Mclane Church


Brian Kelly
Senior Pastor
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Brian is a native of McKean, Pennsylvania and a graduate of General McLane High School. He received his BA in history from Calvin College and his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Brian’s passion is teaching, particularly explaining the books of the Bible to make them relevant and accessible to current culture. He is very interested in the changing role of the church in a post-Christian culture. Brian is married to Tavia and they have three children Nathan, Ansley and Bria. In the winter you can find Brian on the area’s ski slopes and in the summer sailing on Lake Erie. At home, Brian enjoys cooking and horseback riding.

Ben DiStefano
Erie Site Pastor
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Ben is the site pastor for our Erie location where he leads teams to make an impact on the Erie region, incorporating the McLane values with an Erie flair.  His favorite teams wear black and gold; he loves lasagna, talks with his hands, and is a little bit Type A.  Ben and his wife Amy have 4 children that don’t stop growing. At the end of the day, Ben is still trying to figure out how not to be wasted talent.

Chris Norris
Church Online Site Pastor

Chris leads McLane's first-ever online church as the site pastor. His primary role is to oversee all online services and be available throughout the service to engage with visitors and viewers by promoting conversation, community, prayer and pastoral support. When he's not logged on, Chris can usually be found with his family at a Cleveland Indians game, more than likely with his phone out tweeting about the game.

Mike Priestap
Edinboro Site Pastor
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As the Edinboro Site Pastor, one of Mike’s favorite things is working closely with people and watching them grow in their faith. He loves that the people at McLane are genuine and the Gospel message is clear. He feels honored to be able to take what God has given him in life experiences and education and use it to incite spiritual growth. Mike and his wife Barb have three daughters and grandchildren that they enjoy visiting in Vermont and Montana. Mike would love to see you at McLane Church.

Lynora Rumm
Union City Site Pastor
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Lynora is the site pastor at our Union City location where she leads ministry teams dedicated to building community through dynamic worship and engaging small groups. Lynora enjoys hanging out with students and serving the Union City community. When not working, Lynora loves exploring the outdoors, jigsaw puzzles, and playing Scrabble with her husband Jim.

Jane Chesley
Generational Ministries Administrative Assistant
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Jane supports Power Zone teams at all of our sites ensuring safe and fun environments so children can connect with Jesus Christ. Jane and her husband Jay have two children that keep her happy and busy.

Lucas Fosburg
Production & Facilities Coordinator

Lucas is the go-to-guy for keeping our buildings functioning, for supporting production of the weekend, and for a smile and kind word any day of the week.  He likes building teams and working in a variety of areas with many different people. When he’s not busy around the church, Lucas loves spending time with his beautiful daughters and wife.

Rachel Gilbert
Media Production Coordinator

Rachel creates for our church.  As a videographer, photographer, designer, and team coordinator, she is a quiet force behind what our people see on the weekend.  

Micah Goring
Food Service Coordinator
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Micah wants to live in a world where bacon is the ultimate health food, kitchens clean themselves and coffee beans are grown with just the right amount of cream and sugar. Before cooking at McLane church, Micah had fun traveling Asia and Africa, first with his missionary parents, then with the United States Air Force and finally with General Electric.  When he’s not making a mess in the kitchen he loves to spend time with his wife Katy, and three fun loving children Gracy, Rocky and Donna.

Tavia Kelly
Small Groups Director
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Tavia works with our Life Groups team to ensure people at McLane Church can connect in friendship for wholehearted living behind the lead of Jesus. Tavia believes that God’s best work happens when sharing everyday life with others who are pursuing life in Christ. You might find her own group meeting at a Presque Isle beach or Wegmans, two of her favorite places. She loves traveling adventures, volleyball, reading what her children recommend, and long family meals that her husband Brian cooks.

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Kathy King
Assistant to Senior Pastor
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Kathy provides support to the senior pastor. She is an organizer with great attention to detail that allows Brian to preach and lead McLane Church with minimal distractions. Kathy is a friendly voice and face within the busy life of our church. She loves to read and attend shows at the Erie Playhouse. Kathy and her husband Andy have three children, Chris, Sam, and Audrey.

Chrissi Michaelis
Generational Ministries Administrative Assistant
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Chrissi provides support across our sites to our PowerZone team and G3. On any given day, she manages data, plans and executes communication, supports volunteers, and coordinates events for Generational Ministries.  During off hours, Chrissi enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys.  When she is not in the bleachers at a sporting event, you can find her reading or taking a walk.

Dawn Snodgrass
Chief of Staff
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Dawn provides strategy and support to help the McLane Church staff work effectively and efficiently while having a little fun. She is constantly and happily challenged to keep pace with the hardest working team of people she has ever encountered.  Dawn and her husband Buck enjoy entertaining in their home and traveling to places near and far, including Nashville, TN where their son and daughter-in-law live.

Roger Scarlett
Small Group Administrative Assistant
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Roger serves as an administrative assistant at McLane Church, primarily supporting Life Groups.  He publishes the Life Groups weekly e-newsletter and helps to organize and promote the ministry. Roger is a licensed pastor and is involved in caregiving to homebound and hospitalized folks, as well as officiating funerals and leading multiple small groups.  When "off duty," he enjoys other volunteer work, including being a guide at the Presque Isle Lighthouse and doing visits with his therapy dog, Willie Nelson. Roger has been married for 38 years, has four grown children, and three grandchildren.

Brian Spence
Worship Director
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Spence oversees the worship and production teams for each of our four sites.  It's his mission each week for McLane church worship to be authentic and engaging . What Spence loves most about his job is the opportunity to help make a difference in someone's eternity.  When he's not at church or spending time with his wife and two kids, Spence enjoys cheering on his childhood-hometown Pittsburgh Penguins and chasing Phish around the country. 

Brian Van Matre
Financial Leader

In Brian’s role at McLane, he is privileged to see firsthand as God faithfully provides for His Church in the day-to-day operations. As a support to the staff, he assists in managing the annual budget, provides bookkeeping and general business correspondence, and assists with facilities management. Brian is married to Kelley and together they enjoy their four children and their spouses, and two grandchildren.

Kelley Van Matre
Administrative Leader for Office Operations

Kelley serves as the Administrative Leader for Office Operations. Her goal is to help the church staff do their jobs well by being an administrative support, and by helping to create a welcoming environment for visitors and a positive and encouraging environment for the staff. You’ll rarely find her away from her husband, children, and grandchildren.