CONVENORS & ASSISTANT CONVENORS OF THE CONVOCATIONS
(Elected by members of the Convocations for a two-year term)
The Rev. Grant Ambrose (2021)
List updated 7/22/2020.
Altoona Convenor and Assistant Convenor
Marilyn Pyeatt (2022)
Marilyn Pyeatt, along with husband, Woody, and younger son, Nathaniel, joined St. Luke’s Altoona after moving to Blair County from Dallas, Texas, in August of 2016, to be closer to their elder son, Nick, and his family. She and Woody were raised as Presbyterians, but in high school, Marilyn felt a strong need for a different worship style that would help her grow closer to God, which she found in the Episcopal Church. They were both confirmed in 1978 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, one of a number of places they have lived to pursue their mutual love of theatre. Currently, they are working together to produce plays in St. Luke’s Auditorium, embracing the opportunity to use their gifts to raise money for the parish and provide a creative way to show God’s love. Marilyn also enjoys writing and adapting plays, watching indoor soccer, playing word games, and especially spending time with her grandchildren, Gavin and Josephine.
John Harwood came to St. Mark’s-Lewistown on Pentecost, 2017, after spending seven years serving Trinity Episcopal Church and Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Renovo, Pennsylvania. In Lewistown, he serves on the advisory boards for the Mifflin-Juniata Agency on Agency, the Shelter Services, and the Lumina Center. He currently chairs the Diocesan Evangelism committee and has served on the Standing Committee.
Harrisburg Convenor and Assistant Convenor
Mr. Anthony Alexander (2021)
On four occasions, I had the opportunity to serve as a delegate for General and Jurisdictional Conferences in the United Methodist Church. I served at the pleasure of those who elected me, and I took that responsibility seriously. I have been called to a ministry of reconciliation – to sensitize and to be a presence among people who have had virtually no contact with racial ethics.
I saw myself in the role of Pastor as one who empowered laity to obtain the vision in ministry that God has given them. I view myself as a laid back individual that has gone through tremendous changes from being a gang member to becoming a real captive of the Lord. I struggle daily to give up my ego to the will of God … being Pastor meant that I must become a servant leader.
I have been attending St. Stephen’s Cathedral for about ten years; I was confirmed as a member of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Episcopal Church about two and a half years ago. I serve on the Vestry and as Chalice Bearer. I also serve on the Council of Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania as well as the Union of Black Episcopalians, Bishop Nathan D. Baxter Chapter.
My encouragement and endorsement in the role of servant leader were gained through my understanding and interpretation of the first part of the book of Acts. In the book of Acts, Christians were a truly inclusive community empowering and strengthening one another to follow the leadership and movement of the Holy Spirit.
As part of my spiritual journey, I served as an adjunct at Messiah College, teaching a course on the Spirituality of African Americans, and I taught for three years as an adjunct at Lancaster Theological Seminary teaching a class on Homiletics.
My wife, Lenore, former director of the United Methodist Neighborhood Center in Harrisburg, is the founder of Grace Unlimited, a ministry to ex-offenders. Since the death of our daughter Maria, in October of 1995, Lenore and I adopted her three children, Shalamar, Darun, and Ciara. And upon the death of Shalamar in 2015, we have gained custody of her two children. Family is important to me, and I make time for family, especially because of the role I feel led to play in the lives of our chosen family.
The Rev. Rebecca Myers (2021)
The Rev. Rebecca S. Myers has lived most of her life in Central Pennsylvania. She grew up in Mechanicsburg and lived in Harrisburg for many years. She served on the Harrisburg School Board.
She was received into The Episcopal Church when she lived in Washington DC. She was a member of the Washington National Cathedral Congregation and sang in a volunteer choir there. She attended The General Seminary in New York City and was ordained to the priesthood from The Diocese of Washington in July of 2013. Her first position was with the Diocese of Lexington (Kentucky).
Currently, she is Rector of The Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen. She is on the Board for The Episcopal Home. Her passion is eliminating racism and she is on the Eliminating Racism Task Group. She is a member of the Newport Anti-Racism League.
She has a Master of Social Work degree and her social work career involved managing nonprofit organizations. She has two children, Scot and Carrie. Scot is married to Leah and they have two children. Being a grandmother is the best!
Lancaster Convenor and Assistant Convenor
Elaine Austin (2020)
I am a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA., where I have served in many roles including as senior warden and as chair of the search committee for our present rector. I was also a member of the search committee for Bishop Scanlan. Professionally I was a teacher for 30 years in the Eastern Lancaster County School District.
