Pittsburgh Presbytery has been reorganized into four branches that meet periodically throughout the year.
Following is news and information regarding each branch. If you are unsure with which branch your church is associated, please check the listings on the presbytery website.
Includes all congregations north and east of US Rte. 19 (not truck route) and I-279 north of Allegheny River.
Primary Minister Contact: Rev. Brian Wallace (email | 412-323-1402)
Secondary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Beverly James (email | 412-323-1404)
Two gatherings for the North Branch are being planned. As soon as dates and times are finalized we will post the details!
- Meet Our New Pastors
Monday, May 21 (evening)
Location to be determined
Over the last year, we have welcomed five new pastors to the North Branch. To officially welcome them and give them a chance to introduce themselves to us, we will be gathering for a traditional week-night dinner in late spring.
- Update from the Ludwigs (July)
Michael and Rachel Ludwig are PC(USA) Mission Co-workers working with the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger. They will be visiting Pittsburgh this summer and are in relationship with a number of our congregations in the North Branch. We will be gathering in July at the Elfinwild Presbyterian Church to hear an update on their on-going ministry in Niger.
At the last meeting, pastors and elders signed up to participate in various North Branch planning activities:
- Shared Mission Trips/Activities
Contact: Rev. Jeff Potter, Parkwood United Presbyterian Church
If you or your congregation signed-up, Jeff will be in touch with you. If you missed the meeting, contact Jeff.
- Pastor Groups
Contact: Rev. Brian Wallace, Pittsburgh Presbytery
Groups can be as small as three or as large as 12 and can meet for various purposes and at different times. If interested in joining an existing group or starting a new one, contact Brian.
- Combined Youth Ministry Activities
Contact: Stephanie Martin, Northmont United Presbyterian Church
Includes all congregations east of US Rte. 19 (not truck route) and south of the Monongahela until it turns south; the border continues east between North Versailles and White Oak.
Primary Minister Contact:
Secondary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge (email | 412-323-1401)
4th Annual South Branch Retreat
Wednesday, March 14
8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Location Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community
Retreat Leader: Rev. Dr. Scott J. Hagley, Assistant Professor of Missiology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Racism, whether we realize it or not, influences everyone in some manner each and every day. The effects of racism are sometimes subtle, other times the effects are profoundly significant and often life-changing. When racism exists, all of society suffers. If you desire to learn more about the issue of racism and are interested in scheduling a seminar for your worshipping community, please contact Rev. Judi Slater and/or Rev. Ayana Teter as they desire to share in this important work with you. For a sample of the last seminar, click here.
Includes all congregations between Allegheny and Monongahela rivers as far south as US Rte. 30 going east from the Monongahela west bend.
Read the October edition of East Branch News & Views, a newsletter about and for those in the East Branch of Pittsburgh Presbytery.
Read previous editions of the East Branch News & Views: 2013/14 2015 January 2015 January 2014 February 2015 February 2014 April 2015 May 2014 May 2015 June 2014 October 2015 Nor'easter July 2014 December 2015 Nor'easter August 2014 September 2014 2016 October 2014 April 2016 Nor'easter November 2014 2017
Rev. Ben Black, Forest Hills Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Beverly James, Associate Minister for Discipleship, Pittsburgh Presbytery (ex officio)
Elder Richard Kerchner, Second United Presbyterian Church
Carolyn Leah, Beulah United Presbyterian Church
Elder Joyce Matthews, Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church
Elder Harriette McCray, Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church
Rev. Melissa Morris, Swissvale Presbyterian Church
Rev. Michael Rucker, First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood
Rev. Deb Warren, Second United Presbyterian Church
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Includes all congregations south and west of US Rte. 19 (not truck route) and I-279.
Primary Minister Contact: Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge (email | 412-323-1401)
EVENTS: 2018 WEST BRANCH GATHERINGS
Thursday, April 19, from 6:30-8:15 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2040 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241-1599
All Elders, Ministers, Commissioned Pastors, Church Staff, Inquirers & Candidates for Ministry, Mission Volunteers, & interested Church Members
Partners in Mission: Building Trust Through Relationships
In this second session in our 2018 series, “From ‘Foreigner’ to ‘Family’: Leading Congregations to Become Partners in God’s Mission” (see below for an overview of the full year plan), the Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell, Director of the World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the Rev. Bala Khyllep, Associate Director of WMI, invite us to consider mission partnership in terms of building trust through relationships. Dr. Farrell notes, “While ‘doing mission’ in another community through the implementation of a need-based project is highly attractive to our members, a growing number of mission leaders are becoming aware of the benefits of missional engagement based on relationships for sustainability, avoidance of dependency, and faithfulness to the Gospel’s call to equitable relationships.”
We are encouraged to read chapter 2 of an important book by Connie Newton and Fran Early, Doing Good…Says Who?: Stories from Volunteers, Nonprofits, Donors, and Those They Want to Help (Minneapolis: Two Harbors Press, 2015). It can be purchased on Amazon here. Though highly recommended, reading the book is not a requirement for attending this session.
RSVP by Friday, April 13, to Peg Kinsey at email firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-835-6630
April 19, Westminster Presbyterian Church, details below!
September 6, Crafton United Presbyterian Church
November 1, Mt. Nebo United Presbyterian Church
TIME: All gatherings start at 6:30 PM and include dinner
Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell, Director of the World Mission Initiative at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, formerly served in world mission as a university professor and community organizer in Africa and South America, before becoming the national Director for World Mission for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Kentucky. He has traveled worldwide for more than 30 years, mobilizing congregations, denominations, and educational institutions for Christian mission. We are greatly blessed to have him lead our West Branch meetings in 2018!
“From ‘Foreigner’ to ‘Family’: Leading Congregations to Become Partners in God’s Mission”
Following is Dr. Farrell’s prospectus for the four gatherings:
They are mission committee leaders, pastors, mission directors, ruling elders. Whatever their job description, the mission leaders of each congregation (whether clergy or lay, paid or volunteer, trained or untrained) often carry significant responsibility for important work in a world of complexity…often with little support, guidance or training. But they are united in their desire to lead their congregations more deeply into missional engagement that both makes a difference in the world and transforms the congregation’s members in their walk with Jesus Christ.
The 2018 West Branch Mission Leader Training Series will focus on providing a space for reflection, training, networking, the sharing of experiences, and the development of concrete missional practices that the mission leaders of each congregation in the West Branch can use to lead their congregations into more faithful and effective missional engagement. Building on insights in Connie Newton and Fran Early’s book, Doing Good…Says Who?” we will focus our gatherings on learning together how congregations can deepen and strengthen their missional engagement. Each session will begin with an overview, silence, and prayer, followed by a brief presentation on core guiding principles of mission engagement derived from Newton and Early’s work. Participants will share their own experiences and seek to apply these principles to their neighborhood and global partnerships through stories, case studies, questions and discussion. Each gathering will conclude with a simple, but challenging assignment that will strengthen participants’ practice of the of the principle, and a time of prayer.
Rev. Sarah Bird, Sewickley Presbyterian Church
Elder Barb Prevost, First United Presbyterian Church of Crafton Heights
Elder John Ferguson, Crafton United Presbyterian Church
Rev. Melany Hamilton, Member at Large
Rev. Dennis Molnar, Unity Presbyterian Church
Elder Larry Shoup, Hebron Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge, General Minister, Pittsburgh Presbytery (ex officio)