In Honor of the Rev. Drs. John C. '02 and B. De Neice '04 Welch

In 2020, Pittsburgh Seminary created the Rev. Drs. John C. ’02 and B. De Neice ’04 Welch Endowed Scholarship to honor the work and ministry of alumni John and De Neice Welch on the campus of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as well as throughout the wider Pittsburgh community. This merit scholarship shall be rewarded to degree-seeking students of African descent and/or students of color with an interest in urban ministry who have completed at least one year of theological education. John Welch said, ”I am deeply honored that the length and depth of our commitment to PTS is being recognized in this manner and I hope this scholarship will further enhance the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Black students and other students of color who financially would otherwise not have chosen this seminary.”

In Memory of the Rev. Dr. Gonzalo Castillo-Cardenas

Professor Emeritus the Rev. Dr. Gonzalo Castillo-Cardenas died May 6, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. Having become assistant professor of church and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1977, he wrote Liberation Theology from Below: The Life and Thought of Manuel Quintin Lame while serving here. In 2005, Dr. Castillo-Cardenas retired as professor emeritus of church and society and moved to Rockwall, Texas, where he joined First Presbyterian Church. His pastor there observed, “He has lived a long life of faithful service and has inspired many. He has been a powerful witness for Christ—and for PTS, a community he loved.”

In Memory of Mercedes Shoemaker

Board member emerita Mercedes (Merdie) Shoemaker died Feb. 14, 2018, in Pittsburgh at age 94. Merdie and her late husband, G. Albert Shoemaker, were leading financial supporters of the Seminary for many decades. Al endowed the G. Albert Shoemaker Chair of Bible and Archaeology, Merdie strongly supported chair holder Dr. Ron Tappy’s The Zeitah Excavations field project, and Merdie and Al endowed the Continuing Education Program and Distinguished Preacher series. Merdie once commented, “Al and I couldn’t have realized more joy than that of wisely stewarding the abundant resources God saw fit to entrust to us in this life.”

The Sherry Sparks Memorial Scholarship

Long-time former staff member the Rev. Sherry Sparks ’95 began working at the Seminary in 1998. Her title when she retired in December 2012 was associate dean for admissions and vocation. She also served as pastor of Beechview UPC (Pa.). Sherry died May 27, 2015, at age 66, after a five-year battle with cancer. She is remembered by both staff and alums as a loving and encouraging person, always upbeat and hopeful. Tribute gifts for this scholarship may come in the form of cash, deferred estate gifts, securities, and/or a qualified retirement plan.

The Rev. George E. Tutwiler Scholarship Endowment

The Rev. George E. Tutwiler served as organist/choirmaster and instructor in church music and United Methodist Studies at Pittsburgh Seminary for 30 years. George died April 16, 2020. An ordained elder serving The United Methodist Church during his 40-year career, George was widely known for his skill as a recitalist, conductor, clinician, and lecturer. Upon his retirement, in 2011 Pittsburgh Seminary awarded him faculty emeritus status. Tribute gifts for this scholarship fund may come in the form of cash, deferred estate gifts, securities, and/or a qualified retirement plan.