Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project for Peace
Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project for Peace

About Us

Our Leadership

Janet Hellner-Burris



Janet is the senior pastor of the Christian Church of WIlkinsburg, a community chaplain and organizer in the community for over 26 years.


Email:  pastorjanethb@gmail.com


Phone:  412-241-3556

Thomas Mitchell, Jr.



Tom an associate minister at the Covenant Church of Pittsburgh.  He is the head of the Community Chaplain's program and has a vital ministry to the prisons around the state.


Email:  thmitchelljr@gmail.com


Phone:  412-731-6221 ext. 220

Nancy Chalfont-Walker



Nancy is the Senior Minister of St. Stephens Episcopal Church.  She is in charge of  the church's financial records. Nancy coordinates our annual Art and Talent Show for Peace.


Email:  nanojon@gmail.com


Phone:  412-716-7364

Julie Smith



Julie left Pittsburgh briefly after completing her PhD in History and returned home 12 years ago.  Currently, the Missionary Associate at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkinsburg, she also chairs the Justice, Law, and Society Department at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA and has served on the board of a number of organizations.


Email:  jlsphone1@gmail.com

2018-2020 Board


Rev. Janet Hellner-Burris, Christian Church

Vice President/ Head of Chaplains
Rev. Thomas Mitchell, Covenant Church

Julie Smith

Rev. Nancy Chalfant-Walker, St. Stephen’s Episcopal

Board Members

Tammy Brown
Wilkinsburg Youth Places

Carol Calloway
Christian Church of Wilkinsburg

Evelyn Christie
St. James Roman Catholic Parish

Paulette Davis
Family Support Center/ El Bethel Temple

Cheryl Hoskins
FOCUS Trauma Ministry

Mary Ann Hvizdos
Resident and Exec. of Blessed Be Educators

Julie Smith
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Frank Tillman
Youth Director, Christian Church, resident


Malachi Pugh
Representative Ed Gainey’s office

Jace Ransom
Allegheny County Youth and Family

Mike Wilkins
Mad Dads


Nancy Chalfant-Walker
Walker St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Janet Hellner-Burris
Christian Church of Wilkinsburg

Eric McIntosh
St. James Episcopal Church, Penn Hills

Tom Mitchel
Covenant Church of Pittsburgh

Pete Smith
Covenant Fellowship Reformed Presbyterian 

Our Partners

Steve Hellner-Burris - Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

Dave DiDonato - Pastor of Bible Chapel

George Spencer - Mad Dads

Kelly Smith - Pastor of Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

Rob Conroy - Ceasefire PA

Linda Kirkland-Law - Minister at Calvary Baptist Church

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