Marc Stephenson


Marc Stephenson, was born & raised in Oil City, PA along with his 2 older brothers. In his youth, he was involved in many things: cub scouts, boy scouts, lifeguarding, track & field & music. In 1991, on a Friday night, Marc surrendered his heart to God at a Billy Graham Crusade. But it wasn’t until 1994, when the relationship with Jesus truly began while camping at Seneca Hills Bible Camp. Over the next several God began to mold and shape Marc’s heart for an adventure no one ever expected.

Marc attended IUP (Indiana University of PA) to study music. There he met Sue and they were married in July 1999. While at IUP, God placed a call on Marc’s heart to pursue ministry. Marc graduated from IUP in 1997 and responded to God’s call. In the fall of 1998, he attended Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA. Over the next few years, they spent many nights with Marc writing papers & Sue proof reading them. All the while, Marc & Sue worked full time and spent their date nights “People watching” at the Park City Mall, Lancaster, PA while sharing a Cinnabon. Marc graduated with his Masters of Divinity in 2003.

Through the years, Marc has been involved in youth ministry and he still loves seeing youth grow in their walks with Jesus Christ. After 12 years in youth ministry, Marc followed the Holy Spirit and accepted a Lead Pastor role in Chambersburg, PA. Marc has never seen this as a “step up” from youth ministry, but a lateral shift. Now, in this season of life, they enjoy seeing many of our former youth raising their own families.

Marc & Sue have 4 growing children: Isaiah, Bekah, Alycn, & Ariyah. Together as a family, they enjoy playing games, camping, being outside, riding bikes, sledding, and well, … just being a family. In January of 2019, the Holy Spirit opened the door for Marc & the family to move to New Castle, PA where Marc accepted the Lead Pastor position at First UBiC Church. It has been an amazing blessing to be a part of the First UB family and to do life together. Seeing the move of the Holy Spirit through His people has been amazing to be a part of!

Alan DeCristoforo

Prayer and Spiritual Care Pastor

The son of the late Millie and Louie DeCristoforo, Pastor Alan grew up with one sister, Alana; Pastor Al has always attended the First United Brethren Church. He graduated from Asbury College in 1990 and majored in Religion and Bible and minored in Philosophy. He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1996. During his time at seminary he served as teaching and grading assistant to the head of the Department of Preaching and Worship and taught several seminars on prayer.

He served as pastor of the Maitland Memorial Primitive Methodist Church as well as Highland Heights United Brethren Church before coming back to the First United Brethren Church. His duties include Prayer and Spiritual Care Pastor. Alan and his wife, Marlene, are both natives of New Castle. They were married on June 13, 1987, and have four children. In January of 2000 Alan was left paralyzed from the waist down due to complications from leukemia. He enjoys being able to help other people with disabilities and is thankful that God has opened up this new area of ministry for him. He is employed by DON (Disabilities Options Network),