Pastoral Team

BOB RICONDA | Lead Pastor
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Bob graduated from Cairn University and has served in New Jersey churches and ministries for over thirty five years.  He started Hope Chapel in southern New Jersey and pastored there for eighteen years.  In 2009 he served as a Regional Superintendent and the Church Planting Director for the Christian & Missionary Alliance in the greater New York City/Philadelphia area during which he oversaw the starting of over 30 new churches and worked with 36 existing churches.  In 2019 Bob joined the GAC team to lead us through new doors of ministry, discipleship, and outreach which God is opening.

Bob enjoys playing softball, watching baseball, reading military history, and spending time with his wife, Julie. Together they enjoy sailing, board games, and hiking. They live in Monongahela and have three grown children and three grandchildren.

2 Corinthians 3:4-5

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), and a little girl, Natalie, who gets her beautiful looks from mom!

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, 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.

PAULA CLARKE | Children's Ministry Director
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Having a desire to serve the Lord has been on the forefront of Paula’s mind for as long as she can remember. She has lived out servant leadership in various churches for over 30 years, in the areas of administration, worship, prayer, women’s and children’s ministry. Since becoming a part of GAC in 2001, and Children’s Director in 2018, she has had opportunity to use those experiences to serve.

Knowing children are dear to God’s heart. Paula desires to see families grow in Christ, as the church comes alongside parents providing a safe place, fun learning environment, dedicated group leaders, and valuable tools.

Born in Georgia and raised in Florida, Pennsylvania’s weather has been a challenge. However, the church and the family atmosphere have given her a place to grow. Paula and her wonderful husband, Dean, married in 1995. (Ok, so it’s ‘Paula-Dean’, right!). They have two awesome children, Jordan and Shelby, whom she adores! She loves the crazy – fun, challenging, and rewarding family life God has provided.

Paula, Of God, “I’m never surprised, and always amazed!”

Of several favorite Bible verses, this stands out: Psalm 91:1.

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