LEADERSHIP & STAFF
Pastor Rick Smith
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 30 years. Pastor Rick and Rhonda reside in Windber, and have five adult children and Seven beautiful grandchildren.
Pastor Josh & Ambra Thomas
Pastor Josh is an ordained 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 several different denominational and cultural churches for more than a decade. Pastor Josh is married to his wife Ambra who serves besides him in ministry. Ambra is an anointed and dynamic worship leader and currently helps manage Compassion House. They reside in Richland with there pup Sage.
Pastor Jake & Amber Polca
Pastor Jake and Pastor Amber have been working with our youth since 2014. They are both licensed ministers in the Church of God, Cleveland Tennessee. 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 also both love to run and both coach cross country. They reside in Windber, PA.
Director of Worship
Jonathan graduated from Lee University with a B.M. in Music and Worship. He is currently a staff songwriter for Daywind Music Publishing in Nashville, TN, where he has had the opportunity to write with some of the most prolific writers in the Christian music industry. Jonathan has been leading worship in many different facets for years and has served as a worship leader at North Cleveland Church of God. He was raised in a musical family, and started singing in church as a child, crafting songs at age 5, and playing classical piano at age 7. Jonathan resides in Johnstown.
LifeKidz Director &
Crystal has served as the secretary for Life Church and the Life Kidz Director for over 10 years. She has a passion to see children grow in Chris at a young age! Crystal is married to Gary Rowles, director of New Day Student Ministries in Windber. Gary and Crystal both love getting to go out and find those good deals when shopping! They have two adult children, and two beautiful granddaughters. They reside in Windber.
Sarah & Kevin Masciantonio
New Hope Campus
Sarah and Kevin have been members at Life Church for over 3 years. Sarah & Kevin have passion for people and reaching them right where they are! They have a hunger and desire to reach the Moxham community in Johnstown! Sarah and Kevin have served and led in different ministries from woman's, men's outreach and single mom's ministries. They have 7 kids from ages 2-15. They share a love for all things pizza. Sarah & Kevin reside in Johnstown.