Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Paul Yanchek

20170405_094353Pastor Paul began his ministry at Christ Alliance Church in February 2017. Prior to serving with us, he was the Pastor of Lighthouse Alliance Church in the Cleveland, Ohio area from 2000-2016. 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 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.

Having been raised in a Catholic 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 Screenshot_2017-04-23-21-54-47-3native 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, Hillsong, All Sons & Daughters, Newsboys, and Jesus Culture.

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, and Terry Wardle.

Some of the books that have had the biggest impact on Paul’s life are: The Pursuit of God, Crazy Love, Why Revival Tarries, Prayer on Fire, and Draw Close to the Fire, to name just a few.