The Rev. Richard C. Bauer (2022)
Prior to being called by St. Edward’s, Father Rick had been serving as Associate Rector at St. James in Lancaster since June of 2018. As part of his ministry there, he has worked hard to lift up ministries in our community that promote the dignity of all people and has developed strong relationships with clergy women and men in our convocation and diocese.
Rick will soon finish course work for a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Duke Divinity School. As a student there, he has honed the craft of ministry with work in parish administration, strategic planning, multi-media practices, preaching in politically diverse contexts and outreach ministries. In addition to his nearly completed doctorate, Rick holds a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary; a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Florida International University; and a B.S. in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University.
An accomplished musician (vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist) Father Rick self-recorded and produced 9 full-length C.D.’s. and maintained a full-time performance schedule with “the Rick Bauer Band.” Through his Roads to Rome Productions in Hollywood, Florida, he served for 15 years as an ordained non-denominational minister, proprietor, performer, booking agent, and producer.
Father Rick’s many academic awards during his years at Virginia Theological Seminary include an award for Christian Leadership, a Biblical Language Prize, an Award and Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Theology, a Scholarship for Academic Excellence and another for Theological Reflection, and a Doctoral Fellowship for Study: Catholic University, PhD. Religion and Culture. Rick was a Florida Academic Scholar, 1993-1997 and completed his undergraduate education on a full academic scholarship.
Northern Tier Convenor and Assistant Convenor
The Rev. Janis Yskamp (2020)
Rector, All Saints Brookland and Christ Church Coudersport
Episcopal Congregations of Potter County
Janis and her husband, Wayne, live in Mansfield, PA. They have three grown sons, Wayne (Becky), James and Bradford (Michelle), and two grandchildren, Madison and William.
Southern Assistant Convenor & Assistant Convenor
The Rev. Grant Ambrose (2021)
The gifts and skills I bring to the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and this ministry include that I grew up in a very rural area of Eastern North Carolina in a yoked ministry of four Episcopal congregations and can relate to small-church life. As a priest, I served St. Mary’s, Arlington, VA, a large suburban parish. I bring a passion for listening to all voices and not rushing in to something “already knowing” the way forward. I bring a calm presence that encourages conversation. I bring a love of Jesus Christ that seeks to keep the faith and essential parts of our rich tradition relevant to today’s realities.
Assistant Convenor TBD
Susquehanna Interim Convenor and Assistant Convenor
The Rev. Canon Paul Donecker (2020)
The Rev. Canon Paul Donecker is the Priest-In-Charge at All Saints, Sellinsgrove and has a great love of Central Pennsylvania and the people of this diocese.
Sandy Elion (2020)
Photo and bio to follow.
West Branch Current Convenor and Assistant Convenor
Mr. Kyle Murphy (2021)
I am a Pennsylvania boy at heart. I was born and raised in Scranton, graduated from Lock Haven University in 2006 and moved to Williamsport that same year. I did my undergraduate work in Secondary Education and have taught high school French for nine years.
Currently, I serve as the Lay Pastor at Christ Episcopal Church. I am a candidate preparing for ordination to the Priesthood through the Stevenson School. I am humbled and grateful to serve in these capacities and work together to build the Kingdom of God in our diocese.
Brian is a native of Muncy, Pennsylvania and has been a member of St. James, Muncy, since 1991. Brian joined the Navy on active duty in 1991 and served as Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman and later as a Broadcast Journalist/Public Affairs Petty Officer on an aircraft carrier. During his tenure with Marines, he deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope, and during his carrier tour he deployed for Rim of the Pacific 1998, and a tour of the Western Pacific (Westpac) 98-99 during which the ship supported Operation Desert Fox.
Brian remained in Washington State for about 19 years until he returned to Muncy in 2016. A sailing enthusiast, while he lived onboard a 33’ Sailboat from 2014 to 2016, he alternated between WA and PA (staying in Muncy during the winter months) until making the permanent return to Muncy. Brian has been active with the music program, vestry, historian, public affairs, webmaster, and weekly church bulletin. During this time, he has begun studies of the pipe organ repertoire, transcribed well over 100 hymns from the 1982 Hymnal into a computer scoring program to facilitate arrangements for various instruments he plays as he accompanies the organist/chanter, also serving on the board of directors for the SonLight House Muncy, and now is in the initial exploration for discernment on the path to priesthood. Brian also serves as a Lay-person/minister leading in morning prayer services and liturgical readings. As a first-term co-convener for the West Branch Susquehanna Convocation, Brian is excited to serve the diocese and his small-town parish in an effort to help affect positive change for the much larger diocesan community.