Academic Affairs and Student Services
Barbour Library
Business Office
Church Planting Initiative
Continuing Education
Doctor of Ministry Program
Field Education
Information Technology
Institutional Advancement
Kelso Museum
Metro-Urban Institute
Miller Summer Youth Institute
Placement Office
President's Office
Student Services
World Mission Initiative


Academic Affairs and Student Services

Heather Vacek Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty As dean, Heather works with the faculty to develop the Seminary's curriculum and academic policies as well as program and course offerings. As vice president, she oversees the operations of the Academic Affairs and related offices as well as admissions and enrollment.
Barbara Blodgett Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Assessment, and Field Education Barbara works with Seminary faculty, program offices, and other constituencies to provide academic coordination to further the Seminary's core educational mission, manages the assessment of student learning outcomes and accreditation, and oversees the Field Education program.
Anne Malone Registrar and Student Support Specialist Anne manages the functions of the Registrar’s Office including the registration process for new and returning students, scheduling courses offered each semester, maintaining student academic records, processing transcript requests, and maintaining degree audits to certify students for graduation. Additionally, Anne provides curricular related pastoral and vocational support as a member of the student services team.
Holly McKelvey Administrative Assistant for Academic Support Holly supports the Center for Writing and Learning Support and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Assessment, and Field Education.
Mary O'Shan (Shan) Overton Director of the Center for Writing and Learning Support Shan oversees the Seminary's new Center for Writing and Learning Support. In this role she serves as a resource to students, faculty, and the broader community.
Kendra Buckwalter Smith Worship Coordinator Kendra coordinates the Seminary’s worship program, which equips students for Christian ministries as faithful, thoughtful, and hospitable worshipers and worship leaders.
Ayana Teter Associate Dean for Students and Formation Ayana oversees all student support functions, including formation, vocation, placement, care teams, student organizations, and forthcoming Houses of Study. 
Derek Woodard-Lehman Administrative Assistant Derek assists in the day-to-day operations of the Dean of Faculty's office, including coordinating commencement.



Tracy Riggle Young Senior Director of Enrollment Services Tracy's work includes assisting students in discerning their calls to ministry while also ensuring their ongoing success while at seminary.
Ryan Jensema Associate Director of Financial Aid Ryan directs the financial aid program for students. This includes grants, scholarships, and loans. He also manages the Seminary's Work-Support Program.
Ashley Johnson Admissions Counselor Ashley serves prospective students to answer any questions related to the admissions process, scheduling a campus visit, or meeting different program directors or faculty.
Chris Taylor Admissions Counselor Chris serves prospective students to answer any questions related to the admissions process, scheduling a campus visit, or meeting different program directors or faculty.


Barbour Library

Michelle Spomer Director of Barbour Library Michelle oversees all aspects of the library.
Carrie Carter Electronic Resources Librarian Carrie manages electronic resources such as databases and ebooks, and maintains the library's online catalog.
Alyson Pope Head of User Services Alyson develops programming, policies, procedures, and services that enhance student success, and that support user access to the library.
Scott Richardson-Eckes Acquisitions Assistant Scott manages the acquisition of library resources and participates in the processing of received books and journals. Requests for library materials should be forwarded to the Library Director.
Mark C. Russell Research and Instruction Librarian Mark develops research and instruction programming that supports faculty research and student coursework and manages interlibrary loan services.
Darlene Veghts Head of Technical Services Darlene oversees all aspects of technical services including cataloging, serials, and materials processing.


Business Office

Tom Hinds Vice President for Finance and Administration Tom oversees the financial and other administrative functions of the Seminary, including facilities, information technology, human resources, and food service. He is a member of the senior leadership team.
Kendra Eberhardt Senior Accountant Kendra's responsibilities include financial reporting, as well as the automation and implementation of accounting systems, procedures and controls.
Ellen Frisco Assistant Controller Ellen manages the  accounting and financial operations of the Seminary. She also manages the Seminary's payroll function.
Jane Larson Accounts Payable / Student Accounts Associate Jane works with student accounts, including housing, and performs a variety of accounts payable activities. 
Diane Poznick Accounts Payable / Payroll Specialist Diane prepares and processes payroll for all PTS employees. She also performs a variety of accounts payable and other accounting activities.
Open Position Human Resources Manager manages the Seminary's human resources.
Open Position Junior Accountant performs a variety of accounting support tasks within the Business Office, including the handling of student accounts.


Church Planting Initiative

Karen Rohrer Director of the Church Planting Initiative Karen oversee's the Seminary's Church Planting Initiative which supports Christian leaders who participate in God’s work of developing new Christian communities and revitalizing existing congregations. Learn more about the program.
Nadine Banks Academic Institutes Administrative Assistant Nadine assists the Director of the Church Planting Initiative in preparing students to lead new worshiping communities. 


Continuing Education

Helen Blier Director of Continuing Education Helen determines the Seminary's CE offerings. She is working to develop new programs for church leaders and lay persons. Learn more about the program.
Lori Arnold Continuing Education Coordinator Lori manages the daily operations of this office and orchestrates support of its events.


Doctor of Ministry Program

Denise Thorpe Interim Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program Denise leads the Seminary's Doctor of Ministry Program by overseeing the focus areas, teaching, and recruiting. Learn more about the program.
Ramona Spencer Program Coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry Program Ramona assists the Doctor of Ministry Director in the daily operations of the office, student support, and class preparation.



