Leadership

Leadership

John & Michelle Nuzzo

senior pastor

About Pastor John:

I've been married to Michelle for 25 years and have three children—two in college and one at home. I've lived in Africa and loved it. I started ministry as a children's and youth pastor. I then traveled speaking in churches for 8 years before founding Victory Family Church.

Interests:

I am pretty boring. I like watching Steelers games and playing golf.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

I love that everyday of my life I wake up with the knowledge that God is for me and that I have an intimate relationship with my heavenly Father.

Favorite Scripture:

2 Corinthians 5:17 - "If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away and all things have become new."

Favorite Movies:

Godfather I & II

Favorite Books:

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
Grace: The Power to Change by Dr. James Richards

I'm Fascinated By:

The grace and goodness of God.

About Michelle:

I am a true Southerner... I was born and raised in North Florida. I married John and went into full-time ministry at 19. We traveled in churches throughout the United States and did mission work in Southern Africa also. We started the church when I was 25, and we have been pastoring ever since. I have three wonderful children, who are now all teenagers. I love being a mom.

Ministry Involvement:

Assisting my husband in pastoring and women's ministry.

Interests:

I love interior design and cooking. Also being from Florida, I love the beach and sun! Give me hot weather, and I'm happy.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

There are so many things I could say, but one of the things I love most is the fact that I am never alone in life! I have the God who created the universe living inside of me, and He gives me supernatural grace and wisdom to live life. His love is so amazing!

Favorite Scripture:

I love Philippians 4:13 in the Amplified - "I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me: I am self sufficient in Christ's sufficiency."

Favorite Quote:

One of my favorite quotes is, "Let God make a message out of your mess." - Joyce Meyer. This is so true for me!

Favorite Movie:

Message in a Bottle (I am a hopeless romantic, and I love Kevin Costner as an actor.)

Favorite Books:

I love reading so there are so many... The two most impacting to my life would be:
The Authority of the Believer by Kenneth Hagin and
Grace: The Power to Change by Dr. James Richards

Steve Moore

executive pastor

About Pastor Steve:

I've been married for 32 years to the most wonderful woman in the world and have 3 great kids who love God and honor Him with their lives.

Ministry Involvement:

Supervise the staff and try to keep Pastor John out of trouble!

Interests:

I really enjoy running (disturbing I know), spending time with my family, and working on projects at home.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

I love knowing that our heavenly Father accepts us, loves us, and "likes" us—He actually wants to know us and fellowship with us in a very real and personal way.

Favorite Quote:

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Vince Lombardi

Favorite Movies:

It's A Wonderful Life (Jimmy Stewart movie), Secondhand Lions, and Groundhog Day are some of my favorite movies.

Favorite Websites:

Runnersworld.com and many other running related sites.
Amazon.com (Kindle + they sell everything and if you can't find it there, you probably don't really need it.)

Future Aspirations:

When I grow up, I want to qualify to run the Boston Marathon.

Matt Gates

associate pastor
business administrator

About Pastor Matt:

I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Previously worked for KPMG and Mastech. I attended Victory for the first time in 1996, was married in 1997, and now have two kids.

Ministry Involvement:

Church Administration, Financial Peace, Men's Ministry

Interests:

Cycling, professional sports, my children and family, shooting/hunting, and vacation.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

Knowing that He loves me as a child, He is always there for me, and that I have someone with me no matter what I face in this world.

Favorite Bible Characters:

Matthew and David, as they were named after me. Actually King David because of his passion for the Lord.

Favorite Scripture:

Philippians 4:8-9 - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

Favorite Movies:

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Star Wars Episodes IV, V, and VI
12 Angry Men (1957)
Miracle on 34th Street (Favorite Christmas Movie)

Favorite Book:

Church and Clergy Tax Guide

Most People Don't Know:

I like to travel, have been in 45 of the 50 states, and have traveled to Europe on several occasions.

Chris Palmer

associate pastor
pastoral care

About Pastor Chris:

I wanna tell you all a story about a man named Chris: a poor landscaper, barely kept his family fed, then one day, he was reading the Word of God, and up out of the book came the Blessing of God, prosperity that is, abundance in everything. The next thing you know, young Chris met Gerri, got married and had two kids named Lydia and Christian. They added two cats and a dog named Sadie, and they loaded up the truck and they moved to Victory—Church that is, cafe and bookstore. - Sing it Jed! (for all you young-ens, YouTube Beverly Hillbillies).

