November 11, 2021

Welcome, Mariah Keener!


Mariah Keener: Director of Art & Worship

Mariah Keener was born and raised in Lancaster, Penn.,
and moved to South Bend in the fall of 2021. After spending her early life singing in children’s choirs and learning every instrument she could get her hands on, Mariah decided to go to Lancaster Bible College to major in biblical studies and worship arts. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in both fields, she served in a variety of roles in church leadership ranging from worship resident to campus worship leader. After feeling a nudge that there may be something more, she took a leap of faith.She left everything she had ever known and moved to South Bend to become a part of the SBCC family and continue growing into the fullness of who she is.

When Mariah isn’t writing or playing music, chances are she’s hanging with her pup Riley, kayaking, taking a hike, producing a podcast (a quarantine passion project), or enjoying a quiet night in. She is more than excited to call “the Bend” her home and always down to make new friends!If you see her out and about, be sure to introduce yourself.

Lynn Miles Peisker: Project Management Specialist

As a full-time volunteer staff member, Lynn Miles Peisker has already helped shape our communication strategy, annual reports, and website redesign project. She and her husband John have been with SBCC from the beginning, from informational meetings to preliminary gatherings at The Brick. We are so grateful for her gift of time and experience to help us build and care for our community.

A farmer’s daughter from central Illinois, Lynn comes to the staff with a background in communications strategy and a graduate degree in nonprofit management. She is married to her college sweetheart, John, and is mom to three amazing adult children and grandmother to one darling little boy. She loves travel, family gatherings, and sorting everything from socks to ideas.

Jesus has been part of Lynn’s life since birth, and she loves pursuing what it means to be part of a Jesus-centered community of grace and peace. Believing kindness and empathy are essential to success, Lynn has a career deep in the wells of communications in both private and public sectors. Lending her experience and education to a worthy cause on a volunteer basis was a goal Lynn and her husband set for themselves early on, and she’s grateful to be able to do so for the community at SBCC. Lynn consults with nonprofits in brand identity, project management, and meeting facilitation. She also writes occasionally at

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