Staff
Pastor

Dr. Dirk M. Lesnett

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Dirk and his wife, Van, have been married over 20 years and are busy parenting their four children. Outside of the Church he is involved with the scouts, schools and sports and is learning more about ballet because of his daughter. Dirk came to serve Elfinwild Church as pastor in 2004. He has a degree in Business Administration from Grove City College, a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachuetts, and his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading, anything that involves a ball, all styles of music and theater and loves to laugh. He has a passion for men to know God and can always be seen holding a baby if there is one around. 

 






Associate Pastor

Rev. Jason Rea

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Jason and his wife Kara stay busy raising their three children. Originally from Ohio, Jason earned a B.A. in Student Ministries and a B.S. in Counseling from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA as well as his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been in Youth Ministry for over 20 years serving churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He enjoys spending time with middle and High school students while helping them grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Jason enjoys spending time with his family, many types of music, reading books about the Bible and theology, running and even doing some short triathlons from time to time. 

 






Director of Children's and Family Ministries

Amy Meyer

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Amy and her husband, Mark, enjoy life with their two teens and a rotating array of pets in a home on a hill in O’Hara Township. They feed the birds, admire grazing deer and turkey, and listen closely at night for owls calling in the woods. Amy hails from upstate New York and earned a B.A. from Hope College and M.A. from Youngstown State University. She and Mark met while teaching English in Taiwan and have continued a globetrotting tradition throughout their 27 years of marriage and family life. Amy has worked in education and student development for 20 years in churches and home school groups as well as at local community colleges, Point Park College, Geneva College and Carnegie Mellon University. After 10 years as a member at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, she is grateful and excited to have the opportunity to work day in and day out with the wonderful children and families here at Elfinwild and in the communities it serves. The goal? Getting to know Jesus more and more each day.  Amy’s favorite movie is On Golden Pond, favorite snack-- Ruffles Reduced Fat potato chips (with dip), favorite cathedral—Ely in England, favorite praise song—His Name is Wonderful, and favorite Muppets character—Kermit, of course!

 






Director of Music

Ron Bernhardy

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Ron and his wife Patti have five children and live in Crafton.  When he’s not involved in music at the church, Ron likes to spend time with his children, watch and play sports (especially baseball and the Pirates) and build things at their home.  He began playing piano for his church choir as a young teenager and eventually took up the organ.  He was taught music privately by his grandfather, August Frisch, who was a musician with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and KDKA radio.  Ron came to Elfinwild Church as the organist in January of 2013 and then became the music director in September of 2015.






Office Manager

Cindy Neil

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Business Manager

Karen Dorsey

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Sexton

Eric Spryn






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Ryan Neergaard






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Financial Secretary

Peg McNeil

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Website Administrator & Newsletter Editor

Amanda Gaydos

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Parish Associate

Rev. Bethany Harbaugh

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Bethany serves as the Parish Associate at Elfinwild, leading worship, providing pastoral care, and teaching small groups of all ages. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Thought from Grove City College and a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Bethany is passionate about engaging in mission mobilization has a heart for seeing people all over the world drawn to worship Jesus Christ.

Bethany is married to her wonderful husband, Matt, and they have two boys, Daniel and Eli. As a family they enjoy biking and exploring local parks. Bethany also enjoys playing piano and flute, and is always up for new adventures!






Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Dr. Robert F. Tuttle






Elfinwild Home Meals Ministry

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Preschool Director

Carolyn Hervey

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Carolyn has been Director of the Elfinwild Preschool for over 23 years. She received her BS from Indiana University, Pa. and her Masters in Education from California State University, Long Beach. Carolyn and her husband, Doug, have two grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren) and reading biographies.






Preschool Co-Director

Deborah Piel

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Debbie has taught at Elfinwild Preschool for 21 years. She received her B.A. in Education from Transylvania University and attended the Gesell Institute (Kindergarten Placement).  Prior to Elfinwild, she was a substitute teacher in the Shaler District and taught second grade.  Debbie has been married for 39 years to Bill Piel and they have 2 children, Tasha & Josh and one grandchild.   Her hobbies include cooking, reading and gardening. 






Preschool Co-Director

Kristin Coco

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Kristin has taught at Elfinwild Preschool for 10 years.  Before this, she was the Director of WOW Ministries and Director of Communication for Elfinwild Church, a professional floral designer, she wrote the curriculum and teachers' guides for the North Hills News Record's Newspapers in Education Program, and did substitute teaching in 6 different school districts in the North Hills area.  She received a BS from Westminster College in Biology, a Secondary Teaching Certification, a Masters in Education from Indiana University of PA in Elementary Education and her Elementary Teaching Certification. Since then she has taken many courses  in child development and professional development.  She is married to her husband, Steve and they have 2 children, Allison & Andrew.  Her hobbies include writing, reading & gardening.
 






Preschool Co-Director

Eileen Hughes

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Eileen has been on the Board of Directors for Elfinwild Preschool for 10 years and has taught at the preschool for 7 years.  Before teaching at Elfinwild, she taught children with diverse challenges and transitioned older students from school to work.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Business from Penn State University and attended the Gesell Institute (Kindergarten Placement).   Eileen and her husband, Robert, have three children, Emily, Scott and Zachary.  She enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and playing softball.






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