MEET TWO MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2020
Ordination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
As the full-time solo pastor at Emmanuel LC of Etna (Pa.), I was seeking core competency in leading congregations into revitalized ministry. I enrolled at PTS specifically for the Church Planting and Revitalization program. For me, highlights of the program included both learning about building community and listening to God in new contexts, fostered by program experiences in Minneapolis and San Francisco.
As I continue to walk as pastor with the congregation at Emmanuel LC, we are using the methods and theology I explored in the CPandR program to reinvigorate our community for new, exciting, revitalized ministry—ministry that is rooted in our listening for God’s call in “Working to care for ALL God’s people.”
Ordination: The United Methodist Church
As director of chaplaincy services at Allegheny County Jail and COO of Foundation of HOPE, the Seminary’s D.Min. program appealed to my interest in combining on-campus intensives with distance learning. As well, the program is easily adaptable to a chaplaincy context. The on-campus intensives were a wonderful time of learning and fellowship with other students and with renowned professors.
Having completed the program, I am better equipped and excited to foster greater interaction between the church inside jails and prisons and the church outside. As I continue in my current appointments, I aim to continue eliciting inmates’ contributions to liturgy and engage local congregations in dialogue that leads to mutually beneficial relationships between the incarcerated church and the church beyond the walls.