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Originally from Beaver Falls, Pastor Ben graduated from Geneva College in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and student ministries. Ben is a 2003 graduate of Trinity School for Ministry where he earned his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. In 2016 Pastor Ben earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry. Prior to joining the staff at Hillside Christian Community in 2012 as the Associate Pastor, Pastor Ben served as a youth pastor at various churches in and around the Pittsburgh area from 1995 - 2012. On August 28, 2013, Pastor Ben was voted in as the eighth senior pastor of Hillsidie Christian Community. He married his wife, Melanie, in 2000, and they now reside in Scott Township with their two incredible kids.


Pastor Frank grew up in Washington, PA, and has been a resident of Pittsburgh’s North Side for the past 19 years. Frank has been actively involved in Music Ministry since he was 16 years old, and has served as Worship Pastor in various churches since 1998. In 1995, Frank received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from California University of Pennsylvania, and is close to completing a Master of Divinity degree from Rockbridge Theological Seminary. Frank and his wife Becky have been married for 28 years and have 3 children.


Sean Kelly, Family Pastor of Childern and Youth

PASTORAL STAFF | sean@hccchurch.com | 412-279-2996, ext. 100

Origninally from Penn Hills, Pastor Sean graduated from Geneva College in 2004, where he majored in student ministries. After college, Sean worked at Northmont UPC as their youth pastor for six years before joining HCC in 2011. Sean has a love and passion for sharing God’s word with young people. He is dedicated to outreach in the community and to the spiritual growth of the young people who are involved in his youth group. As youth director, he holds weekly meetings, small group meetings, retreats, summer camp, and special events for students to grow in their faith in Christ. Sean resides in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with is wife, Melissa, their awesome son and dog Bailey.


Jerry Rowland, Associate Youth Pastor

PASTORAL STAFF | jerry@hccchurch.com | 412-279-2996, ext. 106

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jerry has always been called to working with students including work with youth networks and churches in the Pittsburgh area. Jerry majored in Youth Ministry and Religious Studies at Geneva College and Liberty University. After 5 years as a church youth director in Penn Hills Jerry came on board at Hillside to support the youth ministry. He, his wife Rachel, and their two kids currently live on the east side of Pittsburgh.


Shelley Buchanan, Business Administrator

SUPPORT STAFF | shelley@hccchurch.com | 412-279-2996, ext. 103

Shelley has been working at Hillside since April of 1995. She and her husband Jeff live in Burgettstown and have been involved in music ministry for over 40 years. They are the proud parents of two children and three adorable grandchildren.


Lynda Harris, House Keeping

SUPPORT STAFF | 412-279-2996, ext. 106

Lynda joined the staff at Hillside Christian Community as the church house keeper in September of 2015. She is originally from Erie, PA. Lynda and her husband Dave currently reside in Collier, Twp. with their two wonderful sons and various pets. Lynda is a die-hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan.


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