Spreading God's Word

SINCE 1998

History

Early in January 1998, seven families gathered with the dream of starting a new church. Over the next seven weeks, the crowd grew as the fledgling church met in the banquet facilities of the Sheraton North in Warrendale and the Chadwick in Wexford. In March of 1998, New Community Church began holding services at Marshall Middle School; and almost seven years later, on December 12, 2004, we moved into our own facility on a 26-acre plot of land at the corner of Route 910 and Pearce Mill Road in Pine Township.


Today, we have two services (9 and 11 a.m.) each Sunday. Over 500 people gather on the weekends to grow in their relationship with God. After the service, people stay to connect over coffee at the Community Cafe. Children are growing spiritually in Kids’ Kingdom, and teens are finding direction in the turbulent years of middle and high school in Student Ministries. Our future continues to fill us with excitement and hope as God uses New Community Church to touch and change lives.


Join us on the adventure of knowing God more and finding a community of people with whom to do life's journey!


Our Statement of Faith

GOD
We believe that there is one God and only one God. God exists eternally in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The three persons of the trinity each equally possess all the attributes of God. In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting His power, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
(Deut. 6:4; Mt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 8:6; Jn. 1:18; Acts 5:3,4; Gen. 1:1; Eph. 1:11)


THE BIBLE
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, which is composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe the Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen people who wrote under the inspiration of God. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, style and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are without error in the original manuscripts. We believe the Bible to be the unique, full and final authority in any matter related to God, His work in the world, and how people are to know Him and live.
(2 Tim. 3:16)


SALVATION
The central message of the Bible is that God desires that people come into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have that fellowship with God, humanity defied God, choosing to go their own independent way, and thus became guilty before God and corrupted in their nature. This has rendered people unable to please God. The fall of humanity occurred at the beginning of human history; and all individuals since have suffered the consequences of the fall and are in need of God’s saving grace. The salvation of people is, then, wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and that salvation must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person He gives assurance in His Word that He will carry that saving work to completion.
(Gen. 3; Rom. 8:6-8; Eph. 2:1-3; Eph. 2:8, 9; Phil. 1:6)


JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the eternally begotten Son of God. He is the second person of the trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for people’s sins by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. The death of Jesus clears us from the guilt we bear. The perfect life of Jesus is offered to God in place of the imperfect life we would offer. Jesus rose from the dead in a glorified body. He then ascended into heaven where He sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and people, continually makes intercession for His own. He will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history.
(Jn. 1:14; Mt. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:34; 1 Jn. 2:2; Acts 1:12; 1 Tim 2:5; Acts 15:20)


THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
As believers submit to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, they make progress toward a life of holiness and obedience to God’s standards of behavior. The Holy Spirit was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply Christ’s work of salvation to people. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them, giving them the desire to repent and believe. At the point of salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for building up of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Bible. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of God.
(2 Th. 2:13; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Cor. 2:14; Gal. 5:22)


HUMAN DESTINY
At death, the destiny of each person is sealed. For all humanity, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Those who have not come to trust in Christ will be separated from God into eternal condemnation. God’s judgment will reveal His justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution due to their own rejection of God. Those who have come to trust in Christ alone for salvation will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
(Mt. 25:31-46; Rev. 20:15; Mt. 16:27; Rev. 22:12)


THE CHURCH
When a person becomes a follower of Christ they become part of the body of Christ, the Church. There is one true church universal, which is comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Believers are instructed by Scripture to gather together for the purpose of worship, prayer, and teaching of the Bible and observance of the two ordinances established by Jesus Christ: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church follows its biblical mandate when it teaches the truth of the Bible, properly observes the ordinances and administers church discipline to erring members.
(Eph. 5:27; Acts 2:42; Mt. 28:19; Lk. 22:19)


MARRIAGE
God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and these two, distinct, complimentary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, NCC will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman.*
(Gen. 2:24)

*Subsequently, the pastors and staff of NCC shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. The facilities and property of NCC shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.

SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
All human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
(Ps. 139)

Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at New Community Church is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for the people in the church and community. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and e-mail them or call our church office at (724) 935-0909 to speak with them.

  • Mark Bolton  - Senior Pastor       

    Mark Bolton is one of the founding pastors of New Community Church. One of his early careers was teaching at a school for learning-disabled children after which he began to consider a career in church ministry. In 1985 he graduated with a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Mark's first position in church leadership was in student and sports ministry in Clarion, PA. Subsequent to that, he started a church in New Jersey then came back to Western Pennsylvania to join the leadership team at a local church in Wexford. Currently Mark is continuing his studies in a doctoral program at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, Florida. He is a sports enthusiast who competes in triathlons. Mark is married to Gina and has two daughters, Hannah and Christine.

