KENT CHEVALIER (PK)
After serving for 22 years as a pastor in the local church, Pastor Kent (PK) stepped out in 2019 at the invitation of Coach Mike Tomlin to become an NFL Chaplain through the ministry of Athletes in Action. He is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Geneva College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kent 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 Chaplain to NFL players & coaches wives or significant others, 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. During that time, Vance introduced Kent to Coach Mike Tomlin. A month later, he invited Kent to become his team's Chaplain.
In a leap of faith in July 2019, we joined the staff of Athletes in Action to serve together as NFL Chaplains in Pittsburgh. 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!