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Children's Ministry Staff

  Gwen Kelley

Children’s Ministry Director

412-586-3681 ext 258

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Gwen is currently serving as the Children's Ministries Director and previously served as our Outreach Director for 10 years.  Her heart is for kids, no matter what their needs.  She has two outstanding kids; Christopher, and Dyane who she met through the church and brought into her family about 8 years ago.  She always wanted a lot of kids, so God answered with over 1,000 here in CM!

Tracy Grondziowski

Assistant Director of CM

412-586-3681 ext 259

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 Tracy is the Assistant Director of Children's Ministries, but her role is more than just organizing details. She loves the kids and is excited about our team of 410 volunteers who are seen, trained, and released to serve in the ministries to children at ACAC.  She is committed to bring the Joy of Jesus to the volunteers and children. Tracy has been involved in Children’s Ministry for 20 years and been on staff for 6 years. Tracy has been married to Joe for 25 years and they have 4 beautiful children and a wonderful daughter-in-law.  She enjoys running, gardening, and spending time with friends and family and has called Pittsburgh her home most of her life.

 Krista Mueller

Outreach Director

412-586-3681 ext 253

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Krista is our Outreach Director. She has been with us since 2009 and has loved every second of it. She received her bachelor’s in Family and Children’s Ministry from Toccoa Falls College. In her free time (that's kind of a joke) she loves to travel, run, hike, shop, and cook.

Leslie Rich

Nursery Director /

Administrative Assistant

412-586-3681 ext 256

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 Leslie  has served in Children's Ministries for 15 years. She serves as Nursery Director and an Administrative Assistant. Her passion is to serve the babies and their parents. She has 5 grown children, and she thoroughly enjoys her sweet little granddaughters, Ezra, Evelyn, Rori Jo, and Caroline. She loves kids, scrap-booking and writing.

 Hilary Nelson

Outreach Academic Coordinator /

Administrative Assistant

412-586-3681 ext 257

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 Hilary is our Outreach Academic Coordinator and part-time administrative assistant for Children's Ministries.  She takes care of all of the academics for our After School Place and Summer Day Camp, as well as all of the general questions at CM. Her husband, Marvin, is the Campus Church Planting Pastor here at ACAC. She has three children: MJ, Amelia, and Liam. Hilary is an Alumni of Nyack College with a degree in Elementary Education and enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Melinda Hayostek

Financial and Ordering Coordinator

Ultimate Master of all things FUN!

412-586-3681 ext 213

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Melinda has the BEST JOB EVER!  She shops on someone else’s dime.  Every time she comes into the office it’s like Christmas because she gets to open and put away all the fun things she buys.   

Mary Jo Johnson

Curriculum Coordinator

412-586-3681 ext 251

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Mary Jo is serving as our part-time Curriculum Coordinator for over 15 years. She has helped write our preschool curriculum.  Mary Jo loves spending her free time with her adorable granddaughter, Christiana.

Sean Meyercheck

Outreach Assistant

Kid's Club Coordinator

412-586-3681 ext 254

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Sean is our Clubs Coordinator and Outreach Assistant for Children's Ministries. He was born and bred in the 'burgh. He has been married to his wife Jen for over 10 years and has 2 spirited children; Imani (7 years old) and Bailen (5 years old), who are an endless source of entertainment at home and at CM. Sean has just completed his MBA and is currently taking classes through the PA Bible Institute.  He also enjoys mentoring, home improvement, riding his motorcycle, and cross-stitch.

                                                                                                             Catherine Key

CM Assistant 

412-586-3681 ext 255

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Catherine is our CM Assistant and she also works with the children in the After School Place and volunteers on Sundays for the Children’s Ministries Department.She has a passion for children and has been involved with the Children’s Ministries for five years where she is thrilled to teach children the love of Jesus. She has four beautiful children and a wonderful daughter-in-law.  She loves spending time with her 7 grandchildren, whom she adores.  Some of her favorite things to do with the "grands" are teaching them to swim, how to plant a garden and, most of all, to love Jesus. She never hesitates to share the love of Jesus with her family and friends.  She calls both Pittsburgh and Georgia her home.