ministry spotlight:

Margaret Brandt Is the New Welcoming Face at Dutilh’s Front Desk

Marc, Margaret, and Jackson Brandt

Marc, Margaret, and Jackson Brandt

...the church just has a hometown feel. People know each other.”
— Margaret Brandt
Margaret Brandt

Margaret Brandt

I am so glad to be here. Dutilh Church feels like home.”
— Margaret Brandt
Jackson, Margaret, and Marc Brandt celebrate Light Up Night in downtown Pittsburgh.

Jackson, Margaret, and Marc Brandt celebrate Light Up Night in downtown Pittsburgh.

Margaret Brandt is a Cincinnati native and lifelong Methodist who found a home here at Dutilh Church.

Born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and adopted as an infant, Brandt was raised in Cincinnati with an older brother. She attended Bowling Green State University, where she earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising and was part of the Phi Mu sorority.

Brandt has known her husband, Marc, since she was a teenager. The two were friendly in high school, where Marc was two years ahead of Margaret and good friends with her older brother. They reconnected after college and have been together ever since. The couple has one son, Jackson, who will start sixth grade this fall.

After graduating from college, Brandt put her degree to work managing different retail stores. She eventually moved into banking as a financial advisor and then opted to stay home for a few years when her son Jackson was born. When Jackson got older, Brandt reentered the workforce as a paraprofessional for the Seneca Valley School District. She joined the Dutilh staff in June when the position of office administrative assistant opened up and has enjoyed her new professional role tremendously.

“The people are the best part about this job,” Brandt said. “People here are kind, very welcoming, and personable. The people who come into the office are so friendly!”

Brandt enjoys many aspects of the job, and said the thing she is most enthusiastic about is being able to see the Make Room capital campaign progress. “I’m excited to see how it grows our church,” Brandt explained.

Brandt has found not only a professional home, but also a spiritual one here at Dutilh Church. Although she was raised Methodist, Brandt said, “I fell out of church for a long time. When we moved here in 2011, friends told us to put Jackson in Vacation Bible School at Dutilh—that’s how we found out about the church.”

Brandt said Dutilh felt like a good fit for her family. “It feels like a neighborhood church,” Brandt explained. “When we came to Dutilh, I ran into people I knew from soccer or baseball—or I’d see people from Dutilh at the grocery store—the church just has a hometown feel. People know each other.”

Though the contemporary style of worship at the 9:30 a.m. service was new for the family, Brandt said that, too, felt like a good fit. “It was different than anything we had experienced before,” Brandt said. “It was interesting!” She also appreciates the preaching style, explaining that the pastors are genuine and that their care for people comes through in the sermons.

“I am so glad to be here,” Brandt said. “Dutilh Church feels like home.”


FUN FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MARGARET BRANDT:

  • Margaret is a singer who was active in musicals and plays throughout high school. She starred as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.

  • In 2012, Brandt completed the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon.

  • Margaret’s list of favorite movies includes Say Anything, the Avenger series (which she watches with her son), Independence Day, Men in Black (she is a fan of Will Smith movies generally), and most action films.