Our Staff

 

R. Martin Williams

Senior Pastor

Pastor Martin has faithfully served Four Mile church since 1993 when he and his wife Laurie were first called to spread God’s message here in Beaver, PA. Pastor Martin has been a visionary and leader for the Lord’s kingdom for many years, although he didn’t originally set out as a messenger of Christ. His first vocation was an electrician and he served in the United States Navy Seabees. During this time in the Navy, Martin truly met Christ. He was baptized in the Indian Ocean where he was called to invest his life in building up God’s Church. He went on to receive his B.A. degree in Philosophy and Religion at Grove City College in Grove City, PA, his Masters degree in Education at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ and his Master of Divinity at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. He describes his role at Four Mile as a follower of Jesus whose mission is to invite as many people as possible on the journey with Him. He teaches and preaches and leads the ministry staff team by keeping them focused and energized to do God’s work in this world.
 
Martin is a self-proclaimed ‘bookaholic’ with his favorites including The Lord of the Rings series, Household of God and The Bible – of course! He also enjoys the great outdoors, woodworking, traveling and any type of competitive recreational activity but what he appreciates most is the deep friendships and relationships that bring energy to his soul.  (martin@fourmile.org)
 
 

Cammie Shelatz

Assistant Pastor

Having grown up at Four Mile Church, Cammie’s love for the community of faith here is generations deep. Being able to partner in the gospel with many of the people who helped grow and nurture her own faith as a child is both a privilege and an honor!
Cammie graduated from Grove City College in 1997 with a degree in Christian ministries. Since then, by God’s grace, she has faithfully pursued Christ alongside her husband…a pursuit that has allowed her to share her love for the Lord and her passion for His Word in all kinds of different ways – through camping ministry, church leadership, music ministry, prison ministry, women’s ministry, marriage counseling, church planting, and mentoring.
Without a doubt, being a wife and mom has been one of God’s greatest gifts to her – and one of the most effective tools in shaping and growing her as a follower of Jesus Christ. She loves being married to Jody and is the mother of Branden, Hannah, and Meghan – the three greatest kids on the planet. She loves reading and is addicted to quiet, but she most loves laughing and spending quality time with her family and friends. (cammie@fourmile.org)
 
 

Jen & Cory Miller

Co-Directors our Midland Community Center.

Jen develops and oversees a Four Mile ministry program for 5th and 6th graders and their families called ROCK which stands for Radically Outrageous Christian Kids. Jen has been on staff at Four Mile for many years and during that time, her programming through ROCK has helped students to grow as followers of Christ. By providing consistent opportunities for kids to celebrate God, connect with Him and one another, and contribute to His work in this world, Jen reaches students in this age group in a way that is creative and fun. Her love and passion for Christ and for children is obvious in all that she does and we feel blessed to have such a hard-working and enthusiastic role model for our youth.
Jen first accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of twelve, but says that ‘He became her Lord’ at the age of 20. In addition to her own experiences to help her reach this age group in a unique and effective way, Jen has education in teaching. She has B.S. degrees in Early Childhood/Special Education as well as Elementary Education which she received from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and Slippery Rock University in Western Pennsylvania. Jen is married to Cory, has a daughter, Jordan and a son, Jake and a dog, Odie. She loves playing and coaching soccer, roller blading, eating chocolate, reading, and talking. She is most at rest when her home is filled with laughing kids while she is enjoying ice cream!

Cory joined the Four Mile staff in 2011 as co-director of the new community center that Four Mile is starting in the town of Midland, and for ROCK (5th and 6th grade ministry). He loves being a part of Four Mile and feels that God called him to serve here and in the Midland community. Before Cory joined staff, he had volunteered at Four Mile for over 10 years within the youth and children’s ministry programs. In addition to this experience, he has 15 years experience at Pressley Ridge, working as a teacher/counselor with troubled youth in the Pittsburgh area. This expertise along with a passion for Christ and an energy that can’t be contained makes Cory the perfect person to help lead Four Mile and The Center.

Cory was baptized at 22 years of age when he made a commitment to live a Christ-filled life and spread the gospel to the world through love and fun. Cory graduated from Slippery Rock University where he earned a B.S. degree in Special Education and played football and rugby. He is happily married to Jen who grows more beautiful and amazing to him each day. Cory’s loves in life include contact sports, B-B-Q ribs, Jesus, watching his kids play sports, his wife, and being a father. (jen@fourmile.org) (cory@fourmile.org)

 
 

Tyler Gerard

Worship Director and Young Adult Director

Tyler grew up in Madison, OH just east of Cleveland (God’s country) and attended Malone University in Canton, OH. There he met Abby and after falling in love, followed her to her home in Beaver, PA. They have three children, Adam, Teagan, And Crosby who are believed to be the greatest kids ever.
Tyler and his family began attending Four Mile in 2010 and since then have celebrated, connected and contributed with everything they have; and In 2014 Tyler  took over the role of worship leader at Four Mile
 
To find out more about getting involved with the worship team, click here. (tyler@fourmile.org)
 
 


Abby Gerard

Secretary / Treasurer

Abby started working at Four Mile in the fall of 2017.  She loves any and all things creative, and is self-taught in graphic design and photography.  She is married to the wonderful and amazing Tyler (see above) and has the three best kids in the world!  She absolutely loves God and loves serving His church!  It is such an honor to be in a place that we can worship so freely and openly and she strives to make everyone around her feel that comfort and knowledge as well.  (abby@fourmile.org)
 
 
 

Rick Bixler

Director of Four Mile Childcare Center

Rick and his wife Heather have dedicated much of their lives to the education and care of children. Rick’s primary duty is to supervise the day to day operations at the Four Mile Childcare Center which include overseeing the staff, organizing the marketing for the childcare center, and managing the finances within the center. He makes sure that the childcare center meets the highest safety standards. By regularly interacting with the staff, parents and children of the childcare center, he is able to ensure that each child receives exceptional Christ-centered care. In addition to his director duties, he also makes time to play games with the children, help out with feeding toddlers at mealtime, or rock an infant to sleep anytime an extra pair of hands is needed. His dedication to the childcare center is obvious as he approaches his daily duties with diligence and a warm smile.
 
Born in Fombell, PA, Rick attended Riverside High School and attained his B.A. degree in Business Management at Slippery Rock University. He loves spending time with his 2 daughters, Lily & Audrey and his wife Heather, who is a teacher at Beaver Area High School. He enjoys fantasy football, golfing, playing softball and going on family vacations. He loves to read sports-related books and highly recommends Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey. For more information about the Four Mile Childcare Center, click here. (rick@fourmile.org)
 
 

Marcy Helm

Preschool Director

Marcy serves Four Mile in a variety of areas starting with being the director of our Preschool where she manages the day to day business including 7 staff members and 80 children this school year. She is also a co-director of Four Mile Childcare where she maintains children’s files according to DPW regulations and serves as our Keystone Stars Coordinator.
 
Originally from Beaver County, Marcy is a graduate of Center Area High School and Garfield Business Institute. She has also completed her certification as a Child Development Associate. She has been married to her husband, Phil for 28 years and they have 2 sons, Andrew and Alex (and a daughter-in-law, Bridget). In addition to her work duties at the Preschool and Childcare Center, she also volunteers tirelessly at Four Mile including being an adult leader for our ROCK Ministry. She loves reading and spending time with her family. For more information about Four Mile’s Preschool, click here. (marcy@fourmile.org)