The Metro-Urban Institute fellowship is a one-year paid, urban immersion experience for seminarians enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This fellowship offers PTS scholars the opportunity to engage in communities and advance social justice, equity, and transformation in Pittsburgh's urban communities.
During this year, scholars are enrolled in master's-level classes while working with community organizations on specific projects in one of the following fields: education, vocational development, business, technology, law, the arts, medicine, government, urban agriculture, and youth and/or senior ministries. Fellows also work alongside the Larimer Consensus Group, engaging in community-based research, aiding their efforts to ensure the revitalization of Larimer is reflective of the needs and desires of the residents of the community.
In addition to their community-based work, fellows attend weekly Bible studies to discuss their community-engaged experiences and the way in which it correlates to their theological education and personal development. Fellows are also assigned an East End mentor experienced in social justice ministry to support the students in further contextualizing their experience and discerning the way in which they are called to urban ministry.
The Metro-Urban Institute Fellowship provides monthly professional development seminars through the Metro-Urban Institute Urban Leadership Series, comprised of workshops and lectures aimed at equipping organizations and individuals with the tools and skills necessary to address issues in urban communities. This series is held the first Monday of every month during the school year and facilitated by various community subject matter experts. The Urban Leadership Series provides free community-focused professional development to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary students and the community at-large. These sessions are open to the public.
- $600 monthly stipend
- Time commitment of up to 20 hours per week
- Mandatory attendance at monthly professional development sessions and weekly Bible studies
- 15 hours per week at an approved community organization
- Attendance at Larimer Consensus Group’s monthly community meetings
- One week of community-based research along with various community engagement requirements throughout the program
- One hour of monthly mentoring
- Function as an MUI and community ambassador within the Seminary and a PTS ambassador within the greater community
- A strong commitment to urban ministry
- Enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergrad or GCUM courses
- An exceptionally strong work ethic
- A desire to work within the diverse communities of Pittsburgh’s East End
- Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to work effectively in a team-based environment
- Not enrolled in Field Education during fellowship year
For more information on the Metro-Urban Institute Fellowship contact Christin Thorpe at email@example.com or 412-924-1363
Meet Our Fellows
Christian Hughes is a junior at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary pursuing his master of divinity degree and graduate certificate in urban ministry. He is the founder and CEO of Drafting Dreams and the co-founder and chief executive container for Nside Out Spaces LLC. In the aforementioned roles he is responsible for procurement, design, fund development, curriculum development, and implementation. Christian is an architect by vocation and is assured God has called him to be a Kingdom Builder, tasking him with the responsibility of building the physical kingdom as well as the spirituality of those living in the kingdom. He believes this fellowship will enable him to understand the mechanics of his call and equip him with the intangible tools necessary to fulfill this call.
Christian is placed at Alpha Lab, located in East Liberty. Alpha Lab is nationally ranked accelerator program that helps early-stage tech companies build and grow in an immersive four-month program. Christian’s company Nside Out Spaces LLC is an AlphaLab Gear Portfolio Company. He has returned to Alpha Lab as a Metro-Urban Institute fellow to develop a program that stabilizes existing neighborhood commercial corridors and test the vitality of reviving neighborhood commercial corridors through research-based interventions. Christian will be mentored by the Rev. Chad Collins, PTS alum and pastor of Valley View Presbyterian Church located in Garfield.
Amanda Horan is a junior at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary pursuing her master of divinity degree and graduate certificate in urban ministry. As the former director of Christian education for the University Presbyterian Church, Amanda is experienced in youth curriculum development and evaluation, volunteer management, and non-profit fundraising. Amanda feels called to work within an urban context and hopes this fellowship will support her in further discerning her urban ministry call.
Amanda is placed at the Homewood Children’s Village, where their mission is “to improve the lives of Homewood’s children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live.” As a Metro-Urban Institute fellow, Amanda works within the Homewood Children’s Village’s Office of Promise Fulfillment to assist the Promise Fulfillment Network (PFN) manager in building out the PFN network to support students in attending and completing college. Amanda is mentored by the Rev. Heather Schoenewolf, PTS alumna and associate pastor for educational ministries at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.
Gary Glasser is a senior at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary pursuing his master of divinity degree and graduate certificate in urban ministry. Gary has a wealth of experience in the non-profit and corporate world providing human resource services, designing and delivering trainings, and finding solutions to complex organizational issues. In addition to his previous work experience, Gary currently serves as Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Student Association president. Gary has a strong belief that faith-based organizations have a call from God to contribute to the well-being of those around them and to meet challenges faced by their community. Gary is interested in learning more about advocacy for underserved populations and believes this fellowship will clarify the work to which he’s been called to apply his gifts.
Gary has been placed at Allies for Health + Well Being, an organization located in East Liberty that “envisions a community where all individuals have access to medical care and supportive services in a welcoming environment free of stigma and discrimination.” Gary is working in their Community Relations Office where his primary focus is the development of their annual Healing Weekend and subsequent supports for HIV positive individuals and their networks. Gary also aids in the implementation of street campaigns to bring increased community awareness of Allies for Health + Well Being. During his time in the fellowship, Gary is mentored by the Rev. Rodney Lyde, pastor of Baptist Temple Church, located in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) Spiritual Leader’s Caucus chair.