Meet Two Members of the Class of 2020
Ordination: Coptic Orthodox Christian Church
Being called by God going on five years ago, I became an ordained deacon focusing on youth ministry in Queens, N.Y. Subsequently called to the priesthood, I continued working with youth in Queens. I learned about Pittsburgh Seminary from faculty members at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary who are graduates of PTS’s D.Min. program. They encouraged me to pursue the degree.
PTS facilitated a unique experience for me by creating a community of educators and learners steeped in the Orthodox Christian faith. My program has equipped me for better serving the youth in my care. It has also enriched my teaching of theology at St. John’s (Roman Catholic) University, also in Queens.
Ordination in process: The United Methodist Church
After sensing a call to a seminary education, and considering the call to become a United Methodist pastor, I traveled from North Bangor, N.Y., to visit PTS, from where my father graduated. I sensed the Seminary would be a good academic and theological fit and would help me gain a strong academic understanding for ordination and my future pastoral ministries.
A highlight of my program at PTS has consisted in the impressive amount of care the professors show not only in students’ academic life but also in our current and future ministries. Having served as vice president of United Methodist Student Fellowship during my senior year at PTS, immediately after graduation I will complete the process to become a certified candidate in The UMC, then begin my assignment to a church as pastor.