St. Stephen’s mission is to imitate Christ in everything we do.
St. Stephen’s has been a witness to Christ in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh for over 120 years. It began as a mission of Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. It has a beautiful old-fashioned sanctuary built in 1903 and a large parish hall with classrooms, a dining room, and a library. Over the years the surrounding community has gone through many changes, and St. Stephen’s continues to offer the love of Jesus to all who seek a better life.
St. Stephen’s is the local Episcopal church for the following communities and neighborhoods: Edgewood, Swissvale, Churchill, Wilkinsburg, Regent Square, and Point Breeze. We welcome visitors from those neighborhoods and beyond.
Our beloved pastor, the Rev. Nancy Chalfant-Walker (Nano), and her husband, our “undercover Sexton”, Jon Walker, retired on Sunday, October 14, 2018. With over a 100 friends, family and congregants in attendance we prayed Pastor Nano and Jon out to their next adventure. Pastor Nano then commissioned the Vestry to lead the church until a new Priest was called and installed as the next Rector of St. Stephen’s. A luncheon followed with a presentation of gifts for Nano and Jon as well as a film “Tribute to Nano & Jon.” All of the people surrounded Nano and Jon and joined in prayer as we sent them on their way with tears of joy. As one parishioner stated it, someone new will come along to lead us. They won’t be replaced, and they will be missed.
Pastor Nano was called to ministry at St. Stephen’s in October 2007. She counted it a privilege and a joy to be able to serve Christ as part of the wonderful and eclectic fellowship that is St. Stephen’s and to offer ministry to Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities. She is a native Pittsburgher, graduated from Chatham University, and received her Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She and her husband Jon are proud parents of three grown children and one wonderful daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and one grandchild. They await the birth of their next grandchild, expected to enter our world in November, 2018.
Our search has begun to call our next Priest to lead the flock at St. Stephen’s. Please pray for us. God is good and bigger than all of us. We trust in Him to bring us a new priest to teach us, lead us and shepherd us in His ways, revealing His truth to us. Grace and peace to us all.