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Pittsburgh Presbytery has been reorganized into four branches that meet periodically throughout the year.

Following is news and information regarding each branch. If you are unsure with which branch your church is associated, please check the listings on the presbytery website.

NORTH Branch

SOUTH Branch

EAST Branch

WEST Branch


 



DESCRIPTION & CONTACT INFOMATION

Includes all congregations north and east of US Rte. 19 (not truck route) and I-279 north of Allegheny River.

Minister Contact: Rev. Brian Wallace (email | 412-323-1402)

EVENTS

Update from the Ludwigs (July)
Michael and Rachel Ludwig are PC(USA) Mission Co-workers working with the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger.  They will be visiting Pittsburgh this summer and are in relationship with a number of our congregations in the North Branch.  We will be gathering in July at the Elfinwild Presbyterian Church to hear an update on their on-going ministry in Niger.

SIGN-UPS

At the last meeting, pastors and elders signed up to participate in various North Branch planning activities:

STEERING TEAM

Rev. Dr. Tyler Domske, Wexford Community Presbyterian Church
Rev. Diana Harbison, Pine Creek Presbyterian Church
Rev. Brian Wallace, Associate Minister, Pittsburgh Presbytery (ex officio)

 

 



DESCRIPTION & CONTACT INFORMATION

Includes all congregations east of US Rte. 19 (not truck route) and south of the Monongahela until it turns south; the border continues east between North Versailles and White Oak.

Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Beverly James (email | 412-323-1404)

EVENTS

Anti-Racism Seminar
Racism, whether we realize it or not, influences everyone in some manner each and every day. The effects of racism are sometimes subtle, other times the effects are profoundly significant and often life-changing.  When racism exists, all of society suffers. If you desire to learn more about the issue of racism and are interested in scheduling a seminar for your worshipping community, please contact Rev. Judi Slater and/or Rev. Ayana Teter as they desire to share in this important work with you. For a sample of the last seminar, click here.

STEERING TEAM

Rev. Lance Chapman, Hamilton Presbyterian Church
Elder Robert Dressing, Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Beverly James, Associate Minister, Pittsburgh Presbytery (ex officio)
Rev. Judi Slater, First Presbyterian Church, Duquesne

 

 



DESCRIPTION & CONTACT INFORMATION

Includes all congregations between Allegheny and Monongahela rivers as far south as US Rte. 30 going east from the Monongahela west bend.

Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Beverly James (email | 412-323-1404)

NEWSLETTER

Read the October edition of East Branch News & Views, a newsletter about and for those in the East Branch of Pittsburgh Presbytery.

Read previous editions of the East Branch News & Views:
2017  
June/July 2017  
October 2017



STEERING TEAM

Rev. Dr. Beverly James, Associate Minister, Pittsburgh Presbytery (ex officio)
Elder Richard Kerchner, Second United Presbyterian Church
Carolyn Leah, Beulah United Presbyterian Church
Elder Joyce Matthews, Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church
Elder Harriette McCray, Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church
Rev. Melissa Morris, Swissvale Presbyterian Church
Rev. Michael Rucker, First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood
Rev. Deb Warren, Second United Presbyterian Church

 

 



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DESCRIPTION & CONTACT INFORMATION

Includes all congregations south and west of US Rte. 19 (not truck route) and I-279.

Minister Contact: Rev. Brian Wallace (email | 412-323-1402)

EVENTS: 2018 WEST BRANCH GATHERINGS

DATES:

September 6, Crafton United Presbyterian Church

November 1
, Mt. Nebo United Presbyterian Church
TIME: All gatherings start at 6:30 PM and include dinner

PRESENTER:

Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell, Director of the World Mission Initiative at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, formerly served in world mission as a university professor and community organizer in Africa and South America, before becoming the national Director for World Mission for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Kentucky. He has traveled worldwide for more than 30 years, mobilizing congregations, denominations, and educational institutions for Christian mission. We are greatly blessed to have him lead our West Branch meetings in 2018!

OVERVIEW:

 

“From ‘Foreigner’ to ‘Family’: Leading Congregations to Become Partners in God’s Mission”

Following is Dr. Farrell’s prospectus for the four gatherings:

They are mission committee leaders, pastors, mission directors, ruling elders. Whatever their job description, the mission leaders of each congregation (whether clergy or lay, paid or volunteer, trained or untrained) often carry significant responsibility for important work in a world of complexity…often with little support, guidance or training. But they are united in their desire to lead their congregations more deeply into missional engagement that both makes a difference in the world and transforms the congregation’s members in their walk with Jesus Christ.

The 2018 West Branch Mission Leader Training Series will focus on providing a space for reflection, training, networking, the sharing of experiences, and the development of concrete missional practices that the mission leaders of each congregation in the West Branch can use to lead their congregations into more faithful and effective missional engagement. Building on insights in Connie Newton and Fran Early’s book, Doing Good…Says Who?” we will focus our gatherings on learning together how congregations can deepen and strengthen their missional engagement. Each session will begin with an overview, silence, and prayer, followed by a brief presentation on core guiding principles of mission engagement derived from Newton and Early’s work. Participants will share their own experiences and seek to apply these principles to their neighborhood and global partnerships through stories, case studies, questions and discussion. Each gathering will conclude with a simple, but challenging assignment that will strengthen participants’ practice of the of the principle, and a time of prayer.

SIGN-UPS

To be a part of a pastor group, please contact the Rev. Dennis Molnar, Unity Presbyterian Church, or the Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge, Pittsburgh Presbytery.

STEERING TEAM

Rev. Sarah Bird, Sewickley Presbyterian Church
Elder Barb Prevost, First United Presbyterian Church of Crafton Heights
Elder John Ferguson, Crafton United Presbyterian Church
Rev. Melany Hamilton, Member at Large
Rev. Dennis Molnar, Unity Presbyterian Church
Elder Larry Shoup, Hebron Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge, General Minister, Pittsburgh Presbytery (ex officio)