• 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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  • Lisa tyger, children's ministry director

    Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience working in children’s ministry as a volunteer, in preschool Christian education and as a director of both family and children’s ministry. She has a degree in child development and undergrad studies in English literature.


    As a child growing up on a farm in central Pennsylvania, Lisa’s life was centered in the church where she worshiped, participated in Sunday school, VBS, and youth group, sang in the choir, volunteered, and enjoyed (many) covered dish fellowship dinners. This shaped her understanding of the importance of not only attending church but being an active participant in a church family.


    Lisa and her husband Scott enjoy visiting with their adult daughter and son and extended family. When she’s home, you’ll find Lisa by following the music always playing in the background while she crafts, gardens, cooks or reads.


  • Dianne Keller, Interim Children's Ministry Director

    Dianne Keller has been a member of PCEPC for over 20 years, and a Children's Ministry volunteer for over ten years She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh, and only last summer retired from 20 years of teaching. Prior to her work in public education, Dianne had worked in the mental health field. 

    Dianne's profession of faith is that she is firmly rooted in Christ. Throughout her career, her faith has been giving her the strength to work with critically mentally ill teenagers, and to advocate for child and teen wellness. One of her favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

    Dianne and her husband Karl have raised three children and are now enjoying their first grandson. When she is not busy spending time with him or with the church's children, you may find Dianne working on being a Master Gardener, ceramics, or quilting.

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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 a family 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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Will lyons, a/v lead

As the new Audio-Visual Lead at PCEPC, Will is revamping the AV system, improving live streaming on Facebook, and enhancing the sanctuary experience.

Will gains his experience from extensive work in the audio-visual and broadcast engineering fields, including as Director of Audio-Visual Services at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Director of Network Operations for the Catholic Radio Network, and Assistant Director of Technologies & Network Operations for NPR.

During his free time, Will enjoys spending time with his wife and 12-year-old son. Will is also writing a book and starting a YouTube channel.

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