At a congregational meeting held on September 11, 2022, the Pastor Nominating Committee presented its recommended candidate to be the next called Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood. After the vote, the call was extended to and accepted by Jason Dauer. He officially begins in the office this week and will lead weekly Sunday worship beginning September 18. His ordination and installation service will be scheduled in the coming weeks so that he can officially become Rev. Dauer and perform all pastoral duties, including sacraments and moderating Session meetings.
Jason Dauer (he/him) is excited about what the Church is and what it is called to become. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jason has always felt called to grow deep where he is planted and is excited about the ways in which God is moving in this region.
Jason earned his Master of Divinity with an emphasis in New Faith Communities from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2021. He received the John Watson Prize in New Testament Greek and the Jackson Hale Prize in Polity. During his second year at PTS, he received the Valentour Fellowship, allowing him to travel to South Africa, the Philippines, and Indonesia to learn about LGBTQ-affirming ministries from our Christian siblings in other countries. While at PTS, he served as the Student Pastor for Sanctuary Faith Community.
Over the past two years, Jason has been working to form Stonewall Abbey, a faith community that seeks to create holy, intentional places of connection for spiritual wanderers and outcasts. This community has gathered for a monthly bonfire to talk about spirituality and non-traditional saints of the Church. He also worked as the Office and Communications Coordinator for Wexford Presbyterian Church. Before seminary, Jason enjoyed serving up iced lattes and flat whites at the Franklin Park Starbucks and was the Director of Family Ministries at Perry Highway Lutheran Church.
Most of Jason’s extended family live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, and his great-great-grandparents helped form Franklin Park Baptist Church, where Jason led youth Sunday services and took part in many years of church cookouts and Cub Scout meetings. It was at this church that his family instilled in him a love for music—playing in the bell choir, singing in the choir, and playing violin.
Jason is married to his husband David Falk, who works as a Senior Technical Product Manager for McDonald’s. Although they met in Pittsburgh, they maintained a long-distance relationship while they completed their respective master’s degrees, but they were able to visit each other regularly thanks to the overnight Amtrak train between Pittsburgh and Chicago. Together, David and Jason enjoy exploring local breweries, trying new board games, and playing with their cats Blake and Byron. They recently bought their first home in Morningside and look forward to many happy years in Pittsburgh.