Missions

Andrew Barney

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. 

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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.

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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).

 

April Gratton

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.

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Josh Kerr

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.

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Jim and Jamie Loker

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. Annually since 2013, PCBC has sent a team from our congregation to accompany Jim and Jamie for a week in 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 reside in Holland, Michigan, where they serve as Latin America Directors of Audio Scripture Ministries.

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Melissa Rike

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. After serving with Cru in the campus ministry for 10 years in Macedonia, Chicago, and Slovenia, and then spending three years as a leadership development/human resource generalist in Cru’s technology department, Melissa made a major shift to a new role on the Global Digital Strategies team, based in Orlando. She writes, “In today's world, more people have smartphones than have toothbrushes. We are a digitally connected world, and the numbers of people along with the ways people engage online only continue to grow. That is why Cru is dedicated to reaching people with the Gospel and building into people spiritually through digital missions.” Melissa’s team is tasked with providing the spiritual and strategic leadership for digital missions all over the world in order to bring Gospel resources to where people are – online.  The team helps coach, empower, and encourage believers to reach their own countries with the Gospel through digital strategies, and Melissa is particularly focused on coaching more women and emerging leaders around the world to be a part of Cru’s digital initiatives.  Melissa writes, “God is doing incredible things in some of the hardest-to-reach places around the world through digital missions. Thank you for your partnership in reaching millions of people across the globe with the saving message of Jesus Christ!”

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Dan Schar

Dan Schar has been attending PCBC for 18 years, after marrying his wife Jill, a lifelong member herself. Dan and Jill have four kids: Jake, Emma, Andrew, and Nathan. As an avid bicyclist, Dan became involved withthe sports outreach ministry Christian Sports International (CSI) in 1993, three years after the ministry began. For seven years, Dan and his CSI cycling team traveled to bike races throughout the east, sharing the Gospel and ministering to other cyclists. Dan left CSI in 2000 and then returned to them in 2014. Dan is now on staff part time, working toward full time, and is in charge of community development.

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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.

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Chris Thompson

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.

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Craig & Shannon Russell

Craig serves as the Vice President of Transportation Services for JAARS, in Waxhaw, North Carolina. In this role, he is responsible for all three transportation departments – maritime, land and aviation. Craig travels extensively, including trips to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, and Brazil, just name a few of his destinations. As part of the JAARS leadership team, Craig helps set the vision and direction for JAARS.

Shannon spent most of her early life on the mission field in Brazil, and she made Peters Creek her home during her high school years. She currently is an assistant teacher in a special needs class at a local elementary school. This has allowed her to have an active ministry in the local community while still being connected to what JAARS is doing. She is also a valuable encourager to the younger wives coming through JAARS for orientation and training.

Craig and Shannon have four children:
Daniel (20) is a sophomore at UNCC. His major is focused on Nursing.  He is not sure what direction he will go but would like to stay in the health care field.
Emily (18) is a freshman at a local community college. Her major is Social Work with a desire to work with children that come from difficult and complicated home situations.
Madison (17) is a junior at the local high school. She would like to go into the medical field or teaching.
Abigail (11) is in middle school, 6th grade. Middle school is a challenge that Abby is meeting with God’s love and care each day.  

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