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


     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


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:

Assegid Demisse 

  • After School & Summer Day Camp Program Director
  • Director of Curriculum Development 
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education - Duquesne University December 2020

Ian Squires

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

Joshua McKinley

  • Teacher/Leader 1st-5th Grade
  • Assists in food preparation and delivery
  • B.A. in Christian Ministry- Anderson University
  • Masters of Divinity-Youth & Family- Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Masters in Higher Education- Geneva College 

Tercell Wilson

  • Manager of Kitchen & Food Preparation
  • Manager of Grounds & Facilities
  • Prometric -Certification of Food Safety- May 2019

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