Jeffrey D Sterling


Phone (412) 486-7006

Mailing Address
612 Village Green Blvd. E
Mars, PA 16046

St. Paul's U M Church
Senior Pastor


Jeff was born and raised in Oil City, PA, and confirmed in the Christian faith at Grace United Methodist Church there. Prior to a call to ministry, he worked as the Executive Director of a small non-profit, public cable television organization, and graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communication. He served as a part-time lay staff member at Grace UMC, Rocky Grove, for about eight years, prior to moving to Pittsburgh to attend seminary. At Grace UMC, he worked in the youth program, with the children's church ministry, and hosted a weekly youth radio program as part of an extensive radio ministry that church had on WFRA radio in Franklin, PA. 

He graduated with an M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1988, and the D.Min. from the same institution in 1998. Sterling served as a student pastor at McMaster's UMC in Turtle Creek from 1985 to 1988, and then was appointed to that church full-time after seminary graduation, serving until 1992. From 1992 to 1997, he served as an associate pastor at St. Paul's UMC in Allison Park; from 1997 to 2003 as lead pastor at Coraopolis UMC; from 2003 until January of 2009, as lead pastor at First UMC of Sharon, PA; from January 2009 to 2014 as lead pastor of First UMC in Warren, PA; and has served as lead pastor of St. Paul's UMC in Allison Park from 2014 to the present.

Jeff served on the Board of Ordained Ministry from 2004 until 2016, and the last four years of that term as Chair and Co-Chair of the board. He served on the Board of Directors of Olmsted Manor from 2009 until 2020, and the last six years of that term as President of the board. He also serves on the Core Team of the Western PA Reconciling Ministries. 

Sterling has been married to Dara Lynn (Apel) Sterling since May of 1977. They have two adult children, Shelah Woodruff and Evan Sterling, and two grandchildren. He likes to write, compose photographs, and travel. Theologically, he is a progressive Wesleyan, evangelical in proclaiming Christ, and working for justice for all of God's people, including dismantling racism, and advocating for full inclusion of our LGBTQIA+ siblings in the life of the United Methodist Church.