Next Generation Ministry Team

The Next Generation Ministry Team will embody the dynamic voice of Christ’s Kingdom, connecting Pittsburgh Presbytery’s Next Generation ministries by creating an intentional community through shared experience and steadfast support.  We seek to be champions for Next Generation ministries through programs and partnerships that matter.

The Better Than AverageTraining event seeks to connect leaders to one another and equip them for their roles in ministry with the next generation, whether you’re a veteran full-time staff person or a brand-new volunteer and whether you’re working with preschool or high school, there is something for you and every member of your team.

Next Generation Ministry is a broad term that includes any areas of ministry involving infants – young adults, including traditional categories like youth ministry, children’s ministry, and Christian education. The Next Generation Ministry Team hosts a variety of events throughout the year designed to encourage and equip those called to work with the next generation.

  • We’ve sponsored combined services projects
  • We’ve sponsored a group to attend the Montreat College Conference
  • We’ve hosted quarterly lunches to share in fellowship.
  • We’ve hosted The Event,  a combined youth group gathering
  • We’ve hosted Better Than Average Training, a one-day training event for next-generation volunteers and staff.

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2023-2024 Program Calendar

  • August 5, 4:00-6:00 pm – The Picnic 1.0
  • September 30th – Confirmation Kick-Off @ Crestfield
  • October 12th, 11:30 am-1:30 pm – NextGen Lunch Season 2, Episode 1
  • November 2nd, 4-8:30 pm – Better Than Average Training (Location TBD)
  • December 1-3 – Winter Youth Retreat
  • January 10, 11:30-1:30 – NextGen Lunch Season 2, Episode 2
  • January 29-31 – The Nap 2.0 @ Crestfield
  • February 4 – The Event 6.0
  • April 17 – NextGen Lunch Season 2, Episode 3
  • August 10 – The Picnic 2.0


  • Next Generation Ministry Leadership Grants are designed to enable leaders (volunteer or staff) to participate in continuing education opportunities to further their knowledge and skills for ministry. In order to be eligible for a grant of up to $500 you must meet the following criteria:
    • You must be a member of or on the staff of a church within Pittsburgh Presbytery.
    • You must have significant involvement in the areas of ministry dedicated to birth through college/young adults.
    • The opportunity you wish to participate in should be focused on next generation ministry training.
    • All funds must be used within 2021 unless other arrangements have been made..  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis for 2021.
    • You can find the application online

Ministry Team Members:

  • Ellen Allston (Shadyside)
  • Rev. Laura Bentley
  • Mike Creamer (Sewickley)
  • Amy Grella (Bower Hill)
  • Rev. Jason Freyer
  • Rebekah Little (Hiland)
  • Karen Shumaker (Hampton)
  • Rev. Ryan Pixton
  • Rev. Jason Rea (Forest Avenue / Hebron)
  • Chair – Ed Sutter (Westminster)
  • Staff – Rev. Brian Wallace