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Senior Pastor

Pastor's Story... 'God uses everyday people to do extra-ordinary things!"

Reverend Christopher T. Conti M.D accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Pittsburgh in 2014. following the dynamic tenure of Pastor-Emeritus, Wanda L. Sawyer-Flipping.

Reverend, Dr. Conti welcomes God's assignment to meet the Gospel mandates of discipleship & evangelism.  

Reverend Conti believes that God's vision is to carry on the rich legacy of community building, servant-leadership & Kingdom work that have exemplified Emmanuel's community-centered ministry since its inception in 1901.

Pastor Conti, a native of Washington, DC, is a son of the Emmanuel ministry; joining the Emmanuel family in 2001.  After several years of lay-ministry, Reverend Conti was licensed in 2004 & ordained in 2005.     

Reverend Conti served as the Leader for the Developing Christ-Like Men Teen Ministry, and later as the Pastor for Youth & Families before, his appointment as the Assistant Pastor for Administration and Discipleship.

In 2011, after 6 years of faithful Kingdom service at Emmanuel, Dr. Conti embarked on a 3-year ministry journey as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Donora, PA; bringing sound Biblical teaching, dynamic preaching and a vision for engaging & empowering ministry and community outreach.  

Through God's divine timing, in January 2014, Reverend Conti and his family returned home to Emmanuel with an even deeper love for God, His people & and His mandate for Kingdom work.  

Dr. Conti believes that his growth and development in ministry is testimony to the Biblical truth that God can and often does use flawed and ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His Kingdom.  Pastor Conti is humbled and energized by the privilege God has extended to lead the discipleship of Emmanuel during this exciting time in the church's history.  He aspires to follow God's vision in order to position Emmanuel Pittsburgh as a 'radiant, relevant, empowering and transformational place where people can encounter God and experience His fullness'.

Pastor Conti graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1997.  

He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC and is a practicing emergency medicine physician.   He is a skilled clinician with a passion for medical education and a commitment to health promotion; who has had faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine & Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He is also a concussion physician and Team Physician with the US Soccer Federation.

Reverend Dr. Conti is presently pursuing a doctorate in Christian Counseling from Newburgh Theological Seminary and endeavors to be used by God to encourage & equip and counsel those who are hurting in order to empwer them to access & harness the power of God within them.
In 2016, Reverend, Dr. Conti established the Emmanuel Empowerment Foundation, a 501©3 , non-profit entity, which exists to serve as the principal fundraising element of the Emmanuel Pittsburgh; enabling the church and it’s discipleship to remain singularly-focused on meeting the Gospel mandates of evangelism & service.

Most recently, Dr. Conti began plans for the development of the FAITHWorks Wellness Group, LLC, a comprehensive, customizable community healthcare resource, offering the full spectrum of clinical care.  Dr. Conti envisions this endeavor as a return to the historical relationship that the Christian church has also had with the medical science.  FAITHWorks desires to 're-shape the landscape of healthcare'.  

Pastor Conti is joined in this ministry journey with his wife since 1995, Dr. Tracey Conti, who is the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Health System & Program Director for the Latterman Family Medicine Residency Program.

Sister Tracey shares Pastor Conti's zeal and commitment for Kingdom work & together they endeavor to strengthen individuals, families and communities through engaging, sound, & real-world relevant Bible-based ministry.

Pastor Conti and Tracey are the proud parents of six sons, Chris Jr, Nicholas, Matthew, Zachary, Jacob, and Benjamin; and one daughter, Sarah.