Our leadership

  • dan cramer

    Senior Pastor

    Having grown up in the Pittsburgh area, God's Call took Dan across the ocean before bringing him back to Pittsburgh again.  After Bible College, Dan travelled to Scotland where he met his wife Charlene during a Summer of Service with YWAM. 


    They ended up staying eight years in Great Britain where they planted a Church in Scotland and a Church in England.


    Coming back to Pittsburgh in 1985, Zion Christian Church became their third Church plant.  This Church was launched on Christmas Eve of 1991 at Howard Johnson's Hotel.  The theme was "There is room for Jesus in this Inn". 

  • Charlene Cramer

    women's & prayer Pastor

    Charlene was called to the Minsitry as a teenager when God revealed His plan to her in a vision where she saw herself in a boat on a dark and stormy sea that would leave lights along the coastline to help guide endangered people to safety. 


    Charlene is a talented Bible teacher, a great counselor, and a strong prayer leader.  Charlene has an unusually sympathetic heart for the hurting and is a great encourager.  She and Dan have left 'three lights' (church plants) in three countries during their careers and have helped release other to establish more. 


    Our work among the Bhutanese Refugees is establishing another light in the darkness.  Charlene skillfully leads the Women's Ministry and Prayer Ministry at Zion.

  • Ed Freidenberger

    worship Leader

    As talented as musicians come, Ed Friedenberger leads our worship teams and holiday choirs with a rich sense of God's Presence.   Our talented singers lead us into worship. 


    Ed and most of our musicians play professionally, and now devote their talents to Worship.   Ed was twice voted Pittsburgh's Best Pianist, and legendary Lou Schreiber (Click his name for more information) is famous in Pittsburgh as a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame.  Additional musicians add to the ministry also.  We are also very, very  thankful for our very talented trio of singers who lead us in to God's Presence.


    Ed is a great example of an extremely talented man with humility who guides others into connecting with God.  We thank God for Ed and our talented singers and musicians.