Our LEadership

Waynesburg Nazarene Church is led by our church board and a dedicated staff team

Rev. Brian Miller

lead Pastor

I prefer black coffee to soda, and old dusty book stores to shopping in a mall; I picked up golf a couple of years ago and am enjoying the process of learning a new sport and taking strokes off of my game. In a moment of honesty, I'd admit to driving a bit faster than I really should and eating more fast food than is healthy.

My journey has allowed me to see the church in some of her best moments, as well as seeing the church in some of her worst moments. Few things bring as much joy as baptizing new followers of Christ and rejoicing with them as their life is impacted by the light and love of Christ; those moments when the church shines like the "city on a hill" that we are called to be are reminders that the Kingdom of God is moving and transforming this world.

Email Pastor Brian here

Rev. TiM Meeks

Secondary Title

Pastor Tim has served on staff as our full-time youth pastor since 2016! Since 2020, he has also served as the Pittsburgh District NYI President. In addition to his local and district youth responsibilities, Tim also serves as our AV/IT Director. 


Prior to coming to Waynesburg, Pastor Tim served as a full-time youth pastor for five years at the Idaho Falls First Church of the Nazarene in Idaho Falls, ID, and as part-time youth pastor for two years at the Fill My Cup Church of the Nazarene in Middleton, ID. 


Pastor Tim attended the Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries with a minor in youth ministry. 


Pastor Tim is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and by his own admission, is a “cat-fathering, cow-admiring, flip-flop-wearing, NASCAR watching, energy-drink-consuming, dumpster diving, Jesus freak."


Pastor Tim is married to Natalie Homer (a published poet) and they have three fur babies: Nick, Jasper, and Derek! 

Email Pastor Tim Here

Rev. Bill Strope

Pastor of Congregational Care

Rev. Bill Strope is our Pastor of Congregational Care, and is focused on using his gifts to ensure that WBG NAZ is a welcoming and caring place for all of those who encounter our church family. 

Pastor Bill has been a children’s volunteer at our church from 2011-2020. He was then hired to staff in January of 2020, where he currently serves. Prior to serving at WBG NAZ, he was a children’s pastor on the North Central Ohio District.

Pastor Bill can be found on Facebook at William.A.Strope and on Snapchat at William.strope1 or through email

Pastor Bill and Laurice met at their Alma Mater, Olivet Nazarene University (Go Tigers!). They have three sons. Ashton, who lives in Morgantown, WV, and is attending West Virginia University, majoring in Biochemistry. At home is Aidan, who loves playing video games, and Logan, who loves all animals especially turtles, frogs, and snakes.

Pastor Bill’s favorite thing is teaching others about Jesus. His favorite color is orange, his favorite meal is anything Italian, his favorite music is Praise and Worship, his favorite movies are National Treasure 1 & 2, his favorite season is winter, his favorite sports are basketball (Go Wizards!), football (Go Browns!), hockey (Go Pens!), and baseball (Go Pirates!). His favorite school subjects are science and math. 

MRs. Debbie Pester

Office Administrator

Debbie started attending the Waynesburg First Church of the Nazarene as a small child.  She joined our staff in January of 2021.  Prior to joining our staff, she volunteered at many local organizations and homeschooled her four children.

Debbie graduated from Waynesburg University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2000.  She is both the office administrator and the financial secretary for the church.  She has a passion for missions.  She has been on two mission trips to date with plans to participate in as many as possible.

Debbie is married to Alex and has 4 children: Kaitlyn, Kyle, Aiden, and Eva.   

You can reach Debbie here

Mrs. Michele Jones

Interim Worship Leader

Bio coming soon! 

Mrs. Janelle Balaban

Director of children's ministry

Janelle has attended Waynesburg First Church of the Nazarene since she was a little girl. She grew up volunteering with Children’s Ministries. She has always had a passion for working with children. In 2017, Janelle joined the teaching staff at our very own Here Wee Grow Preschool working with the Little Buddies class. Her goal is to always make sure that each child feels welcome and for them to leave remembering that Jesus loves them.  

Janelle is married to her high school sweetheart, G.E. Balaban. They have two children, Jonah and Gretchen.

Email Janelle here