We are PRISM

One of the biggest things you'll discover at PRISM is that we are a committed and passionate group of people who truly follow the Christian faith. We don't believe in just "religion", but in a personal and life-changing relationship with Jesus, the true Son of God.

We believe all people from all nations should have an opportunity to learn and understand who Jesus is.



We believe Jesus was a true person who lived a real life just like us, and that his life is recorded in the Bible.



We believe Jesus was fully man and fully God, and that his death was the perfect sacrifce to make humanity right with God.



We are confident that the pure love of God, found in His son Jesus, is what all of creation and humanity are longing for.

We talk about grace more than guilt, because God has shown us grace through Jesus.



We think having fun AND discussing life's serious questions can coexist.



We will never pressure you to believe the Christian message, because grace is a free gift, not an obligation.



PRISM is committed to helping you as you consider how to live a life of faith and trust in the one true God.

Our Team

Scott Boyd



Scott has served an Director of PRISM since 2002, overseeing the staff and key volunteers. You can meet him at Friday Night Open House, kayaking and other events and trips. Scott is married to Lisa, and they have 4 grown sons and one daughter in law. His family enjoys playing sports and traveling. Ask Scott about his adventures biking from St. Louis to Boulder, Colorado, and from Boston to Montreal, Canada.

Bernadette Fischer



Bernadette joined PRISM staff in the fall of 2020 after over a decade as a volunteer with PRISM via Hebron Church. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and spent a semester abroad studying in Spain. It was there that she experienced the generous hospitality of locals who took interest in her, helped her acclimate to the culture and have a more authentic experience. Bernadette continued her education later in life and received an M.Ed from PITT. Over the years she has taught Spanish, Reading and ESL to people of all ages. Bernadette has two adult sons and an adopted a schwiener dog named Oliver. You can find her helping out with English Conversation Group, Women's Ministry, Friday Night Open House and other programs and trips. She loves to meet students and help them feel welcome here in Pittsburgh.

Rachel Johns



Rachel grew up in State College, PA and northern China. She came to know Jesus when she was 3 and a half years old and has been passionate about sharing her faith ever since. She received a BS in Human Development & Family Studies and a minor in Chinese from The Pennsylvania State University- GO LIONS! Rachel has worked with international students at her alma mater, in the Arab world and in Pittsburgh. She has been on staff with PRISM ever since her handsome husband Michael convinced her to marry him and move to the area in the fall of 2019. Rachel is regularly involved in Communications, Hospitality House Fellowship, Open House and is a Friendship Partner. Rachel enjoys live music, learning languages, reading and exploring the city.

Vikki Seto



Vikki joined PRISM staff as the Director of Finance in 2021. She grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BA in Accountancy. She has experience as a CPA in both Hong Kong and the US. She worked for PwC Hong Kong before moving on to manage an accounting team at a luxury retail company in Beijing. Vikki has travelled to various countries in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. One of her favorite things is exploring other cultures through the uniqueness of customs, activities and food. Vikki got connected with PRISM through her involvement at the Pittsburgh Chinese Church Oakland, where she and her husband Bobby serve on the Missions Committee. Vikki and Bobby were amazed at how God connected them through a dating app and led them to meet and serve on a short term mission trip together in the Philippines. They maintained a long distance courtship between Hong Kong and Pittsburgh before getting married in Pittsburgh in August 2018. Vikki and Bobby enjoy cooking Paleo style Western and Asian dishes together. They also love traveling and playing Scrabble.

Tim Shine



Growing up in Oregon, Tim went on to earn a BS in Agriculture from Oregon State University in 1983. After graduating, he worked in Seattle, Washington for several years. Later, sensing God's redirection, Tim moved to Michigan to study the Bible. At the same time, volunteer work for World Vision radically changed Tim's life trajectory giving him a passion for people of the world. Soon Tim found himself completing his Masters in Intercultural Studies from South Carolina where he would later meet his wife Judy. In 1999, Tim and Judy put their masters degrees into practice by relocating to a restricted access country in Asia where they did discipleship training, English teaching, and taught marriage enrichment classes. They joined staff with PRISM in September of 2020. Tim enjoys meeting international students & scholars, learning new cultures, and enjoys speaking Mandarin. His areas of passion include leading Discovery Bible Studies as well teaching principles on relationship & family development. Tim enjoys most racquet sports (growing up on ping pong), delights in the outdoors, loves Asian food (but needs his hamburgers) and enjoys watching movies with his 2 daughters and wife Judy.

Judy Shine



Judy graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a BS in information science. She worked as a programmer analyst before attending seminary, receiving an MA in intercultural studies at Columbia International University, where she met her husband Tim. In 1999-2019, Judy embraced God’s call to “go” and serve in a restricted country in Asia with her husband. What a privilege to witness God’s transforming work and experience street food and night markets! Judy enjoys engaging in Discovery Bible Studies, evangelism, discipleship, and marriage enrichment discussions. God also blessed them with two lovely daughters, Priscilla and Mikaela. While on home assignment in 2020, God redirected Judy and Tim to “stay” in the U.S. and join the welcoming, fun-loving and Christ-centered PRISM family as staff.

Farshid Rezaee 



Born in Iran, Farshid came to know about Christ when one popular Iranian newspaper surprisingly published the Sermon on the Mount. That half a page changed his life and was the only “Bible” he had for years. He did his B.A and M.A in English Literature. Once he read an article on Paradise Lost which argued that for God to be just and merciful at the same time, He had to pay the penalty for humans’ sins! Farshid’s heart changed but he had to hide his faith for years. Leaving his job as a lecturer, he moved to Malaysia where he lived as a refugee for 12 years and taught apologetics and preached at churches, camps and universities. In August 2022, he was resettled in Pittsburgh where God led him to PRISM.

Farshid is passionate about evangelism and apologetics and tries to use the God-given gift of being a super extrovert to talk to international students! He loves coming up with puns! 

Ashley Bang  



Ashley is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Neuroscience and French with a minor in Chemistry. She will be starting medical school next Fall. Until then, Ashley serves with PRISM staff as part-time Office Manager. In her free time she enjoys cooking, hiking, running, and exploring different neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. She has two sisters who share a love for exploring and travel--ask about her favorite national park and hiking trails! 

Jaden Michael



Jaden serves PRISM as Marketing and Development Director, and freshly joined the team August of 2023, athough, she and her husband, Patrick (Pat), have been connected to PRISM for a number of years. Jaden is a native Pittsburgher, as is Pat, and they now live in West View. They met while investing in the lives of the Saudi Arabian community here in Pittsburgh. Together, they have a super cute two year old daughter named Noora. Jaden studied Spanish, Arabic, and Biblical Studies at Geneva College and California University. She is an extroverted people person who enjoys meeting people from all different cultures and walks of life. She has been to 18 different countries, and has enjoyed each new experience. Her favorite country that she has visited is Iceland. Jaden is passionate about her relationship with Jesus, her family, and that pineapple does in fact belong on pizza. She has many different interests that include, playing guitar and ukulele, cake artistry, making great food, laughing, and spending quality time with Pat and Noora.