Brendan Ashley ’16, The Rev. Robert R. Vogelsang Memorial Scholar

Through student work-support for the World Mission Initiative, international mission and study trips with WMI as a 2014 Valentour World Travel Fellowship recipient, and field education with The Upper Room in Squirrel Hill, Brendan has discerned a call to church planting. After graduating from college in Spokane, Washington, and serving his home church for a year, he visited PTS. “I knew this was where I wanted to pursue my calling and gain experience in the church from world-renowned scholars and practitioners.”

 

Moonkyung Park ’17, Gareth D. ’57 and Evelyn A. Baker / Korean Recognition Scholar

For five years before coming to PTS, Moonkyung worked in South Korea in the area of Clinical Pastoral Education. Now she is studying to become a U.S.-credentialed CPE supervisor. “Returning to school as a foreign student was difficult for me, but the support of the PTS community has made my academic success possible and confirmed that God has called me here to prepare for my future CPE ministry. I’ve promised myself that all the benefits entrusted to me at this Seminary will be used for the glory of God and for his people.”

 

Allan Irizarry-Graves ’17, Dorothy P. Hardy Scholar

At the age of four, Allan was placed in foster care. Two years later, he was adopted and baptized. “I knew there was something special about accepting Christ, and I wanted to spend my life in devotion to the unexplainable, redemptive love of God,” says Allan. He aims to create a Christian youth center as an “alternative to juvenile correction to keep young black boys out of jail” and give them access to counseling, tutoring, even clothing—an opportunity to live a productive life. “I want them to find freedom in Christ, just as I did.”

 

Annamarie Groenenboom ’17, Maria Showalter Scholar

An honors scholar with the goal of ministering in pastoral care at a church or as a hospice chaplain, Annamarie has enrolled in the master of divinity and master of social work dual-degree program. She and her husband—a chemical engineering doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh—grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and married the summer before Annamarie’s first year at PTS. “These opportunities would not be possible for us without your help. Every day, you make my seminary education possible.”

 


Giving to PTS in honor or memory of someone dear to you can lend even deeper meaning to your gift by extending the work and life of your loved one through a student committed to bridging the Word and the world. Current PTS tribute gift opportunities include new endowed scholarships honoring President Bill and Mrs. Jane Carl, the Rev. George Tutwiler, the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Kelley '51, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Polley '54/’59/’75, and more.
 

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