Staff

BJ Woodworth

Lead Pastor

Contact at bj@pghopendoor.org (412) 215-6398

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.

 

John CreasyJohn Creasy

Associate Pastor

Contact at john@pghopendoor.org (412)979-7764

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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.

 

Jen McCaslin

Director of Children and Family Ministries

Contact at jeEET8285 (1)n@pghopendoor.org
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.

 

 

Amy Cooper

Church Administratoramy

contact at amy@pghopendoor.org

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 since March 2004 and proud mom of Grace and Ruth.

 

 

 

Marlaena Cochran

Financial Secretary

Contact at marlaena@pghopendoor.org

I quite often describe myself as a daughter of God, a follower of Jesus, and a servant of the church. I have been active in spiritual leadership for over 20 years, serving in a variety of volunteer and staff roles in churches and non-profits. I am passionate about spiritual transformation and am a teacher, retreat leader and spiritual director. I also work at The Open Door, Open Hand Ministries, and First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh in the area of accounting. I am an avid tennis player, playing competitively in both women’s and mixed doubles. I am single and love being an aunt to my four nieces and nephews. I have been a friend of The Open Door since our beginning, having known our Pastors BJ and John through various ministry connections. I started attending in January 2012 and became a covenant partner in November 2012.

I started attending The Open Door after serving eight and a half years as the Director of Spiritual Formation at a non-denominational church plant in the South Hills. I was grateful for the space to just be in the community and to refresh my soul (which has been quite the journey!). God led me to The Open Door through my friendships with several in the community and through my resonance with our spiritual formation vision. God has blessed me beyond and has opened up the doors of my heart for our community and neighborhood (it is a fascinating God story!). I sense God inviting me to see so many things differently and to honestly lay down some hopes and dreams by becoming an elder. I look forward to growing with the community and offering my experience and passion, gifts and abilities, especially around spiritual transformation and pastoral care.

My image for growth comes from Isaiah 61:1-3 where at the end the prophet says, “They will be called mighty oaks, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” My prayer is for our community to continue to grow up into the fullness of whom God has created us to be . . . that we would grow deeper, broader and stronger. (I also envision other descriptors such as following, faithful, fruitful, flourishing, free). Just imagine if we were all mighty oaks in the places where we live, work, play, learn and serve; embodying the ministry the prophet speaks of in Isaiah 61, verses Jesus reads at the beginning of his ministry in Luke 4.