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.
Jeff Mapson joined the team as bookings representative in 2016. He first appeared in Passion, and has since performed in Ruth, Jonah, and as a Psalmist. He was the tour manager for the 2015 New England Tour and the 2016 New York Tour and has been the stage manager for Sermon on the Mount, Luke 1 & 2, Passion: The Musical and is currently stage managing 1st John. He is originally from Delaware and graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He relocated to Lancaster in 2012 when he married his wife, Meagan, who is a professional actress. Jeff lives in Lancaster and loves spending time with family and friends and serving at his church, Harvest Bible Chapel of Lancaster.
Geoffery is thrilled to be joining the team at Piercing Word at their Office Manager! Geoffery is a professional singer and actor and is part of Piercing Word’s current scripture presentation, Ecclesiastes. Geoffery has always had a love of music and that led him into singing and performing at a very young age. He has spent the last three years now working as a professional singer and actor throughout VA, DC and PA and is excited to see what this next step may lead to. Outside of the performance world, Geoffery has had vast experience in management as well as event coordination and planning. He is so blessed by the many opportunities that have been provided him and is expectant to how the Lord will use him in this next season.
Dana Landis joined the PW Team at the beginning of 2017 and Stage Managed all the featured performances: Women of the Bible, Passion: The Musical, Sermon on the Mount: The Musical, Ephesians, and Grace Family Christmas, Women of the Bible – Truth. Dana was also the Administrator of Piercing Word’s Summer Theater Camp for the last two summers, Stage Managed a couple Piercing Word tours and is a part-time staff member of Piercing Word. Dana also works as a Production Assistant at the Fulton Theatre. She graduated from Penn State University in 2015 with a degree in Theatre Design and Technology. Originally from Lancaster, Dana appreciates the ministry that Piercing Word brings to the community and she hopes that their performances will impact you as much as they have her.
Brad Myer is very excited to join the Piercing Word team as an IGNiTE intern! He was born and raised in Lancaster, PA, he 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.
Lizzy (Elizabeth) Steele is thrilled to be a Performance Intern with Piercing Word this summer! She is currently studying Theatre Studies and Elementary Education in Baltimore, MD, where she was born and raised. She has been performing in full-scale Musical Theatre productions since age 7 and she is now embarking on a mission to learn how theatre can be used in ministry to reach the lost and speak God's love to both the saved and the unsaved. She is recently engaged and is planning a wedding for summer 2019. Lizzy attends the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis (PCA) in Annapolis, Maryland and her favorite pass-times include singing with the National Christian Choir, volunteering in her community, and spending quality time with loved ones and new friends.
Pilisa Mackey is so excited to be working for Piercing Word as a Performance Intern this summer! She is currently a sophomore student at Lancaster Bible College pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. Her previous credits include The Bird Woman in LBC’s Mary Poppins as well as Guard 1 in The Magic Flute this past April. Currently when she is not working hard in rehearsals and planning for this internship, she is a part of the Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical currently playing at the Fulton. This is her first summer in Lancaster and she is grateful to the Piercing Word Staff for giving her a chance to glorify God with performing arts!