  • Hollis Haff - Pastor of Discipleship      

    Prior to ministry in the local church, Hollis spent 18 years with Athletes in Action, an international sports ministry. He was chaplain to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, and one of the pioneers of pro sports ministry. He graduated with a BS in Education from West Virginia University in 1971 and obtained his Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry in 1986. Hollis and his wife Karen have three adult children - Holly, Matthew, and Heather - and 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Hollis loves reading, eating out, going to the beach, and playing with his grandchildren.

  • Adam Jackley - Young Adult Pastor      

    Adam joined the staff of New Community Church in 2010. Before his arrival, he spent four and a half years (2002-2006) in student ministry in Wexford, PA. Adam graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Public Health - Natural Sciences in 2002. In 2009, he completed his Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Adam and his wife, Katie, have a daughter, Selah, and sons, Judah and Micah. Adam loves reading, running with his family, and photography.

  • Greg Macaluso - Director of Music    

    Greg has been Music Director at NCC since 2003. After attending Carnegie Mellon University, Greg moved to Las Vegas where his music career flourished as a pianist, arranger, composer, performer, and faculty member at UNLV. He was the musical director for Wayne Newton from 1988-2003. Greg had the honor of directing six USO tours visiting Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Korea, and Bosnia to perform for our troops, and has played for Presidents Clinton and Bush. His wife Jamie (a concert violinist) and their sons, Joe and Lucas, are also blessed with one of God's greatest gifts - music! Check out Greg's website at www.gregmacaluso.com.

  • Elaine Heitzer - Worship Director     

    Elaine grew up in Saxonburg and has always loved living there. She has been involved in worship ministry for over 15 years and has a passion for pointing people to Christ. With a BS in Art Education and a love for painting, she enjoys helping to bring beauty to our worship spaces. Elaine joined NCC in 2009 and has been on staff since 2010. Elaine is one of our worship leaders and is married to Mike, who runs sound for our services. She has a son Chris and a future daughter-in-law Vanessa. She enjoys motorcycle riding with Mike, attending Christian music festivals and concerts, flower gardening, singing and laughing.

  • Matt Mason - Worship Leader        

    A California native, Matthew was called to Pittsburgh in 2009 as an urban missionary with Urban Impact Foundation. Though he was raised singing gospel music, both his musical training (at California Baptist University) and experience have provided him with a diverse musical background. Matthew has been blessed to work with Disney, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, American Opera Company, and more recently, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. He has had extensive experience singing for national contemporary Christian gospel recording artists including Steve Green, Norman Hutchins, and Zacardi Cortez, as well as being a singer/songwriter in his own right. His greatest fulfillment is in leading worship. Matt began leading worship at NCC in 2013. Matt married Zuli Jones on January 9, 2016. He loves traveling abroad but will always love the "Golden State" of California.

  • Marianne Ferrans - Director of Children's Ministries     

    Marianne has been attending NCC since 2005 and has served on staff in Children's Ministries since 2007. She graduated from Newbury College with a BS in Accounting and worked in the field for many years. In 2002 she and her husband started a Sundayschool ministry that God has used in many states and countries over the years. Marianne has a passion for children and leading them to love Jesus. She is married to Ken, and they have two sons, TJ and Joey. Marianne enjoys being outdoors, coaching, reading, cooking, and boating.

  • Lisa Jackson - Children's Ministry Administrative Assistant         

    Lisa has attended New Community Church since 2007 and joined the staff in 2013. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with BAs in English and English Education and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she worked as an editor at a publishing company until she met her husband, J., (lead singer and lyricist of ApologetiX) and they have five kids: Janna, Heather, Kelly, Natalie, and TJ. She enjoys reading and writing but not arithmetic. She also likes Pittsburgh sports, UK basketball, music, movies, and brownie sundaes.

  • Joel Friend - Director of Student Ministries      

    Joel has served at NCC since October of 2008. He has worked primarily with Student Ministries, particularly middle school. He attended Geneva College where he studied Youth Ministry and Sociology. Joel graduated from Geneva in 2008. Prior to fully committing to NCC's Student Ministries in the summer of 2010, Joel worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support for UPMC, working with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Joel has a deep affection for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he loves to read or listen to anything by Timothy Keller. He and his wife, Amber, reside in Cranberry Township with their children, Noah and Avelyn.

  • Natalie Glover - Associate Director of Student Ministries       

    Natalie Glover came on staff in 2017. Prior to that, she spent the previous five years involved in student ministry in Western PA, particularly discipling middle and high school girls. Some of her fondest memories are from ministry. Natalie graduated from Geneva College with a B.S. in Integrated Human Services with a Psychology minor in 2017. Natalie recently married JB Glover on June 24, 2017. They live in the small town of Beaver Falls. She has a heart for evangelism, learning, laughing, singing, and loves to meet new people over a cup of French Roast coffee.

