The Rev. Derek Davenport, Director of Miller Summer Youth Institute and Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects

Derek Davenport was part of the first class of SYI scholars in 1997. He then served as a part of the re-visioning team in 1999, an intern in 2000, and a counselor (as a PTS student) in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Before returning to PTS, Derek served as the associate pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Fla. Derek loves storytelling, preaching, watching movies, and currently is studying church symbolism in his spare time. He is also a graduate of Grove City College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. | 412-924-1385

The Rev. Erin Davenport, LSW, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects and the Miller Summer Youth Institute

Erin Davenport served as a counselor (as a PTS student) in 2003, 2004, and 2005. With Derek, she became interim director in 2010. Previously, Erin served as a chaplain at Westminster Towers Orlando, a retirement community and as program staff for the Central Florida Presbytery, working in the areas of youth and mission. She is a graduate of Grove City College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the University of Pittsburgh, completing the Seminary's joint MDiv/MSW program. | 412-924-1443

Chris Taylor, Miller SYI Program Coordinator 

Chris assists SYI by coordinating recruiting, planning, and running for one of the academies and preparing for the summer mission experiences. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 2015, Chris spent a summer in Acadia National Park and served as a youth director in Raleigh before moving back to his hometown of Pittsburgh to attend PTS. Chris has also been serving at Parkwood Presbyterian Church in Allison Park since 2017 and is an admissions counselor at PTS. You can often catch Chris watching Pittsburgh sports, Carolina basketball, reading a good book, or exploring the outdoors.

Miller Summer Youth Institute
616 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206