GLC employs a full time pastor, 1/2 time secretary, 1/4 time youth director, 1/4 time music director, a custodian, treasurer and Financial Secretary.
PASTOR MIKE KNAUFF
Hi, I'm "Rev. Michael M. Knauff" but most people just call me "Pastor Mike." My childhood years were spent in the "hamlet" of Townline, New York on the outskirts of Buffalo, NY. I grew up a "PK" (preacher's kid) as my dad was the pastor of the Lutheran church in Townline, NY. After graduating from High School I went out of state to earn a Bachelors degree from Capital University in Columbus, OH. I then enrolled in Trinity Seminary, Columbus, OH where I earned my Master's of Divinity.
Over the past thirty years I have served two different Lutheran church bodies (the ELCA and LCMC) and four different congregations: Zion Lutheran, Frewsburg, NY; Lord of Life Lutheran, Fairfax, VA; Faith Lutheran, Castle Rock, CO; and since July of 2013 Greenford Lutheran, Greenford, OH.
My wife, Debbie, and I have been married for 35 years and together have three grown sons: Adam, Stephen, and Caleb. They've been blessed to find wonderful life partners and we've enjoyed the blessing of having daughters (in-law) added to our family!
I love my schizophrenic Pandora stations (from secular to sacred or classic rock to modern country) and really enjoy singing and playing guitar. As I age I enjoy more sports vicariously but still manage to stay active by jogging and being active on our five acre property by making maple syrup, gardening, and general lawn care. I like to keep my mind active by doing the Vindicator's daily Sudoku puzzle.
My greatest joy in ministry is when God can use me to strengthen folks' faith walk with Christ.
YOUTH DIRECTOR: Matthew Crutchfield
Hi! I am originally from Columbia, SC where I graduated from Columbia International University with a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities. I moved up to Ambridge, PA, about 5 years ago to attend Trinity School for Ministry for my Masters of Arts of Religion with an Emphasis in Theology. I have three siblings and my parents still live in Columba, SC.
I have been fortunate to have a lot of experience in youth ministry both as a student and as a leader. I have served as a volunteer youth leader for several years in South Carolina, a camp counselor at Honeyrock camp located in Wisconsin, and as a volunteer in Pittsburgh. One of my joys in youth ministry is witnessing young adults experience the beauty and truth of the Christian faith and how the Faith clarifies and enriches every part of our lives. Theology forms the basis for understanding our relation to God and, thereby, our relationship with others. I strongly believe that good theology is one we can experience and enjoy!
I am currently living in Ambridge, PA, (with my cat, Tommy, seen in the picture above) where I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, and learning/competing in Brazilian jiujitsu.
Nelda Hawkins, recently (8/13/21) accepted another church secretary position nearer to her home with fewer hours and better pay. We thank her for blessing us with her skills as a secretary and caring heart as a Christian for almost three years.
Of course this means we're currently looking for our next 20 hr/wk office assistant. If you or someone you know is interested, contact our church office (330) 533-5324 for more details.