Meet Our Pastor

Rev. James W. Kirk

Pastor Jim 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.  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 The Woodlands of St. Barnabas and at St. John Nursing Home.  Being a follower of Jesus Christ, Pastor Jim feels blessed by answering God's call to ordained ministry and being supported by his wife and daughters.


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 has also served on the Alumni Council of Pittsburgh Seminary, as support for students.  He is currently serving on the Advisory Board of The World Mission Initiative and The Ministry Vocation Committee of Beaver-Butler Presbytery. 


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.  He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the Parish Ministry Focus.


Jim and Kathy have two daughters, Katherine and Sarah.  Katherine is working as a Surgical Resident at UPMC hospitals.  She was married in January, 2017 to Chris Hill, who is a graduate of Trinity Seminary. Sarah is currently working as a Nurse at Passavant Hospital in the North Hills.


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