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Kevin Long
Senior Pastor

 

klong@sewickleypresby.org
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 206

Kevin grew up in the tradition of the Presbyterian Church as the son of a Presbyterian minister. He was raised in Southern California and in Murrysville, PA, just east of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Wake Forest University, double majoring in biology and psychology. After pursuing a master’s degree in psychology at Old Dominion University, Kevin moved to New York City where he worked for a number of years as a private tutor.

While attending the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Kevin met his wife-to-be, Rebecca, who had moved to the city to train with the Joffrey Ballet. Kevin then responded to the call to ministry and received his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. After graduating, he served as an Associate Pastor at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis before becoming the Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Sewickley in September of 2011.

Kevin and Rebecca have three beautiful children: James, Jessica and Katelyn. When he finds time between being with his family and ministering to the congregation, Kevin enjoys basketball, good food and wine, Steelers football and reading.

 


Brenda Barnes
Temporary Associate Pastor

 

bbarnes@sewickleypresby.org
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 203

Brenda graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she was a classmate of Rev. Long. While in seminary, she was awarded the Jackson Hale Prize in Polity and the Robert A. Lee Prize in Church History. Brenda also has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A. in Business Administration.

 

 



Russ Mowry
Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries

 

rmowry@sewickleypresby.org
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 211

Russ is a life-long Presbyterian who graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a M. Divinity. He has held multiple leadership roles in youth ministry and loves showing students what it means to be lifelong disciples of Jesus and how to connect with God in a real way. His focus is on building genuine relationships, digging into the richness of God's Word, discovering God all around us and having a blast every step of the way!

 


Brian Mack

Direction of Children's Ministries

bmack@sewickleypresby.org
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 208

Brian is a Pittsburgh native, having spent most of his life living in the west end of Pittsburgh in Crafton Heights. He grew up as a member of Crafton Heights United Presbyterian Church and has been involved in ministry from a very young age. He has worked with children for several years and in many different venues. It began with the Open Door youth outreach center ran through his church, and continued into their summer camp program (Cross-Trainers). Throughout his middle and high school years he attended a number of mission trips and other church related events. Those experiences let him to Westminster College where he graduated in 2012 with a degree in Christian Education. During his time at Westminster he had an internship at Tower Presbyterian Church in Grove City, which included a number of challenges and learning opportunities. Along with his internship, Brian spent most of his summers working as a camp counselor at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center. After graduating from Westminster he gained more experience working with children at “It’s All About Kids” daycare center, which has helped lead him here.
Throughout all that Brian has experienced, he has found that one truth about God has popped up over and over again in his life, and that is God’s amazing power and grace. Brian’s favorite Bible verse is Roman’s 8:38-39, where we are assured that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Brian is excited to start this new chapter in his live and is looking forward to getting to know the children, families, and members of this church.

 

R. Craig Dobbins, CCM
Director of Music Ministries

Craig

cdobbins@sewickleypresby.org
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 205

Born and reared in West Virginia, Craig obtained the Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College. He holds the degrees of Master of Music in Organ Performance and Master of Music in Music History from The University of Michigan. Under the auspices of a Wilkes Foundation Grant, he also studied at Clare College, Cambridge University. Prior to moving to Sewickley in 1987, Craig served churches in Jacksonville, Florida and Greenville, Mississippi. He is a Past Dean of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is the Immediate Past National President of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He and his wife, Susan, an attorney employed by the office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, are the parents of one daughter, Maggie.

 


Laura L. Mikush, CCA
Financial Administrator

Laura

lmikush@sewickleypresby.org
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 204

Laura Mikush holds a Bachelors of  Science degree in  Business Administration from Robert Morris College.  Laura is a certified member of both the National Association of Church Business Administrators and the Presbyterian Church Business Administrators Association.  She is currently the Eastern Regional Director of the  national association.  Laura and her husband Robert, a medical sales associate, reside in Ambridge. They have 2 children.

 


Amy M. Simpson
Music Associate

asimpson@sewickleypresby.org
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 207

Amy Simpson is a pianist and church musician holding a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance summa cum laude from Carnegie Mellon University.  She has been teaching piano privately for 21 years in Murrysville, where she resides with her husband Jim and two sons, Tim and Stephen.

She formerly served Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville as Music Director, where she worked with choirs of all ages, instrumentalists, and handbell choirs, and spent significant energy developing a contemporary service music program.  Amy has helped to lead seminars at Ghost Ranch Conference Center in New Mexico, and enjoys writing new music for the church.  In 2000 she was commissioned by Redstone Presbytery to write an original work for their celebration of Pentecost 2000.

Amy has performed around Pittsburgh as a soloist and chamber musician, especially prior to the birth of her children who now are busy musicians, students and soccer players aged 15 and 11.   Amy is happy to be a new part of the energy at TPCS.

Amy Simpson

Sharon Barber
Assistant to the Pastor

sbarber@sewickleypresby.org.
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 212

Sharon is the administrative assistant to Pastor Kevin and Pastor Brenda. 

Sharon and her husband John are the parents of two children, Bryce and Bethany.

 

 


Whitney Craig
Administrative Assistant

wcraig@sewickleypresby.org.
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 202

Whitney is the assistant to the Director of Children's Ministries, Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries and Director of Music Ministries. 

 


Jennifer Johnson
Communications Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

jjohnson@sewickleypresby.org
p: 412.741.4550 ext. 210

Jennifer joined the TPCS staff in the fall of 2011 as our Communications Coordinator. She is responsible for all areas of church communcation through weekly bulletins, the Interpretation (our monthly newsletter), website management and all other print materials.

 


 

 

 

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