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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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

Helen Jackson has taught a class on ethics this past semester that became a hit with the students from day one. They found thsmselves discussing matters from ethical perspectives that they had never thought about before the class. Then... more

Mark Conner first came to CUBM last January to pursue his associate degree in leadership. Mark is a family and church man, involved in both, while also serving as a successful salesman for his company. Mark joins Karla and John today... more

Val Ford has been an instructor at CUBM for many years and has served as a counselor to students, families and staff alike during her teaching tenure. She has also been involved as a counselor in the Pittsburgh community and has a... more