Our Story

PitCare, Inc. grew out of a vision that two couples had for becoming good neighbors in the economically challenged town of Pitcairn, PA.  By moving into Pitcairn in 2010, this vision became a reality. Pitcare, Inc. was formed and attained its 501c3 Non-Profit status in June of 2014. By March of 2015, PitCare, Inc. hired its first Executive Director, who also took up residence in Pitcairn.

From the onset PitCare, Inc. has focused its resources on empowering families, building community, and promoting economic stability to the town in Pitcairn, PA

 In Support of its mission, PitCare: 

  • Operates the local Pitcairn Food Pantry at its Broadway Street Location;
  • Provides space for the “St. Paul’s Meals on Wheels Program” at the “On Center” building,
  • Hosts a weekly Girls Club with mentoring activities for Pitcairn’s elementary through high school girls,
  • Sponsors a weekly Boys Basketball Program,
  • Manages a program refurbishing and giving away bicycles for youth,
  • Participates in “Kids of Steel” an award-winning, free youth physical activity and nutrition program designed to instill lifelong, healthy habits in children. 
  • Organizes Cooking and Nutrition Classes, and
  • Operates Summer Reading Programs and a small Lending Library.

Each of the above programs has grown from modest beginnings to reaching a greater number of children and families in the community.

Hours of Work

Our Mission

Empowering Families

Rebuilding Community

Economic Stability

Community Engagement

Leadership Team

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C. Scott Parsons

Executive Director

Rev. C. Scott Parsons is the Chairman of the Board and PitCare’s Executive Director.  Scott earned his M.Div. degree in 1991 from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott had served as a senior pastor in the Presbyterian Church of America denomination for 26 years before offering to raise his own salary and become our Executive Director in 2015. Scott has previously served on the Boards of Covenant Theological Seminary, Trinity Christian School, and Mon Valley Circles. Scott brings his enthusiastic vision, leadership skills, and valuable urban mercy ministry experience to our organization. He and his wife, Kim, raised eight children, four of which they adopted from their years as foster parents and have 13 grandchildren.

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Jeffrey R. Owen

President and Director

Jeffrey R. Owen is a founding member and serves as President of the Corporation and Member of the Board. Jeff earned his Law Degree from the Ohio State University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio after earning degrees in Political Science and English from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He has been practicing law for 33 years and has been the Managing Partner of the Cooper Owen & Renner Law Firm for the last 18 years.  Jeff has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  He has served in leadership/board capacities for numerous companies and Christian ministries over the last 28 years such as President of SeeJesus.net, a ministry serving the Church nationally and internationally, a Member of the Standing Judicial Committee for the denomination of the Presbyterian Church of America, and a Session Member of Beulah Presbyterian Church and New Covenant Presbyterian Church for 28 years.  He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Younglife Ministry’s Gateway/Franklin Regional Committee, and as a board member with Uniquely the Same, a ministry serving people affected by disability.  He and his wife, Dawn, moved into Pitcairn, PA in 2011.  In addition to overseeing PitCare’s legal and regulatory compliance, Jeff’s volunteer focus is with the male high school programming involving weekly dinners and the winter basketball league. Jeff and his wife Dawn have three adult children and three grandchildren.

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Gary J. Agate

Vice President and Director

Gary J. Agate, who serves as our Corporate Vice President, Board Member, and Facilities Management Director, was the first person to feel called to live out his Christian faith in the impoverished community of Pitcairn, PA. He and his wife, Carol, moved to Pitcairn in 2010.  His enthusiasm for bringing dignity and hope to his neighbors in Pitcairn brought the rest of the “PitCare team” into partnership with him.  In 2015, after 42 years, he retired as the Director of Operations at Turner Dairy Farms, Inc.  Gary is a lifelong musician and worship leader.  He is an ordained Deacon in the Presbyterian Church (P.C.A) and is the proud grandfather of 21 grandchildren.  In addition to maintaining numerous buildings in our organization, Gary runs the Next Level Retiree’s Group, the Bike Shop, and is constantly involved in all aspects of our ministry.

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Dawn R. Owen

Treasurer and Director

Dawn R. Owen is a founding member of PitCare and serves as its Corporate Treasurer, Development Director, and Member of the Board.   Dawn earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Sciences at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa and a Paralegal Certificate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She provides very valuable organizational and financial management skills.  While raising three girls, she began her career as a paralegal in the early 1990's and quickly became and remains the Office Administrator, Business Manager and Senior Paralegal for the law firm of Cooper Owen & Renner, P.C. Dawn has also served as Treasurer of New Covenant Presbyterian Church as well as a member of their Missions Committee. She was also the Development Director and Board Member for Trinity Christian School for many years. Dawn and her husband Jeff have three adult children and three grandchildren.

