Leadership

Scott Prentice

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.

Education:
  • 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.

Norb Levesque

Pastor 

Pastor Norb is the associate pastor whose responsibilities will include family and youth ministries, preaching, and discipleship. Originally from Massachusetts, he and his family have been living in our region for over 15 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in pastoral studies and is working toward a seminary degree. He loves life and is grateful for the work the Lord is continually doing within him. When he's not enjoying time with his family, he finds great satisfaction in athletics.

He has been in full-time ministry for almost 25 years and is excited to enter this new chapter of ministry as we follow the Lord's leading in advancing the gospel throughout the northern region of Pittsburgh and beyond.

Evan Brem

Pastor-in-Residence

Evan serves as the Pastor-in-Residence at Advance. Starting from July, 2022, this 18-month role is a part-time position designed to help him learn all the major components of ministry. His desire is to discern a potential call to plant a church one day in the states or abroad.

He married his wife, Halle, shortly after graduating from Penn State, and they have one daughter, Lilah.  After a short stint teaching Middle School, God led Evan and his family into vocational ministry where he spent four years serving at another church in the Pittsburgh area in both youth and young adult ministries.  During this time, Evan began to research Acts 29, which led him to a breakfast with Pastor Scott, which turned into this opportunity to learn and serve at Advance.  We will see what the Lord has in mind for Evan and his family beyond 2023.

Jeff Crouse

Elder

Jeff aims to glorify Christ in all that he does and to let others see Christ in the life that he leads. Jeff is excited to see what God has in store for Advance Community Church as he helps to provide oversight for the organizational health of the church.

Jeff is a graduate of Penn State University and is currently pursuing a masters degree from Grimké Seminary in Richmond, VA.

Jeff works as an electrical engineer for Siemens. He and his wife, Janet, live in Gibsonia and have 5 adult children. Jeff and Janet enjoy traveling to new places, spending time with family, and building puzzles. 

Dave Toth

Elder

Dave is humbled to serve Advance Community Church as an Elder. He aims to know, encourage, and help the people who call Advance their home. He also oversees the Mercy Stewardship Team responsible for meeting specific needs of those who suffer loss throughout our region.

He is a graduate of Grove City College and is currently pursuing a masters degree from Grimké Seminary.

Dave owns and operates a small business. He and his wife, Jess, live in Sarver with their 2 sons. Dave enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and mountain biking as time allows. 

Jess Toth

Executive Assistant

Jess serves as an assistant to Pastor Scott and as a support to each ministry in the church completing necessary tasks such as printing, email communication, website design, organizing events, ordering, and photography. She also serves The Loved Bible Project completing organizational and administrative tasks. 

Jess has a bachelors degree from Grove City College. She lives in Sarver with her husband and two sons. They enjoy hiking and spending time with family.

Shannon Warnes

Ministry Assistant

Shannon serves as a Ministry Assistant at Advance Community Church.

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.

Claudine Walters

Administrative 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.

Transitional Leadership Team

Evan Brem

Rick Funk

Scott Prentice

John Chamberland

Kevin Gilliam

Jeff Crouse

Norb Levesque

Jim Schmidt

Dave Toth

Deacons

John Chamberland

Deacon of Finance

Mark Kirkbride

Zack Friday

Deacon of Finance
 Deacon of Facilities

Nick Kreft

Deacon of Missions

Heather Prentice

Deacon of Advance Kids

Elders & Deacons

 ELDERS SERVE AS OVERSEERS IN THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES.

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.
DEACONS ARE MORE SPECIALIZED IN THEIR SERVICE.

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.