Pastor & Leaders


Rev. Tyler Bayless, Pastor

Pastor Tyler is honored to serve at First Presbyterian and be a part of the community of Toronto. He was called to be our Pastor in October of 2015. He has an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and a Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In addition to serving the church, he also serves on the Board of Director's Beaver Creek Church Camp and, previously, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Prior to being called to First Presbyterian, he served churches in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania and Wellsville, Ohio. Pastor Tyler resides in Toronto with his wife, Molly, and their daughter, Ava. 


Yolanda Jones, Administrative Assistant

Yolanda has served at First Presbyterian since December of 2019. In her capacity as administrative assistant she handles matters related to finanical, clerical and overall adminsitrative well-being of the church. 


Craig McCasland, Director of Music


Karen Shell, Rehearsal Accompanist


Ben Beswick, Clerk of Session


Session Members

Class of 2020                      Class of 2021                      Class of 2022

Mark Holtzmann                    Brant Boka                              Paul Barnes

Judy Miller                               Goldia Smurda                      Cliff Barson

Terry Wolter                             Cathie Young                         Ashley Owings



Class of 2020                      Class of 2021                      Class of 2022

Kevin Gillis                               Diane Boka                              Joann Barnes

Joe Shimmel                             LaDawn Firm                         Juanita Swearingen

Mary Ann Stovarsky                Edward Weidger                   Evan Wolter