P. Joseph Barth, D.Min. | Lead Pastor

Pastor Joe, leading Slippery Rock Alliance Church since 1999, has three loves in his life.  First is his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Second is helping his church people know and experience Jesus more deeply.  Third is his wife of 36 years, Lynne, and their two adult children, Eric and Michelle.   Before entering the pastorate, Dr. Barth taught church music at Simpson College and Multnomah School of the Bible. He has also taught at Crafton Hills College. While serving as a music professor, he was also a music pastor in local churches.  He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Bakke Graduate University, a Master of Church Music from Western Seminary, as well as a M.A. (Music Theory) and B.A. (Music Education) from California State University in Los Angeles. In his evenings home he plays and writes about jazz guitar.

Staff - Michele

Michele Gebhart | Family Ministries Director

Michele grew up attending Slippery Rock Alliance Church.  After earning her English degree at Penn State, she returned to the area to pursue a career in ministry.  As Family Ministries Director, she oversees all of our children and youth programs.  She also serves as secretary and webmaster. She can be reached at