Jim Hobby

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Bishop Hobby comes most recently from Thomasville, Ga., where he was Rector of Trinity Anglican Church. He grew up in a Southern Baptist family that had transplanted itself to Northern states as his father followed various General Electric job transfers.

He attended evangelical churches and enrolled in a Massachusetts seminary, anticipating a ministry in Baptist or similar churches. That changed upon a single visit to an Episcopal church, where he and his wife, Shari, "fell in love with the liturgy and the sense of history and connectedness."

The couple was confirmed into the Episcopal Church within a year, and Jim transferred in 1983 to Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, an evangelical seminary in Ambridge.

Soon after graduating, he became a pastor in 1986 serving St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Monongahela, PA and St. John's Episcopal Church in Donora, PA, two Mon Valley communities struggling with the loss of steel-industry jobs. Bishop Hobby, who did not grow up in a blue-collar setting, said it was there that he learned the hard way about the need to learn and respect the culture of parishioners.

After assisting at a large parish in Darien, Connecticut, he began sending inquiries to other churches about possible pulpit positions. He put the responses in two piles -- those that interested him and those that didn't -- before sensing an "almost audible" message from God: "I don't get to pick and choose the people I'm interested in loving."

He ended up at one of the churches from the "no" pile, a medium-sized congregation in Tallahassee, Fla. After eight years, he went to work for a missions agency, Global Teams, then returned to parish work in Thomasville.

When the Pittsburgh position became open, Bishop Hobby said he resisted, wanting to stay in Georgia near his children and grandchildren. But as with his move to Tallahassee, he concluded God wanted him to be open to the possibility.

Senior Pastor

Pastor John Heidengren

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John was raised in Lutheran and Episcopal Churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He graduated from Swarthmore High School and Wheaton College and married college classmate Blanche Williams in 1982. They have seven children, three in heaven and four on earth. John earned a Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry, and served churches in Illinois and Virginia before being called as Rector of Prince of Peace Anglican Church in Hopewell Township, PA.  John has a passion for discipleship, church health, and understanding cultural trends. His hobbies include hiking, reading, basketball and bowling.


Pastor Philip Bottomley

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Philip was born in England.  He married Sylvia in 1968. He and Sylvia have three grown children, five grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

Philip went to Durham University (the third oldest university in Britain) for both college and seminary. After ordination in 1970, He served as an assistant priest in two parishes and as the Midlands Area Director of the Church’s Ministry among the Jews (CMJ). In 1984 he was called to be the first National Director of CMJ/USA in northern Virginia. In 1990 CMJ/USA moved its office to Ambridge, PA.

In 1992 Philip became rector (pastor) of the Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal), Avalon, PA, and served there for 10 years. He led Christ Church, Clarksburg, West Virginia for three years and then he was called to plant the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (SP&SP) in Roanoke, Virginia. SP&SP was a merger of a newly formed Anglican Church and a Lutheran Church. Philip served this congregation until he retired in November 2011 when they moved back to Pittsburgh to be near their daughter and her family who are members of Prince of Peace. He joined the pastoral staff of Prince of Peace and has reestablished his connection with CMJ/USA.

His passions are: communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ; bringing all people to know the Savior, especially Jewish people; teaching the Jewish roots of the Christian Faith; and reconciling Christians to one another. His hobbies include collecting stamps, doing puzzles, and playing chess. Sylvia enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with the grandkids.


Robert "Bob" Richard

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"Pastor Bob" is a native of California who first came to Moon Township and Ambridge to attend Trinity School for Ministry in 1976-79.  He was most pleasantly surprised with the friendliness of folk in greater Pittsburgh and the beauty of western Pennsylvania year round.

However, God sent him back to California for most of his active ministry in the San Joaquin Valley.  He served several parishes there as well as Trinity Parish, Beaver.  For several years he did graduate study in New Testament in Berkeley.  He has a great love of Scripture and teaching.  When he retired God permiited him "to move back to seminary" in Ambridge.

At Prince of Peace he serves as a member of the pastoral team leading worship, teaching, and preaching.  Also, he is the webmaster of this internet website.

Youth Pastor

Adam Tapporo

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Adam moved around a lot during his childhood, but graduated from Beaver Area High School in 2012, Adam was accepted at Waynesburg University where he majored in pre-law. It was not long, however, before Adam became dissatisfied with his major and switched to undecided. From there, he would switch to advertising and finally to public relations. Adam enjoyed college, but he was not passionate about his major in the same way that his peers were. Luckily, with the advice of a dear friend and a bit of a miracle from God, Adam began working with a local youth group and discovered that this was where his passion truly lay. He has since worked at the Church of the Ascension youth group and is now attending Trinity School for Ministry with the hope of being ordained. Adam is so excited to be working with the Prince of Peace youth group and community. He looks forward to getting to know all of you better.

Worship Leader

Lynn Bailey

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Lynn Bailey, daughter of a United Methodist Minister, was born in Zanesville, Ohio. She grew up in North Carolina where she attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, obtaining a B.S. in Dance Education.   Dance, music, drama, and creative writing have been expressions of her life as an artist. Singing God’s praises is the expression of her love for Christ as a redeemed artist in his church.

Lynn first began singing in a contemporary Christian style at St. Philip’s Church in Moon Township. During that time, she believed the Lord was calling her to become a music minister. This quest to follow the Lord’s call eventually led her to become the Music Minister/Worship Leader at Prince of Peace. It is the delight of her heart to serve in this way.

Lynn has two “grown” children. Her son, Russell, and his wife Rebecca reside in Los Angeles. Russell is an actor, director, and filmmaker. Her daughter, Ashley lives in Beaver. Ashley also is a worship leader and a singer- songwriter serving the Lord through music here at Prince of Peace. The apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree!

Assistant Treasure

Darlene Miller

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June Statler

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June was born and raised in Canton, Ohio,  attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School, and graduated from Aliquippa Sr. High School.  She then studied business at Robert Morris Junior College.

After living in Hopewell Township for 29 years, she and her husband, Forrest (Brownie), live in Raccoon Township.  After 44 years of marriage, they have two grown children and 6 grandchildren. 

They were members of Prince of Peace for many years, but now attend Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Raccoon Township.  Her other activities include: mentor in Aliquippa Impact Mentoring Program;  Board Member of Life Beaver County;  Center Twp., Chapter Co-Educator of GWRRA/Chapter D/Cranberry Twp. (Gold Wing Road Rider Assoc.);  Past Director & Secretary of BCASO (the Beaver County AIDS Service Organization).  Her  hobbies include bicycling, bowling, reading, flower gardening, sewing, flea marketing, learning new things, and helping others achieve their highest goals.

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