Rev. Elizabeth Michael Ross, Pastor
Elizabeth Michael Ross has been pastor of COR since August 2018. She moved to Pittsburgh after ten years in North Carolina, where she served as a pastor in Presbyterian churches in Durham and Chapel Hill. Elizabeth was drawn to COR's interracial and ecumenical witness, long-time commitment to social justice, and strong lay leadership. Her faith has been shaped by work with churches in South Africa, the chance to be a part of a team welcoming home citizens returning from incarceration, and a season spent in intentional community and ministry with Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC.
Elizabeth has a deep love for Christ's Church, a deep hope in the gospel's reconciling work in the world, and a deep joy in the life of ministry. She lives in Lawrenceville with her husband, Bob, who is a professor of Social Justice Studies at Point Park University.
Shannon Garrett-Headen, Student Pastor
Shannon M. Garrett-Headen joins COR as student pastor for the 2019-2020 academic year. Shannon was born in Cleveland and raised in Cleveland Heights, a nearby suburb. She received her baccalaureate degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry with a minor in History from Notre Dame College. In addition, she earned a graduate certification in Youth Theology and Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. With a passion for youth and ministry, she served at Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian in Cleveland Heights, Ohio as the director of youth ministries for four years, where she continued to grow in the Word and develop as a church leader. In 2017, she joined the clergy led worship team as the pastoral intern, where she was able to serve the larger congregation as preacher, worship leader and lay minister.
Currently, Shannon is a second year Master of Divinity Student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is founder and chair of Syngeneia (kinship) PTS’s student group for seminarians of color; she serves on the chapel team. As a womanist, Shannon is passionate about social justice issues, particularly pertaining to black womanhood and black culture. She is an avid fan and critic of rap music and proudly claims hip-hop as her dominant culture and perspective. She loves music, coffee, writing, and reading, but also fashion, fine dining and all things pop culture.