WHO WE ARE

Encounter Church exists to bring life to the restless and change lives through the power of God’s love. Everything we do as a church family is built around 3 Keys to Encountering God. Our schedule of ministry is designed to equip you to:

OUR STORY

Encounter Church began as a dream in the hearts of Pastor Jared and Heather while they were serving on staff at Lifestone Church in the Southside of Pittsburgh. In 2012, they moved with their family to Lawrenceville and began meeting neighbors and serving the community. God brought together a group of people to join in the vision for the city and Encounter Church launched its weekend services in March 2014. Since that time, Encounter has consistently served people and brought them the hope and life of Jesus Christ.

OUR PASTOR

Encounter Church is led by Jared Lanza. Jared has been leading in ministry for over 10 years and helped start a successful church in Pittsburgh in 2010. In 2012, he moved with his family to the neighbhood of Lawrenceville with the dream to start a new church in the city. Jared has been married to Heather since 2001, and they have 2 beautiful children.


OUR TEAM

Joining Jared and Heather are a growing number of devoted friends who share a deep love for God, each other, and the city of Pittsburgh. Some of them have spent their entire lives in the Burgh. Others are transplants, having left their homes and jobs to move from all over the country.


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our staff

  • JARED LANZA

    lead pastor

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  • Heather Lanza

    Care Pastor

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  • Aaron Ashton

    Worship Pastor

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  • Mary Ashton

    Life Groups Director

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  • Dylan Witte

    Missions coordinator

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  • Chris Lanza

    Creative arts Director

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  • Cristina Wecker

    Guest Services Director/EC Kids Director

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