We welcome Pastor James Benson as our Senior Pastor, effective August 1, 2022. Pastor James previously served Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, Illinois for seven and a half years, though he is a native of New Castle, PA. He earned his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA and his B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He is currently working on a D.Min. in adaptive leadership from Gordon-Conwell.
Pastor James has a passion for leadership and discipleship. He loves hearing stories of how people came to faith, and he loves helping people tell their stories. He regularly disciples individuals to help them find their calling in Christ.
Pastor James and Katie have been married since 2006 and have two sons, Ian and Cameron. They live in Sewickley with their two English pointers, Remus and Molly. Katie is an orchestra teacher in Chartiers Valley. Pastor James enjoys carpentry, reading, racquetball, hiking, and various other activities.
Nadine Roy, or Dena as she prefers to be called, joined the CCUPC staff in January of 2007 as the Assistant to the Pastor. In April of 2010 she was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament and installed to the Associate Pastor position.
Rev. Roy has been a Western PA girl all of her life. She grew up in Bridgeville, just south of Pittsburgh, where she was a member of Bethany Presbyterian church. Dena attended Grove City College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Thought. After college Dena enrolled at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she earned her Masters of Divinity Degree. During this time Dena served a congregation in Crafton, PA.
Dena’s husband, Brooks, has lived in Cranberry Township since the spring of 2004, and Dena joined him here in the fall of 2005 after they were married. Brooks owns and operates a computer consulting company in near-by Warrendale, PA. Dena and Brooks have a 3 children and share their home with two cats, Gigabyte and Terabyte, and some fish.
It constantly amazes Dena to see God’s grace at work in the members here at CCUPC and throughout the world, and she feels honored that God has allowed her to be a part of it.