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.