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Stephen Uber

Secretary and Director

Stephen Uber serves as a Board Member and PitCare’s Corporate Secretary. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Administration from Penn State, a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Crown College and a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry & Leadership from Liberty University.  Stephen is the Vice President and Manager of the S&T Bank branch in our community and offers his expertise with our Development Committee and Life Skills/Housing program.  Stephen was ordained in 2010 and became an Associate Pastor in charge of Youth at Crossroads Vineyard Church until 2013 when he left to help church plant Harvest Bible Chapel in Monroeville.

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Doug Rehberg


Rev. Doug Rehberg, serves as a Board Member. Doug has served as Senior Pastor of Hebron Church since January 1991. He holds a BA in Political Science from Gordon College, a MPA from The George Washington University, a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary. Doug worked for seven years as a Policy Analyst with Metropolitan Dade County, Florida and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. before beginning his pastoral ministry in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Doug has previously served on the Board of Directors of Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of "The Blessing Board" located in Oakmont, PA. He and his wife, Barbara, have two adult daughters.

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Carol Agate

Sr. Grant Writer, Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

Carol Agate is a founding member of the Board of Directors (2014-2016) and currently serves as the Volunteer and Communications Coordinator, is a member of the Development Committee, as well as the Senior Grant Writer for PitCare. Carol handles our State and Federal Compliance for all volunteers as well as our Public Relations. Carol attended The Sawyer School of Business where she graduated with a Certificate of Secretarial Science in 1985. She is a former Medical Assistant and Paralegal. She currently owns her own business Agate Services, LLC, where she provides Administrative Assistance Virtually to businesses. Carol has previously served on the PR and Development Committees of Trinity Christian School, on the Pittsburgh Presbytery Women's Ministry Team as the PR and Missions Coordinator, served on the Missions Committee of New Covenant Church in Monroeville, PA where she led several teams to Haiti from 2010-2013, and has been leading Women's Bible Study for 30 years. Carol currently serves as the Women's Ministry Leader at the Presbyterian Church of Pitcairn. Carol and her husband Gary have 7 adult children and 21 grandchildren.

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Emily K. Parsons

Girls Program Coordinator

Emily Parsons serves as our Girls Program Coordinator. Emily is a 2001 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Social Work. Emily is a former Residential Manager and Employment Coordinator for Community Options, a former Paralegal for Cooper Owen and Renner, P.C. from 2005-2018, as well as serving as church secretary at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, PA from 2009-2012. Emily has served as a Youth Leader, Worship Leader, and Missions Leader for over 10 years and is an integral part of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation-Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary helping to host their annual unWined Event. Emily has been involved with PitCare and its Girls Clubs since it's inception in 2014. Emily and her husband Dan have three children.

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Steff Knabe

Project Manager for the Kim Parsons Library & Community Center

Steff Knabe, joined the PitCare team in February 2018 as the Project Manager for the Kim Parsons Library and Community Center. Steff oversees a team of volunteers who are busy preparing the Library for its Grand Opening, as well as coordinating the "Build a Better World" 2018 Summer Reading Program. Steff has also been involved in fundraising efforts for PitCare. Steff graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse until retiring in 2014 as an Infection Control Practitioner from UPMC. Steff has also served as the Women's Ministry Coordinator at Hebron Presbyterian Church from 2007-2017. Prior to serving at Hebron, she spent 8 years on the Leadership Team for Community Bible Study. She has also served as a Children's Teacher and Teaching Director and Leader in her community. Steff and her husband Craig have two adult children and two grandchildren.

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Heather Luimes

Director of Operations

Heather comes to us from Ontario, Canada where she was previously employed as a Store Manager at Home Depot.  Heather brings with her 9 years of leadership and management experience in a variety of roles.  She was an active member of Talbot Street Church, serving as a member of the Worship Committee and was involved in leading worship.  For 8 years Heather has also participated as a member of the planning and host teams for Serve sites through Youth Unlimited.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Calvin College as well as a Degree in Interior Design at Sheridan College.

Heather oversees the daily operations of the PitCare organization.  She is passionate about building community relationships and meeting the specific needs of Pitcairn.

Volunteering At Pitcare

Our Volunteers

One of the best parts of PitCare is providing opportunities for our friends and local congregations to help a local ministry in a sustained and effective manner.

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Connected Organizations

Connected Organizations

St. Paul’s Meals on Wheels program

Uniquely the Same

Pitcairn Assembly of God Church

Presbyterian Church of Pitcairn

YoungLife Gateway