…you’re no longer strangers and exiles.  You belong here…

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Mission Statement

Less than perfect people seeking to live out God’s perfect will.

We live out our mission statement through joyful worship, continuing spiritual education and stimulating study, and making God’s love real.

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Vision Statement

We believe that Christ sent his disciples to preach the gospel to diverse peoples of the world.

We desire to enrich our church with a diversity of people so that we may enjoy and learn from our differences, and, more importantly, our similarities.

We therefore welcome and encourage diversity among church members and officers (elders and ministers of Word and sacrament).

We invite all people who seek to follow Christ to join Waverly and to participate in all of its activities, including church leadership and ordination.

We will work towards the elimination of any obstacles to such full participation regardless of race, age, financial condition, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

We stand in solidarity with all people of good will who seek to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation.

We confirm as a central part of Waverly’s mission the continuous re-creation of a welcoming environment so that we may continue to reflect the beauty of all God’s kingdom.

We are a church committed to making unconditional love real in the lives of people inside and outside our community. Mission appeals to the people inside to help those outside.

Pastor Caitlin Werth

A Pittsburgh native, Pastor Caitlin grew up in Aspinwall and attended school in Fox Chapel. She attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, receiving her B.A. in Sociology and Human Services with a minor in Communications. She spent her early career in social work, primarily with children.

She was an early leader with the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community on the South Side. There, she learned a great deal about church development and transformation, created and led their first youth program for middle and high
school students (Nov. 2008-May 2011), preached, planned and led activities in the life of the church.

She felt the call to ministry in 2006. She attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, receiving her Master of Divinity with a certification in Urban Ministry. Pastor Caitlin was ordained in August 2012, and next year will begin working on her Doctorate of Ministry in Educational Leadership through Virginia Theological Seminary.

As a seminary student, she did her second field education in the Allegheny County Jail. She worked for a year with the Association of Theological Schools before returning for her first ordained call to the jail, where she has served as director and chaplain of the Foundation of HOPE’s Pre-Release Program for the past eight years. In that role, she supervises more than 75 volunteers and two full-time staff, including fellow teaching elders and provides interfaith pastoral care and chaplaincy services to program participants, staff and volunteers.

Pastor Caitlin is a coach with the 1001 New Worshiping Communities coaching network and is passionate about holistic development, interfaith connections, and helping all people realize they are truly loved.

Choir warming up for Easter

Staff

  • Choir Director  — Joe Stuligross
  • Accompanist — Youngmin Kwon
  • Nursery Staff Coordinator — Khadiza Massey
  • Office Administrator — Alex Marthaler
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Session

  • Curt Boirum
  • Amy Dove
  • Eleanor Fisher, clerk
  • Tom Golightly
  • Susan Gradeck
  • Rob Hosken
  • Virginia Linn
  • Tawna Loutsenhizer
  • Marsha Morris
  • Adrian Roe
  • John Wray, treasurer
  • Dan Vargas
potluck - we do food right!
Rev Beckie on the Abundant Hope garden mission in Larimer
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Waverly Presbyterian Church Annual Reports