Church Leadership

Our purpose, mission, and vision determine our ministry.  St. Paul’s Church Council combines the leaders from our various ministries.

Our Purpose: To make disciples of Jesus Christ

Our Mission: St. Paul’s is a welcoming broad-based community of faith, centered in Jesus Christ, engaging the spiritual gifts of our people, and sharing the grace of God with all persons.

Our Vision: We will be an inclusive, diverse church loving others according to the teachings of Jesus and working for justice and peace in our world.

Church Council 2020

Council Chair Amanda Greenland
Council Vice Chair Drew Miller
Secretary TBA
Supportive Ministries:
Trustees Dick Rishel
Finance Bill Matthews
Staff Parish Relations Brian Colonna
Ministries:
Children’s Ministry Council Jennifer O’Toole
Weekday Children’s Ministries Amanda Dabbs
Youth Representatives Noah Lewis, Luke Gunnett
Adult Ministry Council Tom Greway
Stewardship Janeen Atkins
Worship Teresa Shepard
Technology Robb Montgomery
Working for Justice Michael DiMonte
Annual Conference Delegates Brian Colonna, SPRC
Lay Leader Bjorn Dakin
UM Women Patty Cooknick
Lead Pastor Jeff Sterling
Associate Pastors Karen Slusser and Chad Bogdewic
At Large Members Jeff Hathhorn, Michelle Reiss, Jim Bird, Bill Dennis, Becky Sienko, Hal English, Wayne Speir, Lucas Patterson, David Michael

Leadership Team

Jeff Sterling
Lead Pastor
Karen Slusser
Pastor
Chad Bogdewic
Pastor
Ron Hoellein
Pastor Emeritus
Tom Taylor
Director of Worship and Music Ministries
Tami Weisner
Director of Youth Ministries
Erin Soza
Director of Children’s Ministries
Carla Porterfield
Office Coordinator

 

The Rev. Amy Wagner has been appointed by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi as the next Lead Pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church as of July 1, 2021, succeeding Dr. Jeffrey Sterling, who has serve as Lead Pastor since July 1 of 2014.

Rev. Wagner is a PK (pastors’ kid) from Western Pennsylvania, who in God’s good humor ended up becoming a pastor herself. She holds a Master’s Degree in Christian Ethics from Loyola University Chicago, an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Grove City College. She most recently served as the Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization for the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, leading WPAUMC’s innovative ministry and church planting initiatives along with supporting and resourcing congregations during transition and renewal. Amy has also served under appointment as a local church pastor and on the staff of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before ordination, she was a chaplain at Interfaith House, a respite facility for ill and injured homeless adults on Chicago’s west side, and a house parent at All God’s Children, a residential home for pregnant and parenting teenage girls in Lexington, KY. She was also employed in public relations prior to her seminary training.

Amy’s gifts for ministry include leadership, preaching and administration. She describes herself as a strategic, contemplative, hopeful bridge-builder. She loves long walks in the woods, tulips in the springtime, strawberries and dark chocolate anytime (even better if they are together!), and curling up with a cup of hot tea and a good book on a quiet evening. She is a writer and a thinker, and was a contributor to the ASK: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age curriculum. Amy has also served on several Conference and community boards, including as co-chair of the WPAUMC Board of Ordained Ministry.

Amy is married to Rob, a corporate litigator and patent attorney, who enjoys computers (we’re an Apple household!), tinkering in the garden, and Penn State football. They have two “tween” children: Joe who is about to turn 13 and loves horses, massive Lego builds and anything math or science; and Grace, age 11, who enjoys all things outdoors (especially creepy-crawlies that make her mother cringe), is an avid history buff, and learns aerial silks and trapeze at the Pittsburgh Circus School! The Wagners live in Cranberry Township with their wanna-be-guard-dog, Rosie, the miniature schnoodle (schnauzer-poodle).

Of Rev. Wagner, Pastor Jeff Sterling said: “I have known Amy for a long time, and served as co-chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry with her for four years. She is the real deal—a ‘superstar’–and one of the brightest minds and young leaders in the entire United Methodist Church. In Amy, St. Paul’s is getting an extraordinary leader and visionary. The ministry ‘toolbox’ she brings is amazing! With this appointment, the Bishop and the Cabinet are making an incredible investment in the future of St. Paul’s.”

Rev. Wagner officially begins her tenure at St. Paul’s on July 1. Pastor Sterling’s final Sunday will be June 13, as he is taking his final two weeks of vacation, following. While final ministerial appointments—which are made annually by our Bishop—aren’t formally “fixed” until the June Annual Conference, it is expected that Pastor Karen Slusser will be re-appointed to St. Paul’s for the coming year. Pastor Chad Bogdewic, who was assigned to St. Paul’s for a one-year term, is awaiting his next appointment. Please keep him, as well as Pastor Amy’s transition, in prayer.