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Pastor rich phipps

HEAD PASTOR


I am a Western Pennsylvania native. After growing up in Butler and graduating from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, the Lord led me south. I attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky where I met my wife, Marsha. 


After seminary, Marsha and I felt God’s call to her home state of Georgia. Serving two appointments in the deep South taught me how to speak southern and appreciate real iced tea. 


I returned to Asbury to earn my Doctorate of Divinity in Biblical Preaching and Advanced Church Leadership. From there God led me back to Western PA. 


I am an outdoor enthusiast. From trail running to bow hunting to wading the mountain streams looking for trout, I love spending in the woods and water. But my greatest treasure is spending time with Marsha and our three children: McKenna, Abby, and Matthew.


I love to preach and teach. My highest delight is watching the Holy Spirit win hearts and transform lives.


rphipps@communityumchurch.com

724-744-3413

Pastor Jerrad Peterman

Pastor of Community Care


I am also a Western Pennsylvania native. For much of my life, I have lived in Jefferson County (Reynoldsville and Brookville). I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Clarion University. My education continued to lead me west, and I graduated from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio (North of Columbus) with a Master’s of Divinity degree.


It was while attending Clarion University that I met my wife, Becky. She has been a great companion and partner in life and ministry. We were married in 1995. We have one daughter, Emma Grace. She is currently a student at Allegheny College.


It is my pleasure to be appointed here as the Pastor of Community Care. It a setting where I can use my gifts of care and compassion in wonderful ways. I love being a pastor but have always cringed when people would introduce me as the “preacher”. I love to be introduced as “my pastor”.


jpeterman@communityumchurch.com

724-744-3413

Minister Jim Decker

MINISTER OF PASTORAL CARE


Greetings! I am a retired United Methodist pastor who has served five congregations here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. I have several responsibilities, including making visits to home bound members and friends of the church, assisting in worship services and working with the lay pastoral care team. 


I am married to Carol, and I have an adult son who lives with his family in Atlanta. I enjoy traveling, and I have been to Europe five times as well as Israel, Singapore, the Caribbean and Alaska.


jdecker@communityumchurch.com

724-515-7252