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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.

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

NEWSLETTER

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:

2015
October 2015
December 2015

SIGN-UPS

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

STEERING TEAM

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)

 

 



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.

Primary Minister Contact: Rev. Ayana Teter (email | 412-323-1403)
Secondary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge (email | 412-323-1401)

EVENTS

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:


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. 


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.

SIGN-UPS

Pastor Retreat Planning
Contact: Rev. Ayana Teter, Pittsburgh Presbytery
Please contact Ayana if you would like to share ideas or help plan future pastor retreats.

Pastor Groups
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

STEERING TEAM

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.

 

 



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.

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

EVENTS

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!

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:
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  

STEERING TEAM

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.

Primary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge (email | 412-323-1401)
Secondary Minister Contact: Rev. Ayana Teter (email | 412-323-1403)

EVENTS

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:

SIGN-UPS

To be a part of a pastor group, please contact the Rev. Dennis Molnar, Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church, or the Rev. Ayana Teter, Pittsburgh Presbytery.

STEERING TEAM

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, Wallace Memorial 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