  • Vicki Carlson - Director of Connection        

    Vicki joined the staff in the fall of 2008, and she enjoys helping people connect at NCC. She accomplishes her role to help people get connected through Newcomers' Lunches, Covenant Membership functions, small groups, and various serving ministries. Vicki is married to Kurt and they have four children: Caroline, Katie, Kyra, and Kai. Her passions include music, photography, and video production which enables her to create meaningful media pieces. 

  • Tami Cavey - Director of Communications/Office Manager       

    Tami and her family have been attending NCC since 2009. In 2014, she joined the staff and now manages the church website and all marketing and communications. Additionally, she oversees the day-to-day running of the office and support staff, and coordinates special events such as the Pig Roast, baptisms, child dedications, weddings, memorial services, and other community events. Tami is married to Bill and has one daughter, Ashley, who attends Geneva College. They are members of a small group and serve as ushers on Communion Sundays. Previously, Tami served as a leader in Kids' Kingdom and KidZone, and she currently serves on the Women's Ministry team. Tami enjoys traveling, eating out, going to the movies, and reading.

  • Frank & Gitti Hajduk - Business Managers  

    As one of the founding families of New Community, Frank and Gitti have been involved in various ministries since the church's beginning. They are both presently serving on the Elder Board. Frank has obtained his MBA, CPA and is employed by PNC Bank as Senior Vice President of Risk Management. He uses his accounting skills in the role of CFO for the church. Gitti is onsite to perform the daily tasks of receiving the offering, accounts payable, and all other related business functions. They have three children: Mandy, Eric, and Alex.

  • Andrea Werth - Administrative Assistant      

    Andrea recently joined the NCC staff in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Slippery Rock University. Prior to joining the church staff, she gained experience as an Executive Assistant at a law firm in Colorado. She and her husband Justin reside in Hampton Township with their two daughters, Finley and Devyn. Andrea enjoys music, Pittsburgh sports, exercising, and dance parties with her family.

  • Ernie Kuhs - Facilities Manager      

    Ernie started attending NCC in 2012 and was married at NCC in 2013 by Mark Bolton. Ernie attended Rosedale Technical Institute and was self-employed as a general contractor for 14 years before he started working at NCC. Ernie is a jack-of-all-trades and brings his training and skills to improving the church's facility and keeping the church a welcoming place to our members. Combined, Ernie and his wife, Carrie, have five children: Emily, Grace, Ernie, Ian, and Stephen. Ernie participated in the first Kingdom Assignment Project, and as a result became involved in the Appalachia mission trips with NCC and World Vision. He enjoys hunting, shooting, fishing, boating, hiking, and spending time with family.

Our Board of Elders

The scriptures clearly teach that the roles of Elders in a local assembly of believers involve both shepherding and governance and that primary emphasis is to be placed on the shepherding role. The first century church established the precedent for an Elder focus on shepherding while delegating the organizational needs of the community to others:

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.’”
- Acts 6:1-4

Having defined the mission, purposes and values of New Community Church, the current and future Board of Elders will focus on defining ends or results which are aligned with the mission, purposes and values and will delegate the determination of the means to those ends to the Senior Pastor.


Elder Manual

  • Erin Blechman

    The Family Task Force is a passion for Erin. This team of elders works with families and children to build stronger relationships both inside and outside the church. Erin is involved with Family Ministries as a Family Time host and storyteller. She has been an elder since 2007 and has been at NCC since the early years. Erin is also the Director of the Women's Choice Network in Wexford area.

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  • Gina Bolton

    Gina is the wife of Senior Pastor Mark Bolton, so she has been at NCC since its inception. She has willingly used her gifts in the areas of Children's Ministries and Women's Ministry. She considers her public school teaching position to be an opportunity to show Christ's love to her students and fellow staff members on a daily basis. Gina published her first book, Through Their Eyes: Bible stories told by the women who were there., on August 1, 2016. Click here for more about her book.

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  • Mark Bolton

    Mark is one of the founding pastors of NC, so he has been active since the beginning. He has officially served as an elder since 1998.  As an elder and as a pastor, Mark spends much of his time teaching, leading, and pastoring. Specifically, he is involved on the Stewardship Team on the Elder Board.

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  • Fred Deuschle

    Fred has served as an elder at NCC since 2007. Volunteering on the technical team and set-up crew provided a starting point for continued involvement including Children's Ministries, the drama program, and various building renovation projects. Currently Fred uses his gifts of innovative communication and craftsmanship as the Creative Director of Family Time. He and his wife Karen have been with NCC since 1998 and are actively involved in a dynamic small group.

