Our Leadership

The Upper Room is led by its pastors, elders, and deacons.


We are currently in search of a pastor.  If you or someone you know is interested in applying to this half-time ordained position, please visit the Pittsburgh Presbytery website.

The Upper Room Elders

Kristen Tavenor | Kristen was born and raised in Indianapolis Indiana and moved to Pittsburgh in July 2012 after she and Nate got married (Nate is in a Ph.D program at Pitt which is why they moved).  She keeps busy here in Pittsburgh by teaching Biology and Chemistry at Yeshiva School in Squirrel Hill and by teaching an after school science program with a company called Lab Ratz Science Club.  She started going to the Upper Room in 2012 right after moving to Pittsburgh and she and Nate became members last spring.  She has been involved in all sorts of activities with the church, but most recently has been serving on the Personnel Committee.

Ashley Penman | Ashley is a native Pittsburgher who started attending the Upper Room on visits back home while she was studying in Florida in 2013. Ashley become a member when she moved back to Pittsburgh in 2014. She regularly volunteers with the Pittsburgh Urban chapter of YoungLife, which includes leading bible studies, hanging out, leading retreats, attending student activities such as games, and plays, and most memorably giving out donuts every Wednesday after school to Alderdice students. As recent member of Upper Room’s Session, Ashley is excited to represent the women of the church in leadership. Ashley enjoys being married to Will Penman, who encourages her in her creativity, art, and adventurous spirit.