About the Chaplaincy

The Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Campus Ministry at Pitt is dedicated to the idea that students can grow as much in the knowledge of their faith during their student years as they can in their knowledge of history, science, art or whatever else they are studying. All our activities and services to students take place right on the Oakland campus, so even if you become active in a local church you can still get some spiritual refreshment during the week.

The Episcopal Church is a Protestant Church which differs from others in that it does not require its members to take sides on any of the issues that divide Protestants. Whether it’s infant baptism vs believers’ baptism, free will vs predestination, pentecostalism vs cessationism, hope vs assurance, the Episcopal Church welcomes Christians of all opinions on these and all other issues. We uphold the Bible as the word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, but believe that every Christian must interpret it for himself, and that lay people are as qualified to do this as the clergy.

PW blue shirtOur chaplain is the Revd Dr Philip Wainwright, who took up campus ministry after 25 years in parish ministry, serving parishes in New Mexico, South Carolina, and Virginia, in addition to Pittsburgh. He is very much at home in the academic world, having a master’s degree in early church history and a doctorate in reformation church history, specialising in the Church of England in the early modern period. His e-mail address is pwainwright@episcopalpgh.org, or philipw@pitt.edu, and is always happy to answer questions about the campus ministry at Pitt.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ginny Dietrich on April 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    RE: Next Week (April 16-20): Will there be chaplaincy services at noon in Heinz Chapel each day next week, or is Wednesday the only day scheduled (the Episcopal service)?
    I have been attending the services each day this week, and just wondered if they will be continuing. Thank you for holding the services!


  2. Posted by Philip Wainwright on April 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    We hope to continue daily prayer services as long as the current situation persists, or at least as long as Heinz Chapel will host us. They sometimes have rehearsals or organ tunings scheduled. The services will certainly continue to this weekend, by which time we hope to know if next week is clear. As soon as I hear anything, I’ll post it on this blog.

    Thanks for your support


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