Leadership Teams


Scott Prentice

Lead Pastor 

Scott Prentice is the pastor of Advance Community Church responsible for preaching, worship, leadership development, and vision alignment. He and his wife, Heather, live in Gibsonia with their five daughters.

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Music from Toccoa Falls College  
  • Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College  
  • Masters of Theological Studies from Grimké Seminary 

He has been in full-time ministry in Western Pennsylvania since 2000. He is an active learner who enjoys getting things done, caring for people, teaching doctrine and Bible studies, leading worship, as well as local and global church planting. As time allows, he enjoys playing golf and preparing dinner on his backyard fire pit.

email: scott@advancepgh.org

Evan Brem

Associate Pastor

Evan serves as the Associate Pastor at Advance.  He has been a pastor at Advance since the Summer of 2022, and is grateful to get to be part of this community and God’s work in it.

He married his wife, Halle, shortly after graduating from Penn State, and they have two biological daughters, Lilah & Josefine, and one foster daughter.  After a short stint teaching Middle School, God led Evan and his family into vocational ministry in 2018.  Evan lives to see people rejoice in and glorify Jesus Christ, whether it’s for the first time or for a lifetime.  Evan holds a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary.

email: evan@advancepgh.org

Audrey Shivler

Executive Assistant 

Audrey serves as the executive assistant to Pastor Scott, along with event coordination for the ministries of Advance Community Church. She has a bachelor's degree from The University of Pittsburgh.

Audrey loves to read and spending time with her family and friends. She is so thankful that The Lord brought her to Advance!

email: audrey@advancepgh.org

Claudine Walters

Ministries' Assistant

Claudine works in the church office assisting the Pastors, Staff, Leadership Team and Ministry Leaders with their various projects and ministries.  She has a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University.

Claudine is a Mom of 3 adult children and a 4 year old cockapoo. She enjoys crocheting and reading on her porch. Claudine loves Jesus and studying the Bible.

email: claudine@advancepgh.org

Heather Prentice

AdvanceKids & Women's Ministry

Since the earliest days of Advance, Heather has led children's ministries. Her organizational skills and vision for robust discipleship continues to be a gift to the church. In more recent years, she has developed an effective women's ministry designed to connect women of all ages and backgrounds with each other and with the Lord.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a Youth Ministry Minor from Geneva College. She also holds a Master of Education from Slippery Rock University. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family along with beach vacations.

email: heather@advancepgh.org

Shannon Warnes


Shannon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from the University at Buffalo. She worked as a CPA for KPMG and UPMC in her pre-mom years. She lives in Gibsonia with her husband and two teenagers. She enjoys yard work, exercising, bonfires, snow-blowing, going for walks...basically anything outdoors. She also loves hanging out and laughing with her family.

email: shannon@advancepgh.org

Donnie Cook


Donnie's role is assisting with facilities and maintenance needs throughout the building.

Don previously worked in multiple positions, including manufacturing. He lives in Butler County with his family.  He enjoys animals, cars, and spending time with friends.


Evan Brem
Family Ministries

Scott Prentice
Leadership & Discipleship

John Chamberland
Operations & HR

Dave Toth
Congregational Care

Jeff Crouse
Strategic Partnerships

Elders & Deacons


Know the Church (Pastor/Shepherd)  
Feed the Church (Teach)
Lead the Church (Vision)  
Protect the Church (Keep Watch)

If you believe God may be calling you into eldership, pray diligently about it. It will be a long and thorough journey that will grow your faith and enhance your maturity in Christ. The introductory page in the below assessment describes the process.

It is a good thing for a Christian to pursue leadership in humility and with teachability. The strength of any church is first and foremost connected to the blessing of Christ over and among its people. It’s His Church! Church leadership plays significant roles in shepherding and serving the people of God and its community.

This process will test and grow you. If you are willing to submit to this process, consider the assessment below.