St. Peter’s

at Priest-in-Charge
Location Pittsburgh (Brentwood)
Date Posted February 3, 2023
Category Pittsburgh (Kimberly Karashin)
Job Type Half Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation According to diocesan guidelines and commensurate with experience
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Negotiable
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Optional
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 318 (per 2021 Parochial Report)
Average Sunday Attendance 40
Child Population in Church School 24
Adult Population in Church School 10
Teacher Population in Church School 8
Budget $177,513 (from 2021 Parochial Report)


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

The rectory is undergoing necessary renovations and may not be available for immediate use. The vestry is giving some consideration to a possible sale of the rectory.

Liturgical style and practice

Sunday services (at 10:30 a.m.) are traditional, using Rite II or Rite I seasonally. Music is predominantly from the 1982 Hymnal, with some more contemporary music sprinkled in. Their 8 a.m. service, which has not yet resumed after being suspended during COVID, included Rite I with no music. St. Peter's also offers a Wednesday morning healing service, which has been led by the rector or other clergy engaged with the parish and offers a more interactive time of reflection and discussion, rather than a typical homily.


St. Peter’s is a friendly, inclusive, family-focused congregation representing many different ideas, abilities, and stages of life.  It is important to many at St. Peter’s that we respect each other regardless of our differences in background, belief, and lifestyle. Our congregation includes “cradle Episcopalians” (some who were brought up in St. Peter’s and have brought their own children up here!), as well as those who have come from many other denominations and those who have not been regular church goers. We seek to support all, regardless of where they are in their journey of faith.

We have an active Sunday School and Youth Group, which we hope to continue to expand. The youth are actively involved in Sunday services, outreach, and fellowship.

St. Peter’s is also an active community participant, allowing the use of our space for groups such as the local Bhutanese refugee community, 12-Step groups, and Scouts.

We are financially sound, with an endowment and no mortgages.


St. Peter’s is facing many of the same challenges as other parishes, such as wanting to increase engagement with younger families and parishioners as overall membership declines. Likewise, we have struggled to resume ministries as we’ve seen declining volunteers and leadership. And of course, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is still lingering, as attendance at services does not regularly reach pre-pandemic numbers.

St. Peter’s also needs to determine how best to use all of our assets, including our rectory, and the Duffland House, which is a home purchased by the church for use as a three-quarter house for those in recovery from addiction. As our previous rector was gifted in working with the recovery community, we had a strong and easy connection to keeping the house operational and safe. However, with his retirement, it is uncertain at this time what relationship the parish will maintain with the Duffland House.

St. Peter’s manages challenges and conflict by recognizing the validity of different opinions. For example, many members of St. Peter’s are proud of the fact that our members have historically come from all over the political spectrum. By respecting each other and keeping foremost the love Jesus taught us, politics tend not to play a role in how members interact. We try to keep ourselves focused on the Bible, and we embrace individual decision making.


Please see to view St. Peter's Parish Profile.

Contact Information

Anyone interested in learning more about the position or applying should send their cover letter (please let us know how/why you feel called to St. Peter's), OTM profile, and resume to and copy Rev. Canon Kim Karashin, Canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, at