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, 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). Pastor McCurry offers leadership in the Pittsburgh community as a member of Allegheny County Homeless Advisory Board and co-chair of its Communication and Education subcommittee. Reflecting her experience serving in ecumenical (Episcopal and Presbyterian) congregations, she 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 a few hours a week 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.
Alexis Mattson is the pastoral intern at First Lutheran Church. Alexis is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and is pursuing a call to ordained ministry in the Word and Sacraments. Here at First, Alexis is assisting the pastoral staff and has a special focus on youth ministry and Christian education. Alexis is originally from West Fargo, ND and earned her undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Currently, Alexis is living in Mt. Lebanon with her husband Jeremy.
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