2022 Appointments

Appointments effective July 1, except where noted.

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Grubbs to Serve Sheraden UMC, Christ Community

Announced: 06-19-2022
About Matthew Grubbs
Matthew was born and lived in the small town of Saxonburg, PA for most of his formative years. His father Daniel was a blue collar worker and his mother Pauline was the secretary at the Presbyterian church they attended from the time Matthew was in high school.  After graduating from Knoch High School, Matthew attended Slippery Rock University where he graduated with a BA in History.
 
Matthew was brought up as a Presbyterian, spending a lot of time in the youth group and serving as a volunteer youth leader while he was in college. With the youth group, he went on several mission trips within the United States, including a trip to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina during his freshman year of college. Matthew also went on several mission trips to Nicaragua the summers before and after his senior year of high school.
 
Growing up in the church led him to seminary. Matthew attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he met his wife of nine years, Amanda.  After graduating in 2013, he worked at the Korean United Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh as the youth director. After some soul searching Matthew left the Presbyterian Church and joined Hill Top United Methodist Church in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Matthew is drawn to the community and missions aspects of the United Methodist Church. He is currently a teacher’s aide at the Mars Home for Youth. 
 
In his free time he enjoy nerd culture including: reading comic books, playing video and table top games, and reading science fiction/fantasy novels. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, and hunting. In high school Matthew was a member of the varsity football team and is a lifelong fan of the Steelers.
 
About Sheraden UMC, Christ Community Church
Sheraden UMC is an urban, multi-generational congregation in the Sheraden neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Due to a devastating fire in Sept 2019, the building has been demolished, but the congregation is looking to rebuild in order to continue community outreach opportunities
 
Prior to the fire, this church offered Kidz Klub meetings, which provided a safe environment for dinner, tutoring, computer use, and recreational activities. In partnership with the U.M. Church Union they also had offered a summer feeding program where young people up to the age of 18 are provided a hot lunch daily. In collaboration with the West End Christian Ministry, a free community dinner on the last Thursday of every month was also offered. Sheraden also had a thrift shop and various organizations and non-denominational congregations used the building for meeting and worship.
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Christ Community Church is a federated congregation of United Methodists and Presbyterians. It was federated in 1974. It is one congregation with one worship service, but operates under the United Methodist and Presbyterian USA.  In 2006, Christ Community became a charge with nearby Sheraden UMC. This congregation is known for its hospitality, community outreach and genuine caring.
 
They have a dedicated Sunday School program for all ages and a pastor-lead Bible study every week. They offer a ministry to those who are on parole so that they might become involved in the life of the church and some of its ministry.
 
Christ Community offers a free community dinner on the last Saturday of every month and their Thrift Shop is open on the second Saturday of every month. They maintain a stocked food cupboard to provide bags of food for those in need. Christ Community is also the home of the Allegheny West Meals on Wheels program, which has been a part of the church for the last 40 years. The church's dedicated lay leadership team and hard-working congregation remain focused on their mission to bear Christ to their community and make disciples for Jesus Christ.
 

Owens to serve Epworth: Allison Park

Announced: 06-19-2022
About Richard Owens
Richard Owens was born and raised in Coraopolis, PA and surrendered his life to Jesus in 1991. Richard and his wife, Paula, began teaching Children’s Bible Studies to neighborhood children, helping many of them to know the love and saving grace of Jesus. While serving in youth ministry in Coraopolis, Richard experienced a clear sense of calling to vocational ministry. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in theology from the North Carolina College of Theology. Ordained in the Baptist tradition in 2007, Richard has pastored Tried Stone Baptist Church in Aliquippa, Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Coraopolis, and Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Midland, PA. After a lengthy season of prayerful discernment, Richard is in the process of transferring into the United Methodist denomination, believing strongly that this portion of the Body of Christ is where he can most authentically live out his calling to ministry. Richard and Paula have been married for 40 years. They have three children, and eight grandchildren. He wants nothing more than to glorify God and to be a witness to the beautiful hope that Jesus Christ affords.
 
About Epworth: Allison Park

Epworth is a small church with a big heart. Located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Allison Park, the congregation's strength is its passion to reach out to others through missions. Epworth supports mission efforts in their community and beyond. The church is a strong, loving, and active community of believers who work together in all programs and projects of the church. Epworth has an active Christian education program for adults and youth on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. The Vacation Bible School is always a big hit with the children in the church and community, and our Peach Social and specialty fundraiser dinners are a community highlight.


Walker to Serve Greenstone

Announced: 06-19-2022
About Brenda Walker
Brenda Walker received her M.Div from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2007. She served as lead pastor at West View and Homestead Park UMC, and as a staff member at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community and St. Paul’s UMC. She also served as an interim at Chinese Community UMC in Oakland, CA.
 
Brenda has a passion for learning people’s stories – especially those in the margins. She has two adult sons, Carlyle and Daniel and many friends in the Pittsburgh area who are like family to her. Brenda currently lives in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh. She works as a parental support advocate for the non-profit Allegheny County Bar Foundation and serves Glenwillard and Shannopin UM churches. In her free time, Brenda loves to hang out with her friends, eat delicious food, and travel to places near and far.
 
About Greenstone United Methodist Church
Greenstone was originally chartered as Bellevue Methodist Episcopal Church in 1813, an official church start from the John Rodenbaugh class that formed in 1800.  Several building transitions occurred until the church settled into its current building on California Ave. in Pittsburgh’s North Boroughs of Avalon/Bellevue.  The beautiful Richardsonian inspired building was completed in 1902. 

Greenstone UMC is a ministry in transition, experiencing transformation into a mission & community center from its former Sunday/Congregational identity.  Its Cove Art Center & After-school Art Ministry began ministering to local teenagers and artists in 2016. 

Historically, Greenstone has provided a holiday meal ministry for years and has welcomed Pittsburgh’s North Boroughs at its annual Strawberry Festival since the festival’s beginning in 1951. In addition to these ministries, other community ministries can be found at Greenstone including North Hills Community Outreach, Saltworks Theatre, Anchorpoint Counseling, and North Boroughs Children Center. 
 

Stollings to serve as Home Hospice Chaplain

Announced: 06-07-2022
About Bruce Stollings
Bruce Stollings was born in New Brighton, PA but as a preacher’s kid grew up in several towns in Western Pennsylvania. He graduated from Karns City High School and earned a BA in Journalism from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He received his MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary, an MA in English from Duquesne University and did all of the coursework for a PhD in English at Duquesne but withdrew before the dissertation stage.

Bruce served the New York Conference for five years, serving in Rhinebeck, NY and New Haven, CT before returning “home” to Western Pennsylvania. In Western PA, he served Sharpsburg and Millvale, Fredericktown and St. Paul’s/Denbo, Duquesne, Little Hill and Blackburn, Albright Community in Pittsburgh, Verona and Rosedale, and McKnight. In addition, he taught writing at Duquesne University and LaRoche College and worked as a writing tutor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

His most interesting extracurricular ministry was the U2charists services that he and his band, The Reply, led as fundraisers for Imagine No Malaria and Church World Service. He can often be found reading books for the multiple clergy book clubs he participates in.

