A Louisville native, Silverstein graduated from Atherton High School and the University of Kentucky. Before going to work for the Presbyterian News Service, he worked for a number of newspapers including the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Elizabethtown (Ky.) News-Enterprise.
Joining the Presbyterian News Service staff in the fall of 1998, Silverstein quickly established himself as an award-winning journalist, scoring several Associated Church Press awards for coverage of such PC(USA) stories as disaster relief, myriad judicial cases, and human interest stories about interesting and inspiring Presbyterians. He was a fixture in the General Assembly Communications Center and traveled extensively overseas for the PC(USA).
And though he was Jewish, Silverstein displayed a far better understanding of and appreciation for the mission and ministry of the PC(USA) than many Presbyterians.
Survivors include his parents, Nanette and Mark; his sister Betsy and brother-in-law Mark Prussian; two nieces, Dana and Dorrie; and a huge extended community of family and friends. A funeral service was held Nov. 11 at Herman Meyer and Son Funeral Home in Louisville.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program has established an Extra Commitment Opportunity account, “Evan Silverstein Memorial Fund” (Acct. H-000004) and all contributions to the fund will support the ongoing work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a PC(USA)-supported organization which seeks to improve wages and working conditions for Florida farm workers and to put an end to slavery in Florida’s agricultural fields.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Evan’s parents, Mark and Nanette Silverstein, 1402 Lancaster Essex Court, Louisville KY 40242.