Whipple to Serve Faith Community/Riverview
About Luke Whipple
Luke was born and raised in Beaver County, growing up in Freedom, PA as the third of four children in his family. He is a graduate of Beaver County Christian School, Grove City College and United Theological Seminary.
Before pursuing ministry as a vocation, Luke worked for four years as a high school English teacher, teaching in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Shaler Area School District. In 2013, Luke began seminary studies and started working part-time at Bakerstown UMC. While there, he experienced God guiding him toward ordination in the United Methodist Church.
Luke was eventually appointed to the pastoral staff of Bakerstown, first as a local pastor and then as a provisional elder. At Bakerstown, Luke's responsibilities included the worship team, youth ministry, and audio/visual needs. He also participated in the ministries of preaching, pastoral care and leadership development.
Luke is passionate about mission work and has participated in mission trips to Central America, Ireland, and different parts the USA. Through those trips, Luke learned how great and varied the Kingdom of God is. He puts a high priority on discipleship, for it is the tool Jesus gave to change the world. He is also passionate about ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Luke is married to Rachel Whipple who shares his passion for missions, discipleship, and Spirit-empowered ministry. They have three children—Evangeline, August, and Joanna -- and they hope to one day be foster parents as well.
About Rochester Faith Community/Riverview UM Churches
Faith Community United Methodist Church is one church in two campuses (with one campus on Jefferson Street in Rochester and the other campus on Route 68, just outside of the city). Through a vibrant ministry that includes creative worship (both traditional and modern), interactive Christian education, intentional relationship-building, and life-changing outreach, Faith Community Church of Rochester, PA carries out its mission: to equip the community to believe in Jesus, to belong to a family, to become a disciple, and to build the kingdom of God.
Riverview United Methodist Church has long been a vital community of believers in Beaver Falls, PA. A church that feels like family to all who walk through its doors, the people of this congregation make it a priority to worship faithfully, to care for one another attentively, and to impact the surrounding community with the love and ministry of Jesus Christ. To be a part of Riverview Church is to be a part of a joyful congregation where Jesus Christ is dynamically at work to change lives.