In 1997, Bruce married Dr. Susan (Weldy) Stollings, a psychologist with Spiegel Freedman Psychological Associates. They enjoy baseball, movies, museums, reading, and laughter (which they are adept at inducing from each other). Their cat Frankie (named for former Pittsburgh Pirate Francisco Cervelli) has become somewhat Facebook famous in recent years.

Bruce will retire from church ministry as of July 1 but will begin serving as a fulltime Home Hospice Chaplain with Vitas Healthcare.
 
About Vista Healthcare
Vitas Healthcare, whose local office is in Cranberry Township, has more than 40 years of experience in hospice care and is the nation’s single largest single-source provider of end-of-life care.
 

Mitchell to Serve Thorn Creek, Emory Chapel

Announced: 05-29-2022
About Amanda Mitchell
Amanda Mitchell grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania and came to Western Pennsylvania by way of Indiana University of PA where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She was introduced to the church and to the UMC while attending Indiana Grace UMC as a college student. She served as Youth Director at Indiana Grace for five years before choosing to be a stay-at-home mom.

Amanda worked as a childcare teacher before accepting the position of Conference Coordinator of Young People’s Ministry in 2016. Through her Conference ministry, Amanda provides resources, connection, and leadership to churches and their young people. She also leads the Conference Youth Ministry Team which facilitates SPARK, Uth 4 Missions, and the Conference’s Youth Caucus.

Since 2019, she also has been the Director of Discipleship at Monroeville UMC, leading children’s ministry and chairing the preschool board. She is a certified ministry coach and loves helping clergy and church leaders to develop vision for their life and ministry. She volunteers as the co-coordinator of the NEJ Council on Youth Ministry and as a leader with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Amanda is an MDiv student at United Theological Seminary where she just finished her second year. Having completed licensing school last summer, this will be her first appointment in the local church. Amanda is excited to continue her journey toward Elder’s orders and is eager to see how God will use her gifts at Thorn Creek and Emory Chapel.

She enjoys movies, reading, and spending time with her kids, Samuel and Olivia, and her dog, Captain.
 
About Thorn Creek/Emory Chapel Charge
Thorn Creek United Methodist Church, near Butler, PA, is a vital congregation with a rich history and a strong ministry. Located in the central portion of the Butler District, the congregation of Thorn Creek is devoted to worshiping God, growing in discipleship to Jesus, and building Christian community. Through their ministries of worship, Christian education, and outreach, the people of Thorn Creek help one another to walk more faithfully and attentively with Jesus. Their mission is to worship the Lord God while loving and serving all people in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of His Spirit.
 
Emory Chapel is a small and vibrant congregation in Sarver, PA, bringing significant ministry to the central portion of the Butler District. Hospitality, kindness, and faithfulness are hallmarks of the Emory Chapel congregation, and the church’s people are eager to love God with their whole heart as they grow in their love for one another and the community that they so eagerly serve. Worship services at Emory Chapel UMC have a wonderful spirit of spiritual intimacy and interactivity about them, and the people are deeply intentional about blessing one another and the surrounding community with tangible acts of ministry and kindness.
 

Chenda Lee to Coordinate Clergy/Lay Excellence

Announced: 04-24-2022
About Chenda Innis Lee
The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee, a lifelong United Methodist and ordained elder in the Virginia Conference, has been selected by the WPA Conference Personnel Committee to serve as the new Coordinator of Clergy and Lay Excellence.  Rev. Lee has been serving as the Regional Coordinator of Spiritual Formation in the Pittsburgh/Butler area since December 1, 2021. She will begin her new position on the Conference Program Staff on July 1, 2022. 

Born in a rural village in Liberia in West Africa, Rev. Lee comes from a long line of preachers, both men and women. She was baptized as an infant by her uncle, a United Methodist pastor. Her father, retired Bishop John G. Innis, was director of a rural mission school that also served as a rescue center for displaced people fleeing the cities in the early 1990s during a civil war in Liberia.

“In 1993, our home, our safe haven, was raided by rebels,” Lee said. “So we had to leave and move to Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia.” In 1996, four years before being elected bishop and assigned to the Liberia Area, her father was offered a job with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and moved the family to the United States.  Rev. Lee was 16 at the time. 

She attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where she met her husband, the Rev. Dr. Asa Lee. Known as a gifted preacher and teacher, she served as an associate and senior pastor of churches in the Northern Virginia region for more than 10 years before coming to Pittsburgh.  She was a Lewis Fellow in 2015 and is a graduate of the Virginia Clergy Leadership Program (2018). She moved to Pittsburgh when her husband began serving as President of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in June, 2021. 

“Rev. Lee has a quiet confidence and a deep spiritual insight that will bless our clergy and laity in the new ministry she is undertaking,” said Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, Director of Connectional Ministries.  “Chenda’s ministry experience includes serving as a Pastor of Discipleship & First Impressions at the Annadale UMC where she provided oversight, coordination and training for the adult education and welcoming ministries.  She has been an active participant in peer learning groups and has developed continuing education events for clergy and laity on both the District and local church levels.”   
 
About Western PA Conference, Coordinator of Clergy and Lay Excellence

The Coordinator of Clergy and Lay Leadership Excellence provides leadership in developing strategies for cultivating clergy and lay excellence throughout Western Pennsylvania.  The coordinator works closely with district superintendents, pastors, boards of ministry, laity leadership teams, and others to identify gaps and develop programs that strengthen leadership throughout the Conference.

Among the functions of the coordinator are: developing a culture of learning and growth among clergy and lay leadership, developing and implementing a holistic continuing education plan in conjunction with The Board of Ministry, the Board of Laity and related agencies; Development of strategies to identify, recruit and develop gifted leaders; develop a conference-wide Clergy Peer Learning process; and development of ministry events focused on areas of vitality in the United Methodist Church, and continue to develop peer or clergy coaching networks.


Bogdewic Appointed Foster Family Recruiter at Merakey

Announced: 04-17-2022
About Chad Bogdewic
Chad Bogdewic was born in Hartford, CT and after his adoption was raised in Beallsville, PA, south of Pittsburgh.  He graduated from Geibel Catholic High School, earned a BS in Business Administration from California University of PA, an MDiv, Certificate in Urban Ministry, and an STM focused on Old Testament theology and Christian social ethics from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Before pursuing seminary full time, he worked for Centerville Clinics, Inc. as the Assistant Director of Grants and Support Services.

Chad has served in a variety of settings, including the Greene/Hills Fairmount Charge, as an associate pastor at Concord in Beaver Falls, the Wurtemburg/Koppel Charge, and the Oakland Ave.: Sharon/Sharpsville First Charge, which is part of the Greater Shenango Valley Cooperative Parish.  In addition to the local church, he serves as on the WPAUMC Disability Concerns Committee. 

