Staff

Senior Pastor

The Reverend John Heidengren

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John was raised in Lutheran and Episcopal Churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He graduated from Swarthmore High School outside Philadelphia and Wheaton College near Chicago. He married college classmate Blanche Williams in 1982. They have seven children, three in heaven and four on earth. John earned a Master of Divinity and a Certificate of Advanced Pastoral Leadership ("Jr. Doctorate") from Trinity School for Ministry. He served churches in Kenilworth, Illinois and Falls Church, Virginia before being called as Rector of Prince of Peace Anglican Church in Hopewell Township, PA in 1996.  John has a passion for discipleship, church health, and understanding cultural trends. His hobbies include fitness, reading, basketball and bowling.




Assistant Rector

The Reverend Philip Bottomley

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Philip was born in England.  He married Sylvia in 1968. He and Sylvia have three adult 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), Anglican Church in North America 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 reestablished his connection with CMJ/USA.

Sylvia, Philip's ministry partner for 50+ years, went home to Jesus in June 2019. In January 2020 Philip was appointed Executive Director of 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 doing puzzles and playing chess.




Assisting Priest

The Rev. Capt. Greg Miller

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Greg was raised in the Methodist Church in Madison, NJ.  Greg graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1980 with BA in Sociology.  He began his working career in Newark, NJ as a bank Management Trainee since that seemed a more practical career path.  In 1983 he became a Branch Manager and Loan Officer with a bank in Pottstown, PA.

Greg had always attended church but never really knew what it was all about.  In 1984 he went through a conversion experience through which he came to believe that the bible was actually true and by which he came to know the person of Christ. A banker at the time, he then was called to attend seminary.  He graduated from Reformed Episcopal Seminary in 1991 with a Master of Divinity degree.  Entering parish ministry in 1991, Greg served in Drums, PA as rector for 5 years and then in Basking Ridge, NJ for 20 years, where he also became the Dean of NJ.

Called to be the National Director of Church Army USA he left parish ministry and moved with his wife Lori to Aliquippa, PA in 2017. Greg and Lori have 3 married daughters and 4 grandchildren in whom they delight.




Deacon

The Reverend Deacon Jim Fisher

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Jim was born and raised in Beaver County. He graduated from Hopewell in 1982. While in high school he met his future wife Rhonda and they were married in 1984. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. Jim has worked for Nova Chemical since 1995. Jim’s passion is outreach to the community and bringing prayer and the gospel to the Least, Last and the Lost.




Transitional Deacon

The Rev. Capt. Herb Bailey II

Herb is the executive ministry director of Uncommon Grounds Café in Aliquippa, a ministry of Church Army USA, and is the Pittsburgh area director for Church Army USA, an outreach serving a diverse community through food, the arts, street ministry, jail ministry, training of churches, and community development. Many of the people Herb serves struggle with isolation due to addiction, depression, or co-occurring conditions. Additionally, Herb is on executive committees for both The Matthew 25 Gathering and the Anglican Church in North America.

 

He previously worked as the Arts and Assimilation Pastor in Nashville, and as an Associate Director of Pastoral Care at a rehab facility until he heard the call from God in November 2013 to come be a part of the ministry at Uncommon Grounds Café.

 

Herb and his wife, Angel, have four daughters and three grandchildren. Together they bring to bear the call to be “agents of reconciliation” in all of their interactions with those both inside and outside of the café.




Music Minister

Stephanie Barravecchio

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Stephanie was born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and began studying piano at age 8. She started singing and playing in church at a very young age. She and her husband Michael married in 1997 and started attending St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley. Stephanie served there for 20 years on staff beginning in Children’s Ministries (8 years) and then spending 12 years as the Contemporary Worship Leader. Stephanie and Michael are enjoying their "empty nest" phase - as both of their two adult children, Jessica and Zachary, just recently wed their soulmates.  She is now avidly praying for grandbabies.  Her hobbies include cooking, relaxing on the beach and teaching piano lessons.




Assistant Treasurer

Darlene Miller

Darlene Miller has lived in western Pennsylvania her whole life. She attended school at Hanover and Weirton High School, and Weirton Beauty Academy. She began working as a beautician and owned her own beauty shop. She married James Miller and raised two boys who also live in western Pennsylvania. She and Jim have three grandchildren. She also worked at the Beaver County Courthouse in the Assessment Office in the Tax Claim Department. She is now retired and enjoys baking, reading, crocheting and making homemade greeting cards.

She joined Prince of Peace Church in 2008 and has served on the Vestry twice. She also serves on the Altar Guild and as Assistant Treasurer/Assistant Bookkeeper.




 
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