Ministers of the Church: All the People of Salem.  “Don’t just go to church; BE the CHURCH.”

Supporting these ministers:

Rev. Stephanie Gottschalk

 

Rev. Stephanie Gottschalk is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who has just joined Salem in July 2021.

She was born in Warren County and raised in Greene County, PA. Growing up in a mission-oriented church,  First United Methodist Church in Waynesburg, she put together disaster relief kits as a youth and went on her first mission trip—to Russia—in 1996 when she was 15. She studied international relations at George Washington University and in 2004, as a mission intern for the Conference, was part of an East German-Western PA Partnership team traveling to Russia. She earned her master’s degree at Wesley Theological Seminary, and while a student led a seminary group team to Russia.

After being commissioned in 2007, Rev. Gottschalk served the Cambridge Springs First/New Richmond charge in the Erie-Meadville District from 2007-2009 and began serving Emanuel UMC in the Pittsburgh District in 2009. Ordained an elder in 2010, she also served other Pittsburgh Parish churches and as associate director of United Methodist Church Union in Pittsburgh. In October of 2013, she joined the Western PA Conference staff as the Mission and Volunteers in Mission (VIM) coordinator, traveling to serve with fellow Christian across the US and around the world from Fiji to Zimbabwe. In February 2018 Rev. Stephanie began serving as executive director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat, a disaster response ministry that hosts mission volunteers in the Bahamas.

Rev. Stephanie is glad to be returning to Western PA. She takes joy in working with children, youth and young adults, and building intergenerational and multicultural community based on connection and Godly purpose. Specific areas of ministry experience include disaster response and creative outreach and mission efforts that meet practical needs while offering spiritual formation.

Vickie Kaminski, Children’s Worship