Our History & Future
More than a century ago, a young Lutheran pastor named William Alfred Passavant came to Western Pennsylvania to establish communities of faith, hope and care. Empowered by the spirit of God, Dr. Passavant's efforts resulted in the establishment of several churches, numerous care-giving organizations, and the hospital that bears his name to this day.
In that same spirit, Dr. Jay Passavant, W.A. Passavant's great-great grandson, committed with his wife Carol and eight other couples in 1981 to prayerfully pursue a vision for a new type of church in the North Hills. North Way Christian community was founded in 1981. Currently more than 4,000 adults, students and children attend four North Way campuses each week throughout the Pittsburgh region – in Wexford, Oakland, Sewickley Valley, and East End. Each location allows people to build strong relationships within their local community, while experiencing the same great worship and teaching that has been a part of North Way for more than thirty years. In 2011 Pastor Jay transitioned from his role as Senior Pastor to Founding Pastor. Pastor Scott Stevens is now the Lead Pastor.
Pastor Scott is a Pittsburgh native and has been in leadership at North Way since 2002. As Lead Pastor, he directs North Way’s staff and teaching team and helped to establish the church’s strategic vision and future direction. “I love everything Pittsburgh, said Pastor Scott. “Our desire is to be a healthy and growing church that makes a Kingdom Impact in this region…Freeing People to Follow Jesus.” In the next season the overall goals for North Way include:
- Advancing the Gospel and Reaching people for Christ at all of our four locations
- Developing next generation leaders for future Campus staff positions, particularly in the areas of Family, Worship, and Pastoral
- A leadership focus on financial stewardship