Rev. Dr. Nathaniel D. PhillipsSenior Pastor | Head of Staff
We are excited to welcome the Kirk's fifth Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, Rev. Dr. Nathaniel D. Phillips! more...email@example.comFollow Nate on Twitter
Rev. Dr. William L. (Tres) Adams IIIPastor for Evangelism
While his given name is William Lincoln Adams III, our Pastor for Evangelism goes by his lifelong nickname of 'Tres.' Tres graduated from Allegheny College in 1999 with a BA in Communication Arts and an extensive minor in Economics, where he was also the chaplain of his fraternity. He spent several years in the corporate environment, working in telecommunications, medical sales, and market making and supplier management for an international online auction house. Tres has worked in several capacities at the Kirk including our Congregational Care ministries (Deacons, Caring Ministers, Stephen Ministers, and many other support ministries), as well as leading our Membership Committee. Having worked with youth for over 15 years in a variety of capacities, he led our Confirmation class for many years. While in college, Tres began working with youth as a summer camp counselor at a Presbyterian Church (USA) sponsored camp and retreat center. He volunteered with his home church's youth program and eventually worked part-time as Youth Facilitator. It was during his work with youth in his home church, Center Presbyterian Church in McMurray, Pennsylvania, that Tres finally decided to answer God's call to ordained ministry and enrolled in classes at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Tres graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2010. He completed a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2017. During his tenure in seminary, Tres continued his work with youth. He worked part-time as a coach at Chartiers Valley High School near Pittsburgh and served as the Head 9th Grade Football Coach and Assistant Indoor and Outdoor Track Coach. Tres also served as Director of Youth Ministries at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh for three years where he was responsible for the Junior High and Senior High youth programs as well as the bi-annual Confirmation program. During this tenure, he had the privilege of writing the curriculum and designing the current confirmation program. Tres has spent much of his spiritual journey serving the church. He is an ordained deacon and an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and served as a Theological Student Advisory Delegate to the 217th General Assembly. Tres has also participated on and led a number of domestic and international short-term mission trips including Mohawk Reservation, Navajo Nation, Mars Hill, NC, Bluefield, WV, Monessen, PA, Niagara Falls, NY, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and Haiti. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tres is a 'diehard Steelers' fan.' His parents live in the Pittsburgh area, and he has two younger sisters who live in Chicago and Atlanta respectively. Tres married his lovely wife, Vionna, in the summer of 2010. They have two young daughters. In his spare time, Tres is an avid runner and has completed several marathons and numerous half marathons. Tres shows his enthusiasm for ministry and sees himself as a 'Jesus Coach.' He has a warm, easy sense of humor, and is known for wearing his red running shoes when he firstname.lastname@example.org(248) 973-8015Follow Tres on Twitter
Rev. Fernando RodríguezPastor for Missional Renewal
Fernando Rodríguez began his work at the Kirk in June 2017. He received his Masters of Divinity in 2008 from Princeton Theological Seminary. Most recently, he served as Innovator for Emergent Ministries at New Castle Presbytery in Middletown, DE. He and his wife, Kecelyn, have two young children.
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Rev. Angela Ryo Pastor for Christian Formation
Angela began her work at the Kirk in July 2017 with experience as a teacher at many levels, successful developer of small groups, and rich experience in working with children. She received her Masters of Divinity in 2013 from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a Masters in Teaching in 2006 from National Louis University. Most recently, she was the Lilly Resident Minister at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She and her husband, David, have two children.
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Rev. Jasmine Smart Pastor for Congregational Care
As our current Pastor for Congregational Care, Jasmine began her work at the Kirk part-time as the Director of Adult Christian Education in August 2016. In April 2017, we celebrated together as she was ordained to begin pastoral ministry. She especially enjoys worship leadership, Christian education, and congregational care, and she serves as pastoral support for Kirk Women. Originally from the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, Jasmine first moved to Michigan to receive her BA at Calvin College in Interdisciplinary studies (Philosophy, English, and Church, Society & Ministry). There she met her husband, Jonathan, who is from the Detroit-metro area. After graduating from Calvin, Jasmine went straight to Princeton Theological Seminary and earned her MDiv. During that time, she served churches and the community in youth ministry, prison and psychiatric hospital chaplaincy. In May 2017, she completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital where she was a chaplain at the Oakland/Pontiac location. Jasmine and Jonathan moved back to Michigan in 2015 where Jonathan could pursue a job in his field, Market Research. They are happily settling down in their first home and keeping busy with their dog, Sandy.