Our Beginning

Seeds of Hope Church was started in the fall of 2002 by Pastor John Paul Chaney and his wife Marilyn.  Pastor Chaney is an ordained Anglican Minister and he and his wife have been in full-time ministry for 22 years.  John Paul and Marilyn relocated from the Chicago area in the fall of 2000 as they felt called to come to Pittsburgh to enter a new phase of ministry.  They purchased the old Immaculate Conception Rectory on Friendship Avenue with two of their five sons as they initially served at Shepherd’s Heart Episcopal Church, an inner city Church that serves the homeless and poor.  They have three sons who still live in the Chicagoland area. 


In the summer of 2002, Seeds of Hope partnered with Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation to serve the children of Garfield, Friendship, Bloomfield and East Liberty through their summer day camp program.  This camp was six weeks long, 8 hours a day and serviced 40 kids the first year.  Once the camp was over, a similar fall program was started on Saturday nights throughout the year.  It was at this time that they also started meeting as a church. 


Another camp was held during the summer of 2003 having over 50 children.  A third summer camp was held in 2004 with over 70 children enrolled.  It was during the summer of 2004, that Earthen Vessels Outreach was incorporated, so that the vision of Seeds of Hope to reach the “at risk” population would continue to grow. 


Throughout the summer of 2004, many of the parents expressed an interest in an after-school program.  Earthen Vessels Outreach received a grant to run an after-school program that has since begun in January, 2005.  This is a five-day a week program from 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Our emphasis is academically based and healthy eating and living.  We stress excellence through enrichment in learning.  Teaching occurs through personal tutors, the use of computers, individualized developed curriculum and continual correspondence with the local schools.  The site is an approved Department of Human Services and a CCIS provider.  An optional Bible Based program, called Kidz Camp is offered on Friday after-school and ends with a meal at 5:00 p.m.


The Rev. John Paul Chaney –

            BA in History: University of Cincinnnati

            MA in Theology – Wheaton College

            Anglican Studies Degree- Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry

            Trained Chaplain – 7 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (VA Hospital in Pgh.)

Doctor’s of Ministry Degree from Trinity Episcopal School of ministry in May 2008.


Ms. Marilyn Chaney –

            BA in Education – Aurora University

            MA in Education – University of Pittsburgh

            Certified Elementary Education Teacher – Illinois and Pennsylvania

            Basic Tutor Credential

            Teaching for 25 years

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