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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



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)


Two gatherings for the North Branch are being planned. As soon as dates and times are finalized we will post the details!  


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


Rev. Dr. Tyler Domske, Wexford Community Presbyterian Church
Rev. Diana Harbison, Pine Creek 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:
Secondary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge (email | 412-323-1401)


4th Annual South Branch Retreat
Wednesday, March 14
8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community
Retreat Leader:
Rev. Dr. Scott J. Hagley, Assistant Professor of Missiology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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.


Rev. Lance Chapman, Hamilton Presbyterian Church
Elder Robert Dressing, Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church
Rev. Judi Slater, First Presbyterian Church, Duquesne




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

Primary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Beverly James (email | 412-323-1404)
Secondary Minister Contact: Rev. Brian Wallace (email | 412-323-1402)


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:
2013/14 2015

December 2013

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  

June/July 2017
October 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





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

Primary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge (email | 412-323-1401)



Thursday, April 19, from 6:30-8:15 PM


Westminster Presbyterian Church
2040 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241-1599


All Elders, Ministers, Commissioned Pastors, Church Staff, Inquirers & Candidates for Ministry, Mission Volunteers, & interested Church Members


Partners in Mission: Building Trust Through Relationships
In this second session in our 2018 series, “From ‘Foreigner’ to ‘Family’: Leading Congregations to Become Partners in God’s Mission” (see below for an overview of the full year plan), the Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell, Director of the World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the Rev. Bala Khyllep, Associate Director of WMI, invite us to consider mission partnership in terms of building trust through relationships. Dr. Farrell notes, “While ‘doing mission’ in another community through the implementation of a need-based project is highly attractive to our members, a growing number of mission leaders are becoming aware of the benefits of missional engagement based on relationships for sustainability, avoidance of dependency, and faithfulness to the Gospel’s call to equitable relationships.”



We are encouraged to read chapter 2 of an important book by Connie Newton and Fran Early, Doing Good…Says Who?: Stories from Volunteers, Nonprofits, Donors, and Those They Want to Help (Minneapolis: Two Harbors Press, 2015). It can be purchased on Amazon here. Though highly recommended, reading the book is not a requirement for attending this session.


RSVP by Friday, April 13, to Peg Kinsey at email kinsey@westminster-church.org  or 412-835-6630



April 19, Westminster Presbyterian Church, details below!

September 6, Crafton United Presbyterian Church

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


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!



“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.


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.


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)