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Rev. Dr. Trent Hancock

Interim Pastor/Head of Staff

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In his twenty-five years in ministry, Trent has served in a variety of roles and contexts. Upon graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary, Trent and his wife, Angela, served as co-pastors of McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church in southcentral Pennsylvania (1996–2000).

In 2000, Trent was called to active duty as an Army chaplain, serving the soldiers and families of the 3-101st Aviation Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. In 2002, he was deployed to Afghanistan, the next year to Iraq.

By 2004, Trent had left the Army and returned to serving the church as the Associate Pastor for Mission and Pastoral Care at Morrisville Presbyterian Church (Bucks County). For more than eight years, he served in a variety of roles at Morrisville, as Angela earned a Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary.

While at Morrisville, Trent completed the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Ministry at Princeton Seminary. His final project, Meaningful and Faithful: A Study of Funeral Sermons, explored the relationship between the proclamation of the Gospel and the sharing of personal experiences of loss in the context of funeral sermons.

In 2012, Angela was called to serve on the faculty of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she now teaches homiletics (preaching) and worship. Trent served as interim pastor of Sixth Presbyterian Church from 2012–2013 and as pastor of Glenshaw Presbyterian Church from 2013–2021.

Trent is a former moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery and serves as chair of the Bible Task Group of the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee for Examinations for Candidates (PCC), a committee of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Trent is also an adjunct instructor of Presbyterian Polity and a pastor mentor for the Presbyterian House of Studies at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Angela and Trent have two children, Alex, who will begin law school this fall at University of Pittsburgh, and Tess, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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Jeremy Bosse

Audio and Visual Technician

I fell in love with radio broadcasting and started working in July 2005 for 810 Inc.,  which was doing business as WEDO Radio.  I had my own radio show - The Jeremy King Show - playing Big Band Jazz from the 1930's thru current artists.  I was attracted to Beulah because of the music program and convinced my parents, Tim and Ramona, to join the church. I joined myself after attending confirmation class.  I attended Trinity Christian High School. I play piano, bass, guitar and organ, and I have been fortunate to serve as a guest organist for Beulah’s traditional worship service.

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Stephanie Johnson

Office Manager

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Stephanie is a lifelong resident of the Penn Hills area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Penn State University. After graduating she went on to earn a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh where she specialized in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management. Stephanie has held numerous positions throughout the Pittsburgh region including stints at the University of Pittsburgh Libraries, PPG Industries, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Most recently she served as a Sales and Inventory Manager at Barnes and Noble Booksellers. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys reading, traveling, and volunteering at a local animal shelter.

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Carolyn Leah

Director of Christian Discipleship

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Carolyn grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and has lived there most of her life (except for a brief time in the Baltimore/DC Corridor).  She has been serving the church in Christian Education in a variety of capacities for more than 30 years.  She has worked in three Presbyterian churches within the Pittsburgh area and  for eight years for the predecessor organization of Gen On Ministries. She was called to her current position as Director of Christian Discipleship at Beulah Presbyterian Church in 2009.
 
Her two adult children and their spouses (Andrew and Jessica in Pittsburgh and Jillian and AJ in Williamsburg, Virginia) and two granchildren, Isabella and Alexavier make up her family.  At home, she enjoys time with her two cats and one dog, a Sheltie, named Savannah.   She loves hiking in the mountains and taking photographs of nature and wildlife.  Her favorite “God spot” is Shenandoah National Park and she tries to travel there at least once a year for rest and renewal. Carolyn became a Certified Christian Educator in the PCUSA in 2017 and is currently working on a certification in Spiritual Formation. 
 
Her true passion is to help others grow on their faith journey through new perspectives and experiences.

 

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Kelly Miskis

Contemporary Worship Leader 

Social Media/Website Coordinator

Serving Beulah since 2015 in building a contemporary expression of worship has been an honor and joy. Music has always been more of an expression for me than anything else. I knew and studied music before truly meeting God. But upon discovering and accepting Jesus, I realized He was always calling after me through music. 

 

Becoming a creative with a heart focused on the Kingdom was innate to me. Fervently, I wanted to devote my gifts to His sevice and guide people towards Him through leading worship.Of all the ways I have been a musician: in my studies, writing music for film, live art installations, writing groups and being part of many recording projects over the years, nothing ever comes close to leading the gathered church in worship. I will spend my life devoted to learning about God and how to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth and what role this gifting He has given me may play in that. It is a true joy to lead you in worship each week.

