Pittsburgh Area Pastor Among 20 Selected as Lewis Fellows


The Rev. Tom Parkinson, pastor of Faith UMC in the Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel, has been selected as one of 20 young clergy to participate in the 2013-14 Lewis Fellows program at The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. The young clergy were chosen from a broad field of applicants and represent five denominations and 11 states. 

Every year the Lewis Fellows program brings together outstanding young clergy persons (generally those under the age of 35) for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. To date, more than 150 young clergy from more than a dozen denominations have been named Lewis Fellows. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The members of the 2013-2014 cohort of Lewis Fellows are:

  • Emily Berkowitz, Pastor, Buckeystown United Methodist Church, Buckeystown, Md.
  • Laura Blevins, Pastor, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Saint Joseph, Mo.
  • Catherine Burton, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Wichita, Kan.
  • Hyunjin Cho, Pastor, Lecompton United Methodist Church, Lecompton, Kan.
  • Paula Cripps-Vallejo, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Bensenville, Ill.
  • Stacy Dickson, Pastor, San Jacinto & Winchester Community United Methodist Churches, Winchester, Calif.
  • Alexander Houston, Pastor, Cohansey Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Nicole Houston, Associate Pastor, Severna Park United Methodist Church, Severna Park, Md.
  • Jermaine Johnson, Pastor, Word of Life Christian Community Church, Owings Mills, Md.
  • Sarah Locke, Associate Pastor, Calvary United Methodist Church, Stuarts Draft, Va.
  • Hung Su Lim, Pastor, Pleasant View United Methodist Charge, Winchester, Va.
  • Laura Lyter, Teaching Elder, First United Presbyterian Church, Loveland, Colo.
  • Jason Mackey, Pastor, Cross Point, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Yvi Martin, Associate Pastor, King’s Way United Methodist Church, Springfield, Mo.
  • Juel Nelson, Pastor, Succasunna United Methodist Church, Interlaken, N.J.
  • Thomas Parkinson, Pastor, Faith United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Zachary Seitz, Associate Pastor, Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, Vestavia Hills, Ala.
  • Andy Smith, Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Topeka, Kan.
  • Aisha Taylor, Associate Minister, Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • David Van Barkle, Pastor, DeWitt Community Church, DeWitt, N.Y.

More information about the Lewis Fellows program is available at churchleadership.com/lewisfellows.