The Reverend Noah H. Evans, our Rector and pastor, has been with St. Paul's since March 2017. Ordained in 2004, previously, Noah served as the Associate Rector of St. Anne's in the Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln Massachusetts and the Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Medford, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis and The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Noah lives in Mt. Lebanon, with his wife, the Reverend Sara Irwin and their daughter Adah was born in 2009 and their son Isaiah was born in 2007 and their border-collie rescue dog, North. Noah loves cooking, local foods, current events and politics, the intersection of church and society, movies and television and teaching the bible. He was the co-founder of Life Together: the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Young Adult Internship Program and has served on the boards of a number social-justice non-profits. His blog can be found at http://getoutoftheark.
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The Rev. Michelle Boomgaard joined St. Paul’s in May 2012. Michelle received her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. Her undergraduate degree in political science and international relations is from Brandeis University, her Masters of Arts in Political Theory is from Boston College, and her Ph.D. in World Politics is from Catholic University of America. Prior to entering seminary, Michelle taught international relations and comparative politics at the college level for several years. She has also served as Director of Religious Education, Youth group leader, and lay leader of children, youth, and adult education in three Episcopal parishes before beginning seminary several years ago.
Michelle is a native of the Pittsburgh area, having grown up in Monroeville. She remembers worshiping in an Episcopal church for the first time at the age of eight, and finding a profound sense of God as she did so. That day, she joined the youth choir – setting a pattern for responding to God’s call in her own life.
Michelle finds that one of her joys as a priest is in giving people the opportunity to find God, both in worship and in other aspects of life. Accordingly, at St. Paul’s, Michelle leads discussion and reflection groups. She usually offers “quiet days” many years during Advent and Lent as ways of providing time and space to listen and respond. Michelle is coordinates much of the pastoral care at St. Paul’s.
Michelle has lived in the Boston area, as well as Washington DC, Nebraska, Ohio and Connecticut. However, she says that she’d never have left “if I’d known they were going to build all those bike trails.” She also enjoys hiking, travelling and crafts. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her cat, Callie.
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Garrett Yates began at St. Paul’s in May of 2015. Garrett graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the class this spring with a Masters of Divinity. Although marooned among Presbyterians, Garrett forged his Episcopal identity by his involvement with local churches in the diocese – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Highland Park, St. James Penn Hills, as well as St. Stephen’s Wilkinsburg.
Garrett was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 2015, and the priesthood in March of 2016. When asked why Garrett feels called to ministry, he answered, “I love connecting people – connecting people one another, themselves, creation, and most importantly to God. For me, ministry is all about cultivating deep and wide connections.”
Hailing from the “Pittsburgh of the South,” Garrett comes to us from Birmingham, AL. Garrett was born and raised in Birmingham, and attended college there at Samford University where he received a B.A. in Classics. During his undergraduate days, Garrett was a high school girls’ basketball coach at his former high school, as well as a barista in his local coffee shop. Both of these jobs reflect two of Garrett’s deep loves: basketball and coffee.
Garrett was recently married to his bride, Katie Campbell Yates. Katie works as an Admin. Assistant at Pittsburgh Seminary, where she is actively involved in urban outreach as well as the school’s foreign mission program and as the Director for Newcomer Ministry at St. Paul's. Receiving a M.A. in Geography from Ohio University, Katie’s great passion is Climate Justice, and she has plans of working in a non-profit that advocates the well-being of those adversely affected by a changing climate.
Garrett is delighted to be at St. Paul’s and is excited to see what all God is up to in the South Hills.
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Douglas Starr, D.M.A., is Director of Music and Arts at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he conducts the Chancel Choir, early service Contemporary Ensemble and oversees the Friends of Music Guild Concert Series. He is an organ recitalist, a bass soloist, a voice teacher and an active composer of sacred and secular choral music published with Beckenhorst, Lawson-Gould, and G.I.A. Along with his wife Annette, many of his compositions can be found on their website, TierneyStarrmusic.com.
Having served in Episcopal Church Music since 1974, twenty nine of those years have been with Saint Paul's: Mt. Vernon, Ohio (74-78); Louisville, KY (87-92); and here in Pittsburgh since 1993. "Perhaps this poetically represents the fact that St. Paul is my favorite apostle," he notes, "but more to the fact that these parishes are blessed with rich musical traditions and I have had the honor to serve in those parish traditions."
He adds, on a personal note, “My life is just one big unfolding of 19th century and early 20th century American gospel hymnody that no church really sings any longer. Oh well, the seeds were planted, the plant is grown and metaphorically speaking (of course) global warming has provided enough CO2 for a plant's long life. And thank you Charles Ives for assimilating these great hymn tunes in your masterworks.”
A graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in vocal performance and theory/composition, Douglas also currently teaches part-time at Penn State University and has taught at Westminster College, Kenyon College and Central Michigan University and served as director of choral activities at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a University Fellow while at Ohio State, a Mellon Fellow at Vanderbilt University in 1983 and an American Council on Education Fellow in 1988.
