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 John Ciampa

PASTOR OF COMMUNITY CARE


I am married to Patsy and we have two grown daughters, Tina, and Liz, who is married to Matt Annibaldi, who are parents of Jackson and Piper. In addition to my passion for my calling as a disciple of Jesus, I like to travel, camp with my family, fly fish for trout, bow hunt for deer, and fly light aircraft. 


Please let me know if there is any way I can be of assistance to you.


jciampa@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