East Liberty Presbyterian Church Staff
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Program and ministerial staff:
A winding pathway led Randy Bush to ELPC. He was a piano performance major in college here and overseas (University of Kansas, Conservatories in Salzburg and Cologne). He graduated from seminary (Princeton), was ordained (Feb. 27, 1989), and served a congregation in Africa for three years (Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe). Upon returning home, he accepted a pastoral call in Racine, Wisconsin (First Presbyterian Church), completed a doctorate (Marquette University), got married to Beth Johnstone and celebrated the birth of two children (Ian and Charlotte). Since coming to Pittsburgh, he continues to write, teach, preach, and play the piano—grateful for the opportunity to serve Christ’s gospel of justice and reconciliation as part of this incredible congregation of faith.
Heather has served as the Associate Pastor of Educational Ministries at ELPC since the fall of 2007, after having first served on staff as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for five years. But Heather first fell in love with ELPC in the fall of 1997, when she first visited the church at a friend’s invitation. Drawn to ELPC for its witness to justice, diversity, and commitment to living out the love of Christ, she feels truly blessed to be able to serve here as Associate Pastor. Heather’s sense of call has been grounded in a desire to serve children and families in the city. Prior to sensing her call to congregational ministry, she worked in the not-for-profit arena on the staff of organizations serving children with special needs and families in crisis. Heather received her BA from Allegheny College with a self-designed major in Urban Studies, and received her Mater’s of Divinity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she received the Brooks Commencement Prize for highest distinction in Pastoral Care and the Paul T. Gerrard Prize in Homiletics and Pastoral Care. Heather is married to her wonderful husband, David, and enjoys reading, yoga, playing guitar, laughing, good conversation, and spending time with loved ones.
The Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy, M.Div.Associate Pastor for Mission Ministries
Patrice is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and has resided in Pittsburgh since 1996. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University. A May 2013 M.Div. graduate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Patrice was awarded The Michael Wilson Keith Memorial Prize in Homiletics, as the senior class member with the highest standing in the department of homiletics. She provides staff support to the ELPC Mission Board, three Mission Committees, and Board of Deacons; and serves on the East Liberty Development, Inc., and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Boards of Directors. Patrice has two sons, Johannon and Ian; two “daughters-in-love,” Kori and Debbie; one phenomenal granddaughter, Kaylin; and is expecting another grandchild in September, Johannon, II!
On staff for 19 years; member of ELPC for 7 years.
Linda Addlespurger received a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 1988 after attending Boston University and then working in New York as a writer and editor (Parade and Glamour magazines), film and television production coordinator (Saturday Night Live) and freelance photo/film stylist. She continued to work as a freelance writer and editor for health-related magazines (Longevity and Fitness) before taking a position as Communications Director for an international marketing firm.
In 2002, Linda Addlespurger became the full-time director of Hope Academy of Music and the Arts — an after school and Saturday arts education outreach program of East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Since then, under Linda’s direction, the program has grown to serve over 350 students and their families a a year, providing them with a safe, affirming environment to study and perform music, dance and theater. Her love of beautiful, complex language and stories informs much of the theater work at Hope Academy, where 30 to 50 children and youth prepare for and compete in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest each year. For this work, Linda received an NEA residency fellowship in 2007 to spend a summer studying with Shakespeare & Co.
During her 15 years of pastoring small churches, Mary Lynn discovered that her specific calling was in helping others to grow in their spiritual lives. Trained as a spiritual director in both the contemplative and Ignatian traditions, she is passionate about companioning people on their journey and providing opportunities for them to explore and deepen their relationships with themselves and with God. Through the Spiritual Life Committee, Mary Lynn offers programs that expand prayer lives and spiritual practices, organizes and ministers to the Taizé community, and is available for one-on-one spiritual direction with anyone in the ELPC family.
On staff since February 2012.
Wil is a Pittsburgh native who lives in Crafton Heights. He earned a Masters of Arts at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2009, a Masters of Arts in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Central Missouri in 1996 and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Wil’s first career was working with college students in residence halls, in Greek-lettered organizations and in the classroom. After 15 years of being away while living in WV, OH, MO, RI and MD, he returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh. Wil seeks to serve God through his service at ELPC, through mission work around the world and in every relationship. He joined the staff in 2010 and coordinates the Young Adult, iSERVE, and LGBTQ Ministries; and co-directs the Food for Thought mentor program.
A member of ELPC since 2005.
Sara has a degree in Christian Education from Westminster College and a Master’s of Arts from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The list of things that bring Sara joy while working here at ELPC is endlessly long but includes storytelling, crafts, silliness, shared meals, good questions, the genuine prayers of the kids, the graciousness of the youth, the endless love given by volunteers, and the ability to use glitterglue at work.
Sara has worked at ELPC since August 2012.
Pam was raised in the Harrisburg, Pa., area. She graduated with a B.A. in English and education from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., and with an M.Ed. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She spent her career in supervision and management in not-for-profit organizations. In 1995, Pam came to ELPC as a singer in the Chancel Choir, became Business Administrator in 1998, and joined as a member in 1999. She provides support in the “worldly” aspects of the church—finances, human resources, and the building.
On staff for 17 years; member of the church for 16 years.
Dr. Moore joined the staff of ELPC in February 2011, after moving to Pittsburgh from Washington, DC, where he served churches in DC and Virginia as well as being a faculty member of the Catholic University of American School of Music. A native of Girard, OH, Dr. Moore earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
In the past few years Dr. Moore’ performance schedule has included concerts at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Cathedral, and Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio, the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and the Riverside Church in New York City. As a choral accompanist he has been the featured organist with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Fairfax Choral Society in Virginia, the Bucks County (PA) Choral Society, and the Bach Consort of Washington, DC.
He has teamed up with Pittsburgh pianist Nathan Carterette to form The Arsenal Duo, presenting concerts that unite their respective instruments in a unique and spectacular fashion.
Kate CarlsonAdministrative Assistant for Business Office
Gloria KnoppAdministrative Assistant for Pastors
Paul MartinFacilities Manager
Norma MeyerAdministrative Assistant for Taizé Prayer; and Worship, Music, and the Arts
Luke StevensCapital Projects Manager
Karly ThreetsAdministrative Assistant for Hope Academy of Music and the Arts