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  • Ken Fraser

    Ken has varied experiences in Christian ministry including serving as chairman of Family Ministries, as a trustee at the Butler/Cranberry YMCA, a Bible study leader in various North Hills locations, and part of the construction committee of Penn Christian Academy. In addition to this busy schedule Ken has served at NCC as an elder since 2009. He also leads a small group.

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  • Bob Fuller

    Bob has been active at NCC since its inception. He is a founding elder. Presently he is a small group leader, a Cafe team coordinator, and a Travel Companion in the Covenant Membership program. Outside the walls of NCC, Bob provides counsel and service regarding car problems to various ministries, such as Family Guidance, Urban Impact, and Off the Floor Pittsburgh.

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  • Hollis Haff

    Hollis was the founding senior pastor of NCC. As an elder and as Pastor of Discipleship, Hollis spends much of his time teaching, discipling, and pastoring. Specifically, he is involved on the Mission Team, leads the Group Life program, and currently developing the Senior Ministry. Prior to his ministry with the local church, Hollis spent 18 years with Athletes in Action.

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  • Frank Hajduk

    Serving presently as Chief Financial Officer at NCC, Frank has had a heart for this ministry since the beginning in March of 1998. He has also been an elder since then and has had other responsibilities as a small group leader and a member of a Community Cafe team. He uses his gifts as a member of the Stewardship Committee on the Elder Board.

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  • Gitti Hajduk

    Gitti and her husband Frank, a founding family, serve as the Business Managers of NCC. She has been an elder since 1998 and has used her talents on the Stewardship Committee. In addition to those responsibilities, she is a small group leader and a team member at the Welcome Center.

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  • Rick Hunziker

    Rick has been an active member at NCC since 2003. Early volunteering for the usher team provided the pathway to a leadership role within the Guest Services Ministry. In addition, Rick is active in small group programs, Compassion Day, and various other programs when offered. Rick joined the Elder Board in 2015. He and his wife, Patty, live in Moon Township with their daughter, Rachel, and son, Jacob.

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  • Mark Kelly

    Mark has been at NC since its inception in 1998. He has served as an elder since 2008. He has been active in the past on the Set-up Team and as the Interim Executive Pastor. Within the Elder Board, Mark also served on the Stewardship Team, the Senior Pastor Wisdom Council, and the Organizational Excellence Team.

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  • Tim Kostilnik

    Tim has been at NCC since its beginning. He has served the church in Kids' Kingdom, High School and Middle School Ministries, College Small Group Leader, Adult Small Group Leader, and became an Elder in 2013. Tim and his wife, Dawn, have their own graphic design business and provide many of the graphics used at NCC. They reside in Ingomar and their daughter, Amy, is a missionary at Urban Impact on Pittsburgh's Northside.

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  • B.J. Miller

    B.J. adds a unique dimension to the board of Elders because he is very involved in teaching and coaching venues regarding Christian worldview and theology. He has been with NCC since very close to the beginning and has served as an elder since the fall of 2008. B.J. is also a small group leader and currently serves on the Stewardship Team.

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  • Gary Proie

    Gary's passion for ministry lies in service-based missions at a local and global level. Having been an active member of NCC since 2000, Gary has served in a variety of places in the church from Kids' Kingdom to the Missions Team, where he served as leader for seven years. He became an elder in 2015. He is a champion for Urban Impact Foundation, where he volunteers much of his time helping wherever he is needed and with the organization of the annual Man Up Pittsburgh Conference.

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  • Eric Templin

    Eric has been at NCC since the beginning and has served as an elder since 2010. Eric is the Chairman of the Overseeing Team of Elders and serves on the Stewardship Team. His present ministry involvement is as a Friendship Ambassador, a small group leader, Cafe and usher teams. Outside NCC, he is the Chair of the School Board in the Avonworth School District.

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  • Emily Willard

    Emily has attended NCC since 2004, along with her husband, John, and two sons: JR and James. Emily became an elder in 2016 and serves at the church as the Prayer Coordinator on the Women's Ministry Team along with the monthly Prayer Gatherings. She serves on the Usher Team and enjoys being a Travel Companion. She and her husband are part of a small group. Emily is the Preschool Director at Bakerstown Presbyterian Children's Center teaching children the love of Jesus!

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  • Bruce Wright

    Bruce brings a variety of expertise to the Elder Board, on which he has served since 2002. His gifts are exercised on that board in the areas of the arts, organization, and church discipline. He has served at NCC in the past as a greeter, an Assistant Guest Services Director, a Building Construction Coordinator, and an Interim Facility Manager. He has been with NCC since its inception.

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