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P.E.A.L. - Pastors Encouraging And Listening
Sponsored by the On-Going Care Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery

Pastors, active and retired, and their families are often like the shomaker's children who have no shoes! Many pastors feel we need our own "pastors" to share our good times or rough times with...to talk with, celebrate with, cry with, even just to be with.

Several retired pastors from our presbytery are ready to serve you as encouragers and listeners: The P.E.A.L. Team.

We encourage you to contact any one of us anytime!



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DAVID ANTONSON, from Duluth, Minnesota, resides in the North Hills with Judy, his wife of 43 years.  They have four sons and four grandchildren.  A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Columbia and McCormick Seminaries, Dave retired in 2007 after 42 years in ministry.  Small town and suburban churches, 35 to 2700 members, solo pastor, associate and head of staff – Dave’s done it all.  He enjoyed studies at World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the World Council.  Dave’s hobbies include swimming, tennis, sailing, genealogy, biking, church history and international travel.  Heart problems and cancer took his parents – a tough time for him.  He believes in the mission and worship in all varieties of the PCUSA. (email | 412-367-3946)

JIM DONNELL, from Waterloo, Iowa is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Divinity School.  After 39 years in ordained ministry, having served a small church and a mid-sized church, Jim retired in 1997 from the staff of Pittsburgh Presbytery.  During his ministry he was quite active in several ecumenical organizations.  Jim’s wife Babs died suddenly in early 2004, leaving three adult children and four grandchildren.  Jim and Sally Oates were married in late 2006 and live at Sherwood Oaks where he is active in leadership.   Jim is a cancer survivor, having had surgery for melanoma in 1975.  His hobbies include traveling and stamp collecting. (email | 724-553-5138)

(email | 412-855-3308)

JOHN FREE, recently retired after 44 years of service to the PC(USA).  John pastored six churches in four presbyteries, ranging in membership from 115 to 700.  He served as interim pastor of four congregations and on the Commission on Ministry and the Commission on Preparation for Ministry.  John preaches frequently in area churches and is a tour guide at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.  He and his wife, Suzanne, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. (email | 412-269-7705)

SKIP AND CATHY GILLIS, a clergy couple, met during a pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland, and were married in October 2001.
SKIP (Gaylord Sibley Gillis) was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from Albright College and Princeton Seminary.  He retired in 2002, having served small town and urban churches.  His dad is 96 and lives in Maryland.  Skip has four sisters.  His hobbies include singing in the Beulah Choir with the Barbershop Harmony Society.  He loves to travel and is active in Rotary International.  Skip’s first wife of 29 years died in 1998 from a massive stroke.  They had no children.
CATHY was raised in St. Louis and graduated from Grinnell College and Pittsburgh Seminary 1990.  She taught elementary school for 11 years while raising two sons and was divorced in 1987.  Before retiring in 2001, Cathy served the Braddock church.  She loves traveling with Skip, visiting her four grandsons around the US and is a warm-weather golfer.  Cathy had surgery and therapy for cancer in 1994. (email | 412-435-8655

JEAN HENDERSON (Coordinator) grew up in Fairmont West Virginia and graduated from Davis and Elkins College and Pittsburgh Seminary.  She and David, her husband of 40 years, a retired architect, live in Ben Avon and have two adult daughters living in Washington, DC.  Jean retired in 2006 after 35 years serving small, medium and large sized churches in many capacities.  She also worked at Pittsburgh Seminary for a decade in field education and placement.  She enjoys knitting, reading mysteries and traveling with the International Association of Women Ministers.  Jean and David are both cancer survivors.  Jean’s only sibling, Nancy, died at age 54 after a 10 year battle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. (email | 412-734-2263)

STEWART LAWRENCE grew up in Richmond Virginia and currently lives in Sewickley Heights with his wife Jeannette; they are parents of three adult sons.  After graduating from VPI, Union Seminary in Virginia, and the US Army War College, Stew spent 46 years in active ministry in the PCUS, PCUSA, Army Chaplaincy and Reserves.  He was very active in ecumenical activities.  Stew retired in 1995 and now enjoys walking, golf, travel and time with his grandchildren. (email | 412-741-1203)

JIM LEGGE grew up in Monroeville and after ordination in 1967 has served churches in Kiski, Redstone and Pittsburgh presbyteries.  For the last 26 years he’s been pastor at Bull Creek United Presbyterian Church.  A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Seminary, Jim and his wife, Charlotte, have a son and daughter and enjoy six grandchildren.  Active in both presbytery and synod, Jim is on the ministry team at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, is President of The Pittsburgh Presbytery Foundation, the Habitat for Humanity of Allegheny Valley and his local clergy association.  Jim also served as Campus Pastor at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  And would you believe, he’s officially retired! (email | 412-952-7990)

HETZ MARSH, Pittsburgh born and bred, is a graduate of Westminster College, Pittsburgh Seminary, and has an MSW from West Virginia University.  Hetz retired in 2008 after 40 years in ministry which included serving as an associate and a senior pastor.  For several years he and his wife, Dr. Barbara Marsh, have had an independent counseling practice.  They also enjoy two children and five grandchildren.  Hetz and Barbara live in the North Hills.  His hobbies include tennis and every sport that Pitt plays. (email | 412-367-7139)

TOM MENK grew up in Brentwood and graduated from Robert Morris College.  He worked 27 years with Fisher Scientific as Manager of Corporate Accounting until he entered seminary.  In 1988 Tom was ordained and, after serving two different churches, retired in 2000.   He has also served three churches as interim pastor.  Tom’s call to ministry in mid-life was a challenge to recognize and follow, but it has made his life significantly richer.  He has enjoyed working with missions and ecumenical groups.  Tom and his wife, Judy, have two sons, two granddaughters and one step-granddaughter.  Tom’s hobbies include traveling, reading, investments, photography and gardening. (email | 412-798-8569)

(Jmon5611@gmail.com | 412-781-8165)

BILL PAUL, originally from Mercer Pennsylvania, retired in 1999 after 47 years in ordained ministry.  A graduate of Muskingum College and Pittsburgh and McCormick seminaries, Bill has three children and four step-children with his wife Nancy.  During his ministry he’s served varied-sized churches as pastor, associate, interim, parish associate, as well as presbytery staff.  His love for mission helped establish the Malawi partnership of Pittsburgh Presbytery.  Bill loves reading history and theology, is a huge Pittsburgh sports fan, and enjoys music, travel, photography, cinema and chatting over a meal.  Challenges have included an earlier divorce, parenting and surviving some difficult parishioners. (email | 724-591-5264)