The Issachar Imperative was begun with the explicit purpose of creating an annual Biblical World View conference/ or camp for both youth and adults in southeastern PA. Each year the conference would feature a well-known Biblical World View speaker/proponent to provide input and as a draw in hopes of bringing together as many churches in our region as possible.


The Issachar Imperative name is inspired by the 1 Chronicles 12:32 verse, where the sons of Issachar are said to have, “understood the times, with the knowledge of what Israel should do.” It is therefore our goal to see and understand the events and issues of our culture (times) through the lens of a Biblical World View, so that we can know what we as a Church should be doing.

Board of Directors

Currently the President of the Issachar Imperative Board of Directors, Dave is a pastor, and a graphic designer, and fomerly a long time youth pastor.

Dave loves to lead groups into lively discussion, write and teach; especially communicating the truths of the Word of God. He leads the Word View Weekly on Wednesday nights, coaches track & field and youth basketball, and is a PIAA basketball referee. Dave and his wife Carol have three sons, Quin, Ethan and Elijah.

Dave holds Bachelors from both Kutztown University and Eastern University.

Dave Shalaway
John Mark Niehls

The Head of School at Coventry Christian Schools in Pottstown, PA John has a passion for young people and their relationship with Christ.  John has his B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Classical Christian Studies.  John is married to Kristen Niehls and they have three children: John Mark, Anna, and Matthew James. 

The pastor of two new local church plant congregations with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations in Boyertown (Living Faith Lutheran) and Reading (Disciple Lutheran Fellowship), PA.  As a pastor/teacher, his passion is helping people discover the life-transforming principles of God's Word. David and his beloved wife of 32 years (Vicki) have 5 grown children and 3 (soon to be 4) grandchildren. He can also be heard at 6:45am on 1075 weekday mornings and at 8:30pm on Sunday evenings.

David Johnson

The General Manager at Branch Medical Group.  Navin received his

B.S. Statistics from Madras Christian College, a PG Diploma in Business & Strategic Management from Madras Christian College and an MBA in International Business & Strategic Management from Temple University.  Navin is married to Miriyam and they have three children: Talia, Nathanael, and Sanaya.


Navin Mathew
Karl Yorgey

Recently retired from Johnson & Johnson Karl has served as elder, small group leader and coordinator, adult Sunday school teacher, prayer team leader, and various other ministries in the local church. He is passionate about discipleship and with retirement is seeking new opportunities to bring truth and reality to those who are struggling. Karl is married to Lucinda Yorgey and has three sons and 10 grandchildren. He holds an M.S. degree from Penn State in Physiology and a Bachelor in Biblical Studies from Hatfield Theological Seminary.

Dr. John Brown
Bob Gerhart
Steve Karabatos
Christie Werkheiser
Joshua Farr

The Director of Advancement at West-Mont Christian Academy, in Pottstown PA, overseeing Public Relations and Marketing, Admissions, Alumni Relations, and Fundraising.  Prior to joining West-Mont, she was a founder and co-director at a public charter school, and also owned and operated a private counseling practice for many years.  Christie is a graduate from both The University of Valley Forge with a Bachelors in Education, and from Immaculata University with a Master's degree in Psychology.    Christie strongly believes that as followers of Christ, it is our duty to be active participants in the change we want to see in our nation and the world.  She is married to Rick, her husband of 21 years; they also have two children, Isabelle and Ethan.

Robert serves as Executive Director of AMEC, the Alliance of Mennonite Evangelical Congregations.  In 2008, he concluded a twenty year term as Pastor of the Hereford Mennonite Church in Bally, PA.  Bob graduated from the R.E. Seminary in Philadelphia and earned a DMin degree at Westminster Theological Seminary.  In addition to presenting inspirational Gospel chalk art programs, Bob has developed "first-person" historical interpretations of 18th Centuary pioneer Mennonite preacher, George Bechtel, and a portrayal of an innovative 19th century Philadelphia pastor, the Reverend Nathaniel Bertolet Grubb.


The Gerharts have a daughter, Barbara who works at Global Disciples in Lancaster PA, and a son, John who lives with his wife in Nashville TN where he works in film and video production.

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