Pastor Brian Evans was called to serve as the 19th Senior Pastor at First Church beginning August, 2013. A New Kensington native, he holds degrees from Thiel College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He last served Faith Lutheran Church in White Oak, Pa., where his ministry focused on building community centered on the Word and Sacraments and mission to the urban poor. He has served on a number of committees and boards, including the Thiel College Board of Trustees, the Council for Lutheran Campus Ministry in Greater Pittsburgh, and Synod Council. Pastor Evans subscribes to the Rule of the Society of the Holy Trinity, an order of Lutheran pastors. He and his wife, the Rev. Erin Evans, live in Wilkinsburg.
The Rev. Jennifer Peters McCurry 412-471-8125, ext. 12
Pastor Jennifer Peters McCurry began serving as First’s Associate Pastor in December 2014. Her ministry includes responsibilities for the congregation’s hospitalized and homebound visitations, ministry to and with the neighborhood’s urban poor, and campus ministry outreach at nearby colleges. Pastor McCurry’s degrees are from Dartmouth College and Duke Divinity School, though she also spent one year at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Before her ordination as an ELCA pastor, she served as a lay church professional on staff at an Episcopal congregation in Upstate New York and a Presbyterian congregation in Minnesota. Here in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod she has served as the solo pastor for two small congregations on the edges of Pittsburgh. Pastor McCurry and her husband, Dr. Jeff McCurry, live in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh with their two young children.
Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry
firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor David Hanssen began serving as First’s Assistant Pastor for Christian Education and Youth Ministry in October of 2017. His ministry responsibilities include faith formation for all ages with a special focus on the faith formation of children and adolescents. Pastor Hanssen is a native of Pleasantville, New York and holds degrees from the University at Albany, SUNY and Luther Seminary. He previously served Bethel Lutheran Church in Herman, Minnesota in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod. He has also served in lay youth ministry roles at a Lutheran congregation in Minnesota and a Presbyterian congregation in New York. Pastor Hanssen lives in Mt. Lebanon.
Sr. Cynthia A. Pock, n/OLF, AAGO
(412) 471-8125, ext. 13
Cynthia Pock currently serves as Cantor (organist and choral director) for First Lutheran Church in downtown Pittsburgh. She is a native of Pittsburgh, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ performance and music education from Carnegie Mellon University. She maintains a private piano studio at her home in Mt. Lebanon. She is active in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, serving as Chapter Dean (President.) Ms. Pock holds the Associate degree from the AGO and presents recitals and choral workshops in the area. She has served as Choral Director and Organist at the Southwestern PA Lutheran Synod Assemblies, and presently teaches in the Lutheran/Episcopal Leadership Program for Musicians.
Ms. Christine G. Hoffman
(412) 471-8125, ext 15
Mr. Nicholas Sharer
(412) 471-8125, ext 10