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. Bruce has a blog where he posts sermons and occasional writings: The Rector's Page.
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!"
Ethan LaPlaca serves as Assistant Organist of St. Andrew's, assisting the Organist and Choirmaster in playing services and Evensongs as well as in conducting and accompanying the choirs. Ethan holds the Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Duquesne University, where he studied organ with Ann Labounsky and David Craighead. Additional studies were completed in voice with Patricia Donohue-Burns and choral conducting with Christine Jordanoff. He holds the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists (CAGO). Ethan is the Director of Choral Activities at Mt. Lebanon High School inthe Mt. Lebanon School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a nationally recognized, acclaimed, and award-winning public school system. He is an active member of NAfME: the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), and the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Guild of Organists (Executive Board).
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 for more than a decade as Parish Deacon of Saint Andrew's Church. The ministry of a deacon is to act as a bridge from the gathered church community to the world, "to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world...and to show Christ's people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself" [BCP p. 543]. Jean's current work at Saint Andrew's is with the youth of the parish. The primary work of a deacon is outside the church walls, and Jean has a full-time career as well as an engineer in the field of Information Technology. She has a passion for education and enjoys serving as an advisor to the school's women in technology organization.
Jean holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She completed her deacon training through the diocese and was ordained deacon in 2000 at Calvary Church.
Two great web resources on deacons are http://www.diakonoi.org/ and http://www.sfd.edu/ .
The Rev. Daniel Joseph Isadore was ordained to the priesthood here at St. Andrew's on June 5 2016, and now is serving an appointment as part-time Assistant to the Rector here. He also serves at St. Thomas Memorial Church in Oakmont and as Director of the Episcopal Church Ministry at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dan's ministry at St. Andrew's will include Pastoral visitation, liturgical leadership and preaching, neighborhood outreach, Adult Education, and support for youth and young adults.
A Pittsburgh native, Dan graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School and Grove City College. He was awarded the Master of Divinity degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in June, 2013. He began service at St. Andrew's as Deacon Assistant in August of 2015.
Dan's wife Hallie is a member of the administrative staff of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
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.