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 has also served as 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 NCC, 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 NCC 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 served as 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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