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 McKeesport.
INTERIM ASSOCIATE PASTOR
The Rev. Gordon Peers Ray
Pastor Gordon Peers Ray has served as the Interim Associate Pastor at First Church since July, 2010. He regularly preaches and presides at midweek services, visits shut-ins and shares in hospital visitation. He has also been involved in Camp Downtown. A native of Rockford, IL, he is a graduate of the University of Dubuque and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He served in the state of Indiana before moving with his wife, Colleen, to Pennsylvania in 1970. Pastor served several congregations around Pittsburgh prior to retirement in 2007. Since retirement he has served as interim pastor at a number of congregations in the synod.
Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry
First Lutheran Church seeks a full-time Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry to direct a well-established and dynamic ministry, which includes educational opportunities for all ages, ministry with children and youth, Godly Play, a downtown Vacation Bible School, advanced adult classes, retreats, confirmation, etc. Candidates may contact the Rev. Brian A. Evans, Senior Pastor.
Ms. Cynthia A. Pock, AAGO
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. Mary Lou Procacina
Miss Mary Diego
Ms. Christine G. Hoffman