The Seminary welcomes four new members to the Board: The Rev. Nancy “Nano” Chalfant-Walker ’02 (alum rep), Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, the Rev. Darren Rogers ’17 (student rep), and Gregory R. Spencer.
The Rev. Nancy “Nano” Chalfant-Walker ’02 is the rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkinsburg, Pa. She works closely with the NYOP (Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program), an afterschool program for creative and performing arts. She is also an active participant in the Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project, a collaborative ministry of churches and social service agencies whose vision is to end youth and young adult violence in Wilkinsburg. Chalfant-Walker has been involved in prison ministry through Lydia’s Place/Renewal and serves on the board of the CCO campus ministry. She earned her bachelor’s from Chatham University, master of business administration from Boston University, and M.Div. from PTS.
The Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi is bishop of The United Methodist Church for Western Pennsylvania. She began this assignment in September 2016. Her prior experience includes serving as The United Methodist Church superintendent for the Greater Washington Area and most recently UMC superintendent for the Baltimore Metropolitan District. She earned her bachelor’s from Loyola College, master of art from the University of Maryland, and M.Div. from the Wesley Theological Seminary. Other work experience includes 17 years as a psychologist for the Anne Arundel County Schools.
The Rev. Darren Rogers ’17 graduated from Pittsburgh Seminary with his M.Div. and certificate in urban ministry. He serves the Board as the senior class representative. Rogers also holds degrees from Mountain State University (masters of strategic leadership), Park University (bachelor’s), and the Community College of the Air Force (three associates of applied science). As an ordained elder, he is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Wellsville, Ohio. Additionally he serves as health services administrator/executive officer in the Air Force Reserves and previously was medical administrative officer/resource advisor in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
Gregory R. Spencer, a native of Washington, Pa., attended Wilberforce University, the University of Pittsburgh (where he earned the Distinguished Alumni Award and a University of Pittsburgh 225th Medallion), and St. Francis University. After serving in the U.S. Air Force he joined United States Steel Corporation as a laborer and eventually became general manager of human resources. He then worked at EQT before becoming president and CEO of Randall Chemical Manufacturing Company. Spencer serves as chair of the POISE Foundation—the first African American owned and operated community foundation in the country—and is on the boards of Imani Christian Academy, Robert Morris University, the African American Chamber Foundation, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).