Staff Bios

BRAD SICKLER | Senior Pastor
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Pastor Brad is from the Corry, PA area. He is a graduate of Edinboro University of PA. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary, Saint Paul, MN. He is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA.

Brad was ordained in 1983. He served in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps for over 22 years. He retired from the Navy Reserve in 2006 having served over 11 years on active duty. Prior to coming to Gospel Alliance Church, he was the Senior Pastor of Oil City Community Alliance Church, Oil City, PA for 9 years.

Brad and Debbie, his wife of over 37 years, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and one grandson. They enjoy family activities, traveling, and time with their grandson. Pastor Brad enjoys playing sports, hunting, and watching old movies.

Pastor Brad’s life challenge verse is Acts 20:24.

ALAN PETKE | Associate Pastor of Youth & Outreach
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Pastor Alan grew up in the peach country of Chambersburg, Pa and after high school attended Toccoa Falls College in Georgia where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry with a minor in Bible. He is a big-picture minded person who is passionate about seeing LIFE-CHANGE happen as result of a person embracing Jesus.    

Alan and his beautiful wife, Janelle, have been part of the GAC family since 2002 and live in the Belle Vernon community. They have been blessed with two boys, Drew & Grant, who act too much like their father.

During his free time, you will find PA [Pastor Alan] playing sports, watching sports, toying with graphics, eating Janelle’s many delicious desserts, working on the occasional home improvement project, playing strategy games, traveling, and spending boat-loads of time with his family.

A few of PA’s favorite verses are Romans 6:23 and 1 Peter 3:15.

JORDAN BUCHMANN | Pastor of Worship Arts & Connections
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Pastor Jordan Buchmann joined the Gospel Alliance Church team in April of 2014 as the Worship and Connections Pastor. Previous to that, he served as the worship leader at the Huntingdon CMA church. Jordan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bible as well as a Bachelor’s degree in music from Cairn University. He is passionate about people and about encouraging God’s people to be worshippers in their daily lives. Jordan also serves at Alliance Marriage Encounter where he and his wife team up to lead music and encourage growth in marriages.  

Jordan and his beautiful wife Crystal have been married since 2011. They enjoy spending time together and with friends. In his free time, Jordan likes to play board games, go biking, hiking, or kayaking, and play pick up games of football. When not enjoying social time with his wife and friends, Jordan enjoys watching a good movie or TV show and the occasional video game. Pastor Jordan’s favorite Scripture verse is Romans 12:1-2.

RICH PUKL | Pastor of Administration & Adult Ministry
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Pastor Rich was born in the Uniontown area and has continued to reside there. He has been a member of Local Union #354 Pipefitters by profession for over 40 years and he is a Mechanical Estimator for an industrial contractor in Washington, PA. In 2004 he received a degree in Christian Counseling. In May of 2010 Rich was a student of the first graduating class of Pennsylvania Bible Institute. In August of that same year Rich was licensed by the District as a Pastor of Administration. Since transferring to GAC, he is now the Pastor of Adult Ministries. 

Rich and his wife Marcia have been married since 1975. God has blessed them with a daughter, Amy, and a son, Joshua who are both adults now. Rich has always been very involved with their kids in the various sport activities in which they participated with a supportive and caring mother alongside.

Pastor Rich enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He likes having Saturday morning breakfast and sharing thoughts with others, showing people how to work through their problems by applying the Word of God in their situations. Rich enjoys teaching adults one on one or in a classroom setting. When he has the time, he enjoys reading or watching a good who-dun-it movie.

Some of the verses Pastor Rich meditates on are: Romans 12:1, 2; Philippians 4:6-9; and Colossians 4:6.

JILL STEIN | Children's Ministry Director
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Jill serves as Director of our Children’s Ministry called “Awesome Adventures”.

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