The Reverend James W. Tinnemeyer, Jr.

The Reverend James W. Tinnemeyer, Jr.
Acting Senior Pastor

Tinnemeyer FamilyJim and Tracy Tinnemeyer are Pittsburgh natives. Jim grew up in Mt. Lebanon, and Tracy in the North Hills. They were both active in their home churches before leaving home for college – Jim to Duke University and Tracy to the University of Richmond.

Tracy and Jim met between the rivers that separated them during their youth. While students at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, Jim and Tracy attended Shadyside Presbyterian Church, quickly becoming volunteer Sunday School teachers and youth leaders. Following their graduation in 1994, they embarked on legal careers. In June 1995, Tracy and Jim were married at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

After much prayer and contemplation, Jim turned from his promising legal career to respond to God’s call, enrolling at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998. Jim received a Seminary Fellowship, including a full tuition grant. In the course of his studies, Jim won the E. L. Wailes Memorial Prize in New Testament and The Rev. David B. Watermulder Prize in Church Leadership.

Jim came to Shadyside from Oakmont Presbyterian Church, his first call after his graduation in 2001. In addition to his work at Oakmont, Jim is an active member of the Presbytery, having served with distinction as the chair of the critically important Committee on Preparation for Ministry. Both officially and unofficially, Jim is a mentor to new pastors.

Upon returning from Princeton, Tracy joined Deloitte’s Pittsburgh office, where she now works as a Tax Senior Manager. In September of 2004, Tracy and Jim were blessed to become the proud parents of William. In March of 2009, they were blessed again to bring Ann into the world. Both of their children fill them with joy.

Jim and Tracy love to spend time with friends and family – especially William and Annie! They both enjoy outdoor sports, including swimming and snow skiing. Tracy enjoys reading mysteries, listening to classical music, and volunteering at William's school. Jim prefers reading biographies, studies art and architecture, and also paints and draws. Since he played football in high school and college, Jim has found that running keeps him in shape. He has been a singer all his life, and he even likes to cook at home.

About his pastoral position, Jim writes, “I believe that pastoral leadership begins by building meaningful relationships with others. For that reason, I am passionate about being a caring and involved presence in people’s lives. Such relationships allow us to grow together in Christ, and they empower us to use our gifts in His service. I love that about ministry. And so, I strive to be a servant leader who provides the environment, the means, the vision, and the enthusiasm so that we can fulfill what the Spirit has in store for us. In doing that, I seek to point beyond myself to the One who continuously challenges us to take His saving love, forgiveness, and hope to a needy world.”


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