Our clergy are ordained priests/pastors in the Anglican tradition.
But, in addition to their responsibilities with the Church of the Incarnation, they have university and seminary faculty appointments. These include the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, Trinity School for Ministry, and Geneva College.
Meet our Clergy
The Rev. Paul Johnston
Fr. Paul served at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh before his work with the Church of the Incarnation. He is also an Artist-Lecturer in Music History at Carnegie Mellon University. He makes the occasional appearance on WQED-FM, where he spent 18 years as a producer and program host. Prior to this, he worked for commercial and public broadcasters in Salt Lake City and southwestern Michigan. His interests naturally include the interface of creativity, media, and spirituality.
Fr. Paul’s broadcast credits include work for National Public Radio, Public Radio International, NHK (Japan), Vatican Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and such nationally syndicated programs as “All Things Considered,” “First Art,” “Performance Today,” “Pittsburgh Symphony Radio,” and “Pipedreams.” His overseas arts reporting won him the Golden Quill award from Pittsburgh journalists, and his “Performance in Pittsburgh” broadcasts were twice named Best Public Affairs Program/Series by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. He has received honors from the New York Festival Awards and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
He grew up in Korea. It was in eighth grade that he got the idea of being a broadcaster. He first suspected a call to ordained ministry as a college senior. He put it off for 20 years until a spiritual director advised him to just say "no" once and for all. When he couldn't, she said, "Then say 'yes' and see what happens." He, his wife Sharon, and their cockatiel live in a 1922 row house in Squirrel Hill with one subwoofer, two shofars, and three tubas.
The Rev. Dr. Ann Paton
Ann was brought up Presbyterian in New Castle, Pa. but she found her real spiritual home in the Anglican church when she was in her forties.
She had graduated from Geneva College with a double major in math and English, an M.Litt. from Pitt and finally a Ph.D in Medieval English Literature from the University of Colorado.
Later, she studied at Princeton, Minnesota and Virginia under NEH grants. After teaching in Mohawk High School for eight years, Ann was called to the faculty of Geneva College where she served until her retirement in 1994.
She had begun taking evening courses at Trinity School for Ministry, with absolutely no thought of ordained ministry. Well! Ann was ordained to the deaconate in 1990 and priesthood in 1992. Ann’s description of what had happened was that she was never a teacher who did “priest-stuff” on weekends, she became a priest and was also a teacher.
The Rev. Peg Bowman
Administration and Local Outreach
Peg was raised Presbyterian in the suburbs of Philadelphia but was always attracted to the liturgical worship of her Roman Catholic friends. During college years at Duquesne University (B.S. in Music Education) she sampled many Pittsburgh churches before finding a home in the Anglican tradition.
After graduation Peg taught music for a few years in local schools and was a church music director for over 30 years. Believing along with the Benedictines that work and prayer are intimately connected, in the late 1980s Peg (having gained some computer skills) launched a computer training consultancy using business principles rooted in the Bible: fair pay, service designed around client needs, and environmentally-friendly marketing materials, to name a few. Over the years Peg gradually moved into designing and teaching computer courses for other groups such as Community College of Beaver County and PA Women Work, and she continues to teach computer classes part-time.
In 2007 Peg began taking courses part-time at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, graduating in 2014 with an M.Div. She was ordained Deacon in the Anglican church in 2016 and Lord willing will be ordained Priest in May 2017, with Incarnation Church as her sending church. Peg is on staff part-time with Incarnation and is also a regular guest preacher with the South Hills Partnership of Methodist Churches. Peg believes the refugee crisis will be the defining moment of our generation (as WWII was for our parents’ generation) and is always on the lookout for ways we can welcome refugees to Pittsburgh.
In her spare time Peg likes to garden and is active in cat rescue. Peg and her husband Neil (who plays guitar and bass in the praise band of another Anglican church plant) live in Carnegie with their two cats, within walking distance of their exceptional grandchildren.
The Rev. Canon Dr. John A. Macdonald
Priest Associate & Missions
In addition to working with the Church of the Incarnation, Cn. John is a seminary professor at Trinity School for Ministry and director of the Stanway Institute. He a Dickinson College alumnus, with a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. He's married to Gail.
Incarnation isn't the first new church Cn. John has been active in planting. He did it before in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, taking a church from zero to 200. His research interests include the growth of progressive secularism in Western Europe and North America and how cultural shifts in American society impact faith. He loves to talk about postmodernism and the post-Christian world.
The Very Rev. Dr. Henry L. (Laurie) Thompson III
Priest Associate & Administration
Fr. Laurie heads the doctoral program at a nearby seminary. But his leadership tendencies go back a long way.
At the age of 8, Laurie told his friends to join him in the hayloft of a barn where rehearsals would begin. He was to be the director and producer of the Garage Gang Players. At the age of 14, he took his first summer job at a stock brokerage in Toledo, Ohio. At the age of 18, still trying to be in charge, he met a beautiful young woman named Mary who told him that God was in charge. He ran away to the Labrador coast to share in a mission effort with the fishermen of the coast. He returned with plans to be a Christian carpenter and refinish furniture. He has no patience for things like sanding wood slowly.
He still loved organizing people and selling things.
In college, beginning with a group of 10 people, he watched and developed a ministry that touched over 220 lives at Denison University. The Toledo Mud Hens fan at last married Mary Willis, taught prep school, then went to England and New York City to learn how to be an Anglican priest. He served in Philadelphia as an assistant, then for 13 years as rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Trumbull, CT. He has now taught for 15 years--the second longest tenure on the faculty for Trinity School for Ministry.
He remains fond of the Toledo Mud Hens, and remembers when Jim Rooker hit a home run and pitched a one hitter, long before he became a Pittsburgh Pirate or a restaurant owner. Still trying to organize things, he's working with the Cornell School of Hotel Management to get a hotel built in Ambridge. His skills in sales mostly benefit Jesus' gospel, St. Trophimus, and good Anglican Prayer Book liturgy. He and Mary have three sons and seven grandchildren. Their two standard poodles are death to woodchucks.