Eric Taylor, Rector
Eric leads the team of very capable men and women who love Jesus and want to see their lives count for the Kingdom of God. Energized by Eric’s direction, the St. Philip’s staff works hard to equip God’s people, model a way of service, and raise up Kingdom leaders.
The Taylor’s nearly two decade journey at St. Philip’s began when God called Eric back to his native Pittsburgh from ministry in Connecticut. Over those many years, St. Philip’s has witnessed many changes, some easy, some not, but by God’s grace St. Philip’s has thrived. Throughout, it has remained very clear to Eric and his family that this is where they were supposed to be, this is where God wants him to lead and serve.
For Eric, real spiritual combustion comes from seeing folks meet Jesus. For him, the only thing that compares is watching people step into leadership and seeing God use their lives as they invest in others and reach over the walls to outsiders. It’s a true joy when he gets to join with friends and leaders to share the good news of Jesus. He loves the people and ministry of St. Philip’s.
He also loves all things Pittsburgh – the sports, the people, the history, and the food. He enjoys time with family, and loves to hang out with his two nearly grown sons as much as possible.
He shares a love/hate relationship with golf.
Dave Hendrickson, Assistant Rector
While in seminary, Dave and his family attended St. Philip’s, believing strongly in the vision and principles instilled in their leaders and the congregation. Though he was called to ministries outside of Pittsburgh after graduation, in 2010 St. Philip’s asked Dave and his wife Janelle to return to Moon Township and join the staff.
He serves as the director of St. Philip’s Mission Shaped Communities. These groups are designed to encourage people to learn more about God, each another, and to enable mission. He counts it a privilege to teach and preach regularly both during weekend services and at other events in the life of the church. Dave also leads the team of people who help with our newcomers’ class “Welcome to St. Philip’s,” which invites those new to the church to learn more about St. Philip’s through dinner, fellowship, and instruction.
Dave’s desire is that St. Philip’s is a place where people can be part of a worshiping community, where members and friends share life together both inside and outside of the walls of the church. Importantly, he believes St. Philip’s is a place where all should feel welcome, regardless of how clean or messy life might be, a place where no one feels unworthy or undeserving of what Jesus offers in the gospel.
Married in 1999, the Hendricksons have lived as far away as England, but are happy to make Pittsburgh home. They have two amazing boys who keep them physically and mentally fit. A native of Pittsburgh, Dave’s a life-long fan of the Black and Gold, whether worn by the Steelers, the Penguins, the Pirates, or the Spirit — remember them?
You may see Dave at Starbucks. Though he’s not a huge coffee drinker, he works as a barista part-time.
Laura Brinkley, Administration
Laura serves as the church’s Director of Administration. She is the go-to person for all the tasks that make St. Philip’s a functioning congregation. From calendars to pencils, building problems to event coordination, she is dedicated to making sure that the church operates smoothly. She knows more than a little about almost everything happening at St. Philip’s.
Before joining the staff, she worked in the insurance and financial services industry. Coming to St. Philip’s in 1999, she quickly felt the pull of God toward full-time service in the church. Not too many years later, the opportunity to work in administration opened up, and she has been faithfully serving since.
Laura is passionate about prayer, and her caring spirit is evident in all she does for the people of St. Philip’s. Her position is a true opportunity to serve, and she understands that her work supports the ministry of the church, which she loves. Her hope and prayer is to use this position in a ministry role to further God’s kingdom.
Married to her best friend Stuart, Laura is the proud mother of three children. If you ask, she’ll be quick to mention that her family continues to grow – her two sons recently married.
And that passionate about prayer thing? Give her a call, and she will diligently approach the Father and pray on your behalf!
Deb Martz, Worship Ministry & First Impressions
When you first worship at St. Philip’s you may miss a few things, but those things will not include Deb’s beautiful voice and loving direction. She’s the one that selects the music, ensures the instruments are capably manned for all services, and then prepares our hearts and minds for the worship of our Savior by leading the congregation in prayer and song.
Deb and her family first came to St. Philip’s in 2000, introduced to the church through her in-laws. The church’s emphasis on children kept them coming back. Within a few short years, Deb eagerly applied for a position at St. Philip’s. She first applied for a position as Drama Minister, but joined the staff in an administrative role. In time, she would take over leading the Worship Ministry, as well as First Impressions, the team of folks that greet you with a smile before each service.
Truly passionate about the Christian service of praise, Deb works tirelessly to create an environment at St. Philip’s that enables the congregation to connect to God during worship.
Before joining the St. Philip’s staff, Deb worked as a manager for Gap, Inc. She also did stand-up comedy — her Ethel Merman impersonation is spot-on.
Jenn Fossee, Family Life and Children’s Ministries
Jenn’s passion for kids and Christ is hard to miss as she oversees our Children’s Ministry, from Nursery through 5th grade. She has an amazing team of volunteers who pour into our kids every weekend at St. Philip’s. The nursery and preschool teams teach our children three truths before they graduate into our elementary ministry: God made me, God loves me and Jesus wants to be my friend forever. In Elementary we invite kids into a new understanding of how to grow in relationship with Jesus. We teach children in K-5th, that we need to make the wise choice, we can trust God no matter what and we should treat others the way we want to be treated.
Jenn is also in charge of our family life ministry where she is developing Family First Nights within our community. The primary focus is to help our families connect, laugh, and enjoy time together as a church family at these special events.
Jenn grew up in Sewickley and in High School was a part of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Youth Ministry program lead by Eric Taylor. She attended college in Colorado and before moving back to Pittsburgh in 2013 she worked as a preschool teacher at Mission Hills Church. After several years in family ministry at a local church Jenn heard God calling her to step out in faith as He led her to reconnect with Eric and brought her here to St. Philip’s.
Jenn is a huge sports fan who loves the Steelers, Pens, Pirates, and follows college football. She loves watching her girl’s soccer games, swim meets, orchestra and choral concerts and musicals.
Kory Grant, Student Ministries
What do you get when you mix a love for the Ninja Turtles, a passion for pursuing the Kingdom of God, and a tenacity for ping pong? Apparently a youth pastor. Kory was always told by his mother that he is a “jack of all trades, master of none” and that is a really cool thing when it comes to hanging out with students. He enjoys sports, music, entertainment, Star Wars, and pizza. And oddly enough so do a lot of students. Kory grew up in Moon, and St. Philip’s was his family’s home church. He was mentored here, and come to own his faith here. It is crazy how things work out. Kory graduated from Point Park Conservatory with a degree in Theatre with a concentration in Music and spent three years pursuing acting in NYC. Don’t judge when you see him wearing a Yankees ball cap. During that time He was working back in Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation doing program for Surf City and Laurelville, large outreach retreats. In 2012 Kory was at Laurelville and felt the Holy Spirit speak to him in the strongest, most profound voice he had heard up to that point. He was supposed to stay in Pittsburgh and work full time in youth ministry, even though he had plans to head back to NYC. What looked like one of the harder decisions of his life, a decision that meant laying down what he thought his life was going to look like, has been one of the greatest blessings he has ever received.
Kory wants to see the Kingdom of Heaven break out and grow in an incredible and huge way here in Pittsburgh. He has a burning passion to see students impact their culture for Christ. He wants to be an instrument for God, a mouthpiece that speaks His truths and shares His love and grace. He wants to lead people to the cross and watch their lives change as Jesus Christ calls them into new life. He wants to empower students in a way that they understand the strength that the Holy Spirit ignites in them, and that they can change the world.