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 have three sons.
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)
Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper
Cyndi joined our staff as Administrative Assistaint and Bookkeeper in July of 2018. She provides administrative and secretarial support to the Church staff, Church wide communications and bookkeping. Cyndi owned her own printing business for 32 years and recently worked for a financial firm before taking the Church position.
Cyndi grew up in Peters Township and was confirmed at Peters Creek Church in the 8th grade and has been a member of our Church since then. She and her husband Chuck live in nearby Lawrence and have 2 grown children and 6 grandchilden. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her family.
Ethan Campion is a freshman at CCAC. He enjoys Frisbee, volleyball, and watching Pittsburgh sports. He has been a helper at several camps for children and is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the church's children.
Maercy Campion is a junior 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 be working in our church nursery.
Victoria (Tori) Maentz
Victoria, who likes to be called Tori, is attending Canon Macmillan High School as a freshman. She loves to sing, hang out with friends and cheer. Victoria has been a babysitter since she was in 6th grade. She loves kids and has three younger siblings, Ellie, Rhys, and Ian.
Alli is a junior at Upper St. Clair High School. She recently moved to USC from the Memphis, TN area. She enjoys hanging out with friends and being involved in youth group and Young Life. She has 3 younger siblings and hopes to work professionally with kids some day. She is a certified Lifeguard, has babysat for a number of years, and has helped in Vacation Bible School and Children's Church at her former church home.
Sarah is a senior at Peters Township High School. She has worked with children in many ways throughout her life. From being part of the special needs clubs at school to coaching gymnastics and soccer, kids have always been a huge part of Sarah’s life. She has also babysat for years and has many regulars. Besides the Nursery, Sarah coaches soccer and babysits regularly throughout the week. She is very excited to be part of the team and is looking forward to spending time with your kiddos!