PCWS Staff

Benjamin Mertz Director of Youth Ministry

We are pleased to introduce Benjamin Mertz as our new Director of Youth Ministry.  Ben’s background is in church leadership with experience leading worship, directing youth groups, and preaching/teaching. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Christian Ministries. Growing up, Ben was active in youth programs, and he has a passion for helping others on their faith journey.

As the Director of Youth Ministry, Ben will work to engage with youth (primarily 6th-12th grade); coordinate, plan, and lead mission opportunities for youth, including an annual week-long mission trip; and build connections with families of younger children in support of Children’s Ministry.

Ben describes himself as “an avid reader, a coffee fanatic, a plant dad, and a lover of new adventures!”

“In talking with Ben and his references, we were very impressed with Ben’s inventive and creative nature, his great love for youth ministries, and that community is a big focus for him.  I’m excited for Ben to join PCWS, and I’m especially excited for our middle school and high school families.” – Paul Banovic, PCWS Personnel Committee

We extend a warm welcome to Ben!


Ben can be reached by email or by calling the church office – 708-246-5220.

Meet our Great Staff at PCWS


Terri Angaraone
Church Administrator
Stephanie Coates
Music Director
Patrick Rivers
Financial Secretary