Chad loves justice-related ministries and ministries that welcome the whole person.  He loves teaching, preaching, and reaching out to the forgotten and lost.

He is married to the love of his life, Patty, and together they have two children, Eliyana, 10, and Jonathan, 8.  Chad enjoys reading commentaries and comic books, watching science-fiction, and spending time with his family.
About Merakey, Foster Family Recruiter
Merakey is a not-for-profit developmental, behavioral health, and education provider. Merakey offers a range of services for children, adolescents and their families in areas of mental health and autism. They provide services in both the community and at Merakey locations, offering treatment and support that focuses on resiliency. Children and Family Services supports children, adolescents, and their families to be successful in their futures.
 

Chambers to Serve at Christ: Bethel Park

Announced: 03-20-2022
About Oscar L. Chambers Jr.
Oscar L. Chambers, Jr, is from Mount Croghan, South Carolina, where he grew up in the small rural community of Black Creek.  He was raised in an extended family centered on community wellness, church, and hard work.  He graduated from Central High School in Pageland, SC, before attending Lander University in Greenwood, SC, on an academic scholarship. 
During his senior year at Lander, he experienced a call to ministry and remembers the peace that overcame his heart when he said “Yes!”  Soon Oscar served as a youth bible study teacher, but was quickly working with adults and imprisoned individuals.  He was licensed to preach in the summer of 1998.

After graduating from college and being commissioned into the US Army Corp of Engineers, he attended Duke Divinity School.  After seminary, he was a Discipleship Pastor in Pittsburgh, but his ministry was cut short due to a military deployment and an injury.  After returning from service, God blessed Oscar -- he met his wife and had a time to heal. 

God led Oscar and his family to Houston, Texas, and St. John’s Downtown UMC.  During a service when his family was seated between a wealthy person and a homeless person, Oscar realized God called him to serve in the United Methodist Church. In the Texas Annual Conference he served as Local Licensed Pastor at St. John’s Downtown working with Men’s Ministry, as Senior Pastor at Sloan Memorial UMC, and associate pastor at West University UMC before returning to Pittsburgh. He'll serve as Associate Pastor at Christ: Bethel Park. 

Today, Oscar continues to feel God’s call to teach, preach, grow, and build disciples within the UMC.  He and his wife of 16 years, Kamilah, have three children – Mason, Kennedey, and Noa.  Oscar enjoys outdoor activities, reading, comedy, science fiction, and, hopefully, a Harley Davidson bagger in the near future. 
 
About Bethel Park: Christ UMC
Christ Church is located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park, near South Hills Village Mall. It is a large diverse congregation that lives into its mission of Building Inclusive Community, Sharing Christ’s Transforming Love.

The church offers contemporary and traditional worship experiences during four different worship services offered on Saturday and Sunday. The ChristKids program ministers to K-5th graders during worship hours on Sunday morning and the ChristYouth program ministers to 6th-12th graders on Sunday evenings. They also have vibrant music programs for children through adults of all ages.

Wednesday nights during the school year is a great opportunity for the church community to gather for a great meal and engage in classes and small groups to learn how to connect, grow, and give on their discipleship pathway.

Christ Church strongly supports outreach and missions through participation in mission trips, South Hills Interfaith Movement, Eighth Ave. Place, and United Methodist Church Union to meet needs of children and adults living in poverty in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.  The church also offers special programs that include interfaith panels, symposiums on racial issues, homelessness, and drug addiction, allowing them to share Christ’s transforming love.
 

Siciliano to Serve Pittsburgh: Calvary UMC

Announced: 03-20-2022
About Shane J. Siciliano
Born in Southwest Florida, Shane Siciliano has lived in Western Pennsylvania for most of his life.  He earned his bachelor’s degree and Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in community organizing and social administration, before graduating from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

In Pittsburgh, Shane worked to collaborate with others in the Downtown area when the only homeless shelter for youth closed.  He helped to establish a new location at the Gay & Lesbian Community Center to provide these youth with housing, employment, and educational services.  As a social worker, Shane worked in McKeesport running HIV/AIDS projects.

Shane has served as pastor of Point UMC and Alum Bank UMC in the Johnstown District.  He is currently vice chair of the Conference Commission on Archives and History.  Shane promotes the sacraments and Kingdom-building and works hard to foster the full inclusion of all people in the church.  His three biggest passions for outreach ministry currently are serving as a camp counselor, helping at-risk families, and organizing collaborations.

Shane spends time visiting his family in Central PA, and he enjoys Marvel movies, tabletop games, and exercise competitions with his best friend.  HIs friends are his family, too, sharing visits and vacations.  Shane has traveled to many states and countries, including mission trips to Mississippi, South Africa, and Lesotho.  He believes that we are all meant to be part of a team, joining to build up God’s Kingdom here on earth.
 
About Pittsburgh: Calvary United Methodist Church
Calvary celebrates its more than 125 years of ministry on the Northside of Pittsburgh. The Calvary chapel opened on Christmas Eve 1893, but the sanctuary was not completed for another two years, in June of 1985, when the official opening services took place. Today Calvary is an active and growing congregation, welcoming everyone, not just to worship services, but as part of its family.  Missional outreach, educational opportunities and excellent musical offerings with concerts and weekly worship generating much excitement and faith-filled energy.
Every year thousands of people visit the historic, nationally archived "parlor cathedral", patterned after the Gothic cathedrals of Europe, but about one-tenth the size. The church is blessed by  the thousands of people who come there for weddings, various programs, concerts and weekly worship services. As its sign proclaims: You are God’s Beloved and you are welcome here!
 

Smith to Serve as Monroeville Senior Pastor

Announced: 03-13-2022
About Kelly J. Smith
When Kelly Smith begins serving as senior pastor of Monroeville UMC, it will be a homecoming of sorts. She was born and raised in Monroeville and her parents still live there. Although she grew up at Garden City UMC, she graduated from Gateway High School with students from Monroeville UMC and knows many families in the church and community. Her daughter Micah is current enrolled in the Monroeville UMC preschool. 

Kelly earned her bachelor's degree in Theater Performance from Seton Hill College and an MDiv from Perkins School of Theology with a certification in urban ministry. Kelly toured with a theater company and worked for many summers as a Girl Scout camp drama director. Prior to being appointed to pastoral ministry, she did children/youth ministry at Garden City UMC, Oak Lawn UMC (urban church in Dallas), and Trinity Tower UMC. 

Kelly has served in pastoral ministry at Christ UMC-Uniontown and Trinity UMC in Fairchance; Mifflin Avenue UMC and South Avenue UMC in Wilkinsburg, and most recently at a Pittsburgh District partnership between Calvary UMC/Sheraden UMC/Christ Community Church and UM Church Union.  Beyond her pastoral appointments, Kelly has served as the Chair of the Board of Church and Society, on the executive team of the Order of Elder, Pittsburgh DCOM, and the Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee.  She currently serves as the Annual Conference Floor Manager, on the Board of Ordained Ministry and is chair of Commission on the Status and Role of Women. In addition to those Conference responsibilities, she is part of the Pittsburgh District Missional Strategy Team and the Reconciling Ministries Core Team. 

