Happening #78


Tom Hillman - Director
Tom Hillman
Tom has been involved with Happening since 1998, when he was invited to serve on the adult staff. As director, his responsibilities include recruiting adult staff, training adult and teen leaders, chairing staff meetings, participating in the weekends, following up with each participant after the Happening weekend, and communicating with host parishes. Tom has been a member of The Church of the Ascension in Oakland for 55 years. He has served two terms on vestry, sung in the choir, taught Sunday School, and co-led a house group. He currently serves in the senior high youth ministry. He lives in Monroeville, PA with his wife and two daughters. Tom would love to talk to you about Happening, and can be reached at 412-600-2555 or by email at happindad@gmail.com.

April Sinal - Administrator
April has been involved in Happening since 1998 in various positions.  As the administrator, her responsibilities include assisting the Priest In Charge and the Director, bookkeeping, coordinating events, and participating in the Happening Weekends.  April has been a member of St. Peter's Uniontown for 25 years.  She has served as an acolyte, lay reader, and Sunday School teacher.  She is currently involved in St. Peter's Vacation Bible School.  April is married, has six children, and prays they will someday be involved in Happening.  She would love to speak with you about Happening and can be reached at 724-322-1283 or by email at happeningadp@hotmail.com.

Deacon Tara Jernigan - Spiritual Director

Tara is a native of East Tennessee and grew up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Experiences similar to Happening allowed her to step into Christian leadership during high school, which continued in college with Canterbury Club and her first term on vestry at the Episcopal church across the street from campus.  Tara moved to the Pittsburgh region to attend seminary at Trinity School for Ministry in 1996, and was ordained a vocational deacon in 2004.  She serves as the Director of Deacon Formation here in the Diocese of Pittsburgh; and also serves in Parish Ministry at St. Elizabeth's Anglican Mission, a church plant in Bridgeville, PA.  Her absolute passion in ministry is equipping Christians of all ages with the word of God and encouraging those who are in ministry.  When left to her own devices, she enjoys baseball, history (European, American, and Korean), photography, ethnic cooking (and eating), reading (everything from theology to historical novels and the occasional mystery), travel, and anything she can manage to do outside on a sunny day!  Tara and her husband have three sons, the eldest of whom is a current Happener.  Tara can be reached by e-mail at: tjernigan@randomly.com.