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Alex Ruzanic

Director of Youth and Missional Outreach

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Alex is a Pittsburgher born and bred and as such a loyal fan of the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates! He grew up in the North Hills, graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Conducting and received my Master of Divinity at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.   Alex has been in professional youth ministry for the past 23+ years.  Alex Ruzanic has been married to his beautiful bride, Beth, for 20 years and together have the 4 most amazing children on the planet.  Their family loves to spend time together watching sports - especially Steelers Football and Manchester City soccer - and being outdoors.  We love to hang out together at the swimming pool in the summertime!  The greatest joy in my life comes from being a husband and father - I have been truly blessed.

 

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Ann Turnock

Congregational Care Associate

Visiting people who can no longer come to church, bringing them news of all the ways God is working at Beulah is a great blessing to me. They are always eager to hear about their friends and events at church. I also have the privilege of visiting people when they are in the hospital, for a brief time or longer-term rehab. With God’s help I bring comfort and hope.

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Tracy Belmonte

Director of the Preschool

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I, along with my family, have been a member of Beulah Presbyterian Church since 1987 when I jumped into membership in the Sanctuary Choir.

I began my time at the Preschool and Child Care ministry as a mom in 1987, became a teacher in 1992 and then took over as the Director in 2001.

I have been consistently awed by what God has done and is doing at BCPCC! We grew from a part-day preschool to a larger child development center and it has been such a joy for me to be part of the history AND the journey! I have administrative responsibilities which bring their own unique rewards- such as supporting our wonderful teachers in nurturing children and families. As a Christian school, I am blessed to lead worship experiences with the classes and God never fails to provide an “aha moment” through the eyes of a child which reinforces what I know to be true: our God speaks to, and through, children. What a blessed position I have. Thank you, Lord, for this gift of BCPCC!

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Ken Conner

Head Custodian

I have been married to Victoria, a beautiful woman, for 28 years.  We have two married daughters and four grandchildren.  I worked in the printing industry for 35 years as a headpressman on a six-color press.  I retired from the Graphic Arts Union in 2014.  I am an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.  I started working at Beulah in 2015.  I have enjoyed meeting alot of nice people and keeping busy in my work here.

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Bill Larson

Choir Director/ Organist

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A native Pittsburgher, I did my graduate work at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and have served various churches there and in Pittsburgh, including sixteen years at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. I have been the accompanist for the Renaissance City Choirs since 2010, and over the years I have worked in various capacities with St. Vincent College, the Undercroft and Microscopic Opera companies, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I live in Stanton Heights with my wife Jennifer, who sings with the Sanctuary choir from time to time.   We share our home with our our cats, Hillary and Fiona, and we share our yard with our chickens, Ophelia and Julie.  Beulah welcomed me in May of 2017.

 

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Cindy Mathieu

Assistant Administrative Preschool Director

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I  have been married to my husband, Jim, for 41  years. We have three married sons and four grandchildren with at least one more anticipated. One of my favorite activities is walking my dog, Parker, with my husband at Boyce Park. I am active as an usher, lector, and Christian Educator in my Church.   I have worked at Beulah Christian Preschool and Child Care for over 24 years and consider Beulah Church my second home.

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Debra Perry

Business Administrator

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I handle all of the business aspects of the church and ministry areas. This includes computer support, cemetary burials, and human resource compliance. I have been serving in this role at Beulah since 2002 and take great joy in supporting the daily ongoings of the church and my colleagues with my gifts.

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Richard Szeremany

Direcor of Worship and Music Emeritus

Richard is very dear to Beulah Church.  Because of his years of service in both pastoral and music ministry in the Pittsburgh area and in New Jersey, Richard's skills as a master of the organ and choral direction are well known and highly sought after. He helped us transition through two interim times in our worship leadership for the traditional worship service.  He has also been a great encourager of our contemporary service and its leadership. We have been so blessed by his wisdom and kindness and are grateful to God that we can formalize his relationship with us with this honor.  He continues to fill in as an organist and with our Exceptional Friends bell choir as needed.