Director of Music
Pastor of Mars UP Church
Rev. Edward Boyce III
Director of Youth & Children's Ministries
Andrew Higginson was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. Originally from Cranberry Township, Andrew graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 2013, where his brothers still attend. Andrew is a recent graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies with minors in Business and Biblical Languages.
Andrew was raised in a Christian household, and began his faith walk when he was 16 years old. Since that time, God has placed a strong calling on Andrew’s heart for ministry and has positioned several mentors along his path who taught him about his own faith and how to effectively lead in ministry.
When Andrew is not at church, he enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and traveling. Andrew is a self-proclaimed game-enthusiast who enjoys the strategy of a well-played game. He loves the sense of camaraderie created by playing games, including the dialogues, memories, and interactions that will be remembered for years to come.Andrew Higginson was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. Originally from Cranberry Township, Andrew graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 2013, where his brothers still attend. Andrew is a recent graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies with minors in Business and Biblical Languages.
Shelly Bocheff happily joined the staff of Mars UP as the Church Administrative Assistant in April of 2014. Arriving in Mars from Grove City in 1991 as the bride of Mike, she has made this her church for over 25 years raising both of her sons, Cole and Cord in the church family. Teaching Sunday School for over 10 years, Shelly has also served as a Deacon and Elder. In the capacity as the church’s official “shopper”, she has maintained all the necessary kitchen supplies for quite some time.
When Shelly is not working for the church, she enjoys gardening, boating with her family, visiting the elderly, traveling and most of all enjoying all God has created.
The congregation of Mars United Presbyterian Church called the Reverend Edward L. Boyce, III (“Pastor Ed”) as her Pastor/Head of Staff in November 2016. Pastor Ed was ordained in 1998 and holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, where he and his wife, Marian Carmical met. Pastor Ed is a native of Richmond, VA and has served church in NC, LA, VA, and now PA. He is a music lover who sings and plays the guitar as well as other brass instruments. Pastor Ed and his wife, Marian Carmical, have one child, Will, who is a freshman in college. Around the house, Pastor Ed enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and son, playing with his dog, Rosalita, and playing or working on guitars.
Jamie joined Mars UP Church as music director in May of 2002 after a lifetime of Music Ministry in the Pittsburgh area. Private voice, organ and piano instruction led to a B.A. in Music Performance from Edinboro State College (now Edinboro University) in 1982. She served the Leetsdale Presbyterian Church as organist for 19 years and then served the Zion Lutheran Church in Coraopolis for five years as Director of Music. As a member of the Pittsburgh Area American Guild of Organists, Jamie was a substitute organist in the Pittsburgh area for several years before joining the congregation of Mars U.P. She has played cello with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, has sung with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and still subs for the AGO as needed when not playing or conducting the chancel choir at Mars!