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. 212
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. As an expression of First’s partnership with Point Park University, Pastor Jennifer McCurry serves as Point Park’s campus Coordinator for Spiritual Life, where she provides support for students, staff, faculty, and administrators of all faith backgrounds. 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.
Halle Siebert is a pastoral intern (vicar) for First Lutheran Church and began her internship in August 2019. She is a Master of Divinity student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and is pursuing a call to ordained ministry. Here at First, Halle will be learning from and participating in a variety of aspects of the church, but will have a special focus on youth ministry and Christian education. Halle is originally from McFarland, Wisconsin (a small town near Madison) and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Currently, Halle is living in Mt. Lebanon.
Sr. Cynthia A. Pock, n/OLF, AAGO
(412) 471-8125, ext. 213
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 to the Pastors
Ms. Christine G. Hoffman
(412) 471-8125, ext 215
Mrs. Suanne O’Dell
(412) 471-8125, ext 214
Mr. Nicholas Sharer
(412) 471-8125, ext 210