Ministry Involvement:

Pastoral Care, Prayer Partners, Healing Team, Hospital Visitation, GriefShare, Victory Group (addiction recovery), Nursing Home Ministry, Care Ministry, Care 'n Share Ministry, Beauty for Ashes Ministry, and Missions. Oversees Outreach Hub of Small Groups Ministry.

Interests:

My Family, mowing my lawn, landscaping, skiing, biking, hiking, and motorcycles.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

That I can act like God - Ephesians 5:1

Favorite Bible Characters:

David - "Who is this uncircumcised heathen who defies our God"?; Enoch - He pleased God, and got so close to Him that he just checked out and did not see death; Abraham - He was a "friend of God", and the "father of faith"; and Stephen - He was full of faith, power, and wisdom; he had the face of an angel, and as he was being stoned to death, he cried out, "Forgive them for they know not what they do." (He reminds me of Jesus.)

Favorite Scriptures:

Ephesians 5:1 - "Be imatators of Christ." He never tells us to do something that he hasn't enabled or equipped us to do.
I John 4:17 - As He is, so am I.
2 Corinthians 5:21 - I have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:20 - He does exceedingly above and beyond what I can ask, think, or even imagine!

Favorite Quotes:

"Dare to Believe" - Smith Wigglesworth
"Be it unto me according to Thy Word" - Mary
"Nevertheless at Thy Word" - Peter

Favorite Sermon Series:

You are God's Garden by Kenneth E. Hagin

Favorite Movies:

All Clint Eastwood Westerns and It's a Wonderful Life.

Most People Don't Know:

I like to do extreme skiing.

Future Aspirations:

To be God's gardener.

Paul Peterson

associate pastor

About Pastor Paul:

I have been married to my college sweetheart Patty (Jordon) since 1983 and we have three children.

Ministry Involvement:

Growth Track, Small Groups, and Dream Team

Interests:

Golf, reading books on leadership, traveling, and long walks on the beach with my wife Patty (yes, really!).

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

The positive outlook and expectation that comes with believing the promises of God are what I like best. Being around other believers and filling one's heart with positive expectations for life can really go unrealized until unbelievers point out that you have a positive outlook. It is so much better to live this way.

Favorite Bible Character:

Elisha—he humbled himself and served Elijah for many years and was blessed with a double anointing that saw him bless twice as many people as his mentor.

Favorite Scripture:

Jeremiah 29:11 - I have the hope of a future because He told me I do. What peace and confidence that brings me.

Favorite Quotes:

"What you do speaks so loudly that people can't hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"No one goes to that restaurant anymore because it's too crowded." - Yogi Berra

Favorite Movie:

Field of Dreams - The whole "build it and they will come" thing resonates well with me as an economist and serves me well here at Victory.

Favorite Musicians:

Matt Maher, Big Daddy Weave, Casting Crowns, Third Day, plus others. I can't name just one.

Favorite Sermon Series:

The Ground of Your Heart by Pastor John
New Prototype, New Creation by Mark Hankins
Five Things I Know About People by John Maxwell (1991).

Favorite Books:

The Blessed Life by Robert Morris, Dream Thieves by Rick Renner, The Way of the Shepherd by Kevin Leman, and anything written by John Maxwell.

Life Motto:

No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

Previous Line of Work:

Sales and Sales Management

John Spencer

associate pastor

About Pastor John:

Pastor John and his wife Kathy have served with and supported Pastor John Nuzzo and Michelle's ministry since 1986. He served on the Board of Directors for Victory Family Church for several years and also served in several outreach ministry positions.

Pastor Spencer received a B.A. in Education from Fairmont State College, an M.S. from West Virginia University, a diploma from Victory Bible Training in Huntington, West Virginia, and a B.A. and Master's degree in Theology from Life Christian University in Tampa, Florida. He has taught on the high school, college, and graduate school levels.

Ministry Involvement:

Pastor John Spencer is primarily responsible for spiritual growth and development. He oversees the LIFE Groups and Spiritual Growth hubs within the Small Groups ministry. Pastor John also oversees the First Impressions ministry which includes Ushers, Welcoming Team, Information and Event Centers, Safety and Security, Emergency Medical, Spiritual Personal Trainers, First Time Visitors outreach, Valet Parking, and Traffic teams.

Interests:

Golfing, reading, cruise vacations, football, movies, and spending time with family.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

Helping people walk through and overcome life's issues through the Word.

