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 Tracy Cox

412.450.8532 ext. 101

For over 20 years as a pastor in the Western PA Conference, Tracy’s ministry and leadership has lived into the divine truth that we are not alone. God is with us. In fact, God is with all people and all of creation at all times. She has encouraged not only a wide look at faith, but also a deep dive into the faith that shapes, sustains and moves us forward.

A graduate of Duke Divinity School, Pastor Tracy is married to Rev. Greg Cox, and is mom to three daughters: Sarah, Rebekah, and Elisabeth. She joins First Church Pittsburgh after previous appointments in Blooming Valley, Ingomar, New Brighton, and Coraopolis United Methodist Churches.

“Life is for service. We human beings are meant to be helpers.

In fact, the greatest thing we can do in life is to help our neighbors

come to know that they are lovable and capable of loving.

Anyone who truly knows this will not lose hope.”

~ Fred Rogers



Timothy D. Coles,
Director of Music and Community 

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.

Director of Spiritual Formation: Joe Smith

Administrative Secretary: Gwen Payne

Building Maintenance Manager: Curtis Mitchell

Custodians: Lamont Hunter and Tacoma Woods

Offering Steward: Sherry Kaiser

Hospitality: Nick Solic  

Music Intern: Michael Dodin

Family & Community Ministry Intern: Megan Miles memiles@pts.edu3