Our Staff

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Pastor

William "Bill" Lawler

William is a native of Claysville, PA and a McGuffey High School grad. He attended Median School of Allied Health and received a diploma as a Physical Therapy Technician. He grew up attending Claysville United Methodist Church in the Washington District, where he served on the SPRC and Outreach committees, sang in the choir, and served as an usher & worship leader. In 2003 he became a certified Lay Speaker. With his wife Karin, Bill attended Liberty United Methodist Church where he served as SPRC Chair, Lay Leader, and Worship Leader. He serves on the Washington District Lay Servant Ministry Committee, Connectional Ministry Team, and serves as the UM Men's leader. In 2018 Bill attended Licensing School and is currently enrolled in the Course of Study at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He served the Fairview/Nebo charge in the Washington District from 2017 until his current appointment here at Avery UMC.

Office Manager

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Linda Boice

Linda served in church music ministries for 36 years. Her tenure in that capacity facilitated the administrative experiences helpful in making a transition to church office management here at Avery. With a bachelors degree in Music Education, she has also served as a clinician and educator for various workshops and festivals in northeast U.S., has performed with Pastime Early Music Consort,  Beau Street Players, and currently serves as the Interim Artistic Director of Three Rivers Ringers.

 

Linda is a lifelong resident of Western PA, resides in Washington with her husband Matthew, a music educator and church musician, and is the proud mom of two very talented daughters.

Minister of Music

Zachary Smith

Zach Smith is a pianist/music director new to Pittsburgh and has earned his bachelors in Piano Performance from Millersville University studying under Dr. Xun Pan. He has musical directed 18 shows, mostly at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center including Ragtime, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd. He was the music counselor for EPAC Summer Theater camps for three years. He also accompanied piano for Locust Grove United Church of Christ in York for several years. He
received his MS and BA in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University and has an interest in studying the link between Mental Health and Music as well as Piano Pedagogical Techniques for students with Mental Health Disorders, especially ADHD, Autism, Depression and Anxiety. He
believes in an eclectic approach to teaching piano and a focus on developing not just pianistic skills by nurturing musicianship through theory, ear training and music history. In his free time Zach loves spending time with his goldendoodle Max, watching movies and writing music.

Custodian

TBD