Kelly is comfortable and familiar with designing and leading traditional, contemporary and alternative worship experiences.  She is passionate about full inclusion, social justice, and making the church relevant to each generation.  Her energetic spirit makes others feel welcomed and affirmed for who they are. 

Kelly is a single mother by choice to son Jeremiah (7) and daughter Micah (4).
 
About Monroeville United Methodist Church
Monroeville United Methodist Church (MUM) strives to be a community of faith where all of God’s children are welcomed. They pray the peace of Christ will flow through them to make a loving difference in their lives, their community, and the world around us.

For more than 50 years MUM Preschool has provided the youngest members of Pittsburgh's eastern suburban families with exceptional opportunities for learning and social development.  The church also supports the Sunrise School, a local school for children with special needs.  MUM has been a long-term partner with East End Cooperative Ministries, including preparing meals to the men’s homeless shelter in East Liberty.  Regular support is also provided to the Garden City UMC Food Pantry.

Worship at MUM includes a variety of music ministries as well as a monthly Taize service.  Abundant opportunities for life-long learning include the Adult Seekers class (a Reconciling Ministry). The Holy Hands quilters group supplies lovingly made quilts to those in the community requiring long-term care. In these ministries, and in many others, MUM is committed to the full participation of all people.
 

Glave to Serve as Health Center Chaplain

Announced: 03-06-2022
About Dianne Glave
The Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave was born and raised in Queens. Dr. Glave completed her M.Div. at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, her M.A. and Ph.D. at Stony Brook University, and B.A. at Binghamton University.

Professionally, she has been an insurance broker in New York City and a professor in Los Angeles and New Orleans. Her publications include Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage and To Love the Wind and the Rain: African American Environmental History, a co‐edited volume.

Dr. Glave has served as the associate pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park since May of 2020. For five years, she served as the Coordinator of Diversity Development for the Western Pennsylvania Conference, using her educational background in African American and environmental history and experience as a professor in African American Studies and Ethnic Studies as a foundation. Previously Rev. Glave served as a pastor at Crafton United Methodist Church and an associate at Ingomar Church, both in the Pittsburgh District.

Dr. Glave’s passions and gifts are preaching, strategic planning, prophecy, discernment, and relationship building.

Rev. Glave’s father recently moved in with her. Together, they care for Marley, a loving Havanese. Their dog is everyone's best friend. She continues spending time with family and friends, having traveled to Greece, Italy, the UK, France, Mexico, Chile, and Peru. She has also spent times in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, DC with her family. She has visited several national parks including Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Sequoia, and the Everglades.
 
About East Liberty Family Health Center
East Liberty Family Health Center provides care through doctors, dentists, social workers, a chaplain, and psychologists. Their mission is to witness to God’s love, known in Jesus Christ, by empowering our patients through community centered, whole-person quality health care for all, which includes those who are uninsured, underinsured, and underserved.
 
Their core values are:
 
Christ-centeredness
We believe in and are committed to Jesus Christ in all we do. We are dedicated to caring for others in the manner He cares for us, partnering with the Body of Christ.
 
Prayer
We access God’s presence through prayer and worship, celebrating out limitations and His greatness, sharing our thanks and our needs, and seeking His help and direction.
 
Responsibility
We take responsibility for the gifts we have been given and the ministry in which we serve, seeking to efficiently use resources entrusted to us while always searching for new ways to improve.
 
Family
We are a community in service together, united as members of God’s family; respecting, sharing with, and offering support to one another.
 
Service
We are called to compassionately serve others by providing whole-person health care, which includes listening to needs and responding with the necessary medical, emotional and spiritual support.
 
Wholeness
We acknowledge our limitations, place a priority on personal growth, and seek a sustainable balance in our lives.
 

Mitchell Appointed to Conference Staff

Announced: 10-01-2021
About Amanda Mitchell
Amanda Mitchell has been appointed as clergy to serve as Coordinator of Young People’s Ministry for the Western PA Conference. She has served in the role as a layperson since 2016.

Amanda has a degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of PA and has volunteered in all types of ministry within the local church. She loves helping youth and young adults grab hold of their calling and wants them to be equipped to lead in whatever setting they find themselves. She believes that ministry is not only all the big things, but the “million little things” pastors do to care deeply for the people God puts before them. She will continue as the Director of Discipleship at Monroeville UMC as a lay staff member.
 
Amanda has just started her second year as a Master of Divinity student at United Theological Seminary. She completed Licensing School in the summer of 2021 and is a certified ministry coach. She also volunteers as the adult co-coordinator of the Northeast Jurisdiction Council on Youth Ministry.
 
Amanda enjoys going to see movies, reading, and spending time with her kids, Samuel and Olivia, and their dog Captain.
 
About WPAUMC Coordinator of Young People's Ministry
The WPAUMC Coordinator of Young People's Ministry provides resources, connection, and training for local church youth leaders and their young people; oversees the Conference Youth Ministry Team; assists with the Conference Young Adult Council, and hosts events that connect youth and leaders around the Conference. 

Wild to Serve at Catholic Charities

Announced: 07-18-2021
About Kellie Wild
Rev. Kellie Wild is the new Director of Program Effectiveness for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
 
Born and raised in Cecil, Washington County, PA, Kellie graduated from Canon McMillan High School and attended Allegheny College, where she did a 3-2 program with Thomas Jefferson University, earning her BS in Biology from Allegheny and a BS in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson. In 1994 Kellie graduated from Duquesne University School of Law and in 2011 graduated with her MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Kellie worked as a physical therapist in many different settings and, after attending law school, became Chief Operating Officer for a local healthcare company. At the start of her seminary training Kellie was the Executive Director of a small nonprofit and then a Program Director.

Kellie’s appointments, during seminary and after graduation and ordination as an elder in 2011, have been to extension ministries.  Her appointments included: Light of Life Rescue Mission, East End Cooperative Ministry, and, most recently, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She is also actively involved in the Three Rivers Walk to Emmaus Community and has served as its Community Spiritual Director for the past three years. Kellie is part of the Pittsburgh District Missional Strategy Team and the Anti-racism Team. She also leads anti-racism seminars and supports Reconciling Ministries.

Kellie’s passions and gifts include ministering to those in the margins and calling the church to move beyond its walls and into the community. She is also passionate about achieving equity and full inclusion for all of God’s children.

Kellie married Michael in 1988 and they are the parents of Matthew, 25, and Douglas, 23. Kellie enjoys her dog Moose, hiking, yard work, and having fun with friends and family.
 
About Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh
Catholic Charities is the primary social service arm of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and serves all regardless of religious affiliation.

Its Mission:  “Inspired by Jesus’ teachings and focused on lasting solutions, we serve our communities’ critical needs with compassion, healing and hope.” The vision is “Relying on God’s providence and embracing the call of the gospel and the social teachings of the Church, Catholic Charities is dedicated to championing the dignity of the person, improving the quality of life, and advocating for the social good of the human family, so that the poor and vulnerable, always welcomed and loved, embrace opportunities necessary to realize their potential.”

