The Reverend Lynn M. Portz

The Reverend Lynn M. Portz
Associate Pastor for Parish Life

Portz FamilyThe Reverend Lynn M. Portz began serving Shadyside Presbyterian Church as Associate Pastor for Parish Life in January 2009. 

Lynn is a native of Greenville, Pennsylvania. A lifelong Presbyterian, she learned from her parents, teachers, and pastors the joy of knowing Christ, and experienced His abundant grace through the people in her home church. While a student at The College of Wooster, Lynn felt the hand of God pulling her toward ministry. After graduating from college, she married her high school sweetheart, Doug, and they moved to New Jersey, where Lynn began her studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. It was not long before Doug sensed the call of God upon his heart to enter the ministry, so he, too, became a student at Princeton Seminary. They were both ordained at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville in 1983.

God’s call took the Portz family on a ministry journey through upstate New York before finally bringing them back to Western Pennsylvania. Lynn’s first call was a co-pastorate with Doug at Third Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York, and then, for fourteen years she was co-pastor of Deerhurst Presbyterian Church in suburban Buffalo. Most recently, she served as pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Her ministry has included pastoral care; leadership training; the development of small group ministries for mission, study, and fellowship; the initiation of a specialized Member Care Team; and community outreach. She has been a member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery’s Administrative Commission for Transformation, and presently serves on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. Doug is currently the Associate Pastor to the Mid-Sized Churches of Pittsburgh Presbytery.

Lynn and Doug have two children: Bethany, who is married to Matthew Harbaugh, and Ben. In free moments, Lynn can be found gardening, reading, or taking long walks. She and Doug enjoy the cultural opportunities Pittsburgh has to offer. 

Lynn says, “As a pastor, it is an honor for me to walk through the transitions of life with people, to pray with them, to stand with them in times of challenge, to rejoice in healing, and to offer the hope of new life through Christ. The Church has a word of grace and mercy for all. By creating opportunities for people to experience and share faith, to find friendship and fellowship, and to give of themselves in service to others, the Church lives out its mission as the Body of Christ. I look forward to discovering new ways to do this with God’s people in these challenging times.”


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