Staff – old delete

Our staff consists of full and part time positions.

Pastor

Rev. Dr. Brian Snyder

Long before deciding to go to seminary The Rev. Dr. Brian Snyder began his service to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1995 serving as an English teacher and administrator at a mission school in Cameroon, Africa. Upon returning to the States, he worked for two years at Stony Point, a church retreat center in the […]

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Program Directors

Amy Grella

Amy Grella – is the Director of Christian Education & Youth Programs. She prepares the lesson plans for Sunday School classes and leads our Youth and Children’s education departments.  

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Anne Carper Smith

Our Music Director, Anne Carper Smith, began her tenure at Bower Hill Community Church on January 5, 2015. She was baptized at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair by Laird Stewart. Anne is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and studied piano and organ with William C. Evans. After college, Anne […]

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Taylor Barner

Bower Hill Church has been invited to help train seminary students in clinical pastoral education. This means providing a qualified seminary student with ten hours of pastoral visits per week. In September, we welcome Taylor Barner as our new Pastoral Assistant for Visitation. Taylor has completed his training in pastoral care and is a candidate […]

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Support Staff

Dianne Scott

Dianne is Bower Hill’s financial secretary. She keeps the books, runs reports for leadership meetings, and works closely with the Treasurer, Finance committee, and Session to ensure the church meets budget requirements.

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Karen Reynolds

Karen began working as Secretary for BHCC in December 2014.  She supports the head pastor and can be reached at the church during normal office hours.  Karen has many years of experience in various administrative/secretarial jobs and enjoys the work.  Prior to coming to Bower Hill, she was a secretary for a Catholic parish in […]

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Position Being Filled

We are in the process of filling the custodian position for Bower Hill. The custodian handles church maintenance, repairs, and also setup and break-down for events.

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Meghan Boulden

Meghan provides childcare for our children up to 3 years old on Sunday mornings and for other special events.

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Kathleen Krol

Kathleen provides childcare for our children up to 3 years old on Sunday mornings and for other special events.

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Company of Pastors

Rev. Tami Hooker

Tami Hooker graduated from Duquesne University with a BA in Classical Civilizations. After working in computer and network support for a number of years, she answered a call from God to pursue prison ministry. She enrolled in the dual degree program offered by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2002 […]

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Rev. Fred Leasure

Fred holds a BA in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Divinity from the Theological School of Drew University and a Doctor of Divinity from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is a retired United Methodist Pastor who has served churches in the Erie area before coming to Pittsburgh to serve for 32 […]

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Rev. Betty Sykes

The Rev. Dr. Betty Sykes is an honorably retired member of Muskingum Presbytery (Ohio). Betty’s doctorate is in Christian education. She moved to Mt. Lebanon in order to be close to her family, but she also spends much time in Colorado.

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Rev. John Yohe

Morningside Presbyterian Church 1958 – 1961 Chartiers Valley U. P. Church 1961 – 2000 Former Special Services Chaplain at Mayview State Hospital Former Chaplain at John J. Kane Hospital Currently appointed Moderator of the Buena Vista U. P. Church Periodically supplying the pulpit at Buena Vista U. P. Church and the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Donora […]

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MEMBER

Linda James

Last updated – 10/1/2017 Linda grew up in the Mon Valley area of Western Pennsylvania, graduated from Clarion State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and then followed up with a Master’s plus 60 credits in Reading & Language Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. Linda was an elementary education teacher in South Allegheny […]

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Nathan and Brianna Ivey

Last updated – 10/1/2017 Brianna and Nathan Ivey live in Mt. Lebanon with their two daughters Adelaide (5) and Lucinda (3). Nathan grew up in Punxsutawney and Bri grew up in Phoenix, AZ. They met in graduate school in Virginia, married, and moved to Florida. They moved to Pittsburgh in 2013 to be closer to […]

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Sandra Caffo and Dick Headley

