The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus

Presbytery Staff Liaison – Elder Ralph Lowe, Director of Justice Ministries

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What We Do

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus (NBPC) arrives to bring about justice, reconciliation, and liberation of our people within the Presbyterian Church and our communities.

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We stand on the shoulders of our forebears born in Africa who were brought to these shores by brutal force against their wills.

Today we are a Prophetic Witness continuing to work intensively and intentionally at creating and maintaining a high degree of visibility.

This has been achieved by the formation of the Coleman/Patrick Scholarship Fund, named for two untiring warriors, Mr. Robert Coleman and The Rev. Dr. Leroy Patrick. Mr. Coleman served as the director of the Department of Church Community for the Synod of the Trinity for eleven years. Dr. Patrick who served as pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church for thirty-five years was instrumental in abolishing the segregated rules for Pittsburgh swimming pools, as well as addressing issues within the larger church.

An outgrowth of the Caucus, the Henry Highland Garnet Society was formed in 1999 to honor the first pastor of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church. Henry Highland Garnet, born a slave, was a well educated abolitionist and an active member of the Underground Railroad in New York and Philadelphia. The Garnet Society has recognized several outstanding Pittsburgh citizens who have exemplified the life of Henry Highland Garnet.

In 2003 the City of Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania proclaimed Sunday, February 16th as Henry Highland Garnet day. Also, portions of Iowa Street and Ewart Drive were renamed Henry Highland Garnet Boulevard.

Affiliated Churches & Board Members

Bethesda Presbyterian Church
7220 Bennett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Bidwell Presbyterian Church
Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church
Valley View Presbyterian Church

Moderator Elder Alan Perry (Bidwell)
Vice Moderator Rev. Dr. Johnnie Monroe, Pastor Emeritus (Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church)
Secretary Elder Barbara Douglass (Bethesda Presbyterian Church)
Treasurer Elder Blanche Bennett (Valley View Presbyterian Church)


Worldwide Communion Unity Service

On Palm Sunday, 2019, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus sponsored a Unity service at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The guest preacher for the service was Rev. Carmen Cox-Harwell, pastor of St. Marks Presbyterian Church in Beechwood, Ohio.

Participating churches were Bethesda, Grace Memorial, East Liberty, Hazelwood, Open Door, and Valley View. The service was attended by more than 200 individuals.

It was requested that the Palm Sunday Unity Service would become an annual event. However, because of the COVID-19 virus we were unable to gather on Palm Sunday 2020. After much prayer, and feeling the need to call our churches and communities to a time of Unity, we thought it appropriate to sponsor a Worldwide Communion Unity Service on Sunday October 4, 2020, at 4 PM We will be gathering virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live.

During the service, an offering will be taken to benefit Freedom Rising.  Pittsburgh Presbytery sponsored and General Assembly approved this initiative in 2018, which is designed to help young African American males.

We hope you can join us for this service!

October 4, 2020 4:00 PM

Via Zoom:
Dial in 929-436-2866
ID# 916-2768-4698
Passcode 533509

*Live stream via Facebook Live on Pittsburgh Presbytery’s Facebook page

*Live stream via Pittsburgh Presbytery’s YouTube page

*Please note that live streamed videos on either YouTube or Facebook will only become active and accessible when the service begins at 4:00 PM on October 4, 2020.