Senior Pastor

PastorEvansThe Rev. Brian A. Evans, STS
(412) 471-8125, ext 11

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. 


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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


Ms. Elyse Scott

412-471-8125, ext. 16


Elyse began her position at First Lutheran on  October 1, 2014.  Elyse comes to FLC with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit.  She has taught children and youth of all ages.  She grew up in Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church and served as both a worship and youth ministry leader there.  As part of her faith journey with First Church,  she will begin a formal education in theology, taking a few courses each year.


Ms. Cynthia A. Pock, 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.

Administrative ASSISTANT

Administrative SecretaryMs. Mary Lou Procacina
(412) 471-8125, ext 15

Financial Secretary

Financial SecretaryMiss Mary Diego
(412) 471-8125, ext 14

Parish Secretary

Ms. Christine G. Hoffman
(412) 471-8125, ext 10

Building Manager

Mr. Daniel Scully
(412) 471-8125, ext 17


Mrs. Margaret J. Lanyon
(412) 471-8125, ext 22