Margaret G. (Peg) Bowman was born Abington, PA and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She graduated from Wissahickon High School, earned her BS in Music Education at Duquesne University and an MDiv from Trinity School for Ministry.
Peg taught music in elementary schools and gave piano lessons. She founded Computer Training Consultancy and taught computer software for local corporations and community colleges, and was an organist and choir director for churches in a variety of denominations.
The South Hills Partnership (Pittsburgh) will be Peg's first permanent pastoral appointment. She previously served as supporting clergy at Incarnation Church Pittsburgh, an Anglican church plant, did pastoral work at Atonement Episcopal Church in Carnegie PA and was part of a student clergy team at the Beaver County Jail during seminary.
Peg has a passion for church renewal, community-building, and welcoming those who come from other countries.
She is married to Neil and has two stepsons and four grandchildren. She volunteers in cat rescue and loves travel, gardening, reading and spending time appreciating God’s creation.
The South Hills Partnership consists of four small-membership churches with big hearts and powerful ministries in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, coming together in mission and outreach. The SHP was formed in 2009 and is made up of Carnegie, Fairhaven, Hill Top, and Spencer UMCs.
Carnegie United Methodist Church
is located on a central street of the borough of Carnegie. The congregation has taken part in several neighborhood prayer walks and ecumenical events, and, on a weekly basis, faithful members come together to cook, package, and sell the tastiest pierogis in the whole Pittsburgh area! The church has recently been opening its doors to the community for the borough’s annual Carnegie Days, as well as for special worship services featuring beautiful music, including a Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols and an upcoming Service of Lamentation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The town of Carnegie is growing and changing, and Carnegie UMC is seeking to be an active part of mission there.
Fairhaven United Methodist Church
, or, as it is known to members and friends, “The Country Church in the City,” shines the light of Christ from its location at the busy intersection of Routes 51 and 88 in the Overbrook neighborhood of Pittsburgh. There, it’s become known to thousands of commuters for its sign in the front yard, always offering a pithy saying or encouraging word to those driving by. But, far more important than that is the ministry that goes on inside the little white church building. Fairhaven church has become a central hub in the community for fighting against the opioid epidemic that has ravaged our neighborhoods. Every week, Fairhaven offers support groups and ministries for people struggling with addiction and those who love them, and proudly hosts Prevention Point’s harm reduction services.
Members from Fairhaven built and routinely stock a Little Free Pantry to address hunger needs in the community and a Clothing Closet in their back parking and support the First Food & Friends soup kitchen. There are also two Bible studies that meet weekly and welcome members from the entire South Hills Partnership and beyond, and the church serves as host for numerous community events. Fairhaven is a mission-oriented church, always ready to support the work of Christ in its community and beyond: at the beginning of the pandemic, the church set up a fund to ensure (in the spirit of the Jerusalem church in Acts) no one in the congregation or community would be unable to pay their bills.
Hill Top United Methodist Church
is a multiracial congregation in the diverse and growing Pittsburgh neighborhood of Allentown (located between the South Side and Mt. Washington areas). The church’s diversity in race and class testifies to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Hilltop is the home of the Allentown Senior Center (begun decades ago as a ministry of the church, a pioneer in ministry to older adults), open five days a week to serve the senior citizens of the community. A few years ago, a major fire at the church left its people worshiping down the street in an apartment building for a year. The congregation came back strong, and with a revived commitment to its neighborhood. The restored sanctuary was dedicated with a marathon public reading of the entire Bible, with members, friends, and neighbors signing up to take shifts until they had read the entirety of God’s holy word out loud. Since that time, the church has built a heavily-used Little Free Library, served kids through a summer meal program, and hosted numerous community events such as block parties, Trunk-or-Treats (which helped revive trick or treat in the neighborhood), Christmas breakfasts, and neighborhood cleanups. Through the pandemic, community ministry has continued, with two $1 Clothing Sales that welcomed hundreds of people to receive new clothing at an affordable price, as well as prayer.
Hill Top will host the Partnership’s Christmas Store this December, a ministry designed to help lower-income families afford Christmas gifts for their families while affirming their dignity. It is a founding partner in a new ministerium and community development partnership in the Hilltop neighborhoods known as A. Company.
Spencer United Methodist Church
serves Jesus Christ in Carrick, at the crossroads of Pittsburgh, Brentwood, and Baldwin. In addition to Sunday worship, it holds a weekly dinner and contemporary worship service on Thursday evenings known as Beyond. It also serves as the host site for support groups for those suffering from addiction, as well as a thriving Christian congregation of Bhutanese refugees. The rummage sale it holds twice a year has become a popular event in the community, through which the United Methodist Women raise money for mission. Spencer’s annual Vacation Bible School is lively and well attended by neighborhood kids. Members of this church have embarked on prayer walks around the neighborhood, participate regularly in Bible study, and volunteer regularly for the Daily Bread program on the North Side of Pittsburgh.