About Our Oakland Church Campus
When are the church services? Click here for service times.
Where are the services? Our Oakland Campus is at 428 N.Craig Street. Click here for directions.
What should I expect?
We meet weekly in our own building, in a casual environment. We have an incredible live worship experience led by a diverse community of artists and musicians, made up of a blend of modern worship music and hymns. Most weekends, we participate with the sermon that is captured at our broadcast location (Wexford) and is shown in HD on a large video screen. Our Campus Pastor, Doug Melder, is a part of the teaching team and teaches regularly, including several “live” weekends that are not on video. Doug Melder and Dennis Allan are on-site weekly to provide pastoral care to our community.
Where should I park? From Baum Blvd: Turn right on Gold Way before Craig Street
From South: Go north on Craig Street, turn right on Baum Blvd, left on Gold Way
From North: Go south on Craig Street, left at Baum Blvd, left on Gold Way
*Google Maps have been adjusted for accuracy. The GPS instructions will take you straight to Gold Way where the two parking lots are located.
By bus there are routes with stops near 428 N Craig Street: 71A, 71C, 54, or 93 to Craig & Center
*For those walking or taking the bus please enter at the Craig Street Doors.
Where do my children go? Birth through 5th Grade: We offer a safe, secure, fun and loving environment in Kidz Ministry. For more information, please visit our Kids Ministry Page. Older children and students are invited to attend our worship services.
What should I wear? Come as you are!
Doug Melder, Campus Pastor
North Way Oakland Leadership
Doug provides leadership and pastoral care to the Oakland Campus. He is also a member of our Teaching Team and the Executive Leadership Team. Doug has been part of the North Way staff since 2001. He and his wife Amy have three sons, Koen, Tavin, and Penn, and live in Friendship.
Dennis Allan, Associate Pastor
Dennis Allan is the Associate Pastor at the Oakland campus. He began working at North Way in 2009 as the Director of High School Ministry at the Wexford campus and in 2011 began providing leadership to the Worship Cafe community at the Wexford campus. Prior to North Way, Dennis worked as an analyst and software manager in the Global Internal Audit Department at Alcoa. He graduated from Grove City College in 2002 with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Education. He is currently working towards completing an M.A. in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dennis serves as the vice-president of the Board of Directors at The Pittsburgh Project, a North Side based ministry that runs youth service programs for North Side students and provides home repairs to under-resourced homeowners. Dennis is married to Julia, and they live in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood with their three children: Keely, Jay, and Joel.
Allison Smith, Campus Manager
Allison Smith is the Campus Manager at the Oakland campus. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2007 with a B.A. in Interior Design. Allison first began attending North Way Oakland a few months after its launch in 2007 and worked at an architecture firm in Shadyside. In 2009 she moved to Dallas, Texas where she completed her Masters of Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary. She returned to Pittsburgh in 2012 to join the staff team at the Oakland campus. Allison helps coordinate adult ministries, including small groups, volunteering and membership. Allison is married to Zach, and they live in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood with their son, Sutton.
Dan Bendit, Worship Leader
Dan Bendit is the Worship Director at the Oakland campus. He grew up in Lancaster, PA and came to Pittsburgh in 2008 to study Political Science, Arabic, and Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout college Dan and his now wife, Stella, attended the Oakland campus and during his senior year Dan served as a worship intern. After graduating from Pitt in 2012, Dan began working full-time in his current position at North Way - Oakland. He is currently taking coursework towards completing an M.A. in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dan and his wife, Stella, married in 2012 and live now live in Pittsburgh’s Regent Square neighborhood.
Sarah Yopp, Production Director
Sarah Yopp is the Production Director at the Oakland campus. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2009 with a B.S. in Public Relations and Dallas Theological Seminary in 2013 with a M.A. in Media & Communications. She previously worked at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas and Global Aid Network, a non-profit organization, as a graphic designer. Sarah has been serving the Oakland team since December of 2013, where she handles all things media, graphic design, production, and marketing related. Sarah resides in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
Pat Michael, Outreach Director
Pat Michael is on staff as the Outreach Director at North Way Oakland, through the ministry of Didasko Ministries Inc. Pat helps to connect and care for internationals in the Oakland community, connect members to local and global outreach opportunities, and helps to shepherd members of the community through discipleship and small groups. Pat has been actively involved in volunteer capacities in the Community since 2010, and joined the staff team in early 2014.
Pat grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, received a bachelors degree at Virginia Tech in 2007, Worked with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for two years doing campus ministry in Melbourne, Australia, then received a Masters of Arts in Religion from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA in 2013.
Pat currently resides in the Banksville neighborhood, and enjoys movies, baseball, and learning about other cultures and the world.