ELDER MARK SAMPSON grew up in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. He was raised Episcopalian, converted at age 21 under John MacArthur’s teaching, and came to the reformed faith under R. C. Sproul. He holds a BS in Human Resources Management from Geneva College and a Master of Theological Studies with a Biblical Counseling Concentration from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. After working 18 years for Taco Bell, Mark currently serves as the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Mark and his wife, Sharon, have one married daughter. Mark believes true joy in the eldership is to see the lost saved and the saved growing in their love for Christ and his kingdom. He serves as an elder at Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia, PA. He is a member of the Temporary Governing Board of Birmingham Reformed Presbyterian Church.
ELDER BRUCE BACKENSTO grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey. He was raised PCUSA where he became a communicant member at age 13 or so after memorizing the Shorter Catechism and answering questions appropriately by the session of the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury, NJ founded August 10, 1710. He was converted during his sophomore year at Geneva College from which he graduated with a BS in Mathematics. He went to the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and graduated with a diploma in 1972. He first ministered in the Sterling, Kansas RPC (1972-1979). We was the organizing and first minister of the Colorado Springs Reformed Fellowship in Colorado Springs, CO (1980-1989). While serving there he took courses from RPTS to receive an MDiv (RPTS was not certified to grant degrees in 1972). He was called to minister in the Ridgefield Park, NJ RPC (1989-1995). He was called to minister to the Geneva RPC in Beaver Falls, PA, home of Geneva College. In 2004-05 the Geneva RPC merged with the First RPC in Patterson Township, PA, 3 miles from the Geneva RPC building, which was sold to Geneva College and demolished in 2020. In 2014 he retired after 19 fruitful years of serving those godly saints. He served on the Education and Publications Board, the Foreign Missions Board (now Global Missions), Geneva College Board of Trustees (19 years), he was an adjunct professor at RPTS where he taught Apologetics and Doctrine of Civil Government. Currently he serves on the Geneva College Corporator, the Interchurch Committee of Synod, the East Asian Commission (moderator), the Mediatorial Kingship of Christ study committee (chair), the interim Moderator of the Trinity RPC, Burtonsville, MD, the session of Covenant RPC, Meadville, PA (provisional elder and treasurer), the Home Missions Committee of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies (chair), the Credentials Committee of the PoA (chair), the Beaver County Christian School Board (president), and the Temporary Governing Body of the Birmingham RP Mission Church. He rejoices in being called upon by God and empowered to serve in His church by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone as set forth in the Scriptures alone infallibly for God's glory alone.
ELDER PAUL MARTIN was ordained November of 1970. He is married to Janet. He has six children, Kara, Joel, Tesha, Titus, Anna, and Barry. Paul was appointed to the Presbytery office of Regional Home Missionary about 2017. He loves pastoring and preaching. His skills at preaching are still exceptional, and he relishes any opportunity to discuss the gospel and its implications for life and culture. Paul's great desire is to see the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
ELDER BRIAN PANICHELLE grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA. He was raised in the Roman and Byzantine Catholic Church. Brian converted to the Reformed Faith in Highschool as part of his earthly father’s household. Brian holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Geneva College. He and Heather have been blessed with six children and now 6 grandchildren. Brian owned an insurance agency for 22 years and has now sold it. Brian is working in sales and as a trainer for Dale Carnegie Training and serves as an Elder in the Providence RP Church in Carnegie, PA. He is a member of the Temporary Governing Board of the Birmingham Reformed Presbyterian Church.