Meet a few of our alums from the various degrees available at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary!


Name: The Rev. Keith Kaufold

PTS graduation year and program: 2007 and 2012 / M.Div. and STM (Th.M.)

Serves as: Church planter

Read Keith's story.

Name: Elizabeth Trexler

PTS graduation year and program: 2005 / Joint degree M.Div. / M.S.W. with the University of Pittsburgh

Served in: Campus ministry

Read Elizabeth's story.



Name: Maxine Garrett

PTS graduation year and program: 2008 / M.A.

Serves as: Christian educator

Read Maxine's story.

Name: The Rev. Tom Moore

PTS graduation year and program: 2007 / M.Div. and 2010 / S.T.M. (Th.M.

Serves as: Church pastor

Read Tom's story.


Pittsburgh Theological Seminary students answer their calls to seminary and ministry in a number of ways. They're military chaplains, church planters, community organizers, and pastors. Master of Divinity (M.Div.),  Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) alumnae/i find themselves doing work all over the world, in Pittsburgh’s surrounding communities—Indiana, Washington, Warren, Erie, New Castle, Altoona—and in every corner of Pennsylvania, rural, urban, everywhere—and in states and countries around the world. We are excited to share the diverse, spirited, and meaningful journeys of our students, and what their time at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary means to them. Click on the names below to read more about our students.

tyler bayless mdiv program student Karyn Bigelow MDiv program student
Tyler Bayless Following graduation, MDiv student Tyler Bayless plans to serve full time as a military chaplain. Karyn Bigelow Karyn’s ministry calling is to help women in need, specifically to have a pure heart. "I want every woman to know God intimately, and for her to let God work on her the same way God does for me.”
Calvin Chong STM program student lisa davis ma program student
Calvin Chong Calvin is at PTS—on an international student scholarship—and when he graduates he will return to Malaysia to teach and earn his doctoral degree. "When I respond, God provides." Lisa Davis Lisa felt a growing desire to go deeper into the realm of academia that she couldn’t ignore. With the Seminary’s library, Kelso Museum, and class options, it is the perfect place for her.
Danielle Graham, MDiv program alumna rich hanlon mdiv program student
Danielle Graham Over the course of her years at Pittsburgh Seminary, Danielle has been spiritually, emotionally, and academically challenged, but most importantly she felt her call to ministry. Rich Hanlon “Being responsible for the natural world is more than just something to preach about. It is how I should be living my life.”
Shana Hutchings MDiv program student rob jones mdiv program alumnus
Shana Hutchings "I have been confirmed in my call to ministry countless times as a seminary student. We welcomed our third child during my second year here, and we not only survived, but really thrived in this community." Rob Jones Pursuing knowledge and teaching is something Rob ’14, graduate of the MDiv program, is passionate about. "What I really enjoy about research is the curiosity, is the starting with a question and diving deep.”
Amy Jun MDiv program student Scott Lawrence MDiv program student
Ea Kyoung (Amy) Jun Here she is, following not her will but God’s will, preparing the rest of her life for the most precious thing—spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Scott Lawrence “The more you dive into theology and worship the more you realize just how small you are in comparison to God.  It’s truly humbling, but extremely good."
Alan Olson MDiv program student Melanie Timbers MDiv/MSW program student
Alan Olson M.Div. student Alan Olson went on four World Mission Initiative cross-cultural trips while a seminarian. To him, getting out of one’s context is an essential aid in ministry. Melanie Timbers Melanie has spent her time diving into her classes, cultivating a firmer foundation in God through biblical studies, and continuously discerning her call to church leadership.

Archived Student Stories

Cindy Alloway Jane Anabe Sue and Laura Blank Michael Carlin
Deyja Donohue Tara Fanton Josh Fisher Richard Flateau
Steven Gallego Aaron Gordon Charlie Hamill Simeon Harrar
Sally Henry Will Jackson Kathy Kinzer John Magnuson and Daniel Foster

Eric McIntosh

Erica McIlroy Cassandra Millis

Valerie Parm

April Roebuck

Mary Louise Russell

Jessica Smith

SYI Alums: Cassandra Millis, David Davenport,
Brian Lays, and Rebecca Dix

Marco Tinor Mihn Towner Dan Turis Eric Vinsel
Michael Wallace      



The Rev. Anthony Rivera serves PTS as director of admissions. He earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree with a concentration in biblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. Anthony has worked in the business, non-profit, and education sectors prior to his arrival to PTS. He loves to see seminary students succeed at all levels. Anthony has an interest in Greco-Roman studies, Second Temple Literature, Hispanic/Latin@ studies, race studies, and higher education. | 412-924-1383


Hallie Isadore first came to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as the wife of 2013 M.Div. graduate Dan Isadore. She graduated from Grove City College with her bachelor's in 2007. She has previous experience serving executive-level staff within the University of Montana and Kurt J. Lesker Company. Hallie now serves as office manager for Admissions. If she is not working with prospective students or the Admissions Office, Hallie can likely be found planning dinner for guests within her home, or spending time with her family. | 412-924-1380


Cheryl De Paolis is the director of Financial Aid. She earned a bachelor’s  from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s from Pennsylvania State University. She is active in various professional organizations serving in many leadership roles. She was the president of Pennsylvania Association of Financial Aid Administrators, PASFAA, in 2014 and has held many chair positions since 2008. Currently, she is secretary for the Eastern Association of Financial Aid Administrators, EASFAA, and chair of the ACCESS Group Financial Aid Advisory Committee. In 2015, she created nextPAGE, a program for new financial aid administrators which won a Gold Star Award from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, NASFAA. | 412-924-1384


The Rev. Derek R. Davenport first came to Pittsburgh Seminary through the Miller Summer Youth Institute in 1997. He graduated from PTS with his Master of Divinity in 2005, after which he served a church in Orlando, Fla., for five years. Derek now serves as director of enrollment and co-director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute. If he is not working with prospective students, Derek is probably serving as a guest preacher somewhere in Western Pennsylvania, or researching church symbolism. | 412-924-1385