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STAFF & LEADERSHIP

Our team of staff and volunteers is grateful to serve this community of faith.

Read more about us and feel free to give us a call. 

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Rev. Dr. Chris Taylor

Senior Pastor

Chris began his ministry with us in January of 2005. He previously served congregations in Colorado, Ohio, and Connecticut. Chris holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Chris is married to Bonnie, an ordained pastor who earned her degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Chris and Bonnie have three children and three grandchildren. They love Pittsburgh and enjoy spending their free time sailing the east coast.

chris@fcpc.us | 412-963-8243 x17

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Rev. Tara Woodard-Lehman

Associate Pastor for Christian Nurture

Tara joined the FCPC Staff in April of 2019, and she oversees the Christian Nurture Program, including Children's and Youth Ministries. Tara brings a breadth of experience and a global perspective. Her background includes a Lilly Pastoral Residency Fellowship, University/College Chaplaincy work at Peace College and Princeton University, and years of teaching, preaching, and mentoring. Tara and her family moved here after spending 3 years in Wellington, New Zealand. They are glad to be back in the Pittsburgh area.

tara@fcpc.us | 412-963-8243 x20

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JESSICA BARBOUR

Administrative Assistant to the Preschool 

412.963.8243 x60 | jessica@fcpc.us

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DAVID BILLINGS

Director of Music Ministries & Organist

412.963.8243 x29 | david@fcpc.us

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TONI BORRELLI

Administrative Assistant for the Congregation

412.963.8243 x10 | toni@fcpc.us

MIKE HAILS

Caretaker Supervisor

412.963.8243 x27 | mikeh@fcpc.us

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LINDA HELFFERICH

Financial Administrator

412.963.8243 x22| linda@fcpc.us

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"MR. CHET" KARAS

Preschool Welcome Monitor

 

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RYAN LANCIA

Director of Youth Ministries

412.963.8243 x19 | ryan@fcpc.us

GREG MONTELEONE

Caretaker

caretakers@fcpc.us

Mike Gross

Facilities Manager

412.963.8243 x44  mikeg@fcpc.us

Barbara DeMauro

Finance Assistant

412.963.8243 x23  barbarad@fcpc.us

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KARIN MILLER

Preschool Director

412.963.8243 x12 | karin@fcpc.us

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IVAN PLAZACIC

Digital Video/Live Stream Producer

ivan@fcpc.us

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KIM POWER

Parish Visitor

kimfpower@gmail.com

REV. LORI BASS-RILEY

Director of Children & Family Ministries

412.963.8243 x24 | lori@fcpc.us

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HANNAH ROUX

Children's Choir Director

hannahvonneroux@gmail.com

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GUY RUSSO

Chancel Choir Director

guyruss.russo@gmail.com

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SAM STUCKY

Contemporary Worship Band Leader

samuel.stucky@gmail.com

"MR. PETE" WATERKOTTE

Preschool Welcome Monitor

PENNY YOUNG

Senior Administrative Associate

412.963.8243 x41 | penny@fcpc.us

OUR LEADERSHIP

S E S S I O N    (E L D E R S) 

As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session.

- G 2.0301 Book of Order 2017-2019: The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Part II

Clerk of Session: Cristie Good

Moderator of the Session: Rev Dr. Don Dawson

CURRENTLY SERVING ELDERS & COMMITTEE ON WHICH THEY SERVE

Administration & Personnel: Joe Mettenburg - Chair (2023), Kim Siddons (2024)

Building & Grounds: Barbara Patterson - Chair (2022), Steve Schultz (2024)

Christian Nurture: Greg Carter - Chair (2023), Bonnie DeMotte (2022)

Fellowship & Cafes: Judy Leininger - Chair (2022), Emy Boag (2023)

Finance: Kim Bartolacci - Chair (2022), David Fowler (2024)

Membership: Richard Sweringen II  - Chair (2023), Molly Childs (2024)

Mission: Ralph Miller- Chair (2023), Vijay Gulati (2024)

Nominating: Kitty Skinner (2023), David Fowler (2024)

Preschool: Kitty Skinner - Chair (2023)

Worship & Music: Glenn Baldwin - Chair (2022), Ann Boyd (2022)

B O A R D  O F  D E A C O N S

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress . Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.

- G 2.0201 Book of Order 2017-2019: The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Part II

Moderator: Kelly Sample   

 Vice-Moderator: Susan Rattner

 

CLASS OF 2021: Judy Grune, Christine Gulati, Brad Harrison, Howard Havlicsek, Brenda Karas,

John Musgrave, Paul Privett, Kelly Sample

 

CLASS OF 2022: Debbie Burke, Carl Feige, Cindy Frohlich, Juli Huntington, Mary Jacob,

Judi Juselius, Susan Rattner, Mary K. Williams

Class of 2024: Elizabeth Carter, David Huff, Ben Johnston, Susan Nichols, Connie Phillips,

Lili Rosenthal, Sarah Schroeder, Jerry Swanson