Administrative Commission for Transformation

Administrative Commission for Transformation

Presbytery Staff Liaisons – Rev. Brian Wallace, Associate Minister, Ralph Lowe, Director of Justice Ministries, and Cathy Nelson, Executive Assistant

What We Do
Pittsburgh Presbytery Staff Liaisons
Grants Available

What We Do

The mission of the Administrative Commission for Transformation is to assist churches of the Pittsburgh Presbytery to reach others for Christ, to provide hands-on training and mentorship for future pastors, to encourage congregational partnerships, and to be involved in the mission of Jesus Christ.

Pittsburgh Presbytery Staff Liaisons

North & East Branches – The Rev. Brian Wallace
South & West Branches – Elder Ralph Lowe

ACT Grants Available

ACT Grants Available

ACT Grants Available

ACT Grants Available

COVID Connection & Transition Grant

In an effort to respond faithfully to our current situation and the evolving needs of congregations, the Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) has created a new grant specifically to help member churches of Pittsburgh Presbytery stay connected and to transition their work to new formats. The COVID Connection & Transition (CCT) Grant will provide up to $1,200 to fund new connectional efforts (within congregations and to their broader communities) or to transition existing connectional efforts to digital and other socially distanced formats.

Examples: If you run a VBS program that cannot meet this summer due to COVID-19, this grant can help with transitioning VBS to a new format such as digital/mail/drop off packages. If other programs need to move online and you lack basic equipment, this grant can help.

We have sought to streamline the CCT Grant application process and will review and administer them on a rolling basis.

This grant is for immediate needs and to keep your congregation connected to your members and communities. If you are considering long-term ideas about transitioning worship and programs online, we encourage you to apply for an Enhancement Grant which awards up to $4,000 but is a longer process. You may receive a CCT Grant regardless of if you have received other ACT grants this year. The CCT Grant is limited to one/church.

Please contact the Rev. Walt Pietschmann the Rev. Laura Bentley, Co-Chairs of ACT, if you have any questions.

The application for the COVID19 Transition Grant is available here

Enhancement Grants

These grants are one-year grants with a maximum of $4,000. Currently, these grants are used to assist congregations seeking to enhance or start a new ministry, program, activity, or process. As the presbytery undertakes a new mission design, the ACT will use the funds to promote cooperative mission and ministry partnerships among churches. Like the mission design, this plan is a work in progress. Money for enhancement grants comes out of the operating budget of Pittsburgh Presbytery.


  • Grants are awarded on a one-year basis and on a 4-to-1 ratio up to $4,000. For example, ACT will grant $4 (up to $4,000 maximum) for every $1 raised by the applicant church; if the church raises $1,000 and is approved, ACT will grant $4,000. 
  • The contributing portion of the congregation may include in-kind support in addition to financial support. Examples of acceptable in-kind support are costs of meals and volunteer hours given by members of the congregation provided in relationship to the proposed project. We encourage congregations to seek support from partners to generate the applicant’s portion.
  • Churches are eligible to receive Enhancement Grants for two consecutive years but must reapply annually.


FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021

Enhancement Grant applications are accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. If approved to receive a grant, funds will be paid within 30 days of approval.


  • Completed Enhancement Grant application form
  • Session meeting with a liaison of the Administrative Transformation Commission to discuss the grant proposal
  • Establishment of an ongoing prayer team
  • Completed follow-up report of how the grant was used at the conclusion of the project/initiative


Seminary Student Intern Grants

Seminary student interns are granted monthly stipends to work with congregations. This effort is designed to provide hands on ministry training for students, while providing additional resources for congregations, who demonstrate financial need.

Students must be members of the PC(USA)
Students are encouraged to be under care of a Presbytery

Congregations must:
-Demonstrate financial need
-Demonstrate community and/or church partnerships