Pastor John Paul and Marilyn Chaney moved to Pittsburgh from the Chicago area in the year 2000 to plant an inner city community-based church called Seeds of Hope. Through this ministry, it became clear that the best way to serve the needs of the surrounding area was through a separate non-profit organization. In June of 2004, Earthen Vessels Outreach (EVO) was founded with a mission to build social, racial and economic bridges to connect communities, organizations and people in the East End of Pittsburgh. EVO’s vision is to walk alongside children and families, on a long-term basis, as they are guided into healthy, functional, mature adults. 


     The Rev. Dr. John Paul Chaney
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • BA in History from University of Cincinnati; 1975
  • MA in Theology from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL; 1992
  • Ordained Anglican Priest
  • 7 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education (VA Hosiptal Pittsburgh)
  • Anglican Studies Degree (1994) and Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry, Ambridge, PA; 2008
  • johnpaulchaney@gmail.com


     Marilyn Chaney
  • Director of Earthen Vessels Outreach
  • BA in Education Aurora University
  • MA in Education University of Pittsburgh
  • Certified Elementary Education Teacher Illinois and Pennsylvania
  • Responsible to oversee programs and raise program and building
    support for EVO
  • marilyn@evo-pgh.org


Over twenty full time and part time staff, and dozens of volunteers are a part of the work that we do.  They are committed individuals who are passionate about our mission.  The following are brief bios of our senior staff members:



     Rebecca S Dalton LCSW

  • Staff support for all EVO Programs 
  • Kitchen Management at EVO
  • Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from George Williams College of Aurora Univ
  • Type 73, School Social Worker Certificate from George Williams Collegeof Aurora Univ
  • LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Joined the EVO Team in  January 2013
  • rsdalton.lcsw@gmail.com

     Ian Squires

  • Teacher/Leader Pre-K - Kindergarten Students
  • BA in International Affairs from James Madison University
  • KEYS Service Corps Member

     Mercy Mueni Makau

  • B. A. Social Work - University of Nairobi 2007
  • Diploma Religious Studies Presbyterian University of East Africa 2013
  • Certificate in Child Development Daystar University 2014
  • M. A. Religious Studies Landmark Baptist Theological Seminary 2015

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