STAFF & LEADERSHIP
Our team of staff and volunteers is grateful to serve this community of faith.
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Rev. Dr. Chris Taylor
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.
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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.
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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