The Upper Room is a small church in the Regent Square area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We believe that God has called us to be a cross-cultural, sacramental, and missional community.
Worship with us on Sundays at our worship service or during the week at our game night!
Each Sunday we meet for worship on the first floor of the Wilkins School Community Center, located at 7604 Charleston Ave. We meet from 11am-12:30pm.
On weekday evenings we meet as Gaming Collective to play games around Regent Square. Lately we have been meeting on Fridays at Starbucks after work. However, for exact dates and times, please check for announcements on our Gaming Collective Facebook page.
In 2007, then seminary students Mike Gehrling and Chris Brown committed to prayer walking in Pittsburgh. One year later, God called them to start The Upper Room in Squirrel Hill to reach people without a religious community. The church committed to being a sacramental, contemplative, and missional community to provide people with intimacy and exploration. In 2018, The Upper Room relocated to the Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square, and in 2019, we called our new pastor, Brendan Ashley. We are committed to exploring how God is active and moving in our new neighborhood and learning to join into that reality. The Upper Room is a PCUSA missional church.
Pastor Brendan Ashley | Brendan Ashley is the Student Pastor of The Upper Room. He guides the church in worship, missional strategy, visioning, teaching, and spiritual friendship. Brendan graduated from Whitworth University (B.A. in Theology) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div with an emphasis in church planting). While in seminary, Brendan interned in two missional communities. His M.Div. thesis focused on a Trinitarian approach to mission for local congregations based on Charles Taylor's "A Secular Age."
Brendan has been married to Ashley Ashley for 8 years, and they have a sweet cat named Augustine. Brendan is an aspiring contemplative, who believes in a holistic approach to the spiritual life. This is evident in his love of watching and playing sports, reading spiritual classics and missional theology, hanging out with people, and his dedication to maintaining a rule of life.
Contact by email: brendan.upperroom [at] gmail.com
Or by phone: (seven-one-seven) 608-3704
Elder Kristen Tavenor | Kristen was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to Pittsburgh in July 2012 after marrying her husband Nate. After their marriage, Kristen began attending The Upper Room. In 2019, Kristen and Nate became new parents with the birth of their daughter Zoe!
Elder Peter Story | Peter moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to start graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University. Shortly thereafter, he started attending The Upper Room. He was attracted to The Upper Room by its welcoming, close-knit community. Peter became an elder in 2018, and he is currently the Clerk of Session. He enjoys reading both science-fiction and theology.
Elder Matthew Morris | Matt is a born and raised Pittsburgher. He studied at Carnegie Mellon, where he earned his B.A. in Creative Writing, and at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he earned his M.Div. Matt has worshipped at The Upper Room since 2013, and he became an elder in 2019. He enjoys being a nerd, and he is very serious about fun!