As the Director of Program Effectiveness, Kellie will focus on programming which gives those in distress a fresh vision of worth and possibility as a child of God.  She will oversee the programs offered in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties. See the website www.ccpgh.org for a complete listing of services provided.
 

Greway to Serve ELCA Church

Announced: 06-27-2021
About Kimberly Greway
The Rev. Dr. Kimberly Greway was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from North Hills High School.  She received a BA in French from Allegheny College, an MDiv from The Divinity School at Duke University,  and a DMin from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

 Prior to seminary, Kimberly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe, working in education, AIDS prevention, and small business development.

She has served in a variety of ministry settings, inlcuding the Poole and Swanage Circuit of the British Methodist Church in England, at Mt. Lebanon UMC in Pittsburgh; the Foundation of HOPE as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, and the Allegheny County Jail as Director of Chaplaincy.

Her greatest spiritual gift is apostleship which “compels people to reach out to new and unfamiliar groups and individuals to invite them into relationship with God and community. Apostles share the story of faith in other lands, cultures, and traditions, as well as welcoming the stranger in their own land. Apostles extend the hand of friendship to those of other generations, nations, and languages.” (www.umc.org)  She speaks three languages and has traveled to about 70 countries. 

Kimberly is married to Kenneth Hendrata and together they enjoy international travel, drinking tea from around the world, and singing in harmony, occasionally accompanied by their beagle Duke.
 
About St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is a 117-year-old congregation located in North Versailles, east of Pittsburgh. A Reconciling in Christ congregation, it seeks to serve the surrounding community in a number of ways, including major involvement in a community food pantry, MA’s Pantry. St. John’s regularly opens their doors for 12-step groups, community safety trainings, and as a public polling place. St. John’s hosts the east Pittsburgh site of the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute.  The people of St. John’s love music and often use a sung Eucharistic liturgy.  The talents of the choir and bell choir add to the beauty of the liturgy. 
 
The purpose of St. John’s is to spread God’s love by providing a place at the table for every person.  The congregation embraces all people and believes that "we love alike, even if we think, live, and act differently. We strive to feed both our members and the community at large in faith and service." Guided by the Holy Spirit, St John’s exists to nurture an inclusive community of healing and love for all God’s children.  The people of St. John’s truly embrace their parish motto of: “A place for everyone.”


 

Fodor to Serve Little Hill, Blackburn UMCs

Announced: 06-13-2021
About Thomas Fodor
Thomas Fodor was born in McKees Rocks, graduated from Coraopolis High School and earned his BA Degree in Elementary Education with an Art Concentration at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.  He attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1981-82, and served as the Assistant Pastor at the Coraopolis UMC.

Tom spent 40 years in working in public relations, sales, art and creative development and management in Washington DC, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He started his own business in 1993 in Coraopolis, PA and operated it until 2014 when he answered God's call to ministry and served as the Pastor at the Blackburn/Little Hill and Shannopin/Glenwillard/Little Hill UMC charges until 2019.

Tom is a member of the West Liberty UMC in Slippery Rock, PA and served as Lay Leader and Certified Lay Speaker at the West Liberty/Branchton/Hillards UMC Charge.  He and his wife also worked in campus ministry at the Slippery Rock UMC.

Tom enjoys singing and playing the guitar and has been playing for the past 20 years using his gift in the churches he has served and in coffeehouse ministries.  He also currently enjoys sailing and golfing and antique cars.

His passion is praise and worshiping the Lord and sharing what God has put in his heart and his life's spiritual/faith journey.
Tom has been married for 26 years to his wife Celeste, who has walked alongside and supported his call to ministry. Tom has one daughter, Coral, who resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico with her 8-year-old twins, Fabiola and Lukas.


 
About Little Hill/ Blackburn United Methodist churches
Little Hill UMC, the quintessential “Little White Church in the Vale,” is in the hills north of Sewickley. The church has several housing developments and communities within a five-mile radius. Its 30+ active worshipers care for one another with diligence. A small adult Sunday School class and an off-site Bible Study are held weekly. The Bible Study originated at Little Hill, but now includes participants from other churches as well. The primary demographic of the area is solid middle-class with a few professionals in the mix. Little Hill is an aging church with most attenders over age 50. The membership supplements offering income with fundraisers held throughout the year. The members support the local food bank with 10-20 bags of groceries donated monthly. Paid staff includes a pianist and a janitor, both part time. 

Blackburn UMC is a small-membership church near Sewickley, PA.
 

Ord to Serve Charleroi/Dunlevy/Speers Charge

Announced: 06-13-2021
About Randy Ord
Randy lives in Aliquippa PA. where he graduated from Hopewell High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Robert Morris University and has has worked for 22 years in healthcare settings. He has served as Information Systems Manager at the Greenville Medical Center, as Director of Information Technology  at Renal Endocrine Associates, as well as Partners in Nephrology and Endocrinology.  He currently works as a Business Intelligence Analyst for DaVita, Inc.

Randy has been a member of the United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and has served as a lay speaker at Glenwillard UMC. He completed licensing school in 2020 and is currently serving as a pastor at Little Hill UMC in Sewickley.

Randy is married to Mary Ord, who has worked for over 30 years providing loving care for the mentally disabled. Randy has three daughters and a son, and 11 grandchildren. Randy and Mary enjoy life, family, Christian fellowship, and all genres of music.
 
About Charleroi: First/Dunlevy/Speers Charge
Located in Monongahela River communities that differ in size and description, the Speers, Dunlevy and Charleroi First UM churches have a common desire to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, shining the light of Jesus, and sharing Jesus’ love with everyone they meet wherever they meet them and bringing others to know Jesus as their Savior.” The churches are engaged in community-based ministries to persons from Nigeria, unchurched children and youth, individuals struggling with addiction and in providing food to those in need.  All three churches seek to open their doors and their heart in mission and ministry, making the love of Jesus known to all.  Committed to Christian discipleship and spiritual formation, the Charge seeks to disciple people of all ages, modeling what it means to be a disciple of Jesus by living lives marked with compassion, warmth, hospitality, prayer and imagination!  The laity understand the need to do their part in ministry, rather than relying on the pastor to do it all!

Although the congregations are made up mostly of older people, no one has given up, nor do they expect too!  To a person the members of all three churches look forward with hope, anticipation and expectation to what God is going to do and the difference each of the churches will make in the neighborhoods where they are planted and beyond!
 

Walker to serve Shannopin, Glenwillard UMCs

Announced: 06-13-2021
About Brenda Walker
Brenda Walker was born and raised in Toronto, Ohio. She received a BFA in theatre from Point Park University and an M.Div from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Brenda toured with Saltworks Theatre Company and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum.

