MISSIONARIES

Charles Chapman

chapman AT livingministry DOT org 

Born and raised in Baltimore, I have always felt a calling from the Lord to help neglected people. In the 7th grade I went on a missions trip to Washington D.C. where I worked with the homeless in soup kitchens and in street evangelism. For the past 15 years, God has blessed me with talents and gifts of being able to understand and have a heart for people that get overlooked by society. This ministry to me is not something I do because I feel guilty, or because I want to impress people. The reason I do what I do is because I am compelled by love. Not just the love I have for people, but the love that my Heavenly Father has so graciously lavished upon me. It is because of that love that I can do anything. It’s that love that motivates me to serve. There is no greater love.

 

Joshua McKinley

mckinley AT livingministry DOT org

Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI I've always had a heart to be an image bearer for Christ. I moved to Pittsburgh in summer 2007 to work in campus ministry. How I got connected with Living Ministry originally was by bringing college students to workdays, clothing sorting parties, and ALIVE. The more I got involved, the more I saw the redemptive and transformational work that God was doing and the dedication and commitment of the staff. Seeing all of these things, I couldn’t help but support what L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry was about.

In Matthew 25:40 it says, "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." I believe in my role here at Living Ministry is to love all people and to help our homeless friends grow in their relationships with Christ and to uncover the hope of Jesus Christ as we meet them where they're at. Throughout my years in ministry I've realized I have a heart for all people; including our homeless friends to see and to know Christ. My job here with Living Ministry is a calling, a call to love like Jesus loved. 

 

Jared Cave

cave AT livingministry DOT org

My wife and I moved to Pittsburgh the summer of 2015 to work for the ministry through a partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). We moved here after spending three years with the CCO in Williamsport, PA. My call to ministry came while I was attending Gordon College in Massachusetts, where I graduated with a degree in youth ministries. My time in college as well as my early years with the CCO showed me that I am gifted in and passionate about leadership development and discipleship. It is in this way God has called me to LIVING Ministry to serve by caring for and developing our missionaries and the future generation of missionaries currently in college. 

 

Scott Means

means AT livingministry DOT org

I'm a life-long Pittsburgh guy, who was exposed to service to the homeless and urban poor very early on in my Christian walk. My heart is broken for those whose lives have been broken by the circumstances of the world. I have been blessed to witness God's transformative love - active and powerful on the streets of Pittsburgh. What a privilege it is to be called by God to serve Him again as a missionary in the city's shelters and camps. May God enable me to open my hand and give freely.

"You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, 'You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'" Deuteronomy 15:10-11

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Nichole Cooper

cooper AT livingministry DOT org

Throughout my whole life I was on a journey to fill a void.  That journey took me to some scary places, but I see now how Jesus was with me the entire time!  I was introduced to the rooms of AA and made conscious contact with God.  He quickly grabbed a hold of my heart and filled the void.  A year and a half later He called me from Texas to Pittsburgh to serve the homeless as a Missionary and finish college. Being a Pittsburgher is great, but I'll always be a Texas girl!  I am now attending City Vision University majoring in Addiction Studies.  I have a deep passion to reach the lost and the broken and share the light I was graciously given.  Experiencing God as I build relationships in women's ministry has been life changing.  All the glory goes to God!  

“I waited patiently for the LORD. He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in Him.” Psalms 40:1-3 NIV

Terrie Griffin

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griffin AT livingministry.org DOT org

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. My entry into the world as the youngest of three children was among missionaries. My maternal grandmother and mother were both “home missionaries”. Home missionaries focus on urban ministry - feeding and caring for the homeless and reaching out to the less fortunate in communities throughout Pittsburgh.   Having a “missionary spirit” is in my DNA. 

As a young adult I accepted my calling to the Gospel Ministry.  After earning a Doctor of Ministry degree, from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, God sent me as a missionary to urban and rural communities in the U.S. and overseas. Because of my passion for people and ministry, my joy is working in urban communities.  Two years ago I was asked to develop a community outreach ministry focusing on the needs of the homeless in partnership with The Salvation Army.  It remains a thriving ministry with committed volunteers who desire to serve God and others.  When my husband Ed and I decided to return to Pittsburgh, it was then I made the connection with and was called by God to serve L.I.V.I.N.G.  It is here where I hear Jesus say, “I came not to be served but to serve.”  Serving the homeless women of Pittsburgh is where you will find me!

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Jennifer Ielase

ielase AT livingministry DOT org

I grew up in the farmlands of Northwest Ohio and would never have imagined how much I would fall in love with the city and its people!  I grew up in the church and have always believed in God as our Creator, but it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I learned I could have a relationship with our God through His Son, Jesus! Through pain and messiness, God convicted me of my sin and showed me that He was the only One who could truly satisfy me.  God has transformed my heart and life with His Son.  The Truth of the Gospel gave me great purpose in my life and a desire to give my life back to God for His Church, Kingdom and Glory. Our family has the privilege of surrendering our lives to the work of His Gospel and our hearts long to serve and care for His Church.  Our God is so good - we get to experience great joy as we know Him and serve Him!  My husband and I have been blessed to be friends of LIVING Ministry for years and it is one of the easiest decisions we’ve ever made!  I have learned so much about caring for those who are houseless and homeless from LIVING Ministry.  It is a privilege to serve alongside them as we fulfill our purpose to glorify our great God here in this city!

Michelle Ulrich

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ulrich AT livingministry DOT org

I grew up in Jamestown, NY, the daughter of immigrant parents. When I came to Pittsburgh 15 years ago, I knew this was going to be my new home. Having gone through some life changes after moving here, God taught me many new things including how to lean on a new church family at Allegheny Center Alliance Church (ACAC). I was learning very quickly that the Lord had been preparing me for a specific role all along. That role would be to speak His truth while giving others hope. So how was I going to put this new role into action? Well, I met Charles at ACAC and was also learning about the way the ministry was supporting the homeless through countless others along the way.  After much prayer, I took the risk of quitting a stable job in 2012 and began to pray for the job I was ordained to be in. If God wanted me to carry out his plan, I knew he would make a way. I started facilitating a women's bible study and volunteering for different opportunities at the church...LIVING Ministry was one of them. Today, I am so happy to be a part of a ministry that cares so deeply for the lost and homeless, whether it be feeling homeless inside their hearts or they are truly without a home. Thank you Lord for changing my life and giving me the honor of serving you in this capacity!

Bethany Dever

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dever AT livingministry DOT org

I have felt God’s call into ministry since I was in 7th grade, while I was participating in a missions trip serving those experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. Ever since, I have been on the journey of trying to figure out where He wanted me. The summer of 2016, after my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh, I served alongside a ministry on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Leaving the Lakota Sioux people at the end of the summer was an incredibly difficult task, as I felt God was calling me there to serve. However, I knew in my heart that our amazing Lord placed me at Pitt for a reason, and as I headed back to school I looked for opportunities to further serving Him. In the Fall of 2016 I connected with LIVING Ministry as a volunteer, and in the Winter I started working here part-time. I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve and be served by the people our gracious God puts in my life, and I am so excited to see where He leads me.