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Our Community

Memorial Park Church is a diverse community of Jesus-followers that has varied opportunities that are designed to engage each person’s interests and passions. We offer multiple ministry areas where you can get involved. Each ministry area hosts activities such as classes, bible studies, fellowship opportunities, and much more. Find out more about what our ministry areas offer for you!

For the Community

Our community is full of thought leaders, visionaries, movers and shakers that are working on big things to make this world a better place. Through our community engagement opportunities, we hope to give everyone an opportunity to hear the powerful messages and share the impactful tools our community experts have to offer. These opportunities are also here to create a space to get to know your community better, get inspired by the wisdom we each carry, and build bridges of connections. 

First Wednesdays Speaker Series

Join us for First Wednesdays, a new speaker series at Memorial Park Church. The first Wednesday of each month, we open our doors to the community to hear engaging speakers on topics such as mental health, race reconciliation, trauma, sexuality, and equality. No registration is required to attend; however, if you require childcare, we ask that you register your child by January 30. This month, join us as we examine male-female relationships in the current cultural climate of the #MeToo movement. Regardless of your position on the benefits or dangers of the #MeToo movement, this and subsequent events have revealed deep, personal and systemic cultural dysfunction and pain within male-female relationships. This session intends to promote unity and understanding between men and women by providing a Biblically based, Christian response. We welcome MPC Elder Roger Rumer and Lisa Pratt Slayton, President and CEO of Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation (PLF) who will lead this engaging presentation. For a full list of dates and topics, click here.

Date: February 6, 2018
Topic: "Beyond #MeToo - A Christian Response"
Speaker: MPC Elder Roger Rumer & Lisa Pratt Slayton
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Sanctuary
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About MPC Elder Roger Rumer:
Roger Rumer is devoted husband to Memorial Park’s Pastor Betsy; “Mr. Dad” to two grown daughters (Christina (and Jake), Genes and Anna); “Grandad in training” to 20-month old Emma Genes; and “walker-in-chief” to two-year old golden retriever, Levi. An Elder at Memorial Park Church, Roger loves adult education, especially facilitating studies of Dallas Willard’s books on becoming more alive in the here and now as apprentices to Jesus.

Roger retired in 2017 after a 30+ year career with Bayer Material Science that took him far and wide. Roger loves music, especially playing guitar in worship, and being a life-long learner. Roger studied chemistry and economics at Dartmouth College.

About Lisa Pratt Slayton:
Lisa Pratt Slayton is chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation (PLF), where she oversees all strategic initiatives, partnerships and development. At PLF, Lisa has designed and launched the Leaders Collaborative and delivered organizational development consulting, training, and executive coaching services to a wide variety of organizations including Net Health, CTR Systems, GrowthPlay, Prominent, Careform, Light of Life, Truefit, Wabtec and Wolfe Inc as well as a number of local congregations. 

Lisa currently serves as a Board Director for Made to Flourish and Leadership Foundations and has served as a church elder in the past. She has also previously served as the Director of Leadership Initiatives and as Vice President at PLF. 

Lisa attended Mount Holyoke College and Bakke Graduate University (M.A., Social and Civic Entrepreneurship). She is an avid reader, oenophile and shoe shopper. Residing in the Pittsburgh metro area, Roger & Lisa Slayton have one son, Zachary, two beloved Labradors, Thea and Grace and are members of Memorial Park Church, an Evangelical Presbyterian Congregation.

EPIC Workshop

Join us for a new monthly workshop that will give you the tools to manage your finances better so that you can live an EPIC life filled with peace, security, and generosity. Each month we bring in outside experts to discuss a wide range of financial concepts that we encounter throughout our lives. Our classes meet the second Saturday of every month. There is no charge, but please register so that we can have materials ready for you. Childcare is available, but you MUST register no later than the Monday before the class so that we can schedule adequate staff. For questions, contact Cathy Pavlock at
Upcoming dates and topics include:

October 13: Wills & Estate Planning
CANCELLED November 10: Retirement
CANCELLED December 8: Christmas budgeting/debts
January 12: New Year, New Budget
February 9: Retirement Planning
March 9: College Planning
April 13: Insurance
​May 11: Budgeting for Vacation

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Visit & Join

Looking for a church home? We’d love to welcome you into our fellowship! While you don’t need to be a member of Memorial Park to participate in our many ministry, volunteer, and growth opportunities, or to receive pastoral care, we’d love to have you as a member of our community!

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