Pastoral Staff

  • Ben kendrew | senior Pastor

    Originally from Beaver Falls, PA, Pastor Ben graduated from Geneva College in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and student ministries. He 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. He served one year as the Associate Pastor at HCC in 2012. On August 28, 2013, Pastor Ben was voted in as the eighth senior pastor of Hillsidie Christian Community. He is married to his wife Melanie and they have two incredible kids. 

    Email: | Phone: 412-279-2996 x104

  • Frank McGary | Worship Pastor

    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.

    Email: | Phone: 412-279-2996 x107

  • Sean kelly | Youth and children's pastor

    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, daughter, and dog Bailey.

    Email: | Phone: 412-279-2996 x100

  • Jerry Rowland | Asscociate Youth Pastor

    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 two kids currently live on the east side of Pittsburgh. 

    Email: | Phone: 412-279-2996 x106

  • Lisa Kaminski | ASSCOCIATE CHILDREN'S ministry DIRECTOR

    Lisa was born and raised in Pittsburgh and is currently a resident of the South Hills area.  She received her bachelor's degree from Kaplan University and has always been called to work with small children.  She has enjoyed being involved with Hillside's nursery since her family joined the church in 2009.  Lisa and her husband, Pete, have 3 boys who are very involved in sports.

    Email: | Phone: 412-279-2996 x105

Support Staff

  • Shelley Buchanan | Business administrator

    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.

    Email: | 412-279-2996 x103

  • Lynda Harris | Housekeeping

    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.