Due to a recent Covid-19 surge, worship is virtual only. Join us as a community on either Facebook or our YouTube channel weekly at 10:45am (for live worship, or view anytime thereafter). Please follow our Facebook page for updates and support. You may also call the church office during normal hours – M-F 9a-5p with questions or needs. God bless you as you seek Him and find Him in unexpected ways this Advent.
Steven J Gruver, Lead Pastor
Steven Gruver has been a Full Elder in the Western Pa United Methodist Church since 1993. He has a BA in Bible and History from Asbury College and he completed his Masters of Divinity at Asbury Seminary. He is married to his awesome wife, Elizabeth, and he loves spending every spare moment of every day with her! He is a (hack) musician, owns too many guitars, enjoys motorcycling around the country with Elizabeth , playing golf when he can, and spending time at the beach with Elizabeth and their family. He and Elizabeth have 5 adult children (all married – yeah!) and 4 grandchildren who call them Pop-Pop & GiGi (and baby Louie coming in November). Steve & Elizabeth long to see people’s lives touched and transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. Life is a highway – following Jesus is the Adventure!
Meet Doug Temchulla
Doug Temchulla, Director of Music Ministry
Doug came to Punxsy First in 2010. He has been married to Joy for 32 years. He has two daughters, Ashton who is married to Corey Berkey and Brooke, who is engaged to Dylan Humenik. Both girls live in Pittsburgh. Doug took music lessons for 2 years when he was young; after that with God’s help and lots of practice, he taught himself to play. Doug loves the opportunity to work with the church’s praise band, who have all become like family! His work on the cantatas that the church presents every year are his passion and very dear to his heart. In his free time Doug loves to spend time with his family!
Meet Ellen Meneely
Ellen Meneely, Office Manager
Ellen has been a member of Punxsy First all of her life. Following graduation from IUP she held a couple positions in financial administration until she took a step of faith and opened her own weaving studio – the time spent doing that was a blast! Then in 1989 God blessed her with the position of office manager at Punxsy First. Over the years she has seen many changes in our church and is looking forward to seeing what new and exciting plans God has in store for us. She enjoys spending her free time with friends and family.