Collene grew up in Rochester, NY. While at Houghton College, she felt the call to career ministry. She was ordained with the Free Methodist Church in 2000, the same year she came to Monacrest. During her 16 years at Monacrest, she has served as youth, small group and associate pastor. On June 4, 2017, Collene became the lead pastor of Monacrest. Collene and her husband, Dirk, have two children at Central Valley.
Emilee just returned to us after spending a year in Cuba! While she was in Cuba she served as an associate pastor to the Methodist bishop preaching, participating in worship, leading women's bible studies and working with teens. Emilee is working toward ordination in the Free Methodist Church. We are so excited to have Emilee join our staff!
Dan attended Roberts Wesleyan College and Asbury Seminary. He has served as senior pastor in East Michigan, Southern Michigan, New York and PA. Pastor Dan works as a blended case manager with Beaver County Behavioral health. He will be serving Monacrest by providing counseling services and preaching for the Sunday evening service. Dan is a fan of the hated Cleveland Browns, but we love him anyway. He and his wife have three grown children.
Jakob attended and graduated from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. He earned a degree in Sociology and currently works in the Social Services field. Jakob lived in Latrobe after graduating from college but currently resides where he grew up in New Brighton. He has been playing guitar since he was a teenager and his favorite Christian music artist is Rich Mullins.
Raeanne grew up at Monacrest. She then attended Roberts Wesleyan College and Franciscan University. She has worked as an associate pastor in the Pittsburgh Conference as well as a social worker and family therapist at various agencies in the county. She is currently a stay at home mom to her sons Elijah and Jeremy. Raeanne is the daughter, sister, cousin and aunt of addicts She has a passion for helping people partner with Jesus in their recovery from all sorts of addictions. She has a great team of people who feel the same way.
Dave and Karen are long time members of the Monacrest Church. Dave, Karen and their wonderful staff of volunteers run God's Choice church every Monday night. The special needs community gather for a homecooked meal, worship, preaching, crafts and prizes. Dave and Karen are enjoying retirement and spending time with their grandchildren.
Mike and Chelsea are lifelong Rochester, PA residents and graduates of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. Mike has served at Monacrest on the Leadership Team, Finances Team, and VBS planning committee. Chelsea has served at Monacrest on the Delegates Team and VBS planning committee. They have traveled to Cuba with Monacrest on one of the Cuba mission trips. Mike works as an Applications Engineer and Chelsea is an Administrative Assistant. They have three young children and enjoy spending time together as a family.
Becky grew up in NY until high school when she moved to PA. She is a West Allegheny graduate and holds a Christian Education degree from Lancaster Bible College. She works as a program specialist at the Verland Foundation. Becky loves to work with the children of the church and is also on the worship team. Becky has two children at Central Valley.