Our Team

John Nuzzo

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Pastor John and his wife Michelle founded Victory Family Church in 1993 to see people experience God in everyday life. He loves seeing lives changed and families restored! That’s what fuels him.

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Pastor John and Michelle have three adult children. He’s an avid golfer (though he’d tell you that doesn’t mean he’s a “good” golfer) and is constantly working on impersonations. He does a pretty great Don Corleone from the Godfather (we are Victory Family Church, after all). John roots for the Steelers, but if you’re a Browns or Ravens fan, he promises to go easy on you.

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He considers every interaction with every individual a once-in-a-lifetime privilege, and if you’ve never met him, he’d love the opportunity to meet you.

Michelle Nuzzo

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Michelle is married to Pastor John, which means over the years she’s filled about every role in our church. She cherishes (and helps to mother) our church family. Like any proud parent, she’s inspired to see people serving our community and expressing God’s unconditional love.

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Though Michelle has lived in Pennsylvania for decades now, she’s a Florida girl and true Southerner. Give her greens, cornbread, and a beach, and she’s happy. She’s also a talented interior designer and enjoys making spaces feel comfortable and look beautiful.

Our Leadership Team

Pastor Matt Gates

Matt Gates

Executive Pastor

Matt is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and decision-making of church policies and ministries. This includes strategic support and execution for the vision of the church.

Matt loves to travel. He and his family have been to 47 of 50 US states! He spends his free time playing golf in the summer, hunting in the fall, and going to football games whenever he can.

One thing you’ll never see him do: drink coffee. He’s never had a cup in his life!

Pastor Steve Moore

Steve Moore

Executive Pastor of Kingdom Builders

Steve is responsible for leading Victory’s ministry in three primary areas: Global Missions, Local Church Expansion, and Future Christian Leaders.

Prior to his role as Executive Pastor of Kingdom Builders, Pastor Steve was on staff as our Executive Pastor. He loves the heart and mission of Victory: to reach the world with God’s love.

In his free time, you’ll find Steve outdoors running, cycling, or practicing landscape photography (he’s an incredible photographer!).

Pastor John Owens

John Owens

New Castle Campus Pastor

If you visit our New Castle Campus, John will most likely be there to say, “Hello!”

He’s married to Kara, who also serves on the staff at Victory Family Church. Together, they develop and lead outreach teams in New Castle that provide community meals and groceries to those in need.

When he’s not at church or making a difference in our community, he cheers for the Browns, rides his Harley, and tries to take occasional family Florida beach trips.

Pastor Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer

Outreach and Missions Pastor

As the Outreach Pastor, Chris oversees our missions ministry. He leads teams that provide help and support during times of crisis.

Married to Gerri and the father of two children, Chris has been on more than six dozen mission trips, facilitated trips for all ages, and has helped train new leaders.

Chris loves a good 70s rock song. When he’s not helping others make a significant positive impact for those in need, Chris values every second he spends with his family. Bonus points when it’s family time at a beach or on the slopes!

Pastor Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson

Church Administrator

As the Church Administrator, Paul is responsible for leading the Operations, Finance, Human Resources, and Administration for Victory Family Church. If you meet him (and we hope you do), he’ll either give you a great book to read or tell you about a small group you have to sign up for.

Paul is married to Patty, and they have three children and five grandchildren. Paul and his family began attending Victory in 1994 and transitioned into full-time ministry in 2012 after nearly 30 years in the business world.

He’s glad he made the transition to ministry. He says, “Nothing overwhelms me like seeing people’s lives eternally changed!”

Pastor Ben Archer

Ben Archer

Youth and Young Adult Pastor

As the Student Ministry Pastor, Ben is responsible for pastoring and overseeing our middle school, high school, and young adult ministries. His heart: helping people walk in God’s unconditional love, no matter their age.

He and his wife, Alyssa, have two children, with one on the way. They enjoy hanging out in nature while hiking or camping. Ben used to be a dirt bike enthusiast. Breaking nearly ten bones made him feel less enthusiastic about his dirt bike.

Pastor Ben loves all people but hates mustard. Mustard is where he draws the line.

Pastor Bob Kaleta

Bob Kaleta

Marriage and Family Pastor

Bob oversees Victory’s Marriage and Family Ministries, along with the Pray First, Prayer Partners, Healing, and Lay Ministry teams.

He’s married to Christina and enjoys almost any outdoor activity. If he can’t get outside, you’ll find him trying to break out of an Escape Room with friends!

In addition to their passion for families in the church, Bob and his wife are passionate about creating a loving and comfy home for their family. They’re certified foster parents and love every minute of it!

Pastor Sean Moore

Sean Moore

Meadville Campus Pastor

You can find Sean and his wife Sarah, along with their two children, every weekend leading the team at our Meadville campus. Be sure to say “Hi!”

Prior to his role as the Campus Pastor, he was the Director of Waymaker School of Ministry and worked as Band Director on the Worship staff for six years.

Sean is a fun guy who loves a good quesadilla and is ready at the drop of a hat to give a spot-on impression of a celebrity or movie character! And believe it or not, he was once featured in a Candid Camera prank!

Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Director of Family Ministry

Matt’s responsible for overseeing ministries from birth through young adults, Dream Teams, and the discipleship process for first-time guests through Small Groups and serving.

Matt’s married to Erin, and together they have four children. In high school, Matt was a state champion Javelin thrower. He was a QB, too—a 4000-yard passer!

But the best thing that happened to Matt in High School was Erin. They started dating when they were fourteen and have been together ever since. When he’s not at church or hanging out with his family, you might catch him playing chess, fishing, or trying to win a flag football game.

Kelly Selick

Kelly Selick

Experience Director

Kelly is responsible for leading the worship, production, communication, and creative teams. She thrives on creating environments where people can experience God’s love.

She’s married to Larry, aka “Toot,” and they have two children. In her free time, Kelly loves to get outside, and she firmly believes that tacos and ice cream are the two most important food groups. (Don’t try to convince her otherwise. She’s really thought about this.)

Before serving as our Experience Director, she spent six years as our Creative Director. Kelly has called Victory home since 2005.

Rebecca Koehler

Rebecca Koehler

Children's Director

Rebecca oversees our Victory Kids ministry. She was a child in Victory Kids once upon a time and has a heart to make sure every child feels welcomed and loved.

Rebecca has a background in education (she taught Social Studies for years) and has a master’s degree in theology. If you ever have a conversation with her, she’ll probably throw in a quote from a song or movie, and she could spend hours lost in a British mystery (she’s on #teamsherlock).

Rebecca is a dog person. Next time you see her, make sure you ask about her wire fox terrier, Hudson, or cavapoo, Benson.

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