North Way Leadership
The North Way leaders have various professional and educational backgrounds and have earned degrees including Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorates from distinguished universities across the country. Many have long time ministry experience at North Way and at other churches in areas including adult, youth, children, worship and volunteer ministries. Several have professional backgrounds in finance, human resources, education and executive leadership. The one common thread is a passion for God and His people and a clear call to ministry.
Scott Stevens - Lead Pastor
As the Lead Pastor, Scott is the directional leader, overseeing Campus Pastors and the Teaching Team. He leads the Executive Leadership and Operational Ministry Teams. Before becoming the Lead Pastor, he served as Family Pastor for six years and Executive Pastor for three years. He served many years in ministry before coming to North Way in 2002. Scott is a native Pittsburgher with a love for all things “Pittsburgh.” He lives in Wexford with his wife Tina, and their two daughters, Alyssa and Erin. “Go Bucs!”
Dr. Jay Passavant - Founding Pastor
Dr. Jay Passavant and his wife, Carol, founded North Way Christian Community in 1981 along with eight other couples. In his role as Founding Pastor, Pastor Jay is part of our Teaching Team and provides leadership to several areas of ministry, including L.A.M.P, North Way Counseling Services, Trinity Seminary, Global Missions, Wexford Starlite Car Cruise and others. Pastor Jay and Carol live in the North Hills and have three grown children Amy, David, and Jonathan.
Kent Chevalier - Wexford Pastor
Kent provides leadership and pastoral care to the Wexford Campus. He is also a member of our Teaching Team, Executive Leadership, and Operational Ministry Teams. He joined the North Way staff in 2007. Kent and his wife Erica live in the North Hills with their three daughters, Madalyn, Kalea, and Ainsley
Doug Melder- Oakland Pastor
Doug provides leadership and pastoral care to the Oakland Campus. He is also a member of our Teaching Team, Executive Leadership and Operational Ministry Teams. Doug has been part of the North Way staff since 2001. He and his wife Amy have four sons, Koen, Tavin, Penn, and Jensen, and live in Friendship.
Scott McCabe - Sewickley Valley Pastor
Scott McCabe provides leadership and pastoral care to the Sewickley Valley Campus and is a member of the Executive Leadership and Operational Ministry Teams. He has served in numerous areas of pastoral leadership since his ordination at North Way in 1985. Scott and his wife Missy live in Sewickley and have five grown children, Justin, Ashley, Kelly, Pete, and Hunter.
Dr. Bryan McCabe - East End Pastor and LAMP Ministry
Bryan provides leadership and pastoral care to the East End campus and LAMP (Learning and Mentoring Partnership) a mentoring initiative in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership and Operational MinistryTeams. Bryan grew up at North Way and joined our staff in 2006. Bryan and his wife, Julie, live in Homewood and have two daughters, Kyra and Sierra.
John Reilly - Dormont Pastor
John provides leadership and pastoral care to the Dormont Campus. He is also a member of our Executive Leadership and Operational Ministry Teams. John has been part of the North Way staff since 2011. He and his wife Allison live in Dormont with their three children Abigail, Josiah, and Samuel.
Rob Burkey - Worship Pastor
Rob leads worship in Wexford as well as providing oversight to worship and production at all North Way campuses. He also serves on the Executive Leadership and Operational Ministry Teams. He joined the North Way staff in 2008. Rob, his wife, Kerry, and their daughter, Faith live in Sewickley.
Darren Bowers - Community Care Pastor
Darren serves in a dual role at North Way. He cares for the Wexford community in times of crisis and celebration. He also oversees our ministries for children and students across all North Way campuses and is a member of our Operational Ministry Team. He joined the North Way staff in 2004. Darren and his wife, Lorie live in the North Hills and have two children, Josh and Taylor.
John Syes - Pastor of Care and Counseling
John develops support groups at each campus and provides care and individual counseling to our community. He also provides oversight to the North Way Counseling Services. John has been a member of North Way since 1981 and on staff since 1989. John and his wife Carlene live in the North Hills and have two grown sons, Kevin and Ryan.
Randy Blincow - Executive Pastor
As the Executive Pastor, Randy oversees strategic development, financial accountability and staff supervision. Randy served on the Finance Committee and on Elder’s Council for many years at North Way before joining the staff in 2012. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership and Operational Ministry Teams. Randy and his wife Deanna live in the North Hills and have four children Jeremy, Janae, Justin, and Jessica.
Eugene "Freedom" Blackwell - Associate Minister
Eugene “Freedom” Blackwell serves part-time as the Associate Minister of the East End Campus, while he continues his ministry with House of Manna in Homewood. He and his wife, Free, and live in Homewood with their three children, Canaan, Elisha, and Elizabeth
Chris Fitting - Executive Director of Property Management
Chris oversees the operational functions at all campuses and serves on the Operational Ministry Team. He has been part of the North Way staff since 2006. Chris and his wife Karen live in the North Hills and have two adult children, Erik and Alexa.
Shannon Libengood – Missions Director
Shannon leads our local and global mission ministries and is a member of the Operational Ministry Team. She grew up at North Way and after spending several years in the mission field, she returned to our staff in 2005. Shannon and her husband, Ernie. live in Blairsville and have three children, Ethan, Kaleigh, and Brennan.
Amanda Seidler – Adult Life Development Champion
Amanda leads Adult Life Development for all of the North Way campuses. She is also a member of our Operational Ministry Team. She has been part of the North Way staff since 2008. Amanda, her husband, Chris and daughter Norah live in Sewickley.
Traci Patrick – Director of Accounting
Traci leads our Finance department and is a member of our Operational Ministry and URChamps Leadership teams. She has been a part of North Way staff since 2013. Traci lives in Wexford with her three children Colby, Connor and Katie.
Norma Wright – CFO and Director of Special Projects
Norma is a member of our Operational Ministry Team and is responsible for data gathering, tracking and
reporting on a project level, to the Executive Pastor. She has been part of the North Way staff since 1989. Norma and her husband, Jim, live in Cranberry and have three adult children, Brian, Kelly, and Tim.
Beverly Leasher – Director of Communications
As the Director of Communications, Beverly oversees internal communications and external marketing. She joined the North Way staff in 2000 and is a member of the Operational Ministry Team. Beverly and her husband, Jay, live in the Wexford area and have two children; Christopher and Olivia.