Piercing Word is a ministry that has been performing scripture across the country since 2007 and is currently based out of Lancaster, PA. All of their scripts are word-for-word straight from the ESV Bible. The mission of Piercing Word is to ignite passion for the Word of God in the heart of the church through scripture performance. After all, there is no better script than scripture!
Aaron House is the Founder and Executive Director of Piercing Word. Although originally from Houston, TX, he currently lives in Lancaster, PA with his lovely wife, Emily House, and their children, Caleb and Aria. Before taking Piercing Word full time in January of 2013, he was a full-time professional actor at Sight and Sound Theatres in Lancaster, PA for 3 years and in the Branson, MO location for 2 years. He has a BA in Musical Theatre from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and has been performing professionally since he was ten years old. He was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX in November 2013, and has a deep passion for Jesus Christ and for the Word of God, and he desires to use his performance abilities for the glory of God alone.
Emily House has been involved with Piercing Word since August of 2011, right before she started dating the Executive Director! She is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute and former Assistant Director of Drama Ministry - a mime team focused on discipling youth. This heart for discipleship has carried her into her role of Discipleship Director for Piercing Word. Emily loves working alongside her husband in the ministry and Piercing Word this has been another wonderful opportunity for her to combine her love for acting and heart for people to bless the Lord! Now Emily spends most of her time raising her kids, Caleb and Aria, but is still involved in the ministry as she is able.
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Heb 4:12ESV) We pray that each heart may be pierced by His powerful Word!
Announcing our newest staff member, Artistic Director Caleb Hughes! Caleb and his wife Rachel came on board as missionaries with Piercing Word in January 2018. Caleb & Rachel have partnered in ministry with Piercing Word since 2013 when they were in Lancaster working at Sight & Sound Theatres. They moved back to Lancaster County in 2017 after a year in Louisville, Kentucky, where Caleb began working on a Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Caleb & Rachel are both originally from Virgina and met while at Liberty University where they both received Bachelors Degrees in Theatre Performance. Caleb and Rachel welcomed Arrow Isaiah Day Hughes to their family in August 2017 and are enjoying this season of parenthood.
As Piercing Word's Artistic Director, Caleb is responsible for overseeing the artistic content of the scripture performances for Piercing Word. He performs, directs, recruits new actors and develops new Scripture performances. He has also been instrumental in the development of our new Performance Intern Program called IGNiTE, where actors can intern with Piercing Word for a year of discipleship training and Scripture performance tours of the US.
Katie lives in Manheim with her lighting designer husband Tim and 3 sons Wyatt, Hudson, and Riley. She has been involved in Lancaster County theatre for over 25 years, most recently as the Production Manager for a short time for Servant Stage Company. Katie is happy to return to her role as Production Manager of Piercing Word, which is a role she served in from 2014-2018 previously. Katie has also worked on staff at LCBC Church in the Worship & Arts and Kid Ministry departments and at Sight & Sound Theatres as Production Stage Manager. She is a freelance stage manager and set designer for local Lancaster theatres such as PRiMA, the Apollo Awards at Hershey Theatre and at Lancaster Bible College as well as serving as an adjunct professor with the Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department. She graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Arts in technical theatre. Katie attends LCBC Church at the Manheim Campus with her family. There she volunteers on the tech team as tech director for LCBC gatherings and other creative projects. She loves working in local theatre with so many great friends!
Dan is currently serving as our Part-time Administrative Assistant. He has lived in Lancaster County since 1998, but originally hails from the Albany, NY area. Dan has worked at Sight & Sound Theatres as a member of the cast, producing group, stage management, and overseeing the design process. He also served as the Business Manager at Victory Church. A graduate of Houghton College and Zion Bible Institute, Dan is endeavoring to follow the Lord and trust Him in all he does. In his free time, Dan’s great passion is filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child to share the Gospel and help children all over the world experience the love of God through a simple gift and discipleship. He has also begun to get involved with some of the local theatre groups as a performer and a volunteer. Dan is excited to be able to help and support the ministry of Piercing Word in this role.
Brad Myer is very excited to join the Piercing Word team as an IGNiTE intern! He was born and raised in Lancaster, PA, and is a recent high school graduate. He has been performing in local professional and community theatres since age seven, including Sight and Sound Theatres, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Cavod Theatre, Lancaster Bible College, and Servant Stage Company. Brad has also performed previously with Piercing Word in their productions of James, 1st John, Jonah, and Christmas Through the Ages. As an intern, he has been performing in Ecclesiastes, Sermon on the Mount: The Musical, Jonah, Romans Highlights, Philippians, and other Scripture Performances. He is very thankful for this opportunity to grow as an actor and serve the Lord with this outstanding ministry.
Mandee Kline, is so grateful for this amazing opportunity as an IGNiTE intern! She is a recent high school graduate and has been performing in theatre for over 7 years. Mandee has performed with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, 246 The Main, Creative Works of Lancaster, and Servant Stage Company. She will be performing Jonah, Sermon on the Mount: the Musical and other scripture performances. Mandee is so thankful to be given the opportunity to grow as a performer, glorify God, and ignite the passion of the Word of God in the hearts of others.
Robert Thacker is the Production Intern for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 season. In 2017 he hosted and produced a podcast on Christian media. He is a collector and keeper of great books (especially fantastical adventures and stories of ages past). Robert has an enduring passion for the impact of storytelling orally, visually, and prosaically through his novel writing. As a part of the Piercing Word team he is excited to bring the Word of God to the ears of the Church.
Madeline Miller is a homeschool graduate from Indiana, Pennsylvania. She has been in three musicals with her local homeschool fellowship group, including Esther, Pilgrim, and Anne of Green Gables. Maddie is excited to join the Piercing Word team, and to grow closer to God, as well as expand her performing arts skills.