Preaching Elder

Our Preaching Elder is Chuck Nelson.  He has been with The Cross | Erie since it's inception.  Before coming to The Cross | Erie, he served as Director of Ministries at a church in the suburbs of Erie,  Director of Elementary Ministry at a church in Missouri.  Chuck has a BA in Religion from Lindenwood University, a M.Div from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is in the process of earning a D.Min in Missional Leadership from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He has done adjunct work in the Religion Department at Mercyhurst University as well as other speaking at conferences usually in regards to urban ministry, poverty, addictions, and church planting. He has been married to Betsy since '07 and has two daughters, Lydia Grace and Sophia Faith.  His favorite hobbies are reading, going to restaurants, and wrestling.

Katie Peppers joined our church as a freshman in college and joined our staff after graduating with a BA in Marketing from Penn State. She is on staff part-time primarily directing our short term mission trips. As a second job, she also is on staff with Cru doing college ministry at her alma mater. 

Director of Ministries


The congregation is currently led by two elders, Rob O'Connell and John Park. Rob is a local welder and former Navy Diver. His areas of focus are teaching, outreach, and working in various mercy ministries. John is a graduate of LECOM with a D.O., his ministry focus is on college ministry, worship, and community.