We were both born and raised in Pittsburgh! We love this city!
We've been doing ministry for over 20 years, and now we've been given an incredible opportunity! Together we are now a part of Athletes in Action, serving as chaplains for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
We believe that we have been called to reproduce the character, ways and mission of Jesus in those God brings around us, expecting them to do the same in others. That has been our purpose in ministry all along. Even though our platform has changed, our purpose remains the same, and we're praying God uses us to impact Steelers Nation with the hope of the Gospel!
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KENT CHEVALIER (PK)
After serving for 22 years as a pastor in the local church, Pastor Kent (PK) stepped out in 2019 to become the Chaplain of the Pittsburgh Steelers through the ministry of Athletes in Action. He is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Geneva College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kent also partners with Lionshare as a national speaker and Vice President of their board. He loves serving and encouraging individuals, businesses and ministries with Erica as a part of this new ministry adventure, Team Chevalier. He values most being a husband to Erica and a dad to their three daughters.
Erica, a graduate of Geneva College, has a passion to come alongside women and help them realize their full God-given potential. Wife to Kent, mom of their three daughters and Ministry Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, she also founded The Justice Team, a ministry dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of the vulnerable and oppressed, including victims of human trafficking.
We were both born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. Kent is from Beaver County, and Erica grew up east of the city. We met our freshman year at Geneva College. After dating all four years of college and doing part-time youth ministry together, we married two weeks after graduation (1999) and jumped into full-time youth ministry for 10 years. We served at two great churches (Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, PA and Rockpointe Community Church near Detroit, MI) during that time.
After having three daughters, we transitioned into two different ministries. Kent served on staff with North Way Christian Community as the Wexford Campus Pastor, and Erica came on staff part-time with the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation as their Ministry Coordinator.
In Fall of 2007, God broke Erica's heart. She learned about the hidden injustice of human trafficking. After educating herself and personally raising awareness, she founded The Justice Team in 2012 to unite Pittsburgh churches and non-profits to work together with local government and law enforcement to fight against this modern day slavery.
In Fall of 2017, Kent met Vance McDonald, who began attending North Way with his family. After several conversations, they formally began A Discipleship Journey with a couple other guys, and during that time is when Kent learned that the Steelers did not have a Chaplain. Vance introduced Kent to Head Coach, Mike Tomlin. A month later, he offered him the position.
In a leap of faith in July 2019, we partnered with Athletes in Action to serve together as the Chaplains of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With two undeniable experiences that solidified this as God's call, we're holding on for the ride of our lives!
We would love the opportunity to share those two undeniable experiences with you!