What do you get when you mix a love for the Ninja Turtles, a passion for pursuing the Kingdom of God, and a tenacity for ping pong? Apparently a youth pastor.
Kory was always told by his mother that he is a “jack of all trades, master of none” and that is a really cool thing when it comes to hanging out with students. He enjoys sports, music, entertainment, Star Wars, and pizza. And oddly enough so do a lot of students.
Kory grew up in Moon, and St. Philip’s was his family’s home church. He was mentored here, and come to own his faith here. It is crazy how things work out. Kory graduated from Point Park Conservatory with a degree in Theatre with a concentration in Music and spent three years pursuing acting in NYC. Don’t judge when you see him wearing a Yankees ball cap. During that time he was working back in Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation doing program for Surf City and Laurelville, large outreach retreats.
In 2012 Kory was at Laurelville and felt the Holy Spirit speak to him in the strongest, most profound voice he had heard up to that point. He was supposed to stay in Pittsburgh and work full time in youth ministry, even though he had plans to head back to NYC. What looked like one of the harder decisions of his life, a decision that meant laying down what he thought his life was going to look like, has been one of the greatest blessings he has ever received.
Kory wants to see the Kingdom of Heaven break out and grow in an incredible and huge way here in Pittsburgh. He has a burning passion to see students impact their culture for Christ. He wants to be an instrument for God, a mouthpiece that speaks His truths and shares His love and grace. He wants to lead people to the cross and watch their lives change as Jesus Christ calls them into new life. He wants to empower students in a way that they understand the strength that the Holy Spirit ignites in them, and that they can change the world.