Pastor Chris Ansell felt a call to ministry while he was still a student at Penn State University. After finishing his degree in Chemical Engineering, he went on to earn his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006.
Over the last 10 years, Chris has worked with college students at the University of Pittsburgh, helping them dig deeper into their faith and develop a holistic worldview for how that faith impacts every area of life. One of Pastor Chris’ greatest strengths is teaching. He excels at simplifying difficult biblical concepts and discussing them in a way that others can understand.
Swissvale has been home to the Ansell family since they returned to Pittsburgh 10 years ago. Both Chris and his wife, Sarah, fell in love with the area and quickly became deeply invested in the fabric of the community. Chris is also the chair of the Swissvale Recreation Board and the Judge of Elections for his district. After having their oldest daughter in 2010, Sarah recognized a need among moms to connect with others. She founded “Swissvale Moms” as a way for local moms to support each other and the community. Sarah is also co-director of the “Swissvale Mile” and one of the organizers of “Support Our Swissvale.”
God led the Ansells to CityReach Swissvale in some very dynamic ways. Chris and Sarah would never have imagined having the opportunity to pastor a church only a block from their house. They look forward to all the amazing things that God is going to do in this community that they love!