Our Leadership

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

Student Pastor

Brendan Ashley | Brendan Ashley is the Student Pastor of the Upper Room, a PCUSA Missional Church in Pittsburgh’s Regent Square community. He is a missional leader, who guides the church in worship, missional strategy, visioning, teaching, and spiritual friendship. He graduated from Whitworth University (B.A. in Theology) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div with an emphasis in church planting). While in seminary, Brendan interned in two missional communities. He also completed an M.Div. thesis, focusing on a Trinitarian approach to mission for local congregations based on the topic of Charles Taylor’s “A Secular Age.”

Brendan has been married to Ashley Ashley for 8 years, and they have a sweet cat named Augustine. Brendan is an aspiring contemplative, who believes in a holistic approach to the spiritual life. This is evident in his love of watching and playing sports, reading spiritual classics and missional theology, hanging out with people, and his dedication to maintaining a rule of life.

Contact by email: brendan.upperroom [at] gmail.com
Or by phone: (seven-one-seven) 608-3704

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.

Peter Story | Peter Story moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to start graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University. Shortly thereafter, he started attending The Upper Room. He was attracted to The Upper Room by its welcoming, close-knit community. Peter became an elder in 2018, and he is currently the Clerk of Session. He enjoys reading both science-fiction and theology.

Matthew Morris | Matt’s bio is coming soon!