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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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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.
Director of Music and Arts
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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.
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Director of Children's Ministry
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 online 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 11, and Noah, who is 7, both of whom epitomize what it means to be “active” members of the church. Kristen’s family also has a dog, Chloe, who acts as a furry companion and best friend for all of them.
Kristen taught the kindergarten Sunday School class for two years, and also worked alongside Lisa Brown as the Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry. Kristen loves working with the children of St. Paul’s, and she enjoys building relationships with them, between them, and among their families.
Director of Youth Ministry
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Paul has been Director of Youth Ministries since May 2011. He has been a member of St. Paul’s since moving to Pittsburgh, from Virginia, in 2006. Paul graduated from Virginia Tech a long time ago, with a degree in History and Geography, and continues to be passionate about history through reading, teaching, living history and reenactments. Paul has always enjoyed working with young people as a high school teacher, football coach and youth director.
Paul enjoys being a member of St. Paul’s; he ushers, LEMs, served on Vestry, plays bass in our Contemporary Worship band and helps with the worship sound needs. His duties as Youth Director encompass all things youth; Acolytes, EYC and Mission Trip.
Paul is married to the amazing Kary Barker (she bakes the best chocolate chip cookies!), and they have 4 children; Lacey and Jaymi, 2 twenty-somethings, and 2 teenagers, Harriss and Julia. They live in Allison Park.
Director of Communications
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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 also served 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.
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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!