Tom is the 15th Senior Pastor in the 241-year history of First Presbyterian Church; both a privilege and responsibility he takes seriously.
Tom admits he was a marginal Christian for much of his life. In 1999, he realized that his two sons needed to see their father living out his faith. He quit making excuses that he was too busy for church. One thing led to another, and friends started suggesting that Tom had found a calling to a second career in ministry.
Tom and his wife Jana moved to Pittsburgh in 2005 so that Tom could attend Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. (He and his son took several classes together). It was their 19th move. In 2004 he completed a 30-year career in the Air Force as a full colonel. His assignments included flying operations, reconnaissance, intelligence, flight test, international duty, and three command tours. Tom's academic credentials include a BS from the US Air Force Academy, an MS from the University of Southern California, an MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Waynesburg University.
Jana heads the list of his interests, followed by golf, lattes, movies, and travelling. A little known fact is that Tom still owns his first car, a 1973 Corvette, which he bought when he was a senior at the Air Force Academy.
Jana defines faith development as a lifelong process that must be intentionally nurtured whereby one grows in the likeness of Jesus Christ. Her passions are encouraging others to live out their faith by serving others (Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. James 2:17) and assisting parents in sharing their faith with their children. Jana holds a Master's Degree in Communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She became a Certified Christian Educator in the PC (USA) in 2004.
One of Jana's favorite places in downtown Pittsburgh is Market Square. That's why she had her picture made there. IT reminds her of town squares in Europe. The main reason she loves to go to Market Square is the sense of community she feels. We, as the church, are called to be community in the world and it's a great place to do just that.
She is a proud mother of two sons and grandmother of Abby Grace, Emma Ray, and Leslie Elizabeth.
Katie is a graduate of Eastern University with a degree in Youth Ministries. At FPCP, she focuses on relationship building - with youth grades 6-12, their parents, Youth for Christ and The Cellar ministries, and Ligonier Camp. Katie has had plenty of practical work experience at several churches and a camp.
Katie believes that youth ministry is a crucial ministry. She is motivated to show students that they are cared for, that their problems are valid, and that they matter to God. Her desire is to positively affect the lives of students in the name of Jesus, surrounding them with mature adult Christian mentors, and that all will sense His love that transforms life.
Barbara Friend is Director of Operations. Her business experience includes a broad range of management roles with Equitable Gas Company, Duquesne Light Company, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and US Airways. She holds an MBA from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Allegheny College, Meadville. Her home church is Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church where she serves as treasurer. Barbara previously served on the boards of the South Hills Crisis Pregnancy Center and Dwelling House Savings & Loan, a Christian-led organization committed to transforming the Hill District.
Barbara has wanted to use her business background to serve the church and is excited about being part of the mission of FPCP.
In her spare time, she can be found on the golf course, walking/biking numerous trails in Western Pennsylvania or cheering at Pirate games.
Mary Jane Snyder joined the First Presbyterian Church staff in 2003 as church secretary, receptionist and assistant to the Senior and Associate Pastors. Previously, Mary Jane was administrative assistant at St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School on Pittsburgh’s North Side for 21 years.
At her home congregation, St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Scott Township, Mary Jane is a choir member. She has also served as Vice President, been a Vacation Bible School teacher, and Church Council secretary there. Mary Jane has two daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren who are her delight! Along with enjoying family activities, her hobbies include cross-stitching, stamp collecting and reading.
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Dorothy Jean Carl