Meet the Current 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.