• Jim Dinger - Lead Pastor

    Pastor Jim is an Ordained Minister of the Assemblies of God. He, his wife Julie and their son Elijah are settling in to living in New Castle.

    While Pastor Jim has a degreed education and over two decades experience in Marketing and Business Development, he pursued his seminary education after receiving a call from God to formally enter the ministry almost 13 years ago. Currently he has served over 4 years as an Associate & Sr. Associate Pastor and 7 years as a Senior/Lead Pastor.

    He is certified as a Level 1 Coach, has completed the 507 level of Coaching Teams and has completed Conflict Coaching through the ACSTH program of the International Coaching Federation.  He has also been trained and implemented the Church Transformation Initiative – Healthy Church Network’s, Acts 2 Journey –  A transformative process designed to help churches fulfill their vision and to strengthen the church spiritually, numerically and relationally.  He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Theology from the University of Valley Forge.

    Pastor Jim is passionate about his relationship with God and enjoys spending time with his family which consists of being married to his high-school sweetheart of 26 years and their children (Jordan & Nick (son-in-law) Madison & Tyler (soon to be son-in-law) and Elijah). He loves the food groups of coffee and chocolate, would spend all day in the stream fly-fishing if he could (and he has) and loves spending time representing the Body of Jesus Christ in the local community.

    Pastor Jim has a heart for evangelism, missions (Local and Global) and discipleship. He desires people to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and desires to see the church (both corporately and as individuals) recognize and pursue its God-given call to go into all the world to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ while reaching their fullest potential in Jesus Christ through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

  • kevin mcconnell - 

    executive pastor/mohawkcampus pastor      


    I have been on staff at First Assembly since February of 2016 and have been a pastor since 2002.  I have been married to my beautiful wife, Lisa, since 1990, and we have three awesome daughters: Caitlin, Aislinn, and Amberlynn and one super cool grandson, Mr. Frankie.  Lisa and I both graduated from Mohawk High School and feel privileged to be serving back home.  We like to ride motorcycles, watch the Pittsburgh Pirates and Indianapolis Colts, and coffee...real coffee.

  • fred pettet - children's ministries

    I have served as an international children's evangelist as well as a children's pastor in California and Pennsylvania.  I have been on staff at First Assembly for two years, and I love welcoming kids to our Neighborhood themed area of the church.  Something you might not know about me is that I have been a professional ventriloquist since my early teen years.

  • Courtney lutz - worship & Creative Arts

    I have been leading worship for twelve years and just recently joined the staff of First Assembly. Though originally from western New York, I am now a resident of western PA, thanks to my husband Edward.  Something you may not know about me is that I have opened for well known Christian Artists:  Mark Harris (4Him), John Waller, Chris Sligh, Waverly and Abandon.


    I have worked in the church office since October 2002.  My husband Chris and I have two married children and one granddaughter.  We have been happily married since 1981.  My favorite vacations are going to the beach and cruising!

  • Diane lewis - secretary

    This is my 15th year as secretary at First Assembly.  When I'm away from the office I enjoy spending time with family, horseback riding, and seeing the country by motorcycle.  I have been married to my husband, Walt, for 38 years and we have three children and one granddaughter.