Our Pastors and Staff
Pastor Dennis Lawton began serving at Coraopolis UMC on July 1, 2019. He is a disciple of Jesus Christ and works to connect people to God and serves in and through the Church for ministry in God's world. He grew up on a farm in NW Pennsylvania. Pastor Dennis is married to Doreen, and they have two children -- Devon, 21, a student at Allegheny College, and Owen, 18, who began basic training for the Air Force in early July. He's been in the ministry for 23 years and most recently served two churches in the Meadville PA area.
Bryan Sable, Music Director, graduated cum laude with a BA in Music Education from West Liberty State College where he studied piano with David Zapka and composition with Dr. Kenneth Mahy. Sable also holds a M.Ed. in Administration, K-12, from California University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Professional Core of The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for four years, and served as Assistant Conductor of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for five years. Sable is an active recitalist and guest conductor in South Western PA, Northern WV, and Eastern Ohio.
Sable serves as a faculty member at City Charter High School, a highly successful urban charter school in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh. There, he teaches Introduction to Music, World Music Drumming, Guitar, Piano, and Chorus. Prior to working at City Charter High School, he served Ohio County Schools in Wheeling, WV, as an elementary and middle school music teacher at Wheeling Middle School, Steenrod Elementary School, and West Liberty Elementary School.
Bryan is Vice President of Voces Solis Pittsburgh's premier vocal chamber ensemble. He has been a featured bass soloist with Voces Solis, and serves as one of the co-conductors of the group.
Sable has served as Music Director at Christ United Methodist Church, Wheeling, and as Music Assistant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon, where he conducted the Bell Choir, Youth Praise Band, and the Canterbury Choir. Bryan was a finalist in the 2014 University of Michigan Organ Improvisation competition, and is so happy to be serving Coraopolis United Methodist Church!
Pat Petronio, Office Manager, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Anthropology. She is retired and works part-time here at CUMC. Pat started a non-profit 501(c)3 ministry (Asante Yesu Mission Agency) that supports an indigenous ministry in the Nairobi suburb of Karen, Kenya – Eternity Gospel Church & Ministries. Pat has traveled & ministered about 8 times in Kenya.