Rev. Paul Yanchek, Pastor
Pastor Paul began his ministry at Christ Alliance Church in February 2017. Prior to serving with us, he was the Pastor of Lighthouse Alliance Church near Cleveland, Ohio for 16 years. He began his ministry as the Pastor of Black River Church of the Brethren near Medina, Ohio from 1997-2000.
Additionally, Pastor Paul has served as an adjunct professor for the Moody Bible Institute from 2005-2009 and as a spiritual director and worship leader for an interdenominational renewal ministry called Tres Dias Cleveland from 2004-2017.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Malone University in Canton, Ohio in 1996, and his Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio in 2000. Pastor Paul was ordained with The Christian and Missionary Alliance on September 11, 2002 at Stow Alliance Fellowship in Stow, Ohio. He is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality (with a certificate in Spiritual Formation) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Having been raised in a religious home, Paul began to sense his need of God’s forgiveness and grace through Jesus Christ around age 12. On May 6, 1988, he stopped trying to be right with God through good works and he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His passion is to help others find the same love and grace in Jesus that he has received.
Paul has been married to Julie since 1996. They have two children. Even though he is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Paul is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. He loves music, reading, and sports, especially soccer. His MP3 player has everything from classical to rock, from country to jazz, from hip-hop to opera. However, the artists he listens to the most are Rend Collective, All Sons & Daughters, Newsboys, Jesus Culture, Miles Davis, and Harry Connick Jr.
Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:30 – “He must increase; I must decrease.”
Influential preachers and authors: A.W. Tozer, A.B. Simpson, Dick LaFountain, Francis Chan, Fred Hartley, Leonard Ravenhill, Terry Wardle, and Roger Owens.
He loves music and has played the trumpet since he was in 5th grade. More recently, he has taught himself to play the guitar and piano. He has also filled in on percussion and drums for the worship team. He currently plays trumpet with the Hopewell Community Big Band.
He also loves coffee, books, and science fiction. OK, he’s a bit of a nerd. His ideal evening to relax would feature Bella’s Pizza for dinner with a cold Dr. Pepper and watching any Star Wars movie with the family.
You can listen to his podcast, Still Waters, here.