In 2013, John Magnuson transitioned into full-time, ordained ministry at Shadyside Presbyterian Church as Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministries, after serving part-time for more than a year as the interim youth director and as a seminary intern.
Rev. Magnuson’s role further expanded in 2015 to a called position, Associate Pastor for Discipleship, which includes coordination of Christian Education for Adults. Presently, he is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Missional Leadership at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
A native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, John is a graduate of Westminster College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. While in college, he worked with the senior high youth group of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church for four years. He also previously interned at Sixth Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh while pursuing his seminary studies. His mission travels include Malawi, South Africa, Germany, and Israel, as well as a summer with the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. He is passionate about worship and building leaders. John likes to read, play volleyball, travel, and cook with his wife Olivia. An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, he cheers for both the Steelers and Pirates. John and Olivia reside in the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsburgh with their two children and their dog, Koda.