Board of Elders

The Connections Christian Church Board of Elders is made up of the Lead Pastor and members of the Connections family who meet the qualifications outlined in the Roles, Responsibilities, and Qualifications for Elders (please also see our Position Statement on Women in Church Leadership). Members of the Board are nominated by the church family, undergo a thorough examination and interview process, and are appointed in August of each year. After appointment, the church family has a one-month period to review and respond to the appointees, after which the family will vote on their affirmation as Elders.

The current Board of Elders was appointed and affirmed in September 2020. They can be reached by emailing [email protected].


The Board of Elders will govern the affairs of the church under the authority of Jesus Christ and the direction specified in the Bylaws of our church. These Bylaws describe the leadership structure,  decision-making processes, and communication to the church family. You can view the Bylaws here.


Current Members of the Board of Elders

In addition to Lead Pastor Steve McCarthy, the following people comprise the Board of Elders

Chris Johnson

Chris and Amy, his wife of 21 years have been part of the Connections Family for 7 years. During that time he has partnered with the Usher team (4 years) and the Men’s Ministry Leadership Team (1 year). Chris is father to Cassidy, their 13-year-old daughter. The Johnsons have called Johnstown home for 21 years and have served the community in multiple ways throughout that time. Chris is honored to serve Connections as an Elde and carry our Mission forward.

John Soricelli

John Soricelli joined the Connections Family 3 years ago. In his time here he’s partnered with multiple ministries including the Worship Team, the Men’s Ministry Leadership Team, the Welcome/Greeter team, and serving as a LifeGroup facilitator. John has two grown children and 5 grandchildren. John has lived in Johnstown for over 30 years and has served our community in multiple ways over that time. His time with the Connections Family has been a huge blessing to him in his Discipleship and he’s very thankful to be here and to be a member of the Board of Elders.

Loie Rohrbacker

Loie and Bob, her husband of 50 years, have been part of the Connections family since our very first service in Sept of 2006. In her time here she has partnered with many ministries including the Media team, KidMin, Women’s Ministry leadership, and a two-time member of the Advisory Team. She and Bob have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren that they absolutely adore. Loie is humbled to be appointed to the Board of Elders and hopes to continue to serve and guide the Connections family where God is leading us.

Mike Steczo

Mike and his wife Dottie have joined the Connections Family in December of 2014. Being true servants, they knew they’d found a home on their first Sunday when they arrived on a service project day. They were put to work cleaning windows in the High School, and they’ve been here ever since! Mike’s past experiences in law enforcement and church ministry have shaped him to be a capable and experienced servant leader and he has been instrumental in building and maintaining our Safety & Security team to protect and serve the Connections Family. He is honored to be a member of the Board of Elders and is eager to serve the Connections family.