Urban Heroes

Urban Heroes


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This show features people who do important work in urban areas, along with the work at the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in Pittsburgh, PA.

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George Russell Jr. is a musician who teaches at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. George has been invited by CUBM to conduct a History of Gospel workshop on April 10-11 here in Pittsburgh for musicians, choir... more

Karla and John continue with their interviews of the 2015 class of Urban Heroes with their interview of Pastors George and Sandra Russell. The Russells have been married for 54 years and pastors at Temple of God Church in Washington,... more

John and Karla met Deloris in 2014 while they were conducting a workshop for the residents of Hazelwood, a community in renewal in the City of Pittsburgh. They were so impressed with her story, which included surviving a bout with... more

Yes, today's guest has the same last name as Karla Byrd, John's cohost, and that is because Oliver Byrd is Karla's husband. On today's show, John and Karla begin interviewing the 2015 class of Urban Heroes and they will start with Oliver.... more

Renee Drummond-Brown is a former City of Pittsburgh police officer who came to CUBM after retirement. Renee will graduate in May and currently serves as president of the graduating class. Renee has been an excellent student and has... more

Sheran White is a woman who is acquainted with tragedy. She lost five family members in a short period of time and was lost in grief and sorrow until she made a trip to Africa through CUBM that changed her life. Today she ministers to... more

John and Karla team up today to bring in the New Year with some talk about CUBM, the coming semester, their upcoming trip to Kenya, and plans for the coming year. Join these two colleagues and friends as they talk about the work... more

Dr. Melinda Stephens began as a chemistry professor at Geneva College and is now the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Geneva. She prerecorded today's discussion with John and Karla to talk about her journey into the study of... more

Johnathan Wilson is pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. He also serves as president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Pittsburgh and Vicinity. Rev. Wilson is a CUBM and Geneva... more