James T Golla

Mailing Address
810 Pleasant Hill Road
Friedens, PA 15541

Pleasant Hill U M Church
Senior Pastor



I was raised in Gibsonia, PA. I left for Ohio to attend college at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and a Masters of Ministry. During my stay in Ohio, I worked with the youth at First Church of the Nazarene. I also worked with the chaplain at Knox County Hospice. It was during my time at college where I met my lovely wife, Dana. We moved back to the Pittsburgh area where I attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and received my Masters of Divinity.

We moved to the City of Butler while I attended seminary. I worked at Christ Community United Methodist Church as the Director of Connectional Ministries. I also worked with a shop refinishing wooden furniture.

I served the Shawnee Charge in Bedford County from 2016-2021. The Shawnee Charge is made up of Manns Choice, Buffalo Mills, and Helixville UMCs. I am currently serving alongside the people of Pleasant Hill in Friedens, PA.

My family is made up my wife Dana, my two sons: Eben and Lucas, and my daughter Sophie. We are an active family and enjoy sports and outdoor activities. In addition to my family activities, I love spending time getting to know new people. I appreciate conversations on a wide range of various topics. I enjoy reading theological books and commentaries