Lehigh Valley Attorney since and became Station Manager for WJCS FM radio In 2017, he also serves as president of the board there too. He and his wife, Gail established and have led TOW Pray for Lehigh Valley since 2011, and lead the National Day of Prayer In Bethlehem too. He serves the board as secretary currently.

Rev. Markus Huyssen (Executive Director)

Pastor Markus was a missionary to the Philippines and the Far East for 18 years. He has been involved in Pastoral work since 1992 and worked in formal Christian Education 10 years serving as faculty and as the Academic Dean of Foursquare Bible College in Manila, Philippines. He has been involved in Share the Power since moving to the Lehigh Valley in 2012 and has been on the board since 2018. 

Board Members

Rev. David L. Brown

Pastor David began to sense a call to ministry while in college. After working in publishing, he did campus ministry at several area colleges. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2004 and has been Pastor at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem since 2007. He and his wife, Karen, live in Allentown.  They have one grown son.  David has been involved with Share The Power since his campus ministry years and came on the Board in 2012.

Rev. Norman Carlisle

Pastor Norman graduated from Valley Forge Christian College in 1991 and has served as Youth Pastor at Life In Christ Church from 1992-2008. In 2008 he became the Lead Pastor of Life In Christ Church where he continues to serve. He has been actively involved in Share the Power and has hosted numerous monthly meetings. He joined the board in 2019.

Rev. Pat Weber

Pastor Weber received his calling into the ministry while serving in the Air Force at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe(SHAPE) in Belgium. He has pastored three churches in forty-six years of ministry. Pat has been retired from Faith Community (Palmer Township) after serving the congregation for twenty-four years. He is still active in ministry, filling in for two churches as well as preaching at other churches. Pat has served on the Bright Hope Board. He has been on the Share The Power Board of Directors for over 17 years.

Rev. Ray Ricketts

Pastor Ray has a degree in Political Science, attended Grambling State University, has a Masters degree in Theology from New York Seminary, and was a senior pastor for several years in Brooklyn, New York.  Before moving to Pennsylvania and taking the pastorate at Calvary Temple. Pastor Ray has been actively involved in what God is doing in the Lehigh Valley. He has been on the board of Share the Power since 2019.

Rev. Rhonda Butz

Pastor Rhonda Butz, along with her husband Gary, founded Word of Life Church, Allentown, in 2009, where she has served as senior Pastor since 2012. The vision for WOLC was birthed after pursuing God for a miraculous healing herself and subsequently receiving and witnessing several manifestations of the power of God, not only for herself, but for others as well who learned the truth of God’s Word as a result of the teaching ministry available at WOLC. Rhonda has served on the Board of Share The Power since 2018.