Staff

Pastor

Rev. Dr. L. Stephen Smith Jr.

Steve Smith became the Designated Pastor of FPC in 2009 and was elected as the congregation’s Pastor in 2011.  Steve believes that God loves everyone unconditionally without exception.  He is a native Western Pennsylvanian with deep Christian family roots in Washington County .  Steve’s Bachelor’s degree is from Thiel College and his Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He earned his Doctor of the Science of Theology degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

 

Steve has served suburban churches near Pittsburgh , Detroit , and Washington , D.C. and was the pastor of urban congregations in McKeesport , PA and Toledo, Ohio .  Steve and his wife, Kim, appreciate Washington , PA and believe that this region is one of America ’s best kept secrets.  Steve is impressed with the talented people of FPC and is glad for the congregation’s long-standing relationship with Washington and Jefferson College .  He is passionate about local, national, and international mission.

 

Nationally, Steve helped to launch the Church-wide Transformation Training Network in the PCUSA.  He was the network’s first Coordinator for five years and served on teams that designed and implemented national conferences across the country.  Steve has led leadership training workshops and seminars and has taught doctoral studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary.  He enjoys assisting individuals and organizations in discovering their creative potential and celebrating their talents to make the world a better, brighter place.




Director of Music

Matthew Boice

Matthew Boice, a 1979 graduate of Butler Area School District, received the degrees of Bachelor of Music from Grove City College, Master of Music from Duquesne University, and has done Doctoral work in Music Education at West Virginia University, as well as other post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College and Kent State University.

 

Mr. Boice has been on staff at First Presbyterian Church since 1985 when he accepted the position of Tenor Soloist. In 2015 he was named Director of Music and Organist.

 

Mr. Boice served for 33 years as a public school music teacher where he held positions of Choral Director, Band Director, and Department Chair. Additionally he has held adjunct positions at California University, Washington and Jefferson, Grove City, and Waynesburg Colleges. He holds professional membership in the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He is a past member of the PMEA State Board and Past President of PMEA District One.

 

Mr. Boice was a twenty-year member of the professional core of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh under Robert Page; and is in demand as a soloist, clinician, and conductor.   He currently performs Renaissance, Baroque, Colonial, and Celtic music with the Beau Street Players of Washington and is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Washington Festival Chorale. 




Director of Christian Education/Office ManagerĀ 

Jenna Bigley

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Jenna Bigley connected with First Presbyterian Church as a Washington & Jefferson College student through the Matthew Brown Fellowship. After graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in French, Philosophy, and a minor in Religious Studies, Jenna went on to complete a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Craving deeper personal connections and more time getting to know young people, she realized that church work was a great fit. The authentic, openhearted nature of the FPC congregation reflects her interpretation of God’s unchanging love for each of us. Jenna is blessed to be welcomed into this church family and strives to strengthen the intergenerational bonds between young children, their immediate families, and their FPC family.

Jenna was born and raised in McMurray, PA but has familial ties to Washington going back to her childhood at First Christian Church.

Jenna is the coordinator of the Matthew Brown Fellowship and enjoys connecting with local nonprofit agencies and W&J students as they continue their faith journey into adulthood.




 
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