Rev. Ben Robbins, Interim Pastor
Rev. Ben Robbins is originally from Beaver County, where he grew up in the small town of Industry. He went to Westminster College, where he received a bachelors degree in Business Administration. At Westminster, he met his wife, Rev. Sarah Robbins. The two of them went to Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, KY. While in seminary, Ben also received a MBA from the University of Louisville.
After graduating, they returned to the Pittsburgh area, where they’ve lived for the past nine years. For three years, Rev. Robbins was the Director of Youth & Family Ministries at Linway Presbyterian Church in North Versailles. For five years, Rev. Sarah was the pastor of Dormont Presbyterian Church, while Ben is formerly the pastor of Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church in Eighty Four, PA. Rev. Robbins comes to Hiland after serving the past four years as the pastor of Valley Presbyterian Church in Imperial PA. They currently live in Edgewood with their 1 year old son Liam and two basset hounds, Drew and Toby.
Linda Davis, Director of Children’s Ministries
Linda is the wife of Aaron and mother of two daughters (29 & 26 year old). She has been a member of Hiland since 1980. Linda volunteered at Community Bible Study from 1993-2003 beginning as a Children’s Teacher and then became the Children’s Director. She began in 2003 as the part-time Director of Children’s Ministries here at Hiland. She took several courses at the Seminary for self-development and attended the APCE annual event in 2013. Various workshops at the Presbytery helped inspire the Children & Worship program and the Lent and Advent after school programs that are currently being used. Linda developed a mission-focused Sunday school to meet the needs of Hiland’s children and their families. She visits regularly with Hiland’s Child Care and Preschool classes to share the Children & Worship stories with the children.
Chad Johnson, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Chad has been involved in youth Ministry for over 20 years and has been at Hiland since the spring of 2004. After spending almost ten years in outdoor ministry he began to feel the call to Youth & Young Adult Ministry. He loves providing a safe place for young people to be themselves as they explore their faith through scripture study, prayer, fellowship, and service. Chad is passionate about encouraging young people to be active in their community through service and leadership. He loves to partner with many organizations giving students a variety of ways to serve and live out their faith.
Chad has been married to his perfect and tolerant wife Katie since 2004 and together they are partners in parenting to their two children Chloe and Caleb. Being a parent is Chad’s greatest joy and he loves sharing that responsibility with Katie! His faith has been shaped through experience that he shares with the young people of the community. Chad incorporates his family life into being an active member of the community through helping to coach softball, as a scout leader, and helping out with odd jobs around the area.
He serves the greater church in many ways including but not limited to the Trinity Youth Conference as part of their planning team, workshop leader, and Director, serving as President of Friends of TYC, and partnering alongside other ministries. Being a mentor and encourager to the students and young adults is something that Chad takes very serious all while having a healthy sense of humor
Cindy Plazek, Director of Music Ministry
Hiland’s Music Director and Organist, Cynthia Plazek graduated with a B.A. from Duquesne University, and has enjoyed sharing her musical talents with 10 different congregations from Michigan to Pittsburgh for the past 45 years. Cindy’s Mom Dorothy was a pianist, and encouraged her to pursue church music. So, at age 12, just as Vatican II began to flower in the Catholic Church, Cindy began studying organ and playing services. Cindy believes sacred music should foster full, conscious, active musical participation from the congregation . Her goals also include helping her private students, choir members, and instrumentalists serve and praise God in song. Cindy is married to Joe, a former drummer and radio deejay. Their 4 children possess and nurture their own musical abilities; the two girls make their living in music; the two boys play, sing and enjoy music. The couple lives in Ross Township with their pets; for fun, they fish on Lake Chautauqua and watch movies together.
Maureen Profeta, Administrative Assistant
Maureen has been Hiland’s Administrative Assistant since April 2003. She came to us with 10 years of experience working in secular office positions. Her organizational skills and her creativity have been a blessing in the ministry of this church and her positive attitude and smiling face is a joy to all who look to her for help. Maureen has been involved in many ministries over the years in her own church—Stephen Ministry, Worship, Grief Peer Counseling, Outreach and is an ordained Elder in the PC(USA). She enjoys spending time with her extended family as well as creative writing, all manner of crafting, golf and is currently learning to play guitar.