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.

Jon Christmas | Jon Christmas moved to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C. as a child. In 2013 he felt called to start searching for a new church home with the Upper Room being first on the list. After what was meant to be his initial visit he never left. 2018 proved to be an eventful year as he both accepted the call to become an elder, and married his lovely wife Jennifer. He is currently employed full time as a customer service supervisor, and enrolled in the Masters of Divinity (Mdiv) program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to prepare for ordained pastoral ministry.

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. Peter became an elder in 2018. He is currently the Clerk of Session and the head of the pastor nominating committee.