Staff

Senior Pastor

EVANS, BRIAN; (Staff)30The Rev. Brian A. Evans, STS
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. 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. 

Associate Pastor

MCCURRY, JENNIFER; (Staff)80

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). 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.

Pastoral Assistant

The Vicar Halle Siebert                                    412-471-8125, ext. 220

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Halle Siebert is a pastoral assistant for First Lutheran Church. In May of 2020, she graduated with her Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and is pursuing a call to ordained ministry in the Word and Sacraments. Here at First, Halle is assisting the pastoral staff and has 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.

 Cantor

POCK, CYNTHIA; (Staff)111Sr. Cynthia A. Pock, n/OLF, AAGO
(412) 471-8125, ext. 213
cantor@flcpittsburgh.org

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

HOFFMAN, CHRISTINE; (Staff)3
Ms. Christine G. Hoffman
(412) 471-8125, ext 215
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Financial Secretary

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Mrs. Suanne O’Dell
(412) 471-8125, ext 214
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Communications Coordinator

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Mr. Nicholas Sharer
(412) 471-8125, ext 210
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 Building Manager

BROZELL, NormMr. Norman Brozell
(412) 471-8125, ext 217

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