Faces around the parish
The Reverend Dr. Bruce M. Robison has served as Rector of Saint Andrew's since 1994. He is married to Susy, and they are the parents of two adult children, Daniel and Linnea. Bruce is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (A.B., M.A.), the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (M.Div.), and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He regularly participates in the Field Education program of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as a Field Education Supervisor--and as an instructor in the MS02 Field Education seminar. He also has served at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge as a Field Education and Mentored Ministry Supervisor, as an adjunct member of the faculty in courses related to parish ministry and pastoral care, and as an External Reader in the D. Min. program.
The Reverend William Henry Marchl, IIIrd, serving St. Andrew's as Priest Associate, is a retired priest--a Pittsburgh native canonically resident in the Diocese of North Carolina. Fr. Bill was educated at Kenyon College (A.B., English Literature and Religion, Phi Beta Kappa) and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (M.Div., Diploma in Anglican Studies). He has been recognized with the Kenyon College John Crowe Ransom Prize in Poetry, the James Propper and Robert Frost Prizes in Poetry, the Columbia Press Association Gold Circle Award in Non-Fiction and Second Place Award in Poetry. He was also editor of the Victoria Chen Haider award-winning literary magazine, Hika. As a priest of the Episcopal Church he has served the Church of the Advent, Jeannette, Pennsylvania; Trinity Episcopal Church, Coshocton, Ohio; Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Durham, North Carolina; and Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Smithfield, North Carolina. Before coming to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2007 Fr. Marchl was a member of the faculty and Chaplain at the Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He is married to Laura, and they are the parents of Will and Caroline Grace.
The Reverend C. Don Keyes, serving St. Andrew's as Priest Associate, is an Episcopal Priest canonically resident in the Diocese of New York. He is Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University and the author of numerous books and scholarly articles.
Michelle Young, Parish Secretary, is in the Church Office on the first floor of the Old Rectory Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Call her at 412.661.1245 or e-mail her at
Melissa Dorsette writes, "I have been the Sunday Nursery Attendant at Saint Andrew's since April, ‘09. I really enjoy my position and spending time with the children and their families. I have met some of the Saint Andrew's staff, who are both warm and welcoming.
I have resided in Highland Park for almost 15 years and have been married for over 18 years. I also work full-time at A Second Chance, Inc. (a Kinship Care agency) and volunteer at both the Pittsburgh Zoo and West Penn Hospital. In those few moments of free time (see above), I enjoy spending them with my Husband, dogs, and the occasional flea market/yard sale, of course!"
The Reverend Dr. Philip Wainwright, serving St. Andrew's as Priest Associate, recently retired from his ministry as rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brentwood.
The Reverend Dean E. Byrom, pictured here with his wife Dawna, serves St. Andrew's as Assistant for Pastoral Ministry, is a minister of the United Methodist Church recently retired from his ministry as Pastor of Coraopolis UMC.
The Rev. Jean Chess has served as Parish Deacon of Saint Andrew's Church since 2001. Her ministry currently focuses on pastoral care and supporting caregivers. She works with the Eucharistic visitor ministry.
Her ministry has included hospice chaplaincy as well as ministry to and with the elderly and in both institutional and home settings.
Jean holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Education and a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She retired from her full-time career as an engineer in 2017. She completed her deacon training through the diocese and was ordained in 2000 at Calvary Church in Pittsburgh.
A great web resource on deacons: http://www.sfd.edu/ .
Peter Luley is in his 26th year as the Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Andrew's. Formerly Assistant Organist of Pittsburgh's Trinity Cathedral, Peter was introduced to St. Andrew's a year before his appointment, having rebuilt the church's historic E. M. Skinner pipe organ.
Peter's "real" day job is working on pipe organs. In addition to tuning and maintenance, his firm has built a number of new instruments in the Pittsburgh area, as well as in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Nashville.
A native of Pittsburgh, Peter began piano study at age four, and had to wait until his feet could reach the pedals to start organ lessons at age twelve. At age fourteen he was appointed organist of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Oliver. His organ teachers have been Gregory Gyllsdorff and Kenneth Axelson in Pittsburgh, Philip Gehring (at Valparaiso University) and J. David Hart (having returned to Pittsburgh after college).
Peter lists his primary educational accomplishment as attending Evensong at every major British Cathedral in eighteen trips across the pond, though his goal of visiting all of the corresponding pubs is an aspiration requiring further study.
Brandon Cooper serves Saint Andrew's as Director of the Church School, overseeing our Nursery, Godly Play, and Youth programs and developing ministry with the Children of Saint Andrew's and their families.