The Staff Team
I am a 2007 graduate of West Virginia University and a 2008 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (grad school). Aside from having many manly interests (football, baseball, action movies, rock and roll), I also enjoy a lot of nerdy things (mathematics, sci-fi, comic books, strategy games) and have a bizarre love of chick flicks. I love Jesus, and I’m passionate about learning more about Him and how to teach His truth to others.
And I love my blog. Check it out here.
Kirstin Heyne – Team Leader
My name is pronounced “curse tin hine,” just so you know, and I like my ice cream chunky. I graduated from IUP in 2006 with a B.A. in History and moved to Pittsburgh two years later to serve on the Pittsburgh Metro team. I love people (especially college students), laughter, board games, and going on adventures of all sizes. My favorite part of ministry is getting to see students take the next step in their walks with Jesus, becoming more like Him in the process.
Though I grew up near Penn State, city living attracted me to attend the University of Pittsburgh. I graduated in 2011 with an Applied Developmental Psychology degree, int
ending to pursue my teaching certification. God had different plans, however, and I am now in my second year of ministry with Cru! I love building deep relationships and encouraging people in their walks with Christ, and getting to do both of these with college students is why I love working in ministry. I also love playing volleyball, driving, playing board games, and drinking good coffee with great friends. I hate onions, eyeballs, and having nightmares. After cheesecake, ice cream is my favorite dessert and the best flavor is Cookies n’ Cream, Caramel Praline Crunch, or Moose Tracks. I also hate making decisions, obviously.
I graduated in 2005 from Salisbury University with a degree in English Creative Writing. I’m from a barrier island off the coast of Maryland called Ocean City and my house is 2 blocks from the beach ( are you jealous?). I love to write, sing, play the piano, read and be with people laughing and having fun. I have a weakness for Starbucks Venti Caramel Macchiattos and my favorite show is Psych. I have been on staff with Cru since 2007 and the journey has been a wonderful one. I’m excited to be in Pittsburgh and serve the city, students, and most of all my Savior Jesus.’
Jason & Maria Weimer – Team Leader
I graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Penn State in 2002. I came to know Jesus there as a freshman and developed a heart for Jesus, students, and the Great Commission. Maria and I have been married since May 24, 2003 and love living in the city with our little girls, Hannah & Evie!. I spend my free time watching and writing about college football, trying not to become too entangled in LOST, inventing games which I either play with others or by myself (very entertaining), and spending time having fun with my family. Iam very fond of Bruce Springsteen, Coca-Cola, and PSU football.
I (Maria) first met Jesus at Penn State and graduated from there in 2003 with a degree in English. I was involved with Cru for 4 years as a student and loved the amazing community that I had and grew leaps and bounds in my new faith in Jesus. I love my job, especially coaching staff through the tough life issues that make us all more like Jesus! I like anything chocolate, and I love to watch good movies, read great books, and enjoy delicious coffee! We love being on staff and we are passionate about helping students become lovers of Jesus who will be lifelong laborers for Him.
I was born and raised in Altoona, PA. Then I was off to IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) where I studied Hospitality Management. I graduated in 2007 and did an internship with Cru back at IUP. I am now really excited about being in Pittsburgh where I can’t wait to see what city life is all about. In my free time I like to watch football and baseball, and I’m trying to learn how to golf. I love Half-Baked ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, but on a normal day – when I don’t want to sell my arm to get ice cream – I like Moose Tracks.
My real name is Rachelle, but you can call me Chellee. I graduated from IUP (where I met Mike) in 2007 with a degree in Art. Although I thoroughly enjoyed spending hours in the studio every day working on my drawings, my favorite memories from college are the ones spent with friends from Cru who shared my desire to know and follow Jesus Christ. I’m excited that God has called “Team Brown” into ministry with Cru because I love how passionate and risk-taking college students can be. Some things I enjoy are the outdoors, winning board games, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and watching sports with my husband. Our favorite teams are the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dawnielle Schell Dawnielle.Schell@cru.org 304.257.6389
We also have some great people in the community who are volunteering with us to help lead movements and small groups on various campuses! There are many opportunities to serve the Lord by volunteering with Pittsburgh Metro Cru! Contact the staff for more info!