Pittsburgh Theological Seminary celebrated its 226th commencement May 27, 2022, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins presented the commencement address. Dr. Harkins is director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). His vocation has led him to serve in the church, in theological education, and in politics. He is a graduate of Boston University, Union Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary.  

A number of students also received graduation prizes.


Service of Thanksgiving

Service of Thanksgiving
During the annual Service of Thanksgiving, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary celebrates the graduating class and gives God the glory for our degree and certificate program students' calls to a variety of ministries.




Service of Thanksgiving

Graduation Brunch


Class of 2022

Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization

Austin Randolph Almaguer
Arlington, Va.

Aaron P. Bailey 
Vicksburg, Mich.

Catherine A. Bowser 
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Joshua A. Brim-Simpson 
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sharon Davy Carter 
Fort Wright, Ky.

Jennifer E. Frayer-Griggs 
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Brian S. Gaeta-Symonds 
Claremont, Calif.

Ezequiel I. Herrera-Rodriguez 
McAllen, Texas

Melissa Rose Smith 
Knoxville, Tenn.

Certificate in Theological Studies

Morgan Murphy
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Certificate in Advanced Studies in Ministry

John Pickles 
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK

Master of Arts

Christine G. Beregi
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

Emily Caitlin Lyth
Kutztown, Pa.

Andrew Joseph Mason 
Nashville, Tenn.

Dana R. Motte
McDonald, Pa.

Tommie Nell Taylor 
Watson, Ark.

Master of Theological Studies 

Katelyn E. Fisher
Homestead, Pa.

Karris May Jackson **
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Eliza McCarthy
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Margaret Owusu-Sekyereh
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Saw Khalay Saw
Yangon, Myanmar

Lauren Elizabeth Vaughn
Coraopolis, Pa.

Caitlin Nicole Zeiset
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Master of Divinity

Rebecca Ann Abbott
Pittsburgh, Pa.

John F. Balliet Jr.
Manns Choice, Pa.

Zachary R. Bohinski
North Huntingdon, Pa.

Glenn Michael Creamer
Sewickley, Pa.

Lauren E. Davis
Kenna, W.Va.

Kacy Joyce Howard
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Tae Bong Hur
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Rudeene Ashleigh Jackson * ***
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Rebecca M. Konegen
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nathan Long
Akron, Ohio

Christin L. Moreland
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Erin Katharine Morey ****
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Amy L. Newell
Plum Borough, Pa.

Kathryn Grace Ophardt
Canton, Ohio

Kori Dawn Robbins
Anaconda, Mont.

Wesley Carl Smith
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hunter Elizabeth Steinitz
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Doctor of Ministry

Kamal Elias Al-Rahil
Jacksonville, Fla.
Raising Christian Children, Building a Christian Family

Richard Paul Grendahl
Staunton, Va.
The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God: Science as a Way of Seeking God

Lee David Kricher
Oakmont, Pa.
The Art of Seamless Pastoral Transition: A Guide for Church Leaders

John Foster Magnuson
Charlotte, N.C.
Dwelling in the Word and in the World: Missional Engagement through Storytelling

Robert E. Martin
Athens, Ohio
Food, Faith, and Film: Cultivating a Spirituality of Hospitality

Carolyn Fenner Moss
Volant, Pa.
Finding New Opportunities in Christian Community through the Use of Technology

Philomena Ofori-Nipaah
Fairgrove, Mich.
Sustaining a Prayer Life among Clergy and Congregational Leaders

* Joint Degree – Master of Social Work (University of Pittsburgh)
** Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry
*** Church Planting Emphasis
****   Episcopal/Anglican Studies