Newly Commissioned Officers Announced to Lead North Boroughs Worship & Service Center

Aug 5, 2020 | by Stephanie Rex

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (Avalon, Pa.) – The Salvation Army Western PA Division is proud to announce Lieutenants Tylar and Kelly Melfi as the new officers and pastors commissioned to lead the North Boroughs Worship and Service Center, a brand-new facility that opened in July 2020.

“We look forward to doing the most good in North Boroughs and our entire service area, providing our new neighbors with future free youth programming, including music lessons, senior programming, Project Bundle-Up, Sheetz for the Kidz program and holiday assistance, as well as comprehensive social services, weekly worship, and more,” said Lieutenant Tylar Melfi.

A virtual tour of the North Boroughs Worship and Service Center can be viewed here:

Before beginning their studies at The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training in New York in 2018, Lt. Kelly served as the director of The Salvation Army’s Service Center in Carnegie, PA. She then went on to work with The Salvation Army Western PA Division’s Pathway of Hope program, which helps individuals in need to gain financial stability and independence. In addition, both lieutenants have experience as small business owners, as Lt. Tylar owned and operated an airbrush shop for 10 years, and Lt. Kelly previously owned a clothing boutique.

“As new leaders in this community, it’s our vision to collaborate with others and establish strong relationships to make sure we are meeting the needs of every individual who reaches out and walks through our doors,” said Lieutenant Kelly Melfi.

Lt. Tylar’s focus is on Youth Ministries, music, art and nature, while Lt. Kelly is passionate about supporting people spiritually, helping them to develop relationships with God through weekly Sunday worship at 11 a.m., fellowship, and more. The Melfi’s have two boys: Jasiah 5, and Ysrael 3. Their goal as a family is to be faithful and effective servants of God’s Kingdom in North Boroughs.

The North Boroughs Worship and Service Center, located at 327 S. Home Avenue, Avalon, Pa. 15202 provides new, exciting and free programming for youth, families, and seniors, building hope and transforming lives. Families have access to an emergency food pantry. Community children will have access to a fun and engaging future free music program. Seniors and individuals in need can connect with Comprehensive Social Services provided by The Salvation Army, gaining access to rent and utility assistance. In addition, new programming will be shaped by the community’s needs.

Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 127 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


Stephanie Rex, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

Email  |  Office: (412) 446-1642  |  Cell: (412) 463-2942

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