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OUR TEAM

RICK SMITH

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Lead Pastor

Pastor Rick is an ordained bishop in the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee. He has studied both at East Coast Bible College and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and has served as pastor and various other ministerial positions for more than 25 years. Pastor Rick and Rhonda reside in Windber, and have five adult children and five beautiful grandchildren.

Josh Thomas

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Campus Pastor - New Hope Campus

Pastor Josh is a licensed minister in the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee. He has done biblical studies at Hesston College in Hesston Kansas. Josh has served as Youth pastor, Creative Pastor and other ministerial positions in different denominational and cultural churches for more than 8 years. Pastor Josh is married to his wife Ambra who serves beside him in ministry. Ambra is an anointed and dynamic worship leader and currently helps run a local non profit thrift store. They reside in Richland.

JOSIAH SMITH

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Missional Living Pastor 

Josiah is a third generation pastor whose passion in life is to know Jesus and to make Him known. Pastor Josiah is an ordained minister in the Church of God. He is also a graduate of Central Bible College, he has a passion for building up the Church across denominational lines, seeing new churches planted, and teaching the Bible in a practical and understandable way. 

JAKE & AMBER POLCA

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Youth Pastors

Pastor Jake and Pastor Amber have been working with our youth since 2014. In 2017 they excitedly took on the position as our  Directors of Youth Ministry! They are both credentialed through the Church of God. They have a passion to help students discover the new life, purpose, and joy that is in a personal relationship with Jesus! Jake and Amber reside in Windber, PA.

CRYSTAL ROWLES

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LifeKidz Director & Church Secretary 

Crystal has served as Life Church secretary and LifeKidz Director for over 10 years. She is married to Gary Rowles, director of New Day Student Ministries in Windber. Gary and Crystal have two adult children, and one beautiful granddaughter.

Jocelyn Hartman

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Connections Coordinator

Jocelyn has been a member at Life Church for over 5 years. She recently has started as our new Connections Coordinator! Jocelyn has a passion for people and that is shown on a regular basis. If you see Jocelyn on a Sunday morning she always has a smile on her face! She is a strong marketing professional with a Bachelor's degree focused in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.