Senior Pastor: The Rev. Dr. Louis Mitchell
The Rev. Dr. Louis (Lou) Mitchell is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was raised as a Roman Catholic attending Holy Rosary Grade School in the inner city. In high school, Dr. Mitchell was active in Young Life, a para-church youth ministry, where his faith in Christ became both personal and genuine. Following graduation from Duquesne University School of Music, Dr. Mitchell began his over forty year ministry career, working fulltime for Young Life. After several years he left that ministry to become the Director of Christian Education of a large Presbyterian church in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Mitchell left Pittsburgh to live in the Boston area for some twelve years. After graduating (with honors) form Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton Mass. (where he was awarded a Byington Fellowship), Dr. Mitchell was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in the Presbytery of Boston. He served in pastoral positions in two churches in Boston presbytery before returning to Pittsburgh to become the senior pastor of an active church on the urban campus of the University of Pittsburgh.He was also a Chaplain of the University. In 1999, Dr. Mitchell again left Pittsburgh (though he continues to be a Steelers fan) to become the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, New Jersey.
Dr. Mitchell holds both the Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees from Harvard University, where he was also awarded a teaching fellowship. His doctoral dissertation focused on the idea of beauty in the thought of Jonathan Edwards, an eighteenth century pastor and theologian who was a contemporary and colleague of Cranbury's David Brainerd. Edwards was also the third president of what is now Princeton University. Dr. Mitchell's work on Jonathan Edwards' thought has been published in Theology Today, Theology Matters and in the monograph series Studies in Reformed Theology and History. His book was recently republished in The Jonathan Edwards Classic Studies Series for The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University.