Local Ministry Partners

Open Hand Ministries

Contact Director: Michael Stanton (412-400-7253)

The mission of Open Hand is to respond to the injustice and inequality common to inner city neighborhoods by providing low/moderate income, disadvantaged families the opportunity for affordable home-ownership in the economically challenged Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Garfield and East Liberty. Mail for Open Hand can be sent to Valley View Presbyterian Church at 601 N. Aiken Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Contact: Kevin Bell

 Living Ministry

(Contact Living Ministry)

We are L.I.V.I.N.G. to serve Pittsburgh’s homeless and needy in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God has given us a mission, and that mission is pretty clear. We are to to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke of bondage. We are also to share our food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter, and when we see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from our own flesh and blood. (From Isaiah 58:6,7)

Contact: Nick List


(Contact PULSE)

PULSE, the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience, was founded in 1994 by John Stahl-Wert. Since then, PULSE has brought more than 90 college graduates to the Steel City, pairing them with responsible positions at community-building organizations ranging from hospitals to local radio stations and food banks. About a third of PULSE alumni are still living in Pittsburgh, making important contributions to their adopted city.

Contact:  Teresa Yoder

Lampost Farm

Lamppost Farm….Where Culture and Agriculture Meet.  Named after the lamppost in the Chronicles of Narnia, Lamppost Farm is an entry-point into a new world where adventures unfold beyond the bounds of imagination, animals “talk”, winter warms into spring, and character forms in relationship to the Great Lion.  Lamppost Farm exists to provide meaningful learning opportunities by engaging in purposeful and productive work, contagious relationships, and the celebration of “good ordinary food”.  Our goal is to use agriculture and its fruit to build individuals and groups in deeper relationship with themselves, one another, God, and God’s creation.  Whether raising and processing chickens; growing, making and canning fresh salsa; milking the cow; or turning logs into lumber then into beautiful furniture; experiences at Lamppost Farm enable guests the chance to see with their eyes, hear with their ears, explore with their hands, and understand with their heart. Ultimately, these encounters are to promote healing, hope-building, and a sense of home in the people of God.

Contact: Brian Yoder

Ambassadors PGH Matt and Melia Major

Our mission is to communicate the good news of Jesus to all people through football.

Our values are

Football: We participate in football at all levels with passion, excellence and respect.

Church: We uphold the long-term, transformative role of the Church in the world.

Team: We identify and collaborate with others in the pursuit of shared goals.

Service: We follow the example of Jesus by leading through service and prioritizing the marginalized.

For registration information, http://pgh.ambassadorsfootball.org/ 

Contact:  Stephanie and Kevin Bell

Coalition for Christian OutreachLee Scott

In December 2011, Lee Scott came on board as our first-ever Director of Staff Services. This position was created to enhance collaboration, advocacy, and communication for the CCO’s ministry on campus, as well as relationships between CCO leadership, support staff, campus staff and ministry partners.

“This position gives me the duty and blessing of serving others,” says Lee. “The challenges and potential of this position are exciting and offer a unique opportunity well-suited to my vocational calling, education, and experience.”  – Lee Scott

Contact: John Creasy