She has served as lead pastor at West View, Homestead Park, Bridgeville and Houston UM churches and as a staff member at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community and St. Paul’s UMC. She also served as an interim at Chinese Community UMC in Oakland, CA.

Brenda has a passion for learning people’s stories – especially those in the margins. She has two adult sons, Carlyle and Daniel, and many friends in the Pittsburgh area who are like family to her. Brenda currently works as a parental support advocate for the non-profit Allegheny County Bar Foundation.

She loves cheese, bicycling, and weight training and can dead lift 125 lbs.
 
About Shannopin UMC/Glenwillard UMC
Glenwillard is a village on Rt. 51 along the Ohio River with a blue collar history. It's located near J & L Steel and barge terminals. There are about 25 core members who support the church.  Weekly activities include Sunday morning worship and Monday evening Bible Study.  The church also holds a bi-annual Flea Market, an Easter Egg Hunt for children and a yearly Summer Picnic in Shoust Park in August. There is also a traditional Sunrise Service on Easter at 7 am.
 
Shannopin is located in an area known as South Heights along Rt. 51, just 5 minutes away from Glenwillard UMC. The congregation is supported by 15 core members.  In addition to Sunday morning worship, the children's Sunday School has 6-8 regulars. The church supports a food pantry and offers Vacation Bible School in August.
 

Bowman to Serve South Hills Partnership

Announced: 05-30-2021
About Margaret Bowman
Margaret G. (Peg) Bowman was born Abington, PA and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She graduated from Wissahickon High School, earned her BS in Music Education at Duquesne University and an MDiv from Trinity School for Ministry.

Peg taught music in elementary schools and gave piano lessons. She founded Computer Training Consultancy and taught computer software for local corporations and community colleges, and was an organist and choir director for churches in a variety of denominations.
 
The South Hills Partnership (Pittsburgh) will be Peg's first permanent pastoral appointment. She previously served as supporting clergy at Incarnation Church Pittsburgh, an Anglican church plant, did pastoral work at Atonement Episcopal Church in Carnegie PA and was part of a student clergy team at the Beaver County Jail during seminary.
 
Peg has a passion for church renewal, community-building, and welcoming those who come from other countries.
 
She is married to Neil and has two stepsons and four grandchildren. She volunteers in cat rescue and loves travel, gardening, reading and spending time appreciating God’s creation.
About South Hills Partnership
The South Hills Partnership consists of four small-membership churches with big hearts and powerful ministries in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, coming together in mission and outreach. The SHP was formed in 2009 and is made up of Carnegie, Fairhaven, Hill Top, and Spencer UMCs.

Carnegie United Methodist Church is located on a central street of the borough of Carnegie. The congregation has taken part in several neighborhood prayer walks and ecumenical events, and, on a weekly basis, faithful members come together to cook, package, and sell the tastiest pierogis in the whole Pittsburgh area! The church has recently been opening its doors to the community for the borough’s annual Carnegie Days, as well as for special worship services featuring beautiful music, including a Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols and an upcoming Service of Lamentation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The town of Carnegie is growing and changing, and Carnegie UMC is seeking to be an active part of mission there.

Fairhaven United Methodist Church, or, as it is known to members and friends, “The Country Church in the City,” shines the light of Christ from its location at the busy intersection of Routes 51 and 88 in the Overbrook neighborhood of Pittsburgh. There, it’s become known to thousands of commuters for its sign in the front yard, always offering a pithy saying or encouraging word to those driving by. But, far more important than that is the ministry that goes on inside the little white church building. Fairhaven church has become a central hub in the community for fighting against the opioid epidemic that has ravaged our neighborhoods. Every week, Fairhaven offers support groups and ministries for people struggling with addiction and those who love them, and proudly hosts Prevention Point’s harm reduction services.

Members from Fairhaven built and routinely stock a Little Free Pantry to address hunger needs in the community and a Clothing Closet in their back parking and support the First Food & Friends soup kitchen. There are also two Bible studies that meet weekly and welcome members from the entire South Hills Partnership and beyond, and the church serves as host for numerous community events. Fairhaven is a mission-oriented church, always ready to support the work of Christ in its community and beyond: at the beginning of the pandemic, the church set up a fund to ensure (in the spirit of the Jerusalem church in Acts) no one in the congregation or community would be unable to pay their bills.

Hill Top United Methodist Church is a multiracial congregation in the diverse and growing Pittsburgh neighborhood of Allentown (located between the South Side and Mt. Washington areas). The church’s diversity in race and class testifies to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Hilltop is the home of the Allentown Senior Center (begun decades ago as a ministry of the church, a pioneer in ministry to older adults), open five days a week to serve the senior citizens of the community.  A few years ago, a major fire at the church left its people worshiping down the street in an apartment building for a year. The congregation came back strong, and with a revived commitment to its neighborhood. The restored sanctuary was dedicated with a marathon public reading of the entire Bible, with members, friends, and neighbors signing up to take shifts until they had read the entirety of God’s holy word out loud. Since that time, the church has built a heavily-used Little Free Library, served kids through a summer meal program, and hosted numerous community events such as block parties, Trunk-or-Treats (which helped revive trick or treat in the neighborhood), Christmas breakfasts, and neighborhood cleanups. Through the pandemic, community ministry has continued, with two $1 Clothing Sales that welcomed hundreds of people to receive new clothing at an affordable price, as well as prayer.

Hill Top will host the Partnership’s Christmas Store this December, a ministry designed to help lower-income families afford Christmas gifts for their families while affirming their dignity. It is a founding partner in a new ministerium and community development partnership in the Hilltop neighborhoods known as A. Company.

Spencer United Methodist Church serves Jesus Christ in Carrick, at the crossroads of Pittsburgh, Brentwood, and Baldwin. In addition to Sunday worship, it holds a weekly dinner and contemporary worship service on Thursday evenings known as Beyond. It also serves as the host site for support groups for those suffering from addiction, as well as a thriving Christian congregation of Bhutanese refugees. The rummage sale it holds twice a year has become a popular event in the community, through which the United Methodist Women raise money for mission. Spencer’s annual Vacation Bible School is lively and well attended by neighborhood kids. Members of this church have embarked on prayer walks around the neighborhood, participate regularly in Bible study, and volunteer regularly for the Daily Bread program on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

 


Henck Appointed to Herminie/West Newton Charge

Announced: 05-30-2021
About Barry Henck
Raised in the Church of the Nazarene in upstate New York, Barry Henck attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. He returned to New York for an MA in English Literature from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Barry appreciates the multi-cultural aspect of the body of Jesus Christ.  He developed a passion for teaching and pastoral care while volunteering at a Korean-American congregation in Highland, NY.

Barry left a career in marketing and communications in 2016 when he and his wife Nikki followed the Lord’s lead to relocate to Pittsburgh. Within a few weeks, Barry began serving at Roots of Faith, a ministry of Faith United Methodist Church (Fox Chapel).  During 2018, he answered the call of God to serve as a licensed local pastor.  He completed Licensing School in 2019 and was appointed Associate Pastor at Faith UMC/Roots of Faith in 2020.

