Church Leadership

Our purpose, mission, and vision determine our ministry.  St. Paul’s Church Council combines the leaders from our various ministries.

Our Purpose: To make disciples of Jesus Christ

Our Mission: St. Paul’s is a welcoming broad-based community of faith, centered in Jesus Christ, engaging the spiritual gifts of our people, and sharing the grace of God with all persons.

Our Vision: We will be an inclusive, diverse church loving others according to the teachings of Jesus and working for justice and peace in our world.

Church Council 2022

Council Chair Drew Miller
Council Vice Chair TBA
Secretary Jennifer O’Toole
Supportive Ministries:
Trustees Dick Rishel
Finance Bill Matthews
Staff Parish Relations Brian Colonna
Children’s Ministry Council  Jennifer O’Toole
Weekday Children’s Ministries TBA
Youth Representative TBA
Adult Ministry Council Tom Greway
Stewardship TBA
Worship Teresa Shepard
Technology Robb Montgomery
Working for Justice TBA
Annual Conference Delegates Brian Colonna, SPRC
Lay Leader Bjorn Dakin
UM Women Patty Cooknick
Lead Pastor Amy Wagner
Associate Pastor Karen Slusser
At Large Members Bill Dennis, Becky Sienko, Hal English, Luke Patterson, Carrie Deutsch, Katie Schuetz, Kim Suddeth, Janeen Atkins

Leadership Team

Amy Wagner
Lead Pastor
Karen Slusser
Ron Hoellein
Pastor Emeritus
Tom Taylor
Director of Worship and Music Ministries
Tami Weisner
Director of Youth Ministries
Erin Soza
Director of Children’s Ministries
Carla Porterfield
Office Coordinator


The Rev. Amy Wagner was appointed by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi as Lead Pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church as of July 1, 2021, succeeding Dr. Jeffrey Sterling, who has serve as Lead Pastor since July 1 of 2014.

Rev. Wagner is a PK (pastors’ kid) from Western Pennsylvania, who in God’s good humor ended up becoming a pastor herself. She holds a Master’s Degree in Christian Ethics from Loyola University Chicago, an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Grove City College. She most recently served as the Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization for the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, leading WPAUMC’s innovative ministry and church planting initiatives along with supporting and resourcing congregations during transition and renewal. Amy has also served under appointment as a local church pastor and on the staff of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before ordination, she was a chaplain at Interfaith House, a respite facility for ill and injured homeless adults on Chicago’s west side, and a house parent at All God’s Children, a residential home for pregnant and parenting teenage girls in Lexington, KY. She was also employed in public relations prior to her seminary training.

Amy’s gifts for ministry include leadership, preaching and administration. She describes herself as a strategic, contemplative, hopeful bridge-builder. She loves long walks in the woods, tulips in the springtime, strawberries and dark chocolate anytime (even better if they are together!), and curling up with a cup of hot tea and a good book on a quiet evening. She is a writer and a thinker, and was a contributor to the ASK: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age curriculum. Amy has also served on several Conference and community boards, including as co-chair of the WPAUMC Board of Ordained Ministry.

Amy is married to Rob, a corporate litigator and patent attorney, who enjoys computers (we’re an Apple household!), tinkering in the garden, and Penn State football. They have two “tween” children: Joe who is about to turn 13 and loves horses, massive Lego builds and anything math or science; and Grace, age 11, who enjoys all things outdoors (especially creepy-crawlies that make her mother cringe), is an avid history buff, and learns aerial silks and trapeze at the Pittsburgh Circus School! The Wagners live in Cranberry Township with their wanna-be-guard-dog, Rosie, the miniature schnoodle (schnauzer-poodle).