Pastoral Staff

  taylor-chrisRev. Dr. Chris Taylor, Senior Pastor, Head of Staff, 412-963-8243 ext. 17 Chris Taylor began his ministry with us in January of 2005. Prior to his arrival here he served congregations in Colorado (ten years), Ohio (eleven years) and Connecticut (three years). Chris holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, where he studied family systems theory.   Chris is married to the former Bonnie Calligan, an ordained pastor and native of Puyallup, WA..  They recently celebrated their thirty-fifth anniversary.  Chris and Bonnie have three children (all living in Colorado) and have recently celebrated the additions of both a son-and-daughter-in-law.  They love Pittsburgh (Go Steelers!  Go Pens! Go Pirates!), and enjoy spending their free time sailing the east coast.

nichols-leeRev. Lee Nichols, Associate Pastor of Congregational Care, 412-963-8243 ext. 20 Lee came to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church in 1999, having previously served as Associate Pastor in Charlotte, North Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana and as Organizing Pastor for new church developments in Baton Rouge, St. Louis, Missouri, and Birmingham, Alabama. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University, with a specialty in crisis intervention. He is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Lee’s ministry involves pastoral care, membership, worship leadership, teaching, administration, and work with our Board of Deacons and Stephen Ministry. Lee is married to Deb, Senior Director of Program Services for Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He has two children, Lisa and Robert, and three grandchildren, Leah, Caitlyn and Connor. Lee enjoys theater, music, sports, travel, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.

dawson-ellenRev. Ellen Dawson, Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission, 412-963-8243 ext. 15 Ellen is a Beaver Falls native and a 2009 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div.) who has years of experience in both campus and parish ministry. Ellen has served individually and on mission teams in Guatemala, Jamaica, Peru, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nepal. In the summer of 2016, Ellen came back home to Pittsburgh to serve as our Director of Membership and Mission.  She oversees Confirmation, teaches a weekly Bible Study, and works alongside the Mission and Membership Committees.  Ellen lives in Oakmont with her rescue dog, Ziggy.