• Doug Brandt, Senior Minister

    Rev. Doug Brandt’s passion is the study and exposition of Scripture.  His second passion is seeing Ephesians 4: 11-12 take shape in daily life: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” (NLT)

    Pastor Doug holds degrees from James Madison University, Fuller Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.  Some of his favorite theologians are Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Owen.  He is married and has 3 adult sons.

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  • Katie Brandt, Children's Ministry Director

    Katharina Brandt (Katie) was born in Germany to Lutheran parents. She went to college, however, in Georgia and South Carolina, and then met her husband in grad school in Richmond, Virginia, while studying for the ministry.  Katie and her husband Doug have three sons and a large tomcat.

    Katie loves working with children, as she’s been doing throughout her adult years. She also loves to create systems and programs that help getting things done efficiently, and to everyone’s benefit. Most of all, however, she loves working to glorify Jesus our Savior, and to spread the knowledge about His amazing grace.

    Katie’s favorite authors are C.S. Lewis (for non-fiction) and Randy Alcorn (for fiction). 

    Her favorite Scripture verse comes from II Corinthians:

    “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  (II Cor. 4:18)

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    Shay was born and raised in Central Florida, where she began studying piano at an early age. She spent her formative years singing and playing piano in her church, and quickly developed a love for service through music ministry. After moving to West Virginia as a teenager, Shay became the main accompanist at her family’s church.  Since then, she has served as pianist and organist for several churches in West Virginia, where she has enjoyed working with choirs, accompanying congregational singing, and performing solo arrangements. 

    Shay holds a B.A. in Music Performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she studied piano and organ. A dedicated music teacher, she has spent the last four years running her own piano studio, and is currently teaching piano at a local music academy. Shay resides in Pittsburgh, where she can be found keeping up with an ever-expanding collection of houseplants.

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Danielle mccloskey, office manager

Danielle joined the church staff as Office Manager in the spring of 2022.  She grew up in the Pittsburgh area and graduated from Penn State (Main).  She recently moved to the Mon Valley Area.  Danielle had been a member of a Full Gospel Church in the Pittsburgh area since childhood, until her Pastor retired a few years ago.  

Danielle became interested in media while attending Penn State and now works in the field of Communications and Media.  She has three school age sons and two jobs and wishes there were more hours in the day.

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CYNDI TAYLOR, bookkeeper

Cyndi joined our staff as Bookkeeper in July of 2018. She provides bookkeeping to the church staff. Cyndi owned her own printing business for 32 years and recently worked for a financial firm before taking this position with the church.

Cyndi grew up in Peters Township. She was confirmed at Peters Creek Presbyterian Church in the 8th grade, and has been a member of our congregation since then. She and her husband Chuck live in nearby Lawrence and have 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her family.

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