Return Visit for New Facilities Director
It will seem like “back to the future” in our facilities department as Dan Keefer, who worked here as a custodian twice before, comes back in the position of director for facilities. He is replacing Dan Hahn, who is leaving to join his son in a remodeling business after four years of leading the facilities department.
God’s hand is evident in the changeover. About the same time Dan H. got the call from his son, Eric, about helping in his business, Dan K. called and asked if there was a need for a custodian at the church. The two talked about where they felt the Lord leading them, and the result was new jobs for each of them.
Dan K. started as a volunteer custodian in November 2011. A paid, part-time job opened up in January 2012, and he worked here until September 2012, when he found full-time work elsewhere. That job ended in September 2013, and he came back as a part-time custodian until January, when he found another full-time job.
“I didn’t want to leave the church, but I needed full-time work,” he explained. In all the jobs he has had, he has lived by the principle of Colossians 3:23 and 24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Dan K. said that when he’s working at the church, he feels that he is participating in the ministry. “When I stack chairs, set up stables or clean carpet stains, I know that the Lord has been here or will be here in the meetings, and that makes it special to me.”
Dan K. has a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, and has worked as a manager at Armstrong World Industries and Hershey Foods. He and his wife, Denise, who is a pharmacist at Hershey Medical Center, live in Hershey.
Dan Hahn, a Berks County native, was working for a home-builder in California when the economic recession affected the housing market. Four years ago he was visiting his uncle, John Brontsema, one of Hershey Free Church’s charter members, and saw the director of facilities job posted in our Sunday bulletin.
Dan H. said the most exciting aspect of his job has been upgrading the HVAC and lighting systems, which not only created a more comfortable environment, but also is saving the church thousands of dollars a year. The current project of revamping the cleaning procedures will be passed on to Dan K. to complete.
“We purchased one carpet cleaning machine that can do all the carpets in two weeks. It used to take all summer,” Dan H. said. “We’re also looking at the chemicals we use for cleaning to see if we can use alternatives.”
Renovation in the auditorium and sanctuary also will be passed on to Dan K. Work in the auditorium will begin soon, and the sanctuary remodeling will take place this winter.
Dan H. will be joining his son, Eric, in a business he helped Eric set up in the Philadelphia suburbs. “He called me a couple months ago and said he realized he needs help, and asked if I would join his remodeling business,” Dan explained. “I’ve been doing this type of work since I was 15, when my Sunday school teacher hired me for the summer and taught me to be a carpenter.”