Last updated – 10/1/2017 Headley-Caffo Family Dick Headley and his wife Sandra Caffo moved from Squirrel Hill to Mt. Lebanon in September 2012 mainly to downsize. We looked for homes in Mt. Lebanon since it is the only suburb which allows one to walk to many amenities like we could in Squirrel Hill. Dick was […]

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Scott and Vickie Bruce

Last Update 11/17/2017 “We moved to the Pittsburgh area from Atlanta back in 2007. Our first several years in the ‘burgh, we lived in Sewickley, and in 2010 moved into an old home (circa 1895) in Castle Shannon. Our daughter Teagan was born shortly after the move and Barrett came along shortly after in 2011. […]

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Amy Leasure

Last updated 11/17/2017 (Pictured with Fred Leasure-Parish Associate) I am thrilled to be back at BHCC. earliest memories from childhood are from this very church; attending Begindergarten, singing in choir, being in the Brownie/Girl Scout troop, sitting in the small chapel, worshipping in the beautiful sanctuary, and staring at the lighted steeple just outside of […]

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Gordon and Anne Mitchell

Last updated 11/17/2017 Gordon and Anne were born and raised in Oil City, PA. We both attended the local schools and graduated from Oil City High School. Gordon is the youngest of 11 children (3 boys, 8 girls) (2 sets of twins). Anne had one sister. Anne graduated from Waynesburg College and University of Pitt, […]

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Bill Cadwell

I was raised in Evanston, Illinois, and majored math and philosophy at Ripon College in Ripon, Wiscon-sin. Spent a year back home doing graduate work at Northwestern, married my high school sweet-heart, and moved to Pittsburgh to work at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin. (It was 1955, my draft board was in […]

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Amy and Craig Grella

Craig and I met at Lehigh at the end of our senior year before graduating with civil engineering degrees. I worked in manufacturing management for 15 years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom when we moved to Pittsburgh. I began working for Bower Hill about one and a half years ago, which gives a […]

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Darenda and Tim Lease

Fun Facts Tim Lease wrestled the 98 pound weight class during his Senior year in High School.

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Barb Hughes

Fun Facts Barb Hughes has a stand up paddle board and LOVES to use it!!

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Judy Delestienne

Fun Facts Judy Delestienne writes poetry. And you may know that she loves to walk, but be aware she may not see you as you drive by because she may be lost in thought, or revering nature.

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Lynn Foltz

Editor’s note: Lynn Foltz joined Bower Hill Church in 1954 as a result of Bill Barker calling on his parents who had just moved to Mount Lebanon. He has served as an Elder, as Clerk of Session for three terms, as Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee and on the Executive Committee of two […]

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Amber and Steve Grier

Editor’s Note: Steve Grier served on the 2017 Nominating Committee and Amber will be serving on this year’s Nominating Committee. Amber is also the newest member of the Parish Life Committee. Amber grew up in East McKeesport and Steve grew up in Gibsonia – Pittsburgh pride runs deep in our house. We met after college […]

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Member - Deceased

Jean Grabow

Last updated – 11/23/2017 Jean M. Grabow May 14, 1926 ~ November 19, 2017 (age 91) Age 91, of Mount Lebanon, died peacefully on Sunday, November 19, 2017. She was the wife of the late Robert Lewis Grabow and mother of Gail Anne Grabow, of Cambridge, Ohio. Jean and her husband loved to travel on […]

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Eleanora Freas

Last updated – 11/23/2017 Elenora K. May-Freas Age 95, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Beadling, on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Beloved wife of George Freas and the late Harvey A. May; loving mother of Brad (Maribeth) and David (Connie) May; loving grandmother of Jon, Jason, Melanie, Chris and Tim; great-grandmother of Adalind; sister of the […]

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Pat Jacobs

Last updated 11/27/2017 JACOBS, PATRICIA B. Age 70, of Pittsburgh, PA, formerly of Lake Charles, LA. Beloved wife of Richard A. Jacobs, Jr. Born on January 10, 1947, in Lafayette, IN. She was the daughter of the late Thorogood T. Broun, Jr.; loving mother of Jennifer L. Fowler and Bethany A. Wolf; sister of Thorogood […]

