Ministry Staff
First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh is fortunate to have a full-time ministry staff that is assisted by pastoral interns and other church officials.

Pastor Jim Walker

( or call 412.450.8532 ext. 101.

fullsizerenderPastor Jim has been serving in ministry for more than 20 years, in a number of different settings across Western Pa and beyond. He served Oakmont UMC and Bakerstown UMC as youth minister in the 1990s. Upon graduating from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2003, Jim co-founded the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Through that experience, Jim has had the opportunity to speak to audiences across the country on the topics of justice and community building. He is also an actor and a creative writer, with BA in Theatre Arts from Point Park University. Most recently, Jim played Angelo in the Shakespeare in the Parks production of Comedy of Errors. He is the author of the book Dirty Word and is a guest speaker at many venues across the country, including Wesley Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His innovative speaking style, utilizing the art of story, is particularly popular with young people and the young at heart. Jim is thrilled to be serving First Church and looks forward to finding new ways of connecting people to God and community.


anais for website2Rev. Anais Hussian, Christian Education Director ( 412.450.8532 ext. 102

Anais is a provisional deacon in the Western PA Annual Conference, called to a ministry of word, service, compassion, and justice. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. She is passionate about including people of all ages and abilities in the life of the church, and working creatively to connect the church to community. Anais celebrates that every moment is an opportunity for growth, and is committed to creating opportunities of all kinds for education and spiritual formation in the life of First Church.




Timothy D. Coles, Director of Music ( 412.450.8532 ext. 110

Tim Coles joined our church in the summer of 1998 and serves the church as the conductor of the Chancel Choir, the organist, and coordinator of special music events and offerings.  Educated in the areas of performance and education at Ithaca College, Tim sought to make deep meaning of his music and finds the church’s spiritual congregation a wonderful place to honor great music and enrich his faith.  Tim also co-creates new worship experiences every week at Worship Jam and believes that creativity, when allowed to blossom, can be one of the most powerful worship experiences of all.





Gwen Payne, Administrative Secretary (

Curtis Mitchell, Building Maintenance Manager