Tom Fulton Facilities Director Tom manages the facilities department which is charged with maintaining the Seminary's grounds.
Darryl Allen Custodian Darryl works in the student housing building to provide clean living spaces.
Bob Cieri Custodian Bob ensures that McNaugher is clean and welcoming to the PTS community and beyond.
Dan Holmes Director of Mail and Print/Copy Services Dan serves all members of the community in sorting and delivering the mail as well as coping and mailing a variety of communications.
Joe Mafrici Assistant Facilities Director Joe assists in managing the Seminary's facilities and can be found working in a variety of trades.
Robert Marnik Stationary Engineer Robert is the Seminary’s “comfort specialist” in charge of the heating and cooling operations.
John McMahon Building and Grounds Maintenance John provides custodial services in the Chapel and takes care for the grounds.
Walter Morgan Custodian Walter makes sure the newly renovated Barbour Library is clean for students and visitors to study.
Audrey Starr Custodian Audrey works to keep Long Hall clean and ready for special events and daily lectures.


Field Education

Barbara Blodgett Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Assessment, and Field Education Barbara directs the Seminary's Field Education program.
Holly McKelvey Administrative Assistant to the Director of Field Education Holly provides support the Field Education program.


Information Technology

David Middleton Director of Information Technology David is in charge of the Seminary’s technology infrastructure including the Seminary’s network, servers, databases, websites, telephone system, printing resources, and software solutions as well as support for these systems.
Brian Fidell Network Administrator Brian assists the IT director in managing the Seminary's network including phones and e-mails. He provides IT support to employees.
David Keys Database and Website Administrator David runs reports from the Seminary's database, oversees the functionality of the Seminary's website, and is in charge of the Seminary's website portal for students, faculty, and staff.
Tyler Mumau Audio Visual Technician Tyler provides A/V support to the Seminary community by providing event assistance and setting up equipment and/or software.


Institutional Advancement

Charles Fischer III Vice President for Seminary Advancement Charles directs all aspects of fundraising, alumni/ae and church relations, marketing and communications, and life-long learning activities at the Seminary.
Lisa Bunting Guest Housing and Event Coordinator Lisa is responsible for reception, the coordination of guest housing, as well as the scheduling of campus meetings and events.
Carolyn Cranston Director of Alumnae/i and Church Relations Carolyn works with alums to host the annual Alumnae/i Days events, Phonathon, and graduation brunch. Additionally, she is the liaison between the Seminary and supporting churches.
Erin Davenport Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects Erin works to advance the Seminary through a variety of strategic intiatives. 
Hallie Isadore Database and Donor Services Specialist Hallie manages the Advancement computer databases and acknowledgement system related to donor and constituent relations. She assists with constituent events and communications.
Melissa Logan Senior Director of Communications Melissa oversees the Seminary's communications including print and online, social media, and website. Additionally, she is the contact for media relations.
Robin Menard Communications and Marketing Specialist Robin is responsible for advertising, marketing, and event promotion as it relates to Continuing Education, Church Planting Initiative, Kelso Museum, Metro-Urban Institute, and World Mission Initiative.
Dominick Oliver Director of Development Dom directs the planning and implementation of all programs and activities associated with the Seminary's annual fund. In addition, he oversees donor services, along with planned and major gift giving.
Derek Woodard-Lehman Administrative Assistant Derek provides support the the Vice President for Seminary Advancement and assists in the day-to-day operations of the Advancement office.


Kelso Museum

Jennifer Christmas Associate Curator Jennifer oversees and coordinates the operations of the museum, and plans and coordinates production of museum exhibits. She also welcomes visitors and special groups to the museum, and conducts research on objects in the collection. Learn more about the Museum.


Metro-Urban Institute

R. Drew Smith Professor of Urban Ministry and Director of the Metro-Urban Institute Drew leads the Metro-Urban Institute in engaging at urban intersections of religious and social life. MUI is an academic and community-building resource for urban ministries and organizations. Learn more about the program.
Nadine Banks Academic Institutes Administrative Assistant Nadine provides administrative support for the MUI program and helps to coordinate the program’s educational opportunities as well as other MUI events and promotions in the greater Pittsburgh community.


Miller Summer Youth Institute

Derek Davenport Director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute Derek co-directors the Miller Summer Youth Institute and works to expand the program by taking it to colleges and universities, as well as on the road to church youth groups and leaders. Learn more about the program.
Chris Taylor Miller SYI Program Coordinator Chris is assisting in the expansion of SYI by coordinating recruiting, planning, and running for one of the academies and preparing for the upcoming summer mission experiences.


President's Office

David Esterline President and Professor of Cross-Cultural Theological Education President Esterline works with the Seminary's leadership team to determine the Seminary's core focuses and new programs. He is a faculty member and teaches courses cross-cultural theological education.
Andy Greenhow Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Directors Andy provides executive-level support to the president and to the Board of Directors. He assists the president in special projects, handles correspondence to the Board, and coordinates all aspects of Board meetings.


World Mission Initiative

Hunter Farrell Director of the World Mission Initiative Hunter leads the mission focus at the Seminary that seeks to engage students in what God is doing in the world through short-term cross-cultural mission experiences and institutional partnerships. Learn more about the program.
Nadine Banks

Academic Institutes Administrative Assistant Nadine provides administrative support for the WMI program and helps to coordinate missions trips, conferences, and other opportunities the program offers

Bala Khyllep Associate Director of the World Mission Initiative Bala helps develop mission vision, nurtures missionary vocation, and cultivates missional congregations through programs for students and churches.