Our Pastor

Jim Kirk was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area.  He was

ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Pittsburgh Presbytery on October 5, 2008.  For the next five years, he served as Student Pastor and then Associate Pastor at Ken Mawr Church in McKees Rocks, PA.  In 2011 Jim was called to serve as Pastor at Valencia Presbyterian Church.  He currently resides with his wife, Kathy, here in Valencia.

 

Pastor Jim graduated in May, 2008 from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Prior to that, he had a 26-year career in medical laboratory sales.  Several years ago, Jim began to feel the Lord leading him to pastoral ministry.  After much prayer and discernment of what the Lord wanted for him and his family, he felt he was to leave his job and pursue a call to full-time ministry.

Kirk Family

 

 


Here at Valencia Presbyterian Church, in addition to leading worship, Pastor Jim also leads Bible studies and our Adult Sunday School.  In the community, Pastor Jim is active in visitation and in encouraging the congregation in discipleship, as well as leading worship services and small-group Bible study at St. Barnabas.  Serving the people and the families of Valencia is allowing our pastor to grow along with the congregation and further discern God's calling for all of us. 

 

Some of Pastor Jim's recent experiences have been serving with the World Mission Initiative in Vietnam, leading and coordinating youth and adults ministries here, and implementing discipleship opportunities for spiritual growth.  Pastor Jim enjoys supporting the mission and outreach ministries at our church and Beaver-Butler Presbytery.  Pastor Jim is also currently serving on the Alumni Council of Pittsburgh Seminary, as support for students.  All of these experiences have provided some exciting new ministries here at Valencia Presbyterian Church and the greater Body of Christ in the world.

 

Pastor Jim is very happy to be serving the Lord with his gifts here to lead the staff and congregation as faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

 

Jim and Kathy have two daughters, Katherine and Sarah.  Katherine is working as a Surgical Resident at UPMC hospitals.  Sarah is a Senior Nursing student at Waynesburg University.  Both girls have served on worldwide mission trips.

 

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