Today, I am writing with some exciting news about staffing for our shared ministry and mission here together at St. Paul’s. I have said before that the work of the clergy and staff at St. Paul’s is primarily to “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:12-13). When you called me as your Rector two-and-a-half years ago, I was given the charge to help the parish work on these long-term goals:
• Enhancing our spirituality and responsibility to combat the world’s growing secularism
• Working toward meeting the needs of our community
• Connecting with other faith organizations in our area
• Achieving environmental sustainability by enhancing awareness and reducing our carbon footprint
Last month our vestry approved a staffing plan that will enable us to continue to make progress in these areas.
First, I want to thank Erin Morey, our Director of Communications and Community Engagement and Paul Barker, Director of Youth Ministry, as the complete their employment at St. Paul’s. Erin is attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the fall as a full-time student, and Paul Barker will be doing field education at St. James’s, Penn Hills as he continues in the ordination process. Erin completes her work this week and Paul on August 31st. We will thank them both for their service with a special coffee hour on Sunday, August 25. Both will continue to be members of our parish through their discernment and ordination processes.
Second, Kristen Morgan, has a new title and expanded responsibilities. She will be serving as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Her hours have increased to three quarter time, and she will now be overseeing all of the ministries related to the Children and Youth programs at St. Paul’s. The 20 hour a week position of Youth Minister has been posted, and we have begun to receive applications. This new staff member will be a direct report to Kristen. Also, assisted by Kristen Morgan, I will be assuming the role as the Chaplain to St. Paul's Episcopal Nursery School.
Third, Ariel Wicker, our Parish Administrator, has moved from three quarter to full-time and has assumed responsibility for all parish communications.
Fourth, your vestry has created a position of Director of Engagement. This 20-hour position is charged with engaging members of our community with ways to serve, both in and outside St. Paul’s. This staff person will coordinate our parish outreach programs, as well help to integrate newcomers in to the life of our parish. I am thrilled to announce that Andrea Kamouyerou has accepted this position beginning on September 1. She and her wife Sara and daughter Quinn have been members of the parish since 2016. Andrea brings a unique mix of skills and experience to help us to continue to grow as a community in the ways we connect and serve the needs of the world. Her bio is below.
Last, the Rev. Charles L Fischer III, has accepted a call to serve as our half-time Interim Associate Rector from September 2, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Charles, his wife Rhonda, and their two children recently moved to Pittsburgh. He will join with Laura and me in the sacramental, pastoral, and educational leadership of the parish, with a special focus on Sunday adult forums, supporting our Sunday evening Confirmation classes, and parish stewardship. He brings a wealth of spiritual depth and experience. We will formally welcome him to St. Paul’s on Sunday, September 8 during our All Parish Breakfast. His bio is below.
I will be going on vacation later this week, and will be gone for the next three Sundays. Those Sundays will be covered by our Assistant Rector, the Rev. Laura DiPanfilo, assisted by our two great retired priests, the Rev. Cat Munz and the Rev. Ted Babcock. I look forward to seeing you at the end of August.
Please join me in praying for our new staff as they begin their work helping to support our shared ministry here together at St. Paul’s.
As always, I love to hear from you. Let me know if you have questions or want to talk more.
The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector
The Rev. Charles L Fischer III, a native of New Jersey, grew up in an Episcopal family.
The Fischer family has recently relocated to Pittsburgh for his wife, Rhonda, to assume the position of COO at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Rev. Fischer’s parish ministry has been focused on the Christian formation of the children and youth of the parish as well as global and local outreach in areas of: feeding, clothing, and education.
Rev. Fischer received his undergraduate degree in finance from Morehouse College. After several years of working in New York City, he returned to his beloved alma mater, serving as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Programs.
He continued his studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in Alexandria, VA, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. During his course of study he was deeply committed to the life of the community, holding many leadership positions including Student Body President. Also during this time, he was a Canterbury Scholar at the Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England.
Rev. Fischer is a fellow of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Wesley Theological Seminary, Howard University Divinity School, Columbia Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Bexley Seabury, and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Annually, Rev. Fischer returns to the Princeton Theological Seminary, serving as a Theologian in Residence with the Black Theology and Leadership Institute.
Rev. Fischer has served parishes in the Diocese of Atlanta (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta and St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta), the Diocese of Maryland (St. James Episcopal Church at Lafayette Square, Baltimore),and the Diocese of Washington (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, DC).
He also served as the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development & Special Assistant to the President at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. Rev. Fischer’s work and ministry was focused on reestablishing and strengthening the relationship between the University and the Episcopal Church.
Rev. Fischer was proudly inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International College of Ministers and Laity at Morehouse College in April 2012. He is also an inaugural member of The Martin Luther King Jr. International College of Pastoral Leadership. Rev. Fischer has served on the Board of Trustees for the Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center Regional Health Board, as well as the Alumni Association Executive Committee for the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA.
Rev. Fischer is blessed to share his ministry with his lovely wife, Mrs. Rhonda D. Fischer. They are the proud parents of two sons, Charles IV and Cameron.
Andrea’s spiritual journey began in early high school when she was an active member of Young Life, and grew throughout her college years through her involvement with the CCO. During these formative years, she began to develop a passion for service to the poor and marginalized.