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Bob Bridges

Last updated 11/27/2017 BRIDGES, ROBERT J. ” BOB” P.E. Our incredibly beloved father, husband, brother, “Pop Pop,” and friend, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2017, with his family at his side, surrounding him with love. A man of quiet, gentle strength, deep humility, sharp wit, and a warm and caring soul, “Bob” was born […]

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Woody Hughes

Last updated 11/27/2017 Elwood T. “Woody” Hughes Age 79, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from complications of MDS. Beloved Husband of Barbara (Webb); Loving Father of Robert and Christopher (Kristen); Adoring Grandfather of Coby and Cameron Hughes and Bryan McGrath; Cherished Brother of Sally Coune. Born in Rochester, PA to Sally G. and Elwood T. […]

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Pete Fenton

Last updated 11/27/2017 FENTON, GEORGE “PETE” of Mt. Lebanon, passed away on May 10, 2016, at age 92. He was born in Banksville, PA, son of the late Emerson and Elizabeth (Carnahan) Fenton. He is survived by his beloved wife, Norma Francis Grubb; and children, Margaret Beth Fenton (Philip Cosby) of Manhattan Beach, CA, John […]

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Marian Brannan

Last updated 11/27/2017 BRANNAN, MARIAN W. Age 94, of Upper St. Clair, on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Beloved wife for 65 years of the late Jack; loving mother of James Allen (Joan) Brannan of Long Island, NY; loving grandmother of Shamus John (Christine) Brannan and Casey James (Georgianna) Brannan; sister of Sara Frances Creel. Marian […]

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Alice Pasquarelli

Last updated 11/28/2017 PASQUARELLI, ALICE MAY (BOWER) Age 102, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017. Daughter of the late J.O. and Emma Bower. Alice was preceded in death by her brothers, Paul O. and Col. T.K. Bower. Beloved wife of the late Anthony L. Pasquarelli; loving mother of Terry McDonald of […]

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Betty Winnett

Last updated 11/28/2017 Betty died on August 14, 2017. She and her husband Bob were active member of Bower Hill Community Church.

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Paul Blake

Last updated 11/28/2017 BLAKE PAUL J. Age 84, on Monday, June 5, 2017, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Pleasant Hills. Beloved husband of E. June (Wollenzien) Blake; loving father of David (Peggy) Blake of TX and the late Steven Blake; grandfather of Joanna and Kevin Blake; brother of Louise Guest. Also survived by a niece […]

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Lawrence Sirinek

Last updated 11/28/2017 SIRINEK, LAWRENCE P., Ph.D. Age 66, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at his home with family by his side as a result of glioblastoma brain cancer. Larry was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, the son of Barbara Ludwig Sirinek and Theodore R. Sirinek, both of whom predeceased […]

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Peg Harrell

Last updated 11/28/2017 HARRELL, MARGARET “PEGGY” (GEDNEY) Margaret “Peggy” Harrell, a long-time resident of Mt. Lebanon, PA, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Concordia of the South Hills. Born in 1929, in Aurora, IL, Peggy received a Bachelor of Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, in 1951. That year, she married her beloved husband […]

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June Blake

Last updated 12/28/2017 BLAKE, JUNE Beloved wife of the late Paul J. Blake; loving mother of David (Peggy) Blake of TX and the late Steven Blake; grandmother of Joanna and Kevin Blake; sister of DeEarl (Leona) Wollenzein of AZ. Also survived by her nephew. June was a graduate of the University of Wyoming and was […]

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Gary Gorski

Last updated 01/31/2018 GORSKI, GARY A. Gary A. Gorski, age 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Mt. Lebanon on January 27, 2018, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Mary (Nowacki) Gorski; sons Christopher Gorski and his wife Michelle, Gary Gorski and his wife Clare, and Alexander Gorski; grandson Flynn Gorski; sister Linda […]

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