Pittsburgh Theological Seminary celebrated the Class of 2023 during a variety of events leading up to commencement May 26 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. During the commencement service, the Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, dean and vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of homiletics and Hebrew Bible at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, preached.

A number of students also received graduation prizes.


Service of Thanksgiving



Check out photos from this year's festivities. 

Class of 2023

Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry 

Julie Katherine Botset *
Midlothian, Va.

Michael Holohan
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Cheryl Lynn Khyllep
Pittsburgh, Pa.

José H. López-Chapa
Baltimore, Md.

Cynthia S. W. McClung
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Philip Walter Oehler Sr. *
Woodbury, N.J.

Sheryl R. Puderbaugh
Peru, Iowa

Michael J. Sperger
Jenkintown, Pa.

Nancy Van Fleet *
Naples, Fla.


Certificate in Ministry

Naomi Johnson *
Pittsburgh, Pa.


Certificate in Urban Ministry

Carter Ricks Hawley * 
Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Degree of Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies is conferred upon

Pamela Louise Tarpley **
Pittsburgh, Pa.


Master of Theological Studies 

Dominic R. Alfonso
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nicholas Patrick Bersin *
Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany

Jodie Eckenrod
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Steffan E. Johnson
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Joshua Kennedy
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Oleksandr Nosenko *
Poltava, Ukraine

Joseph D. Oswald
Hartville, Ohio

Abasilum Gunter Smith
Kingston, Jamaica

David Andrew York
Pittsburgh, Pa.


Master of Divinity

Caroline Catherine Baker
Zelienople, Pa.

Rachel Elizabeth Cole-Turner
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Andrew Thomas Connolly
Harrisburg, Pa.

Ronald Eber Cox Jr.
Erie, Pa.

Katherine Anne Davoli
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Kerry Michelle Dowdy
East Butler, Pa.

Joshua Abraham Elliott|
Streetsboro, Ohio

Sarah L. Gamble-Adams **
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Abby George
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Camilla Michele Helenkamp
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Andrew Benjamin Hill
Atlanta, Ga.

John Lucas Hillier
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Elizabeth Anne Nicodemus
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hannah Grace Ostlund
Southern Pines, N.C.

Raymond Eric Pelling
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sarita L. Robinson
Bridgeport, W.Va.

Simeon Antoine Rodgers 
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nathan Daniel Salamacha ** ***
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nicole C. Schilder
New York, N.Y.

Nicole Starr *
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Charlene Lynne Washington **
North Braddock, Pa.


Doctor of Ministry

Andrew Thomas Bossardet ^ 
Byron Center, Mich.
Finding Home in the Wilderness

Corinne Lesley Cameron ^
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Life Abundant: The Value of Spiritual Practices for Canadian Salvation Army Officer Mothers

Charissa Clark Howe
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Comfort and Connection: Exploring the Healing Narrative of the Psalms

Richard Jones
Cincinnati, Ohio
Faith-based Community Engagement

Diane Elizabeth Knauf
Hilton Head, S.C.
Learning to Lament in Times of Loss and Change

Laura Elizabeth Strauss
Pittsburgh, Pa.
As a Hen Gathers Her Chicks: The Impact of Intergenerational Relationships on the Faith Development of  Young Adults at Sunrise Valley United Presbyterian Church

Paul J. Yanchek ^^
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Come to the Table: The Lord’s Supper as an Invitation to the Transformational Presence of Jesus

* In Absentia
** Certificate in Urban Ministry
*** Emphasis in Forming New Faith Communities
^ Certificate in Spiritual Direction in Ministry
^^ Certificate in Leading Spiritual Formation