The Reverend Gavin B.J. Walton is the pastor of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. Gavin is a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Duquesne University (Bachelor of Arts), and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), where he is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program.
Since his ordination in 2017, Gavin has become a fixture in the Pittsburgh Presbytery, working with its younger members, developing new ministries, and sharing his skills with a host of community groups city-wide. Through dynamic preaching and teaching, he seeks to spread the gospel of God’s love and justice to the Hill and beyond.
Gavin is the co-organizer of an anti-racist, interfaith leaders group in the Pittsburgh area. (This group was created out of the 2020 Oakland Vigil for Black Lives, which Gavin also co-organized.) The group consists of various clergy and non-clergy leaders who seek to support one another in the anti-racism work they do in their respective congregations and communities.
A ministerial son of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Gavin completed the ordination process with the Presbyterian Church (USA) under the care of the Session of SPC and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament during a service held by the Pittsburgh Presbytery in Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church on January 22, 2017. Prior to his ordination, he had been a member of our church family since 2010, and had served with the Stewardship Committee, the Representative Nominating Committee, and the Campus Ministry Team. He and his wife, Kelly, were married in a wedding ceremony at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in June 2014.
We thank God for the blessing Gavin has been to our congregation and for calling him into ministry; please join us in praying for God’s continued blessings upon Gavin.