Favorite Scripture:

Philippians 4:6-8 - "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Favorite Quotes:

"It is not the things that come against us in life that hurt us; it is our response to the things that come against us that hurt us!" and "We will live our destiny only to the degree that we live it in an abiding sense of who we are in Jesus!"

Favorite Books:

Grace: The Power to Change by Dr. James Richards
Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Dr. James Richards
Relentless by John Bevere

Life Motto:

Sow a thought, reap words; sow words, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap character; sow a character, reap a destiny!

Zack Blair

youth & young adult pastor

About Pastor Zack:

Has a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry, Associate of Arts in Informational Writing from Geneva, and a Bachelor of Science in Theology from Life Christian University.

Ministry Involvement:

Worship, Thrive, 19north

Interests:

Family and music.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

The aspect of grace which is God's undeserving and unearned favor and His power to overcome any difficult situation.

Favorite Bible Character:

Barnabas - his birth name was Joseph and the apostles changed it to Barnabas because it meant "son of encouragement." Throughout his ministry, it's evident that he believed in people when they didn't believe in themselves.

Favorite Scripture:

Romans 6-8

Favorite Movie:

The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Books:

Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Most People Don't Know:

I can play music on my teeth.

Rachel Reed

children's director

About Rachel:

My family started attending Victory back in the cinema days and has been here ever since. I also met and married my husband Jason at Victory in September of 2006. Ironically, we only grew up 15 minutes away from each other and even attended the same college, but never met until at Victory.

I have been on staff in the Children's Ministry since 2001, where I served in the capacity of assistant to the Children's Ministry for the last nine years before accepting the position as the director in November of 2010. I am also currently attending the Community College of Beaver County where I am getting my Business Management degree.

Ministry Involvement:

I oversee the Children's department, which is birth through sixth grade, as well as the Endless Possibilities Special Needs ministry.

Interests:

Cooking, collecting cookbooks, and watching football with my hubby.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

That no matter what I face, God can be my source of strength and comfort even in busy everyday life.

Favorite Bible Character:

Esther because her life reminds me that God has created all of us for a such a time as this moment just like He did in her life.

Favorite Scripture:

Jeremiah 29:11 - "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

Favorite Websites:

www.foodnetwork.com

Most People Don't Know:

That in high school I participated in the J.R.O.T.C. Military Program from 9th through 12th grades.

Vicky East

worship director

About Vicky:

I've been on staff at Victory since 1997. I worked at a stock brokerage firm for 11 years in Charlotte, NC, before coming to PA. I grew up in a one-stoplight town in WV—much like Mayberry. My wonderful mother still lives there. I have two older brothers and one younger sister who have collectively and generously shared 8 nieces and nephews with me, all of whom I adore. I love life in PA, especially at Victory. I'm thankful for the abundance of friends God has blessed me with since coming here. I'm always looking forward to the new chapters of my life that God continues to unfold.

Ministry Involvement:

I oversee the worship team staff and a very talented group of volunteer singers and musicians, and I love working with them. I work under the direction of the Creative Director and alongside the Band Director with the shared goal of presenting the gospel creatively and effectively through music and helping to create an atmosphere of worship in which people can experience the power and presence of God.

Interests:

I love spending time with friends and family. I love the outdoors, although I don't get to experience as much of it as I'd like. I enjoy writing—when inspired. I love to play my keyboard at home, which is my favorite place to worship.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

My relationship with the Father and that my Christianity is not a religious obligation, impersonal experience, or meaningless title. I am a beloved child of God. He knows and loves me inside and out.

Favorite Scripture:

John 17:20-26 (I love that Jesus prayed to the Father for me.)

Favorite Movie:

Return to Me (great chic-flick)

Favorite Book:

The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds (I love the way that he writes—almost poetic. Wonderful thoughts on prayer.)

Future Aspirations:

To master the game of tennis. Tennis anyone?

Kathi Moore

dream team coordinator

About Kathi Moore:

I am a native of Western PA (GO Stillers!) and have been a part of Victory since we started attending in 1998. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two beautiful daughters and one awesome grandson. I spend as much of time with them as I can, which involves travel since they grew up and moved away.

Ministry Involvement:

I am the Dream Team Coordinator, which means that I oversee our 301 & 401 Growth Track Events. Truthfully, Discovery 301 is my favorite night of the month since I get to teach about discovering your purpose and to talk to the wonderful people who attend. I also oversee the Girlfriend’s Women’s small groups. I love watching as women minister to other women, and then seeing God work through those divine connections.

