Written by Cathy Dutko | I came to the Lord in 1975 after years of searching for the meaning of life and trying to fill the voids with just about everything a “hippie” lifestyle offered. Since then, I have experienced many struggles where I desperately needed to know He was there and He understood my pain.
Written by Jeff Leake | Having a ‘spiritual covering’ in your life has to do with being properly submitted to and connected with someone who is committed to care for and oversee your life.
Written by Deana Leone | No matter our position in a particular setting, we rely on Jesus to take the lead. That means that our role is to follow His lead, or what Paul, in Galatians 5:25 calls keeping “in step with the Spirit.”
Written by Brian Bolt | Life is busy and in the middle of distractions and routines, it can be difficult to hear from God. Sometimes it even feels like what God spoke to our hearts just isn’t coming to pass.
Written by Mark Novales | Fasting is such a powerful tool that we often take for granted as followers of Jesus. Many times we don’t prioritize fasting. We see in Matthew chapter 4 that Jesus understood the importance of fasting as he fasted for 40 days right before his ministry would launch.
Written by Jason Cooper | Have you ever considered how your perspective would change if what you experienced actually happened backward?
Pastor Jon Shaffer and his wife Christine launched the very first CityReach Church plant in Braddock, PA in 2009. In 2014, they launched their second church, CityReach Church Swissvale. After coming out of a life of drugs and crime, Jon desires to see people overcome what once tried to destroy him and help them reach their full potential in Christ.
Mark Novales grew up in East Chicago, Indiana. He was raised in a Spanish Pentecostal church in an area with a lot of gang activity. At 17 years old, Mark joined the army and shortly afterwards he had an encounter with God and gave his life to the Lord.
In 2005, Bobby Bledsoe felt the call to move to Maine. There, he attended Bible college and met his wife. Then he felt the call to plant a church. He asked God, “send me to the darkest place, where nobody wants to go.”
After Brian Bolt discovered his calling to become a pastor and church planter, he relocated to Pittsburgh and launched the first CityReach Church and Hope Home in 2006. The church quickly took off and Pastor Brian founded CITYREACH NETWORK in 2010, which exists to plant life-giving churches and provide support for their lifetime.