about centre church

We exist to help people rethink church, rediscover Jesus, and allow him to redirect their lives.

About Us

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

Core Values

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.

Leaders

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Jonathan Weibel

Lead Pastor

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.

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Jarrod Sechler

Pastor
Jarrod has personally experienced the transforming power of Christ through the Church. He is committed to being a part of a loving, transparent family of Believers. He has been working with teenagers for over two decades as a youth pastor, mentor, and teacher. Jarrod’s preaching style is engaging as he illustrates scripture with a variety of real-life experiences. He lives in the suburbs of Waddle (population 7) with his wife Holly, and their kids, Zac and Rebekah. Jarrod loves sports, hunting, fishing, being outside, and spending time with his family and their three dogs. With a passion for adventure, he has bungee jumped out of a hot air balloon and ridden his bicycle across the country with his dad. Born and raised in Addison, PA, Jarrod attended Penn State where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education.
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Stephanie Banks

Church Growth Director Pleasant Gap

Stephanie received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Lock Haven University and her Masters of Education in Counseling in Higher Education 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 two children, Aurora and Lincoln. Steph enjoys crossing things off her to-do list, reading, and movies.

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Bethany Horner

Bag Hunger Team Leader
Bethany grew up in State College and was a member of Jonathan and Suzy’s youth group.  After graduating from Penn State University, Bethany taught preschool for a total of seven years; six years at Penn State University and one year at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Bethany then began teaching elementary students at a local charter school, where she has worked for the past seven years.  Bethany loves creating in the kitchen, reading, the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Centre Church is a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination of churches.