(As Pathway celebrates Easter, we’re sharing the stories of newer attenders whose lives have been impacted by our faith community.)
When Kevin Kosmal changed direction, God did, too. “God has always been a part of my life,” he shared. “But now He’s at the center of my life.” Kevin grew up in Aliquippa and was raised in the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. “When I was younger, I went to church to make my mom happy. It was never for myself.” Then his fianceé, Ali Stashak, invited him to visit her church.
At Ali’s urging, the couple attended Pathway for the first time about a year ago. A few minutes after Pastor Jason Martin and the worship team struck their first chords, Kevin felt right at home. “It wasn’t like anything I had experienced before. The music was incredible. And it felt like Pastor Jeff was speaking directly to me during his sermon. I fell in love with Pathway and it opened up a whole new chapter of life.”
Kevin, 29, fell in love with Ali not long after they met 18 months ago at her uncle’s restaurant in Center Township. They will marry in September. Kevin is a ramp agent at the Pittsburgh International Airport and is studying to be a welder at Rosedale Tech. Ali is a teacher at our Royal Academy Preschool. “Before we met, I had started falling away from my faith and anxiety was building in me. It felt like something was missing,” Kevin admitted.
Kevin had turned to alcohol to ease his pain. “Drinking led to some problems for me,” he recalled. “But it no longer has a place in my life.” He likened his changed heart to drying cement. “The first time I went to Pathway, my anxiety left me. I could almost feel the cracks in the cement being filled by God. I remember going home and just breaking down in my living room. I was overwhelmed with a sense of His presence.”
Kevin and Ali are connected at Pathway in a couple of different ways — they volunteer on Sunday mornings in the Children’s Ministry, and they are part of Pastor Jason Martin’s small group, which meets each Thursday night following the service. “Whatever your previous experience with church was, it won’t be anything like Pathway,” Kevin stressed. “It’s a family here. It feels like we belong here because we do. We know God wants us here.”
Dealing with doubt? Struggling with fear? Join us for a powerful new message series, “As Promised,” which begins Easter Weekend.
Chippewa Campus …
•Friday, April 19 — Good Friday services, 5 and 7pm
•Sunday, April 21 — Easter celebration services, 9 and 10:45am in the live auditorium (interpreted for the hearing-impaired)
•Sunday, April 21 — Classic Easter service, 9am in the Venue
Moon Campus …
•Sunday, April 21— Easter celebration service, 10:45am