Pastor: Rev. Cathie Smith Reverend Cathie Smith assumed the duties of Pastor in June, 2016. A graduate of Purdue University, she earned a Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Doctorate in Ministry through Western Theological Seminary. The emphasis of her doctoral work is on baptismal identity and worship. Rev. Smith and her husband, Joel, met while they were students at Purdue University. The Smith family has three children: Ben, a student at Miami University of Ohio; Jacob, a student at Purdue University; and Emily, who is in high school.
Director of Discipleship: Jessica Kelecava Jessica Kelecava is excited to have been at Bethel since Nov. 2016. She has a Christian Ministries degree from Sterling College and graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2013. Her ministry passions are for relational and missional ministry. Jessica grew up in the suburbs of Denver,CO with her mom, dad and sister; and currently lives in Mt. Lebanon. She loves the Penguins and Pirates, but is also a dedicated Broncos fan. Jessica enjoys exploring different restaurants around Pittsburgh, reading, doing cross stitch, training for for runs and triathlons, travelling, hanging out at Starbucks and, especially, her new role as aunt to her precious niece.
Director of Music: Jason Wilcox Jason Wilcox received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from West Virginia University. With a concentration in trumpet, Jason also has an extensive choral background and is equally at home with instrumental and choral music. A scholarship recipient at WVU, Jason performed with the West Virginia University Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, University Choir, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Orchestra, along with several other small chamber ensembles. For high school students interested in careers in music, Jason initiated the project “Music Major for a Day”, which continues to this day. Formerly on the band staffs at Baldwin High School, Bentworth High School, Brentwood High School, and Keystone Oaks High School Marching Bands, Jason also serves as the Assistant Conductor for the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, Jason serves as a realtor for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services in local Pittsburgh communities.
Organist: Cody Soska Cody joined the staff of Bethel Presbyterian Church in the fall of 2015 as our organist. In addition to joyfully leading the congregation in worship through hymn singing and service music, he accompanies the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and special ensembles on the pipe organ and piano. Cody has practiced his craft his entire life and strives to bring energy and excitement in all he plays. He has studied music composition and pipe organ at Carnegie Mellon University. His studies have taken him to Europe and he is overjoyed at the opportunity to play an instrument he loves every week at Bethel. He is continuing his studies at CMU in physical computing and loves using his artistic background to create computing artifacts that change people's lives. In his spare time, Cody is almost always found at the gym where he enjoys playing racquetball and lifting weights.