Our Staff

Senior Pastor

The Rev. Brian A. Evans
412 -471-8125, ext 211

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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. He and his wife, the Rev. Erin Evans, live in Wilkinsburg. 

Associate Pastor

The Rev. Jennifer Peters McCurry
412-471-8125, ext. 212

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Pastor Jennifer Peters McCurry began serving as First’s Associate Pastor in December 2014, where her ministry includes responsibility for the congregation’s ministry to and with the neighborhood’s urban poor and campus ministry outreach at nearby colleges and universities. Her degrees are from Dartmouth College and Duke Divinity School, though she also spent one year at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, SC). Reflecting Pastor McCurry’s experience serving in ecumenical (Episcopal and Presbyterian) congregations, she currently serves as chair of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod Ecumenical Affairs Committee and board member of the national Lutheran Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Network. As an expression of First’s partnership with Point Park University, she spends one day each week serving as its interfaith Community Coordinator of Spiritual Life, where she provides support for students, staff, faculty, and administrators of all faith backgrounds. Pastor McCurry, her husband (Dr. Jeffrey McCurry), and their two children live in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Director of Christian Education / Youth Ministry

Coming Soon!
412-471-8125, ext. 220


Sr. Cynthia A. Pock, 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.

Ms. Christine G. Hoffman
Administrative Assistant
(412) 471-8125, ext 215
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Mrs. Suanne O’Dell
Financial Secretary
(412) 471-8125, ext 214
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Mr. Nicholas Scott Sharer
Communications Coordinator
(412) 471-8125, ext 210
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Mr. Norman Brozell
Building Manager
(412) 471-8125, ext 217