Bryan graduated cum laude with a BA in Music Education from West Liberty State College where he studied piano with David Zapka, and composition with Dr. Kenneth Mahy. Bryan also holds a M.Ed. in Administration, K-12, from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Professional Core of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, directed by Dr. Betsy Burleigh, and is the Assistant Director of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir, directed by Dr. Susan Medley.
Bryan is on the faculty at City Charter High School, a highly successful urban charter school in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh. There, he teaches Introduction to Music, (a survey of music from the Gregorian Era to Modern Pop he calls “From Monks to Funk!”), World Music Drumming, Guitar, Piano, and Chorus. Prior to City Charter High School, Bryan served the Ohio County School District in Wheeling, WV, as an elementary school music teacher.
While in Wheeling, Bryan was the Music Director for Christ United Methodist Church. While at CUMC, he implemented a Taizé service and conducted an adult Chancel Choir, a handbell choir, and worked closely with the youth director to present children’s musical productions. Most recently, he served Haven Heights United Methodist Church on Mt. Washington.
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Kristen's background is in nursing. She earned her BSN from Lycoming College in 1999, and earned her MSN and certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care in 2003. Kristen worked at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh from 1999 to 2012, caring primarily for pediatric cancer patients. Since that time, she has worked for Ohio University's RN to BSN Program as an adjunct faculty member as well as a teaching assistant. She loved taking care of children and their families at the bedside, and now enjoys using her own experiences to better prepare a new generation of professional nurses.
Kristen and her husband, Doug, have been married since 2003 and joined St. Paul's as members in 2009. They have two sons, Dylan, who is 10, and Noah, who is 6, both of whom epitomize what it means to be "active" members of the church. Kristen also has a dog, Chloe, who is her furry sunshine and funny friend.
Kristen taught the kindergarten Sunday School class for two years and also worked alongside Lisa Brown as the Assistant Director of Children's Ministry. After taking a break since last September, Kristen is excited to be returning to the children of St. Paul's and can't wait to build relationships with them, between them, and with their families.
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Erin is passionate about going into the world and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ! She is grateful to have been called to tell the world about the great work God is doing through St. Paul's. It has served as a place of healing and refreshment, and a source of strength from which to keep working to make the world a better place. Just as her favorite hymn asks, "how can I keep from singing?" she can't help but joyfully amplify the voice of the people of St. Paul's in the community!
Erin and her son, Max, were looking for a spiritual home when Max attended Vacation Bible School at St. Paul’s in 2013. That year, the focus of VBS was outreach projects, and Max was thrilled to being helping others. Having witnessed St. Paul’s efforts to put their faith into action, Erin and Max were excited to become part of the community at St. Paul’s.
Since then, Erin has jumped at the opportunity to serve St. Paul's in different types of ministry. She served as a member of the vestry, and parish representative for Episcopal Relief and Development. Now, she is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and a Stephen Minister, and works on behalf of the Diocesan Social Justice Committee with the national anti-hunger organization, Bread for the World. In 2015 and 2016, she was chosen to be one of the Episcopal Church's delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. (Max is also enthusiastic about participating in ministry at St. Paul's, and serves as an acolyte.)Erin is an attorney, who has worked in the criminal justice system, and represented people seeking protective orders against abusive partners. She currently serves as an advocate for survivors of violence at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and PAAR. She lives in Mt. Lebanon with Max; her husband, Jesse; and a whole bunch of very, very cuddly cats.
Katie Yates joined the staff of St. Paul's in October of 2015. She received her Masters of Arts in Geography from Ohio University in May of 2013, and currently also works as an Administrative Assistant at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Katie provides assistance to two programs at the Seminary, the Metro-Urban Institute, which focuses on social justice issues and the church's responses to them, and the World Mission Initiative, which provides mission education and resources for students and those outside the Seminary, as well as many outstanding short-term mission opportunities.
Katie is excited to be appointed Director of Newcomer Ministry because, as a relative newcomer to the church itself (she and her husband, Garrett, have only been attending services at St. Paul's since March of 2015), she knows how important it is to make newcomers feel welcome and included in the life of the church, and encouraged to experience a deeper relationship with others and Jesus Christ.
Katie's husband, Garrett, currently serves as the Assistant Rector of St. Paul's. Katie and Garrett live in Highland Park and enjoy reading, being outdoors, hanging out with friends, meaningful conversations, being silly, and caring for their "fur-baby," Hank the boxer.
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Janet comes to St. Paul's with over 30 years of accounting and auditing experience. Most recently she has worked for a Mt. Lebanon CPA firm, where she compiled financial statements for clients, completed payroll processing, filed quarterly payroll reports and prepared tax returns for individuals. Janet's personal faith sustains her in all that she does, as she explains, "I am a sinner, saved by grace, and although I fail miserably much of the time, I aspire to incorporate my faith in all aspects of my life."
Janet grew up in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, loving all things Pittsburgh (except Pitt, of course, since she went to WVU!). She graduated from West Virginia University and West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University) and moved to Mt. Lebanon in 1988. She is married to her husband Bill and they have two daughters, Anna and Laura, who are the loves of their lives. They are soon to be empty-nesters and not totally thrilled at the thought of that!