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Welcome to SUMC


Welcome to SUMC

For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Russel Shuluga, Pastor

Russel Shuluga, Pastor


The Sewickley United Methodist Church has historically been known as “The Church with Time for You.”

It is always the right time to “love God with all of our hearts, and with all of our souls, and with all of our minds, and our neighbors as ourselves.” (Matthew 22: 37 & 39) As we seek to be faithful to Jesus’ two ‘Great Commandments,’ we celebrate human diversity and all persons as children of God. Our church adamantly and enthusiastically welcomes persons of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities (the entire LGBQT community), family configuration, economic conditions, marital status, and mental or physical abilities to attend, join and participate fully in the life of our congregation. We celebrate “Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” We have time for you, and there is a place for you.

Sewickley United Methodist Church offers ministries to people of all ages, from preschool age to senior adults. Currently, we offer two worship opportunities each Sunday morning: a contemporary service at 9:00 a.m. and a traditional service at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages is at 10:00 a.m., except during the summer break.

Bible Study is offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the church library.

The best way to learn about us is to peruse our website and come join us for worship. We would love to get to know you. You are invited to come as you are, and wherever you are on your faith journey, and we will travel that road together.

The Sewickley United Methodist Church is “The Church With Time For You!”

Russel W. Shuluga, Pastor

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Mission & Beliefs

Mission & Beliefs

The United Methodist Church


To ignite and sustain a passionate, spiritual connection with Christ among all people.


To provide leadership, connection, and resources to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Core Value

Our core value is love. We love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength and our neighbors as ourselves. This value is commanded by Jesus, inspired by our Wesleyan heritage, including to spread Scriptural holiness over the land and witnessed through our integrity, accountability, and inclusiveness.

This we believe

  1. We believe in God’s grace, Grace, the beautiful free gift of God’s love for every person. It is a love you cannot work to gain, but only accept and share.
  2. We believe in the dignity and responsibility of all persons. We are all equal. Every person is a special child of God. We are all brothers and sisters. All means all.
  3. We believe in conversion and new birth. Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
  4. We believe faith and good works belong together.
  5. We believe in a connectional and ecumenical church. We desire not only to connect church to church within the United Methodist denomination, but to churches of other denominations. Our prayer is that all Christians throughout the world will work together for our one Lord, Jesus the Christ.

Mission Statement of the Sewickley United Methodist Church

The Sewickley United Methodist Church is a faith community that meets in the building with the clock tower that stands at the entrance of the village. It is the church with time for you.

  1. In a world that knows hostility, we give time for hospitality, community, and fellowship.
  2. In a world that knows aimless searching, we give time for spiritual development.
  3. In a world that knows idols, we give time to creatively worship the God of love.
  4. In a world that knows ignorance, we give time to hear and learn the biblical story.
  5. In this world God loves, we seek to be followers of Jesus, the one who gave his life to demonstrate trust, hope, and love.
  6. As we use the gift of time to meet on Sundays for education and worship, we invite you to meet with a community that gathers under the clock to pay attention to the One whose love is ever timeless.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Sewickley UMC

337 Broad Street
Sewickley, PA, 15143
United States


Office Hours

Tuesday & Friday
9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Contact Us

Messages will be directed to the church secretary, Pam Honeychurch, and Pastor Russel.

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Communication Card

Communication Card

If you would like to request contact from our pastor, update your contact information, or submit a prayer request, please fill out our communication card.

Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff


Russel Shuluga – Pastor

Pastor Russel is married to the former Nancy Hayes. They are blessed with three daughters and four grandchildren. Russel is a second career pastor. He worked at the Carbon Limestone Company for ten years. In 1980, he experienced the call to ministry. Pastor Russel became a Pastoral Candidate and licensed in 1981. He served student appointments while attending school. Pastor Russel graduated from Slippery Rock University earning a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. He earned his Master of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Pastor Russel was ordained a Probationary Member in 1988 by Bishop Ault and ordained a Full Member in 1991 by Bishop Bashore.

Pastor Russel served the following appointments:

  • Branchton United Methodist Church; April 1982-1983

  • Nazareth/Balm; 1983-1989

  • Point Marion; 1989-1998

  • Erie: Simpson; 1998- February 1, 2005

  • Erie: Simpson/ Erie: Cascade; February 1, 2005-2006

  • Sewickley; 2006 to Present

Pastor Shuluga’s Personal Mission Statement:
My mission is to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). My mission is to create an inclusive atmosphere where the Good News of God’s unconditional love can be celebrated by all of God’s children.

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Matt McTeague – Music Director

Matthew comes to the Pittsburgh area having recently completed his Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While in Athens, Matt served as the assistant conductor and accompanist for the Singing Men of Ohio, as well as the University Singers, and had the opportunity to tour with both choirs. He once conducted on stage with The Rolling Stones. Matt has been working with choirs most of his life—accompanying, participating in, or helping to conduct in various settings: multiple churches in eastern Ohio and West Virginia, the All-Ohio Youth Choir and Cardinal Chorale, and as the Choral Director at The MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts. Matt is a long-time piano teacher and vocal coach and has recently become the Music Director at Sewickley United Methodist Church. Matt is recently married and is happy to be making his home in Pittsburgh with his wife and stepson.

Kelly Herman

Kelly Herman – Director of Contemporary Worship


Christopher Jezzi – Custodian

Chris lives in Sewickley and has been the church custodian since June 2018.