Who We Are

The Office of Diversity Development and Inclusion supports churches, pastors, conference staff, the cabinet, and committees. We are committed to the work of dismantling racism and inclusion.

Dianne Glave

Coordinator, Diversity Development and Inclusion
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Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave is currently a staff member of the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference Center as the Coordinator of Diversity Development.
She completed her M.Div. at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After completing her degree, she served as a local pastor at Crafton United Methodist Church and Ingomar Church in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Glave's background, an M.A. and Ph.D. in History with an emphasis on African American and environmental history and experience as a professor in African American Studies and Ethnic Studies, serves as a foundation for her current position.
Her publications include Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage and To Love the Wind and the Rain: African American Environmental History, a co-edited volume.

William Meekins

Assistant to the Bishop
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William B. Meekins, Jr., was appointed as Assistant to the Bishop in July of 2014, after completing eight years as superintendent of the Greensburg District. Before being appointed as a superintendent, he served as a pastor of African American, white, and multicultural congregations. He continues to be part of a group of Large Membership Church pastors who meet regularly.
Rev. Meekins also has served on jurisdictional and denominational agency boards, including the General Board of Global Ministries. He currently is a member of the Connectional Table. He has traveled extensively, spending time in countries in Africa, most of Asia, Europe, and Central and south America.
Rev. Meekins is a graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary/Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Phyllis Petrie

Administrative Assistant to Episcopal
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