Pastor Paul Roberts, Senior Pastor
Pastor Paul Roberts has been the senior pastor of Eastminster Church for 16 years and counting. He has been in ordained ministry for well over 30 years, pastoring three churches in Western Pennsylvania. The Lord has gifted Paul to lead these three churches in the area of congregational redevelopment using two gifts for which Paul is best known; dynamic preaching and development of vision for the local congregation. Paul has a deep conviction that racial reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has dedicated his life to racial reconciliation and believes racism is the greatest sin that inhabits this country and one that the church must address. He developed the vision statement: “Eastminster, Centered in Christ and Intentionally Cross Cultural Family.” The statement reflects the intentional cross culture developing of small groups, discipleship classes, and staffing at Eastminster. Paul has been married to his wife Lisa for 36 years and they are still growing in their relationship. They have three adult children who are all active in their own churches. His oldest son Jeremiah is a minister of music at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, North Carolina. His daughter Nicole will soon be receiving her PHD in Human Development from Penn State in the summer of 2019. His youngest son, Philip, graduated Michigan State Law this passed year and is getting married this summer. His recent sermons can be heard on our Sermon Audio page.
Rev. Nikki Porter, Head of Staff and Minister of Music
Nikki has been the Minister of Music for Eastminster since 2004, leading worship, directing the praise teams and choirs, as well as teaching private voice lessons in the church's afterschool program, The Judah Project, which she established in 2005. She is also the head of church staff at Eastminster. As a nationally renowned Gospel artist, Nikki brings the knowledge and maturity she has developed from teaching workshops and preaching throughout the US and Europe, to all of her duties at Eastminster, praising God with her song and her life within the church family and community. For additional bio info you can go to www.nikki-porter.com.
Rev. Joshua Barna, Minister of Children and Youth Ministries
Josh Barna brings to Eastminster a wide range of experience with children and youth ministry and a passion, which was ignited by serving in racially and socioeconomically diverse contexts, for developing worshipping families. Josh is a graduate of Wheaton College, who anticipates completing his Master of Divinity degree in the near future. Prior to serving at Eastminster, Josh served at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in inner-city Houston, Texas, as Director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, where his focus was on children, youth, and families. Most recently he served as Director of Children’s Ministries at New Hope Reformed Church in Columbus, Ohio. He is a native Pittsburgher who, after 10 years of living all around the country, is excited about returning home with his wife for the opportunity to partner with God and His people to do His work at Eastminster.
Aaron Teter, Minister of Education and Care
Rev. Aaron Teter will be our interim Minister of Education and Care. Aaron presently is the pastor of Ingram Presbyterian Church in the West Side of Pittsburgh. He has pastored three churches before coming to Eastminster and has been active in Presbytery leading in the area of racial reconciliation. He is married to Ayana who recently served as Associate Executive of Pittsburgh Presbytery. They have three children, Evie, Naomi and Ezra.
Nemesio Valle III, Organist and Choir Director
Dr. Nemesio Valle, III, of Harrison, New York, has been a professional church musician since he was seven years old, first as a paid chorister at Christ’s Church in Rye, NY. When his legs were long enough to reach the pedals, he started organ lessons, having studied piano for the 8 years prior. He graduated from Haverford College in 1997 with a B.A. with emphasis in music composition and enrolled in the graduate program in Historical Musicology at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his M.A. in 2002. Not satisfied with a purely academic approach to music, Nemesio also simultaneously enrolled at Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost in Sacred Music, from which he received an M.M. also in 2002, studying organ with Drs David Craighead and Ann Labounsky. He completed his Ph.D. in Musicology in 2011 specializing in Gregorian chant. He comes to Eastminster from a ten-year tenure as Director of Music Ministries at Saint Ursula Parish in Allison Park, and is deeply grateful for the wonderful opportunity to serve God and the congregation here in their worship.
Nemesio is married to a wonderful woman and native Pittsburgher, Megaen Reilly (who taught him everything he knows about football), and has an energetic son, Christopher, both of whom are the highlight of his life. In his spare time, he is the administrator of a supermarket in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, a responsibility he inherited when his father passed away unexpectedly back in 2009. (And he asks your forgiveness in advance if, in his excitement, his New York accent manifests itself.) In addition to playing, conducting and writing about church music, he has worked in the field of pipe organ maintenance, and considers it an inestimable privilege to play on the 1955 Æolian-Skinner at Eastminster.
Allison Maybury, Director of Eastminster Child Care Center
Allison is the Director of the Child Care Center and has been since 2001. She enjoys providing the children that attend the center the highest quality education and therefore a great beginning to their love for school.
Stacy Sutton, Executive Assistant to Pastor Paul Roberts, Director of the Judah Project
Stacy serves as the executive assistant to Pastor Paul Roberts and Nikki Porter. She is also the director of the Judah Project. She received K-12 Music Education and French bachelors of arts degrees from Iowa’s Northwestern College. She has taught and worked at Trinity Christian School, Pittsburgh Urban Christian School, at her home and Eastminster’s Judah Project. She resides in Penn Hills with her husband Andy. She loves being a part of the Eastminster Staff and using her God-given gifts to further Christ’s kingdom here on earth especially in East Liberty.
Audrey Portis, Financial Administrator
Audrey Portis is the Financial Administrator for Eastminster Presbyterian Church and reports directly to Nichol Porter. Her financial background includes an Accounting degree, 16 years as a Grants Accountant, as well as tax experience from the IRS and payroll experience from ADP. Audrey lives in Monroeville with her husband of 22 years, Jeffrey and their 3 teenage sons, E, Oscar, and Alex. She also has an adult daughter Jasmine, is the eldest of 9 siblings, still has both of her parents and has 2 granddaughters. She loves to read, travel and her spin classes. She is very busy with her family’s activities in the church, sports, music, baking, etc., but strives to keep God first in all things. Audrey gave her life to Christ and was baptized as a young child and remains in the church. Audrey considers it a privilege to work in God’s house and works to do her part to enlarge God’s kingdom.
Denice Morrow, Manager of Janitorial and Maintenance Services
Denice served as building manager for Eastminster, from 2014-2016 and has returned to take on the position of Janitorial and Maintenance Manager. Denice brings an enthusiastic attitude about keeping our building clean and making sure we upgrade our facility. She comes to Eastminster with 30 years worth of experience in staff and building management. She has worked at Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople, and also for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.