Rev. Doug Brandt’s passion is the study and exposition of Scripture. His second passion is seeing Ephesians 4: 11-12 take shape in daily life: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” (NLT)
Pastor Doug holds degrees from James Madison University, Fuller Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Some of his favorite theologians are Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Owen.
His vision for ministry is to pastor a large congregation living a vital Reformed faith. Doug is originally from Virginia. He has pastored churches in New York, Virginia, California and now Pennsylvania. He is married and has three sons.
Dr. Beeko, or Eric, as he likes to be called, is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and is an organist and pianist, with extensive church experience. Eric originally comes from Ghana, but is now a U.S. citizen, and he has lived in the United States for 17 years. He is married and has two children.
Marion is excited to join Peters Creek EPC as the Youth Director. Youth Ministry has been a passion for Marion since she became a certified camp counselor through the United Methodist camping program. Marion graduated from South Park High School and moved to Milwaukee, WI to attend Marquette University. Marion received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette. Upon graduation, she moved to Appleton, WI to work for Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a product developer. It was during this time that Marion was able to fulfill her desire and calling to youth ministry. She was youth director at Emmanuel United Methodist church for 7 years prior to moving back to Pennsylvania.
On a personal note, Marion is married to Gabe and they have 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. Marion’s children keep her busy with their activities. However in her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music or attending theater performances. Marion’s favorite musicians/bands are Dave Matthews Band, Skillet, Plumb, Remedy Drive and Tenth Avenue North. Marion’s life verse is from Isaiah 40:28-31, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV)
Director of Children's Ministry
Katharina Brandt was born in Germany to Lutheran parents. She went to college, however, in Georgia and South Carolina, and then met her husband in grad school in Richmond, Virginia, while studying for the ministry. Katie and her husband Doug now have three sons, the youngest of whom is a student at Peters Township High School.
Katie loves working with children, as she’s been doing throughout her adult years. She also loves to create systems and programs that help getting things done efficiently, and to everyone’s benefit. Most of all, however, she loves working to glorify Jesus our Savior, and to spread the knowledge about His amazing grace.
Katie’s favorite authors are C.S. Lewis (for non-fiction) and Randy Alcorn (for fiction). Her favorite Scripture verse comes from II Corinthians:
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (II Cor. 4:18)
Director of Accounting
Maura joined our staff as Director of Accounting in December of 2014. She oversees payroll, member donations, budgeting, bill paying, tax reporting and works closely with staff and church officers to provide the financial information they need to make decisions. Maura previously worked as an accountant for RJR Nabisco and PNC Bank, and taught middle school math. She has a degree in accounting from the University of Texas and a degree in elementary eduction from the University of Akron. Maura and her family moved from Hudson, Ohio to Peters Township in 2004, where they quickly became regular visitors and then members of Peters Creek Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She enjoys using her gifts of organization and love of numbers to help track and make sense of church finances.
Maura grew up in suburban New York, moved to Texas and then Virginia where she met Brian, a native Pittsburgher, to whom she has been married for 26 years. Maura and Brian lived in New Jersey and Ohio before relocating to Pittsburgh. They have two children--Riley, a senior at Peters Township High School, and Mac, a seventh grader at Peters Township Middle School. When Maura is not working at home or at her job (remove tutoring math students), she loves to spend time with her family and dogs, play paddle tennis and read. She is actively involved in two book clubs. Maura also loves to cook and can often be found entertaining friends and family at her home in Venetia.
Administration & Communications
Jennifer grew up as a Pastor's kid (pk) and has worked in churches for 15 years. She especially enjoys desktop publishing and helping others. She grew up in Northern Pennsylvania and now lives in Peters Township with her husband, Jeff Such, and has three children, Makenzie, Hunter and Brandt.
Stephanie Anderson works as a nurse at ManorCare Health Services in Peters Township. She has a one year old son, Isaiah, and she loves children.
Ethan Campion is a senior at Peters Township High School. He enjoys Frisbee, volleyball, and watching Pittsburgh sports. He has been a helper at several camps for children and is thrilled to have this new opportunity to work with children.
Maercy Campion is a sophomore at Peters Township High School. She likes cooking, art, Frisbee, and movies. She has worked with children at Bible Schools, theater camp, and soccer. She is excited to start working in our church nursery.
Haley is seventeen years old, and a senior at Peters Township High School. She loves singing, piano, and playing with her younger siblings, Leo and Frankie. Haley has been an active babysitter in the community for over 5 years. She loves children, and is so excited to be working in the nursery!