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. 

Interim Associate Pastor

The Rev. Joseph G. Murdy
412-471-8125, ext. 212

The Rev. Joseph (PJ) Murdy began serving as Interim Associate Pastor in March 2024. Pastor Murdy brings a wealth of gifts and experience as a pastor in our synod, having served Ascension Lutheran Church in Robinson Township since his ordination in 2012. Since 2022, he has also served as a United States Army reserve Chaplain (CPT), with the 328th Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC) unit, out of Coraopolis. Pastor Murdy is a graduate of Thiel College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. And like our Cantor, Sister Cynthia Pock, Pastor Murdy is a member of the Order of Lutheran Franciscans. He is currently working on his dissertation for a Doctor of Ministry from United Lutheran Seminary. A native of Troy Hill, Pastor Murdy and his wife Amanda live in Mount Lebanon with their four children, McKenna, Zoey, Harper, and Jameson.


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 Sharer
Communications Coordinator
(412) 471-8125, ext 210
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Mr. Jeremy Caywood
Building Manager
(412) 471-8125, ext 217