Who We Are


Our Mission
We will be a bridge to Jesus Christ by participating in communion, welcoming all into community, listening and having compassion, growing in our faith and sharing Christ’s story with the community of the South Side, the surrounding neighborhoods, and the world.

Our Story
Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community is a church that was planted in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, fall of 2004. We use a narrative style of worship that shares the story of God through drama and the arts, as well as traditional forms of worship.

Both the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) support our church. Being connected in this way points to our deeper belief in the unity and priesthood of all believers. When we share in the Lord’s Supper, we invite all who have a heart hungry for the Gifts of God to come to the table and be served. We do not turn anyone away.

Our time of communion continues even after the bread and cup are shared. Every week, following the service, we share in a meal of tacos or soup or bagels…Through this meal, we seek to create authentic, intimate relationships with one another and with God. Communion, community and conversation are all vital elements of who we are as a church. We invite you to come and experience worship with us for yourself. Come with the expectation of learning both the joy and the struggle of being in community.

Our Beliefs
We affirm the Apostle’s Creed as our statement of faith.

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontias Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.


Our Theology
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, which gives it authority over our lives. In our search for God and Truth, we uphold John Wesley’s “Quadrilateral” which states that we do theology by using Scripture, as well as Church Tradition, Reason, and our Experience. Therefore, each and every worship service, ministry or gathering, what we share is based on the Good News of the Kingdom of God, made possible by Jesus Christ, which we find revealed to us through Scripture.

Pastors Jim Walker and Jeff Eddings have been working together in ministry since they served together as camp counselors at Ligonier Camp in 1989. After graduating from Point Park College, they spent many years using drama to proclaim the Gospel in churches and camps across the country through a ministry called Crosslight Productions.

They also created an outreach to elementary schools through the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum- performing plays about conflict resolution, handling peer pressure, and reading. They are now serving the Lord together again, along with their families and many, many friends at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community on the South Side.

Jeff Eddings
Jeff is an an ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (2008). He received his undergraduate degree from Point Park College (1990). Jeff lives in the South Side with his wife Carolyn and their two sons, Ben and Sam.
Jim Walker
Pastor Jim is a Full Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church who works with the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC doing congregational development. He is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (2003) and received his undergraduate degree from Point Park College in Pittsburgh (1991). He lives in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh with his wife Brenda and their two children, Carlisle and Daniel.
Mike Holohan
Associate Pastor 
Mike is a graduate of the Master of Divinity program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (2010). He earned his undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh (2004). He and his wife, Marianne, and his son, Finn, live in Greenfield with their cat, Alice.
Parish Associate
Tammy Wiens-Sorge
Tammy is an ordained teaching elder in the PC(USA) and a graduate of both Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (ThM) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MATS). She has worked in both higher education and denominational administration. Currently she is a PhD candidate at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, studying teaching strategies to effect spiritual formation in online learning communities. As Parish Associate, Tammy assists in the pastoral care of our congregation. She and her husband, Sheldon, live in Carnegie with their dog, Cameron. Together they enjoy making music, cycling, and taking long walks -- preferably on a golf course.
Annan McGinley
Children's Ministry Director
Annan is a graduate of the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh (2005). She also works for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in the early childhood program. She has been teaching Sunday School since she was in ninth grade. Annan lives in the Greenfield section of Pittsburgh with her fantastic husband Steve, daughter, and dog.
Cathy Eddings
Kitchen Coordinator
Cathy draws on her experience working in several restaurants in order to coordinate one of the most crucial elements of our worship service: the fellowship meal!  (You're in good hands; she has also been certified in food handling by the Allegheny County Health Dept.) Cathy is the proud mom of Pastor Jeff and his sister Jenn and loves being a Gram. Besides her family, cooking and baking, her passions are tap dancing and learning to play the violin. She gives thanks for her Loaves and Fishes crew. Bon Appetit!
Penny Lyon
Family Therapist 
Penny Lyon is an ordained clergy person with the United Methodist Church. She graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2003 and has a Masters in Social Work, a certificate in Family Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, and an undergraduate degree in sociology from Lycoming College. She is appointed by the Bishop to Samaritan Counseling Center as a faith based family therapist and to HMBFC where she shares her counseling skills with members of our congregation as requested. She is married and has 3 adult children and 9 grandchildren.
Dylan Rooke
Building Manager
Dylan currently serves as Building Manger here at Hot Metal. He also serves as Peace Discernment Organizer & National Committee Member of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. He is an ordained Presbyterian Ruling Elder (2009), an United Methodist Lay Equalizer (2010), an Edinboro State University Applied Media Arts degree drop-out (2004), and a person who tries to disregard titles and labels (2011-present). His passions are communal and simple living; the ecumenical unity of all believers; creating art, music and occasional writing/ blogging; non-violent peace activism; hospitality to all; riding his bike everywhere; and learning to fix things. He currently resides as Founder/ Care Taker at The Greenway Community House of Hospitality - A Catholic Worker expression in the neighborhood of Hazelwood, Pittsburgh.
Heidi Bateman
Financial Secretary  
Heidi lives in the South Hills with her husband Dennis and their son Nathan.  She is a graduate of Point Park College 1984 with a degree in Cinema.  After finding this an impractical degree she, naturally, turned to bookkeeping.  She has been blessed by God in so many ways!  Lastly, she really hates writing resumes and bios.  And she probably won’t ever get a tattoo.
Our Elders
Each member of our church's Council is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Elders are persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment who, along with the pastors, are responsible for strengthening and nurturing the faith and life of the congregation.  They encourage people in the worship and service of God and help to equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world.  
 
Frank Battista
Lateta Burns
Danna Cascone
Pete Chace
Chris Cronce
Shane Moore
Lauren Wolcott
Alex Wood

Our Compassion Ministers
Their mission:
  • The compassion ministers of the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community will be a bridge to Jesus Christ by listening and having compassion. They will help individuals to see their circumstances in the light of God’s Word. They will work together to reflect as Christians and to act as Christ would on the social structures and conditions of our church and society.
  • The compassion ministers will model the servant ministry of Jesus of Nazareth by offering regular acts of love and justice, prayerful spiritual guidance, and a visible presence in the worship life of the community.
  • They will offer encouragement to all who are discouraged and attention to those on the margins of our congregation and society.  The compassion ministers will invite others to participate with them in these patterns of charity, pastoral care, and liturgy. 
Donna Affeltranger
Bev Belkowski
Jack Boettner
Renee Greenlee
Chris Kuznicki
Derek Morris
Roy Seitz
Lisa Selander
Tammy Wiens-Sorge
Jill Zotter

In the News
Some news articles and TV news stories that feature our church.


"Twist of Faith: Emergent churches attract worshippers with alternative religious experiences"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 27 2005
"Faith and works bring South Side South" 
City Paper
December 29, 2005
"Church uses drama to draw new crowd; pastors with tattoos"
Wall Street Journal
April 14 2006 
"Pittsburgh church offers dramatically different worship"
umc.org
September 12 2007
"Hot Metal faithful find no room at inn"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 25 2007  
"South Side church to celebrate grand opening this weekend"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 16 2009
"Pittsburgh Church Collects Donations To Help Animals In Gulf"
WPXI
June 15 2010
"Pittsburgh Church Donates Soap, 2,800 Towels To Gulf Animals"
WPXI
June 21 2010
"Hot Metal redefines Sunday morning for Pittsburgh residents"
South Pittsburgh Reporter
"Belong"
fntv.com 
"GA220 Friday worship: ‘The water of baptism confounds the boundaries that people hold so dear’"
pcusa.org
July 6, 2012