Andrew started attending Peters Creek Baptist Church as a high school student when his family moved to the area in 2006. He began volunteering as a middle school leader in 2008 and was involved with the youth program until 2014. He began working as the South Fayette Campus Life Director for Youth For Christ in March of 2015. Andrew loves having the opportunity to share the Gospel with young people each and every day and feels very blessed to have the support of Peters Creek.
Steve & Kris Benham
Steve and Kris Benham have been members of PCBC since 2006, and they are actively involved in the music and missions ministries, as well as the Travelers Bible & Life Group. Steve currently serves as president of Music in World Cultures, a missions agency dedicated to providing biblical music, worship, and leadership training, with a focus on protecting local cultures and endangered people groups and their languages. A fundamental belief of MIWC is that all nations should be able to worship God in their own tongue. Steve’s primary responsibilities with MIWC include overseeing all of their worldwide ministries; training worship leaders, pastors, and missionaries; and actively working in music evangelism and teaching throughout Eastern Europe. Steve is also on the faculty of Duquesne University and serves as pastor of a small Slavic (Ukrainian- and Russian-language) immigrant church in Dormont.
Alina has been attending Peters Creek Baptist Church all her life and was baptized at a young age, which solidified the foundations of her faith. Through that upbringing, she became connected with Peters Township Campus Life, which discipled her to witness to her peers and challenged her to grow in her faith. Then after going to Messiah College for Graphic Design, Alina felt the call back to her hometown to do ministry with the same discipleship focus.
Kris & B.J. Diggins
Having spent most of her early life growing up in the mission field in Brazil, Kris made Peters Creek Baptist her home church during her high school years. Peters Creek began supporting the Diggins in 1997 just prior to their departure to Brazil, where they served for eight years. Kris started a local clinic to meet the medical needs of the community, while B.J. provided air support as a missionary pilot to many indigenous communities in support of Bible Translation. In 2006, B.J. was asked to join the Aviation Training Staff at JAARS in Waxhaw, North Carolina, to provide flight training for new pilots heading overseas. Kris & B.J. have two teenage boys, Nate (18) and Levi (16).
Dan is a South Park native who graduated from South Park High School in 1999. He first became involved with Campus Life his junior year of high school, and he devoted his life to Christ at a fall weekend retreat a few months later. Dan grew up in a stable family but was not raised with any Christian background, so Campus Life was an instrumental part of his journey to finding Christ. After high school, Dan graduated from California University of PA, where he met his wife, Allison. While attending California University, both Dan and Allison were actively involved in the leadership of the campus ministry group, Stand. Upon returning to the South Hills in 2006, Dan and Allison began attending Peters Creek Baptist, where they became members a few years later. Excited about pointing students towards Jesus through building personal relationships, they began a new chapter of their lives during the fall of 2009 as Dan took on the role of ministry director in South Park. Dan and Allison currently reside in South Park with their three children, Aaron, Nathan, and Lydia. Dan currently oversees the Campus Life ministries in both the South Park and West Jefferson Hills school districts.
After accepting Christ in college, April was baptized a few years later at Peters Creek Baptist Church, the church she now calls home. In August 2015, April began working for Youth for Christ as the director of two ministries: The Cellar and Axis. The Cellar is an after-school, outreach ministry for students who attend school in downtown Pittsburgh. Axis is an outreach ministry to young adults who have graduated high school but have chosen to commute to school or join the workforce. Through Peters Creek's partnership with these two ministries, we are able to reach the lost for Jesus and invite them to live a new life in Him.
Josh first began attending Peters Creek when he was 11 years old, and his family still goes there today. The biblical lessons and principles Josh learned while growing up at PCBC significantly impacted him and his understanding of the Gospel, which later greatly influenced his decision to go into full-time ministry with Cru. Currently, Josh works in the Faculty Commons ministry of Cru at Penn State University, which is the branch that ministers primarily to graduate students and professors. As part of this ministry, Josh focuses on evangelism and discipleship, and he also assists and leads weekly large group meetings and Bible studies. The desire of the Faculty Commons ministry is to help every graduate student and professor connect deeply with the Gospel and then equip them to demonstrate the love of Christ in every area of their lives. Josh and his team believe that if you change the university for Christ, you can change the world.
Jim and Jamie Locker
Jim first became acquainted with Peters Creek when he was working with Bob Rike in the early 80's, and, now, PCBC has been supporting the Lokers’ ministry for over 20 years. Jim and Jamie fondly remember Vacation Bible School during furlough in 2003, when the children of Peters Creek filled an aquarium with enough coins to sponsor the dubbing of a Jesus Film in an indigenous language. More recently, PCBC sent the first of hopefully many teams to Oaxaca to personally distribute audio Bibles to people in remote villages. The focus of the Lokers’ ministry is to provide audio scriptures for the non-literate people groups of Oaxaca, Mexico, and beyond. Currently, the Lokers are relocating to Holland, Michigan, where Jim will serve as the executive director of Audio Scripture Ministries.
Born and raised in Peters Township, Melissa spent the first 25 years of her life serving and worshiping at PCBC and learning about God's heart for the world. She now serves on staff with Cru (Vsak Študent), working with university students in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In a country with only about 1,000 believers, Melissa and her tem desire to reach students with the Gospel, disciple them, and help send them as laborers for Christ into the workplace or the mission field. It can be slow work, but many seeds are being planted, and God continues to do amazing things in Slovenia. Born and raised in Peters Township, Melissa spent the first 25 years of her life serving and worshiping at PCBC and learning about God's heart for the world. She now serves on staff with Cru (Vsak Študent), working with university students in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In a country with only about 1,000 believers, Melissa and her tem desire to reach students with the Gospel, disciple them, and help send them as laborers for Christ into the workplace or the mission field. It can be slow work, but many seeds are being planted, and God continues to do amazing things in Slovenia.
Jeff and Lisa Sickler
Peters Creek has a long history with Philippi, West Virginia. Long before Jeff and Lisa moved to Philippi, Pastor Dave Barr was bringing his senior high students to serve the Lord in the communities at Philippi. While working as tentmakers (farmers) in ministry, Jeff and Lisa oversee the Chestnut Ridge Community Center and facilitate mission trips through Appalachian Community CARE.
Chris’ connection to Peters Creek started as a friendship in 1992 with fellow youth missionary Pastor Dave Barr, as they worked together to serve and minister to the local youth in the South Hills. This connection solidified in 1998 when Chris’ wife Lisa was called by PCBC to serve as the children's pastor, and the Thompsons started attending PCBC as a family. When Chris and Lisa were expecting their fourth child in 2003, Lisa stepped down from her position, but the Thompsons remained involved in the life of the church as parents who have been grateful for the love the PCBC family has extended to their five kids. The Thompsons are also actively involved in the church through the education and music ministries. As the executive director and Bethel Park ministry director at Youth for Christ, Chris cherishes the opportunity to partner with PCBC in sharing Jesus with teenagers and encouraging and teaching them how to follow Him every day of their lives.
Christine White works with The Navigators in Atlanta, GA. She spends half of her time providing administrative support to the team of over 50 staff in Atlanta and half of her time investing in students at Georgia State University. Christine has a desire to share her life with students on campus and help them learn how they can invest their lives in discipling others. During Christine's elementary, middle, and high school years, PCBC and its members were instrumental in bringing her to faith in Christ. Christine met her husband, Daniel, at Georgia Tech, where God grew her faith through campus ministries, church Bible studies, experiences with depression, and deep friendships. Today, Christine still struggles with depression but loves seeing how God uses this "thorn" in her life to help her relate to others experiencing similar situations.
Craig & Shannon Russell