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B.J. Woodworth is the lead pastor of the Open Door, a PCUSA missional church community in Pittsburgh’s East End. He serves the church by providing missional leadership in worship, vision casting, strategy, organization, and teaching. He is a graduate of Westminster College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He worked for the CCO doing campus ministry at Bellefield Presbyterian Church and the University of Pittsburgh from 1992-2003. BJ has been married to Katrina for over 20 years and they have four children, Kyra, Elena, Alex and Zach. B.J. received a certificate in Spiritual Transformation from the Transforming Center in Wheaton, IL. He is devoted to the monastic traditions and incorporates them into his spiritual practices, reading, and beer brewing. BJ has brought spiritual and organizational guidance and coaching to boards and organizations going through transition such as the Union Project, Garfield Community Farm, the New Church Development Commission of Pittsburgh Presbytery and the Open Door itself.
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John Creasy is the Associate Pastor for the Open Door and director of Garfield Community Farm. He serves the Open Door by leading the band, equipping new members to use their gifts and explore their dreams, and by developing and implementing ways for the Open Door to serve the larger community in which we find ourselves.
As director of Garfield Farm, John has worked to create an ecologically diverse neighborhood farm on nearly three acres of land at the top of the Garfield neighborhood. This farm serves to educate the local church on our call as Christians toward environmental sustainability and to provide healthy organic produce to those of lower income in the Garfield neighborhood. In 2010 the Garfield Farm team began a Community Supported Agriculture project, or CSA, in which local families receive weekly vegetables for 20 weeks out of the year.
John and his wife, Alyssa; have three children, Téah, Micah and Lyle; two large dogs and three chickens. They’ve lived in the East End of Pittsburgh for the past seven years.
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Jen moved to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2004 for a counseling internship and started attending the Open Door – 1) because it was a good fit and 2) because worship was in the evenings and allowed her to waitress on Sunday mornings!
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Community Counseling. She has worked with children and families in home, school, and community settings. Jen has a private counseling practice in Squirrel Hill. She has volunteered with the Children’s Ministry at the Open Door since 2006 and in September 2015 moved into Director
of Children and Family Ministries.
Jen lives in East Liberty and enjoys cooking/baking, reading, being outside, and spending time with family and friends.
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Amy is the part time administrator for the church since October 2014. She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA with a
concentration in Management & Leadership Development from Towson University. Amy is a Pittsburgh native but has lived in Virginia, Maryland, and New York as well following her career in Student Affairs. In January 2012, Amy made the decision to be a stay at home mom, and now she is excited to be able to return to work part time in a position where she can serve the church.
Amy has been married to her husband James and proud mom of Grace and Ruth.
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Marlaena has been active in spiritual leadership for over 27 years, serving in a variety of volunteer and staff roles in churches and non-profits. She is currently a spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader daylighting as an accountant and bookkeeper. She is also pursuing a MDiv degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on chaplaincy and is a candidate under care of The Open Door and The Pittsburgh Presbytery. She holds previous degrees from Grove City College and Duquesne University. Marlaena has served The Open Door as financial administrator since November 2011 and has also served as an Ruling Elder. She is single and is an avid tennis player.