What We Believe

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Our Statement of Faith

While there are diverse ideas, backgrounds, and cultures within our church, we focus on the basics of the Christian faith to find agreement. Our beliefs can be summed up in the ancient creeds of the church, most clearly the Nicene Creed, established early in the 4th century AD. The creeds are not exhaustive, nor are they meant to be; rather they are a summary of the essentials of the Christian faith, as they have been passed down faithfully through the generations.

Outside of these, we follow the motto: “In essentials, unity; in matters of opinions, liberty; in all things, love.”

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake, he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the  resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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Samantha Veness

Samantha Veness

Children’s Ministry Co-Director

Meet Samantha

Hi! I am blessed to be a Co-Director of Children’s Ministry. As a child, I always saw my mother lead our church’s children’s ministry and knew if I had a chance, I too, would like to be that role model for my children. My husband, Zack, and I were led to search for a new church family during the pandemic while everything was still shut down and large gatherings were still frowned upon. We were invited by family to attend St. Philip’s outdoor services and the rest was history!  We have two daughters, Raegan, 4, and Shelby, 2. We enjoy all things outdoors: hiking/walking, biking, boating, swimming, and Zoo trips. My hope is for the children who attend our Children’s Ministry Program is for them to learn and grow in their faith and for them to have the confidence to always know God’s love for them. I had a crisis of faith when we were told we would not be able to have children, but with the background of growing up in a loving church, I knew I could turn to God. 

Platinum Sponsorship - $1,500

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  • Color Logo Displayed on Start/Finish Banner

  • Logo on Race Bags

  • Logo on Route Pacers Shirts

  • Marketing Materials From Your Organization in Race Bags

  • 3 Free Race Entries to the 5K

  • Organization Name, Website, & Logo on the Race Website

  • Recognition on Social Media

  • Opportunity to Attend Race & Have a Booth

Clair Martin

Clair Martin

Children’s Ministry Co-Director

Meet Clair

I serve as a Co-Director of Children’s Ministry here at St. Philip’s. My family and I have been attending since August of 2022; my husband, Philip, and I found St. Philip’s after moving from the Philadelphia area where I taught second grade at a small Christian school. We have two children–Noelle and Philip Jr.–and a mini goldendoodle named Ginger. You might find us strolling around the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden or searching for a Korean restaurant to call our favorite. I pray that God will work in and through our Children’s Ministry to show young ones and their families the wonders of His marvelous love, both within our church and throughout the community.

Amaris Cruz

Amaris Cruz

Ministry Intern

Meet Amaris

What is your role at St. Philip’s?
I am the ministry intern. I get to have my hand in a lot of the ministries, from the youth to worship to administrative work and social media. I get to serve in so many different capacities and ministries.

How did you end up here?
I was in a 3 month discipleship program called Unaltered where I lived in Darlington, PA on a place called Prayer Mountain. Through that program, I was connected with Jade and given a summer internship on the worship team. Through that, I was able to help in numerous other ministries. StP then decided to take me on for a year as their ministry intern.

What is your goal/prayer/hope for the work you do serving St. Philip’s and the community?
Coming to St. Philip’s, one of my goals has been to further find the direction the Lord wants me to go in ministry. The Lord has already grown me as a worship leader and is consistently changing my heart towards serving others. I hope to love this community well and serve wherever there is a need. My prayer is that I’m continually given opportunities to say yes and honor the Lord and the church through serving and loving those around me.

What personal items (families, hobbies, quirks) would you like to share with the world, if any?
One of my goals in life is to own a thrift store. Thrifting, fashion and clothing have always been things that I loved and am passionate about. I believe it would be a great opportunity to minister to others and love on whatever community I land in well. It’s something I could talk about for ages. Next time you see me, ask me about it!

Bronze Sponsorship - $300

  • Marketing Materials

    Your company's marketing materials in the race bags.

  • Website Recognition

    Honorable mention on St. Philip's web site.

  • Race Presence

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Silver Sponsorship - $500

  • Organization Name

    Your company logo displayed on the start/finish banner and organization name Harvest Race shirts. *

  • Accommodations for Sponsor Marketing Materials

    Coupons and promo items at the race. (supplied by the sponsor.)

  • Website Recognition

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  • Social Media Recognition

    Mention in race-related social media posts.

  • Race Presence

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Gold Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Second-Tier Logo Placement

    Your company logo prominently displayed on the start/finish banner and on Harvest Race shirts.*

  • Complimentary Race Entries

    Three race entries to the 5K Walk/Run ($100 value).

  • Website Recognition

    Your company logo with hyperlink displayed on the St.Philip's website.

  • Media Recognition

    Mention in all race-related press releases and social media posts.

  • Race Presence

    Opportunity for your company to have a presence at the race.

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