about centre church
We exist to help people rethink church, rediscover Jesus, and allow him to redirect their lives.
Centre Church is a simple church, and we focus on the two things Jesus said mattered most:
loving God and loving others. Matthew 22:37-39
Everything we do at Centre church is centered around the following nine core values.
1. We believe the worst feeling in the world is to be lost and have no one searching for you.
2. We believe the Bible is God’s love letter to humanity and is both complete and trustworthy.
3. We believe prayer is the single most important thing a person can do.
4. We believe Jesus calls every follower be a disciple and to make disciples.
5. We believe all people need transparent community or they will gravitate toward mediocrity.
6. We believe children are capable of encountering God’s presence, serving, and communicating God’s truth and are an essential part of the body of Christ.
7. We believe people often need to belong before they believe.
8. We believe God painstakingly designed and equipped each of us for a purpose much bigger than ourselves; to love God and love others.
9. We believe excellence honors God and inspires people.
Jonathan was born and raised in Bellevue, Ohio before attending Marietta College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising. After serving as a youth pastor for 14 years, Jonathan has gone on to plant 3 churches in the Centre Region: Penns Valley Community Church in 2003, Centre Church in 2010 and Centre Church Pleasant Gap in 2017. Jonathan has a passion for worship and songwriting, and has recorded 8 albums including 5 solo worship albums. Jonathan loves music, sports, and people. He lives in State College with his a wife, Suzy, and has two daughters and the world’s most adorable grandson.
Director of Leadership Development
Suzy spent the past twenty years devoted to working with teenagers in a variety of settings – youth ministry, public and Christian education, coaching, and as a speaker with national ministries Pure Freedom and Secret Keeper Girl. Suzy has authored several books, and currently serves as a Real Estate agent at Kissinger, Bigatel and Brower Realtors. She enjoys running, biking, and racket sports, making loud noises on a drum kit, and cooking. Suzy and her husband Jonathan live in State College, PA with Sherman the Bernese Mountain Dog, Biscuit the Golden Retriever, and Gray-vee, Biscuit’s companion house-cat.
Director of Church Growth
Kelsey grew up in State College, a member of Jonathan’s youth group at State College CMA. She moved to the Carlisle area for college where she received her BA in Adventure Education. Married to Danny Williams, she has worked in various fields of youth development for six years. Kelsey and Danny have 3 children, Lucy, Wendy and Oliver, who love playdough, playing dress up, and running outside. Kelsey enjoys whitewater paddling with Danny, spontaneous adventures, coffee dates with friends, playing pretty-pretty princess with her daughters, and snuggling with her baby boy.
Director of Communication & Stewardship
Liz grew up in a small town in Ohio before attending Toccoa Falls College for 2 years, and eventually transferring to Malone University to receive her Bachelors in Business Administration. It was at Malone where she met her husband, Chris, and they moved to State College to be a part of Centre Church in 2011. Chris and Liz have two little girls, Jani Rose and Elsie, who love to read, color, and play outside. Liz has worked in marketing and development for six years. She’s a bit of an organization nerd, and really likes to-do lists and post-it notes. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling to new places whenever possible, and making her home a happy place.
Director of Centre Kids
Steph received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Lock Haven University and her Masters of Education in Higher Education/Counseling from Bloomsburg University. Steph spent 8 years working in Residence Life at various universities and is now a stay-at-home mommy. She and her husband, Josiah, have a one year old daughter, Aurora who loves books, stuffed animals, and playing chase. Steph enjoys organization and administrative stuff of all kinds, reading, and movies.
Community Ministry Team Leader
Bag Hunger Team Leader
Centre Church is a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination of churches.