Meet Our Staff

AnneMarie Mingo serves as director of the Metro-Urban Institute. She is associate professor of ethics, culture, and moral leadership. Dr. Mingo is a member of the American Academy of Religion, where she serves on the steering committee for Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society. She is also a member of the Society of Christian Ethics. She has written articles for many publications, including Journal of Feminist Studies in ReligionJournal of Religious Ethics, and Black Theology: An International Journal. Her first book—Have You Got Good Religion?: Black Women’s Faith, Courage, and Moral Imagination in the Civil Rights Movement—is forthcoming from University of Illinois Press. Dr. Mingo received her M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, where in 2006 she received the Jean Anne Swope and James L. Mechem Prize in Christian Ethics. She received her Ph.D. in Religion: Ethics and Society from Emory University, and is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Read her full bio.


Lisa Bunting is the Metro-Urban Institute administrative and program assistant. She previously served at PTS as welcome center and events director. Lisa is passionate about social justice and women’s leadership both nationally and internationally. She loves to travel on leisure and religious intercultural trips and views them as necessary, as she aspires to become a "responsible global citizen." Previously, she served as vice president of the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Greater Pittsburgh, a community organizer for Ntosake of the Gamaliel National Network, and a board member for the Voter Empowerment Education & Enrichment Movement, Pittsburgh (VEEEM). Lisa holds a bachelor's in marketing from West Chester University and has experience in community engagement, marketing, event management, and community organizing.


Sean Thomas works as associate director of the Metro-Urban Institute. He develops and coordinates MUI's advisory groups and community networks, leads the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry, mobilizes MUI's resources through grants and other means, and communicates MUI’s work and mission to community constituencies. Sean is a graduate of Slippery Rock University (B.S., M.Ed.) and is working on his Ph.D. in administration and leadership at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Sean comes to MUI after serving in a variety of student services and recruitment roles at PTS and the Community College of Allegheny County. He is a member of Central Baptist Church. Growing up in Pittsburgh has made him a die-hard Steelers fan!


Metro-Urban Institute
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206