Barry is dedicated to his wife and two fast-growing teenage sons. He is passionate about worshipping the Lord through music, teaching people from the Bible, and encouraging people’s faith. He loves to tell stories and play sports.
 
About Herminie/West Newton First Charge
Herminie United Methodist Church was originally an Evangelical United Brethren Church and became a United Methodist congregation in 1969 because of the merger of the EUB and the Methodist Church. The current building, constructed after a Feb. 11, 1945 fire destroyed the original building, was dedicated on May 19, 1946.  An educational wing was dedicated in 1970. Since that time, many improvements have been made to the structure, including new furnaces (complete with central air), an elevator to make the fellowship hall accessible for all, and new glass doors installed in 2020. Prior to COVID, the church was engaged in many community events. The congregation is beginning to plan events once again.
 
WEST NEWTON: FIRST UMC was established on February 28, 1839. The present church (Snyder Chapel) was built in 1880. West Newton UMC has a vital music ministry supported by an accomplished organist who plays a pipe organ installed on October 29, 1905 and registered by the Organ Historical Society. The original price of the organ was $3000 with $1250 donated by Andrew Carnegie. The church has a talented praise team and an active bell choir with members from both the Herminie and the West Newton churches.

The congregation reaches out to the community through a Christmas Angel Tree project with the local elementary school, Meals on Wheels, and mission involvement through its UMW unit.  A quilters group meets every Tuesday morning and the proceeds from quilt sales goes to mission support. The West Newton church enjoys worshipping with its sister congregation at Herminie at various times of the year such as Lent and Holy Week and an annual summer worship and picnic celebration.

Both congregations are anticipating a new chapter in their ministries together under the leadership of Pastor Barry Henck.
 

Konegen To Serve Allison Park: Epworth

Announced: 05-30-2021
About Rebecca Konegen
Rebecca was born in Rome, N.Y. and lived in Massachusetts, North Dakota and New York while her father served in the Air Force before settling in Santa Clara, California her senior year of high school.  Her undergraduate degree is from DePauw University in Indiana.  She earned an M.A. in English Literature with a focus in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of California, Riverside.  
 
When her husband’s job brought the family to Pittsburgh, she planned to finish her Ph.D. but wasn’t able to find a similar program locally.  Her pastor, knowing that she was trying to figure out what was next, asked if she had ever considered going to seminary.  That was the first moment of her call, and many confirmations have followed.  She has completed two years of seminary at PTS and expects to receive her M. Div. degree after one more year of study.
 
During the 18 years she was at home raising her four children, Becky became an accredited La Leche League leader. She took calls and led meetings for 17 years, helping new parents with breastfeeding and parenting concerns.  She taught English writing classes for several years to first-year college students, including to many for whom English was a second (or third) language.  Her passions in ministry include Scripture study, writing, and working one-on-one with people.
 
Becky's family includes her husband of 27 years, Wayne Speir, and four children:  Emma, 23, Margaret, 20, Matthew, 17, and Lucy, 10.  Personal interests include reading, knitting, and gardening, and sometimes cooking. 
About Allison Park: Epworth
Epworth is a small church with a big heart. Located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Allison Park, the congregation's strength is its passion to reach out to others through missions. Epworth supports mission efforts in their community and beyond. The church is a loving community of believers who work together in all programs and projects of the church. Epworth has an active Christian education program for adults and youth on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. The Vacation Bible School is always a big hit with the children in the church and community.  
 

Moore to Serve Branchton/Ridgeville/West Liberty UMCs

Announced: 05-23-2021
About Brandon Moore
Brandon Moore was born in Rammstein, Germany, and relocated frequently throughout his early life. Eventually settling in the Butler Area, he graduated in 2000 from Butler High School. Brandon left the church for a while until meeting his wife Cheryl, who helped him find his way back to church. After marrying in 2002, Brandon and Cheryl served as lay persons in different denominations.

In 2015, Brandon worked for K-LOVE radio where he discovered a renewed sense of faith as well as a call to pastoral ministry. He ignored the call until God made it very clear this was what Brandon was made to do. With the support of his wife, Brandon entered licensing school and in 2019 received his first appointment to the Little Hill, Shannopin and Glenwillard Charge.

Brandon’s main priority as a pastor is for the church to be encouraged to know Jesus and to care for “the least of these” in everything they do. Brandon is completing a Bachelor’s degree at Grand Canyon University and holds additional employment at a safety consulting firm in Wexford.
 
About Branchton UMC/Ridgeville UMC/West Liberty UMC
 Branchton UMC, Ridgeville UMC, and West Liberty UMC form a three-point charge in the northern part of Butler County. These three congregations make it a priority to worship with joy, to pray with conviction, and to build a sense of community that feels like family in all the right ways. In each of the three churches, the Lordship of Jesus finds expression through substantive Christian education, heartfelt worship, and a loving attentiveness to the deepest needs of the community. The Branchton, Ridgeville, and West Liberty congregations are eager to bear witness to the love and grace of Jesus as a new ministry year begins.
 

Bradford Appointed Fox Chapel Faith Associate

Announced: 03-28-2021
About Angelique Bradford
Angelique Bradford was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in the Belthzoover neighborhood of the city. She earned a BS in Human Services at Geneva College in 2013  and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2016. Before attending seminary, Rev. Bradford gained extensive experience as an administrative assistant for UPMC and has been commissioned a Health Minister by Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. 

Currently serving as pastor at Ellwood City First and Homewood UMCs, she previously served on the ministerial staff at Asbury UMC in Washington, DC and as a pastoral intern at Sharon First UMC and Calvary UMC in Arlington, VA.  Beyond the local church, she serves on the Butler District Dismantling Racism Team and  Superintendency Committee, and as a member of the boards of the UM Foundation of Western PA and the Northside Christian Health Center in Pittsburgh.  

Rev. Bradford is passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  She enjoys engaging people through the Word of God and believes the mission is to connect people to the living church. She says the church is not called to be “pew dwellers,” but sojourners called to go out to proclaim and advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

Angelique is married to Clarence and she enjoys family time, nature, and inspired art projects.
 
About Fox Chapel: Faith UMC
Faith United Methodist Church was founded in 1891 as Fox’s Chapel Methodist Protestant Church (from which the community of Fox Chapel gets its name). In 1994 the church was re-named Faith United Methodist Church and in 2004, after a season of revitalization, the church completed construction of a new sanctuary.

In 2012, the congregation hosted several prayer walks in the nearby community of Sharpsburg and discerned a call to start the Roots of Faith Outreach Center. Roots of Faith has grown to include a weekly community dinner (including monthly legal, medical, and financial clinics), an anti-poverty program called Circles, social service referrals, a weekly worshipping community, community Bible studies and small groups, and more.

In 2018, Faith UMC adopted a new vision statement: “Building community by reconciling people with God and one another.” As one church in two locations, Faith UMC is seeking to build relationships that bring people together across differences of race, class, education, and other divisions in our community. Faith UMC is known for its vibrant music program, children’s and youth programs, and its unique vision for bringing people from Fox Chapel and Sharpsburg into relationship with each other and with Jesus Christ! 
 

