Senior Pastor (Rector)

John Heidengren

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

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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. 


Robert "Bob" Richard

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"Pastor Bob" is a native of California who first came to Moon Township and Ambridge to attend Trinity School for Ministry in 1976-79.  He was most pleasantly surprised with the friendliness of folk in greater Pittsburgh and the beauty of western Pennsylvania year-round.

However, God sent him back to California for most of his active ministry in the San Joaquin Valley.  He served several parishes there as well as Trinity Parish, Beaver.  For several years he did graduate study in New Testament in Berkeley.  He has a great love of Scripture and teaching.  When he retired God permitted him "to move back to seminary" in Ambridge.

At Prince of Peace he serves as a member of the pastoral team leading worship, teaching, and preaching. 

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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.


Jim Hobby

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Bishop Hobby comes most recently from Thomasville, Ga., where he was Rector of Trinity Anglican Church. He grew up in a Southern Baptist family that had transplanted itself to Northern states as his father followed various General Electric job transfers.

He attended evangelical churches and enrolled in a Massachusetts seminary, anticipating a ministry in Baptist or similar churches. That changed upon a single visit to an Episcopal church, where he and his wife, Shari, "fell in love with the liturgy and the sense of history and connectedness."

The couple was confirmed into the Episcopal Church within a year, and Jim transferred in 1983 to Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, an evangelical seminary in Ambridge.

Soon after graduating, he became a pastor in 1986 serving St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Monongahela, PA and St. John's Episcopal Church in Donora, PA, two Mon Valley communities struggling with the loss of steel-industry jobs. Bishop Hobby, who did not grow up in a blue-collar setting, said it was there that he learned the hard way about the need to learn and respect the culture of parishioners.

After assisting at a large parish in Darien, Connecticut, he began sending inquiries to other churches about possible pulpit positions. He put the responses in two piles -- those that interested him and those that didn't -- before sensing an "almost audible" message from God: "I don't get to pick and choose the people I'm interested in loving."

He ended up at one of the churches from the "no" pile, a medium-sized congregation in Tallahassee, Fla. After eight years, he went to work for a missions agency, Global Teams, then returned to parish work in Thomasville.

When the Pittsburgh position became open, Bishop Hobby said he resisted, wanting to stay in Georgia near his children and grandchildren. But as with his move to Tallahassee, he concluded God wanted him to be open to the possibility.

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