About Our Oakland Church Campus When are the church services? Click here for service times.
Where are the services? Our Oakland Campus is at 120 McKee Place. Click here for directions.
What should I expect? We meet weekly in our own building, in a casual environment that holds no more than 300 people in any given service. 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? On Sundays, free parking is available in our leased parking lot on Forbes and Coltart which are conveniently located a block from the church. On street parking is also available and free on Sundays and after 6 pm.
The Oakland campus is centrally located to all easterly bus routes that run along Forbes or Fifth avenues. Use cross streets Atwood St. or McKee Pl. to find a bus to our campus from your location.
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.