I have been ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over 20 years and have served congregations in California and Washington before moving to Pittsburgh in 2008 to accept the call to Beulah Church. Ministry has been the calling of my life since God first spoke to me to “hold forth the word of life” (Philippians 2:16).
I am greatly blessed in my life to be married to Kent Fillmore for over 36 years. For fun we enjoy exploring the interesting places in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. However, much of my time is devoted to the care and training of our three parrots, including two rescue birds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Stephanie is a lifelong resident of the Penn Hills area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the 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.
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.
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 really 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. I spent years studying music in school and in different groups. I have written music for film, live art installations, taken part of multiple writing groups and have been part of many recording projects over the years. But 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.
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.
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.