While Sam and Joanna never planned to stay in Pittsburgh forever, they now realize that God kept them in Pittsburgh to prepare them to start a new church in this city.
Sam and Joanna met during their Junior year at Geneva College and were married a year later. After college Sam attended the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. While in seminary he interned at Covenant Fellowship Reformed Presbyterian Church and City Reformed Presbyterian Church. At the time City Reformed was a PCA church plant in the Oakland section of the city (it has since organized). While Sam was in seminary, Joanna worked as a Spanish teacher at a private school and also owned a house-cleaning business. After seminary Sam was called as the Assistant Pastor of City Reformed. In June 2009, God blessed Joanna and Sam with their first child, Augustine Ambrose.
Sam is a big music buff, though it’s harder to go to shows since Gus has shown up. He love baseball and is always looking for chances to catch a game at PNC Park. He also enjoys Lawrenceville’s arts scene, and volunteers with Art All Night (A annual 24 hour gallery event). Jo loves reading and during most of Gus’s naps you can find her curled up on the couch relaxing with a good novel. On nice days Jo and Gus can be found walking around Lawrenceville, or playing at one of the local parks.