Gottschalk to Serve Wexford: Salem

Announced: 03-14-2021
About Stephanie R. Gottschalk
Rev. Stephanie Gottschalk was born in Warren County and raised in Greene County, PA. Growing up in a mission-oriented church,  First UMC in Waynesburg, she put together UMCOR kits as a youth and went on her first mission trip—to Russia—in 1996 when she was 15. She studied international relations at George Washington University and in 2004, as a mission intern for the Conference, was part of an East German-Western PA Partnership team traveling to Russia. She earned her master’s degree at Wesley Theological Seminary, and while a student led a seminary group team to Russia.
 
Rev. Gottschalk was ordained an elder in 2010

After being commissioned in 2007, Rev. Gottschalk served the Cambridge Springs First/New Richmond charge in the Erie-Meadville District from 2007-2009 and began serving Emanuel UMC in the Pittsburgh District in 2009. Ordained an elder in 2010, she also served other Pittsburgh Parish churches and as associate director of United Methodist Church Union in Pittsburgh. In October of 2013, she joined the Western PA Conference staff as the Mission and Volunteers in Mission (VIM) coordinator. In February 2019 she  she began serving as executive director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat. 

Stephanie takes joy in working with children, youth and young adults, and building intergenerational and multicultural community, as well as creative outreach and mission disaster response.

Stephanie is engaged to Jerry Whyte of the Bahamas and is excited to soon become stepmother to Miracle, 14, and JJ, almost 4. Her mother Janice lives in Waynesburg.  A simple, small Covid-safe wedding is tentatively set for May 2021.
About Wexford: Salem United Methodist Church
For over 150 years Salem has been a place where people know God’s presence, feel God’s grace, and go forth to make a difference in the world. It's a place of connections, heart, and inspiration!

Salem is deeply committed to being a missional church. The Olive Branch is a dynamic ministry of fair-trade retail and mission projects. Other outreach includes collections for NHCO, serving meals at Daily Bread, gifts for children at Northview Heights, Vacation Bible School, and preparing and delivering over 300 meals each Thanksgiving. Salem's building is home to recovery groups, Scouts, an ESL group, and a UPMC exercise group.  A vibrant preschool has over 100 children enrolled.

Salem’s members are theologically diverse, often making for thoughtful discussions, but at the heart of it all, their faith is important to all, and they are important to each other. Worship, at the center of all they do, is a shared experience from which stems connections, heart, and inspiration.

Salem is a small church with a mighty commitment to being a faithful church. It is truly a place for connections, heart, and inspiration!
 

Wagner to Serve Allison Park: St. Paul's

Announced: 03-07-2021
About Amy Wagner
Rev. Amy Wagner grew up in Western Pennsylvania and also has lived in Lexington, KY and Chicago, IL. She holds a Master’s Degree in Christian Ethics from Loyola University, Chicago; an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Grove City College.

Before ordination, Amy worked briefly in public relations, then at a home for pregnant teenage girls and at a Chicago homeless shelter. She served under appointment on the Northern Illinois Conference staff; as pastor of Coraopolis UMC; and, since 2014, as Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization for the Western PA Conference. Amy contributed to ASK: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age, an 8-week study released in 2015 and served on the WPAUMC Board of Ordained Ministry, including four years as co-chair. 

Her gifts for ministry include leadership and preaching, and she describes herself as a strategic, contemplative, hopeful bridge-builder. Amy is wife to Rob, a corporate litigator and patent attorney, and mom to Joseph and Grace (plus their furry four-legged buddy, Rosie).
 
About Allison Park: St. Paul's
Founded in 1967, St. Paul’s UMC of Allison Park is a large, multi-staff congregation in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Their vision is: St. Paul’s will be an inclusive, diverse church, loving others according to the teachings of Jesus, and working for justice and peace in our world.

Worship, discipleship, outreach and mission are the core values of St. Paul’s, lived out through multiple worship experiences, small group classes and studies for all age groups, international mission trips and jail ministries. The Childcare, preschool, and Kidz Korner programs nurture close to 500 children weekly.

The vital music ministry includes instrumental and choral groups and a praise band.  Essential for the continued growth of the church are energetic Sunday and mid-week ministries for children and youth.  Pastoral and lay-led care ministries include a Care Team, Spiritual Development Team, and Stephen Ministry Team.

A “Working for Justice” ministry engages persons in social justice efforts in accordance with the gospel. An Interfaith collaboration includes relationships with the Jewish and Muslim communities in the North Hills. St. Paul's is truly a church of “Open Minds, Open Hearts, and Open Doors,” and a welcoming congregation for all persons, in accordance with the teachings of Jesus.
 

Ewing Appointed to First Bethel

Announced: 02-28-2021
About David L. Ewing
Rev. David L. Ewing was born and raised in the Saegertown, PA  in northwestern Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Saegertown High School.  He earned a BS degree in Human Resources Management with an Economics Minor from Penn State University, and, in 2014, a Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2014. Before becoming a student pastor in 2007, he worked as a project estimator and a general manager for companies in Erie and Meadville.

Currently serving the Blackburn, Epworth, and Greenstone UMCs in the Pittsburgh District, Pastor David previously was appointed to the Corry: Evangelical/Elgin/McCray/Wayne Valley Charge in the Erie-Meadville District. David has a passion for church renewal and community engagement. At Greenstone, the church reached out to area youth through The Cove, a faith-based after-school arts program with local and visiting artists. His primary spiritual gifts are: Leadership, Discernment/Church vision casting/innovation, Exhortation and Administration.

At the Conference level, David has served on the Parish & Community Development Committee since 2014, most recently as the chairperson.  He has also been involved in a Dismantling Racism effort, Stories and Dreams & Beyond Dreams, and in planning Campership Bike-a-thons.  He also serves on both the UM Church Union and Metowers boards.

David is married to Christina (Gevin) Ewing. Although they have no children, they have hosted three exchange students, each for a year. Both David and Christina enjoy music. Christina plays saxophone, clarinet and handbells; David plays saxophone and drums.  Both enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and David is an avid bicyclist.

 
About First Bethel United Methodist Church
Located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park, First Bethel welcomes and accepts all exactly as they are. Their  goal will never be to judge a person, but to embrace and love them.

The church offers Sunday School for children and adults between two morning worship services. There are many opportunities to grow in faith beyond Sunday morning. No matter what you choose, the church meets people  where they are and helps them to take the next steps on their faith journey.

First Bethel’s congregation works hard to provide an opportunity each week for every person to experience passionate worship. There are on-going opportunities throughout the year for faith development – for means of touching lives through mission trips and community outreach – both locally, regionally, and around the world.

First Bethel Church is a spiritual home where the community joins to celebrate God – a place to be nurtured in spirit – and a family where people can find ways to serve with others in God’s love … a love that invigorates and satisfies.