Interests:

I love to run (most recently I’ve done some half-marathons), travel (I am always up for a road trip), read, walk my gigantic dog, watch football, and ride motorcycles with my husband.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

The faithfulness of God!

Favorite Scriptures:

There are so many to choose from, but my favorite chapter in the Bible is Romans 8. It starts with "no condemnation" and ends with "nothing can separate me from the Love of God." Awesome!

Favorite Movies:

Princess Bride, Gone with the Wind, and A Christmas Story, to name a few.

Favorite Books:

Anything by C.S. Lewis, and Agatha Christie murder mysteries.

I'm Fascinated By:

God’s Creation. I love to be outside in every season enjoying the intricacies of what God has made.

Life Motto:

Never stop learning.

Future Aspirations:

Someday, I am going to see the Grand Canyon. I also might run a marathon—I’m still thinking about that.

Previous Line of Work

I was a high school math teacher. I taught everything from 7th grade general math to calculus. This means that I have an analytical brain, but I am not a human calculator, so don’t expect an immediate response to “what’s 98 X 17?”

Bob & Christina Kaleta

marriage resource directors

About Bob Kaleta:

I reside in North Sewickley Township with my lovely wife Christina and our awesome morkie, Zoe. I’ve attended Victory since the summer of 2004, and was hired on staff as the IT Administrator in January of 2006. In November 2013, my wife Christina and I accepted the role of Marriage Resources Hub Leaders.

Ministry Involvement:

Overseeing the IT department and partnering with my wife, Christina, as the Marriage Resources Small Groups Hub Leader.

Interests:

Outside of working with computers and supporting our Marriage Resources small group captains, I enjoy almost any outdoor activity. Golf is probably my favorite, since it allows me to spend time with my wife, father, and friends from the church. The times of fellowship I’ve enjoyed on the golf course are moments I truly treasure. During the spring and summer months, I’m often found standing in a trout stream or in my boat on a lake, fishing with my father. In the fall and winter months, I’m typically in the woods either hiking or hanging from the side of a tree, bow hunting. I also enjoy playing volleyball, watching movies, and a nice evening at home having dinner and playing board games with friends and family.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

Continually growing in the knowledge and understanding of who I am in Christ and how much God truly loves me. Having the opportunity to share this with others is such a blessing. We’ve been called to be the body of Christ, His hands and feet, and to share the Gospel with hurting and broken people. It’s incredible to think that God has asked us to be His ambassadors, and it's a joy to minister the Good News and share the love of God with others.

Favorite Bible Characters:

Besides Jesus, probably Paul. I love how his life was completely transformed, and how he was so focused on what God had called him to. He never stopped pushing forward, no matter the obstacles, because he understood his purpose. He set so many incredible examples of how to overcome practically any circumstance we face as we run our race for God.

Favorite Scriptures:

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

Favorite Quotes:

"The moment we judge someone, we forfeit the opportunity to help them." (source unknown)

Favorite Books:

Besides the Bible:
Grace: The Power to Change by James Richards
Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
Inside the Magic Kingdom by Tom Connellan
Great Leaders Grow by Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller

Favorite Movies:

There are really so many to choose from, depending on the genre. Some of my favorites include (in no particular order): The entire Bourne series, The Princess Bride, The Sandlot, Remember the Titans, Brave Heart, The Patriot, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and believe it or not, The Wedding Planner.

Favorite Sermon or Series:

Crowned With Dignity & Worth by Pastor John. This is truly a life-changing series. When people get a revelation (heart knowledge) of who they are in Christ and how much God loves them, their entire lives are transformed from deflated survivors to victorious overcomers.

About Christina Kaleta:

Born in Fresno, California. Moved to Pittsburgh in 1989. Met my husband in 2000, we got married in 2004. We started attending Victory Family Church shortly before we got married and have been there ever since. I completed two years of Victory Bible Institue where I receive a certificate of completion.

Ministry Involvement:

Marriage Resources Hub Leader

Interests:

Driving, walking, sleeping, sitting on the beach, massages, watching movies, talking with friends, getting my hair done.

What I Love Most About Being a Christian:

Forgiveness, because it sets ME free.

Favorite Scriptures:

Romans 5:8 - "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Favorite Books:

Anything on development:
Great Leaders Grow by Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller
Time Management by Richard Winwood
Reduce Me to Love by Joyce Meyer
Anything by Francine Rivers.

Life Motto:

"Are you happy? Well...let your face know it." (only because I need reminded)

Favorite Movies:

Documentries on food: Food Matters, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and Hungry for Change.