Kimberly Gonxhe serves as director of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Kimberly earned a bachelor's from Ohio University and a master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she was the Valentour World Travel Scholar focusing on women’s issues in a global context. She also serves as the founder and executive director of the Live Foundation, a global gender justice organization uplifting communities through systematic transformation. She answered the current call on her life after a thriving 10-year engineering career with a Fortune 100 Company. Kimberly has advocated for the marginalized in more than 32 countries, spanning five continents, touching the lives of thousands. Her work has positively affected war-torn displaced people in Uganda, reformed sex workers in Indonesia, as well as married, mutilated, and uneducated young girls in Kenya. Kimberly enjoys traveling, painting, hiking, and international cuisine. She is the mother of two: Jaden Alexander and Zion Gabrielle. Download High Res Image


Nadine Banks is the administrative program assistant for the Metro-Urban Institute and World Mission Initiative. Nadine's career includes experience in human resources, banking, and manufacturing. She received her bachelor's from Chatham University. After several mission trips to Haiti, she started a scholarship program for elementary school students in the countryside, south, near Les Cayes. The program was expanded to also provide school supplies for the four participating schools. An advocate of hope, following graduation from Chatham, Nadine founded and facilitated a community-based scholarship workshop at Woodland Hills High School. Nadine comes to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary after 10 years as executive assistant with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). She is a commissioned lay minister in her church.


Christin Thorpe is the MUI fellows and community engagement coordinator. She is a graduate of Hampton University and received her MSW with a concentration in community organizing and social administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. Christin has always been passionate about helping others and has been a consistent advocate for those historically disenfranchised. Christin has held two stints as an Americorp member, acted as the vice president for Hampton University’s Service Learning Association, along with a variety of other social service and advocacy positions. During her graduate program she was awarded the University of Pittsburgh Center for Race and Social Problems Fellowship and initiated the University of Pittsburgh Minority Breastfeeding Project. Throughout her experiences in graduate school, Christin received divine opportunities to merge her faith and passion for social justice in urban communities. As a result, Christin developed a passion for faith-based community development and was inspired to start Kingdom Centered Solutions, a consulting company created to support small- to midsize-churches in strategically cultivating their organizations and impacting their local communities. Christin is the outreach servant leader at her church and the doting mother of Ozzie Ali.


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