OUR LEADERS

Here is the team. We are privileged to serve this church community and look forward to meeting you.

Elders/Pastors

Shane Pelanda, Elder

Shane Pelanda, Elder

Shane is one of the Elders at Youngstown Metro Church primarily focusing on teaching and preaching as well as other aspects of discipleship. He and his wife of 9 years Jessie both teach small groups and have a passion for personal discipleship. Shane grew up in the church and gave his life to Jesus in high school on a mission trip. Over time he developed a passion for Theology and studying Scripture, the defense of the Faith, and the teaching and preaching of Scripture.

Matt Bushling, Elder

Matt Bushling, Elder

Matt is one of the Elders at Youngstown Metro Church primarily focusing on music as well as other aspects of discipleship. Matt and his Wife, Nicole, have 4 children. Matt plays guitar and has been a vital part of not only the worship team, but within the church body for numerous years.

Brent Beck, Executive Pastor

Brent Beck, Executive Pastor

Brent is the Executive Pastor of Youngstown Metro Church. Being a lifelong Youngstown resident, Brent graduated from South Range in 2006, and currently resides in Austintown area with his wife of 7 years and 2 children. Brent has earned his BA in Christian Ministries from Liberty University, and is currently pursuing his mDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been serving in ministry for 9 years and has a passion to preach/teach God's Word, and currently oversees church operations to ensure staff and ministries are equipped to serve the church body. Brent is ​also ​serves as an active member on the Mahoning Valley YoungLife Committee Board, partner with FCA, and among a ​large ​network of local Pastors​ and leaders​ all working together to reach ​students across the ​Central and Northeast Ohio​.

Deacons

PJ Katsaras, Deacon Chair

PJ Katsaras, Deacon Chair

PJ is one of the Deacons at Youngstown Metro and has been serving in various roles among the church faithfully for several years. He is the primary groundskeeper and keeps the church a safer place through his background. PJ also serves in Law Enforcement and is loves serving and protecting the community as well.

Tim Nowery, Deacon

Tim Nowery, Deacon

Tim is one of the Deacons at Youngstown Metro Church primarily focusing on serving the church through practical means to provide unity within the church. Tim and his wife, Christen, have one very cute pug. Tim oversees the church hospitality which includes Greeters and Coffee. When Tim is not at church, he works as an English teacher at a local school and has his masters degree in English.

Charles Farrell, Deacon

Charles Farrell, Deacon

Charles is one of the Deacons at Youngstown Metro Church primarily focusing on service within the body of the church. Charles and his wife, Ashley, have been faithfully serving the church for numerous years. Charles is also a doctor and works at a local hospital is the Emergency Room.

Support Staff

Jessie Pelanda, Director of Discipleship

Jessie Pelanda, Director of Discipleship

Jessie serves Youngstown Metro Church to provide unity within the body through overseeing discipleship activity within small groups and children's ministry. Jessie has planned and executed many successful discipleship programs within Metro, and even for the entire community of Mahoning/Trumbull counties.

Marilyn Johnson, Director of Outreach

Marilyn Johnson, Director of Outreach

Marilyn serves Youngstown Metro Church by building connections among the community through practical means of outreach to assist the church reach outside its walls. She is very active in connecting with YSU students, as well as international students within the community.

Ministry Staff

Shane Pelanda, Men's Ministy Coordinator

Shane Pelanda, Men's Ministy Coordinator

Shane also serves the body through Men's Discipleship and small group facilitation.

Brent Beck, Men's Ministry Coordinator

Brent Beck, Men's Ministry Coordinator

Brent also serves the body through Men's Discipleship and small group facilitation.

Carol Chambers, Women's Ministry Coordinator

Carol Chambers, Women's Ministry Coordinator

Carol serves the body through Women's Discipleship and small group facilitation. She is in charge of planning and programming events. Carol and her husband, Jaron, have 3 children.

Bethany Beck, Women's Ministry Coordinator

Bethany Beck, Women's Ministry Coordinator

Bethany serves the body through women's Discipleship and small group facilitation. Bethany is in charge of coordinating leaders and equipping the ministry with the tools it needs to succeed. Bethany and her husband, Brent, have 2 children and she is a stay-at-home mother full-time.

Alyssa Worona, Director of Children/Youth Ministry

Alyssa Worona, Director of Children/Youth Ministry

Alyssa serves in the Children's Ministry and coordinates everything from Curriculum, Teacher Rotations/Schedules, and everything in between. Alyssa and her husband, Jeff, have 2 children.