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.
Includes all congregations north and east of US Rte. 19 (not truck route) and I-279 north of Allegheny River.
Primary Minister Contact: Rev. Brian Wallace (email | 412-323-1402)
Secondary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Beverly James (email | 412-323-1404)
Read the April edition of The Nor'easter, a newsletter about and for those in the North and East Branches of Pittsburgh Presbytery.
Read previous editions of The Nor'easter, a newsletter about and for those in the North and East Branches of Pittsburgh Presbytery:
At the last meeting, pastors and elders signed up to participate in various North Branch planning activities:
- Shared Mission Trips/Activities
Contact: Rev. Jeff Potter, Parkwood United Presbyterian Church
If you or your congregation signed-up, Jeff will be in touch with you. If you missed the meeting, contact Jeff.
- Pastor Groups
Contact: Rev. Dr. Beverly James, Pittsburgh Presbytery
At the last meeting, a number of pastors signed up to explore the possibility of participating in a pastor group. Groups can be as small as three or as large as 12! Groups meet for various purposes and at different times. If interested in joining an existing group or starting a new one, contact Doug.
Elder Janet Falter, Cheswick Presbyterian Church
Rev. Diana Harbison, Pine Creek Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Dirk Lesnett, Elfinwild Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Ted Martin, Hampton United Presbyterian Church
Rev. Jeff Potter, Parkwood United Presbyterian Church
Rev. Brian Wallace, Associate Minister, Pittsburgh Presbytery (ex officio)
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.
Primary Minister Contact: Rev. Ayana Teter (email | 412-323-1403)
Secondary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge (email | 412-323-1401)
South Branch Gatherings in 2017
Our focus for the coming year will be on "Who is My Neighbor: Sharing our Stories in Ministry" South Branch gatherings in 2017 will be held on the following Wednesdays:
- August 30, luncheon
- November 1, luncheon
The Church Unglued
What is the UCP? The Unglued Church Project was started to help congregations in Pittsburgh Presbytery address the constant changes the Church is facing today. It is a 12-month process that focuses on adaptive change in a particular congregation. Congregations most often respond to church questions with “technical” responses that may not be effective. Adaptive change is a way of examining a situation from new perspectives that encourages fresh thinking and discovery of fresh options that might not otherwise have been considered. In connection with a grant from the PC(USA) Office of Church Growth, Pittsburgh Presbytery has launching another cohort this fall. If you are interested in learning more about this discernment project, please contact the Rev. Ayana Teter, the Rev. Susan Rothenburg, or the Rev. Sarah Robbins for more information.
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.
Contact: Rev. Ayana Teter, Pittsburgh Presbytery
A new pastor group is being constituted to study biblical text, share best practices, and share in life together. If you are interested in joining this or establishing a new geographic group, please contact Ayana
Rev. Lance Chapman, Hamilton Presbyterian Church
Rev. Jake Clawson, Jefferson United Presbyterian Church
Elder Robert Dressing, Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church
Rev. Jennifer Frayer-Griggs, Member at Large
Rev. Louise Rogers, Member at Large
Rev. Judi Slater, First Presbyterian Church, Duquesne
Rev. Ayana Teter, Pittsburgh Presbytery (ex officio)
If you are interested in joining the Steering Team and this budding new ministry, please contact Rev. Ayana Teter.
Includes all congregations between Allegheny and Monongahela rivers as far south as US Rte. 30 going east from the Monongahela west bend.
Lectionary Bible Study
The Lectionary Bible Study group meets every Monday from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM at the East Branch Regional Office located at Second United Presbyterian Church (300 Hay Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15221) in Wilkinsburg. Pastors, seminarians, CREs, church members and friends are welcome. We will read and discuss the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday following the Monday we meet. Pastors, this is a great way to get a jump on your sermon!
Read the June/July 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: 2013/14 2015 January 2015 January 2014 February 2015 February 2014 April 2015 May 2014 May 2015 June 2014 October 2015 Nor'easter July 2014 December 2015 Nor'easter August 2014 September 2014 2016 October 2014 April 2016 Nor'easter November 2014 2017 June/July 2017
Rev. Ben Black, Forest Hills Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Beverly James, Associate Minister for Discipleship, 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.
West Branch Gatherings in 2017
Our focus for the coming year will be on community engagement. West Branch gatherings in 2017 will be held from 6:30-8:15 PM on the following evenings:
- Thursday, August 24 @ United Presbyterian Church in Ingram
- Thursday, October 19 @ Montours Presbyterian Church
CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING DETAILS REGARDING THE AUGUST BRANCH GATHERING!
Thursday, August 24, from 6:30-8:15 PM
United Presbyterian Church in Ingram
30 West Prospect Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-2243
All Ruling Elders, Teaching Elders, Commissioned Ruling Elders, Church Staff, Inquirers & Candidates for Ministry, & interested Church Members
Taking the Plunge
Learning to pay attention to the call of God in our lives while studying our context helps us to discern particular people and particular ways in which we are called and sent by God into mission. But knowing we are sent does not always equal knowing what we should do. This is often where churches get “stuck.” During this session, we will explore ways congregations can take risks and create missional experiments. Our speaker will be Scott Hagley of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Click here for a handout from the May 18 branch meeting. Page two details missional practices Dr. Hagley suggests for getting to know our neighborhoods better this summer.
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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)
Rev. Aaron Teter, United Presbyterian Church in Ingram