Cynthia G Bloise
Phone (412) 536-3291
1503 W Ingomar Rd.
I was born outside of Chicago while my dad was attending Bethany Theological Seminary. We moved from there to Milford, IN when I was 3, Canton, OH when I was 7, Midland, MI when I was 10, and Roaring Spring, PA when I was 16 1/2. I attended Juniata College for two years, then transferring to Bloomsburg University of PA to complete my B.S. in Communication Disorders. I worked for a few years before beginning my first master's program at the University of Pittsburgh, where I received by M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and was the winner of the Lisa Levy Academic Award.
After being called into the ministry, I entered Pittsburgh Theological Seminary the week before 9/11. After completion of my first year of full-time seminary, I was appointed as P/T Associate to Monroeville UMC in 2002 and continued seminary part-time. I completed seminary in May 2006, was ordained as an Elder at the 2009 meeting of the Annual Conference, and entered a doctoral program at United Theological Seminary in January 2010. Sticking rigorously to a schedule for writing, I completed my DMin. in June 2012 with a focus on The Missional Church. Mike Slaughter (formerly Ginghamsburg UMC) and Duane Anders (Cathedral of the Rockies) were my program mentors.
Pre-Church Work History: I started out delivering newspapers when I was very young, then worked at Burger King, Joann Fabrics, and then various work-study secretarial jobs throughout college. Following my Junior year of college, I had an internship with the PA Department of Health in Harrisburg. The summer following my Senior year, I worked at Camp Harmony Hall, an Easter Seals Camp outside of Harrisburg, PA that served both children and adults in week-long camps.
I worked for about 3 years using my secretarial skills, during which time I married Frank. While working on my 1st master's degree. I worked with Stroke and Head Injury patients, first at what was The Rehab Institute, which is now called The Children's Institute. I also worked at Mercy Hospital and through various private practices as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I also worked in the church office in doing the monthly newsletter before pursuing my calling.
2002-2008 Associate at Monroeville UMC
2008-2015 Center Avenue UMC in Pitcairn
2015-2017 Beulah Park and Christy Park UMCs in McKeesport
2017-2020 Jefferson UMC in Jefferson Hills
2020 to present Associate at Ingomar Church
During my years in the WPA Conference, I have served as the Greensburg District Mission Coordinator, on the Conference Missions Team, as Peace with Justice Coordinator, the Pittsburgh District Building and Locations Team, Pittsburgh District Nominating Team and on the Conference Leadership Team as a member-at-large and now as the Missions Chair. I have served on the Section Leader Team for Annual Conference for about 8 years and recently have served as one of the coordinators for the Section Leader Team. I served at General Conference 2012 as a marshal. General Conference 2016 and 2019, I was invited to serve as a transcriber/recorder.
My family is my favorite. I have the BEST pastor's spouse in the universe as my husband, Frank. We have three grown daughters: Bethany (married to Anthony), who works remotely and lives half the year in Arizona near Anthony's mom; Kimberlyn, who is at Edinboro University working on her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics degree; and Jillian (married to Tarun), who lives in Atlanta and works as a Vet Tech. She is also due with our first grandchild around Nov. 1 this year.
I love my current appointment because I am assigned to do small groups and missions and wellness. I have also been able to facilitate several new groups of people who are committed to antiracism and inclusion of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters. I am passionate about standing up for those in the margins, reaching people in the "None" or "Done" category of faith, finding new ways of expression for church, small groups and missions.
For fun, I love to read. I am getting back to exercise (but that's not really fun). We recently started playing some pickleball and other North Park activities. We love to hike. Most of all, we love to visit with our daughters and spouses.