PASTOR – Judi Slater
Dr. Judith Slater has served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne since her ordination in 1992. Prior to her ordination, Pastor Judi served for six years as the Youth Director at Korean Central Church of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, receiving her Masters of Divinity degree in 1991 and her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001.
Pastor Judi is married to Stephen Slater, a funeral director, who also serves as an elder of the church. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Their daughter, Jennifer, is a licensed family therapist and is married to Matthew and they have given their parents the best gift ever, a granddaughter Ellie and a grandson Jack. Steve and Judi have a son, Nicholas, who is a Regional Controller for Graham Packaging (and also serves as tech support to his mom who is technologically challenged) and is married to Jena. Their son, Drew, is also a funeral director and works with his dad (often serving as a marriage ref for Steve and Judi since he is around them so much) and is married to Regina and they have provided the latest best gift ever, a grandson Brett.
In addition to her ministry in Duquesne, Pastor Judi serves on the Shared Ministry Team at Lincoln Place Presbyterian Church. She loves to spend time with her family, especially with her grandchildren. She also likes to read, watch HGTV, do morning yoga and take evening walks.
Pastor Judi has a passion for youth ministry and enjoys helping young people and adults come to know the Lord, grow in their faith and live their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. She has a special interest in ministry in economically challenged communities and her hope for the ministry in Duquesne is that we can lift up the positive things that God is doing and join in with God’s kingdom work in Duquesne. Her joy is in the Lord and she is grateful for all that God has done for her!
STUDENT PASTOR – Mary Yearsley
Mary Yearsley was born and raised in Swissvale, PA where she still resides. She is the youngest of four children and has several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Mary graduated from Robert Morris University and accepted a position at PNC where she still works and just celebrated her 40th year in August (her day job!!). Mary graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree. She also completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh. She has completed the Gestalt Pastoral Care Foundations Course and has attended several Opening to Grace workshops. Mary is currently working on ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA.
Mary went to Malawi for 3 weeks in 1999 on a Mission Trip with the Pittsburgh Presbytery and to Mexico for a week with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2003.
In addition to all of her church activities, Mary volunteers with Make-A-Wish, two Hospice Agencies, and is a Babyholder for the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center. Mary is also a Stephen Minister at Presbyterian Senior Care and the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne.
Jesus has always been a part of Mary’s life although her journey changed while Mary was serving as a Deacon at her home church in Swissvale in 1999. It was then that Mary’s call to ministry was confirmed, her call to that of Chaplaincy and Small Church Ministry – especially Hospice Chaplaincy. Mary is called to help those that need a helping hand and who may not have the tools they need to succeed in life. Mary shares the love of Jesus with all.
SEMINARY INTERN – Carmen Lee
Carmen Lee is the seminary intern at First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne. She is a senior at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she is pursuing a Master’s of Divinity degree and an urban ministry certificate. Carmen is a part-time student and works full-time in the Communications Department of The Heinz Endowments. Before that, she was a reporter and editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 20 years.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Carmen accepted Jesus Christ as her savior at the age of 11, and became more committed to her faith in college through the Navigators campus ministry at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She moved to Pittsburgh in 1985 after completing her studies at IU, and although her job at the Post-Gazette brought her to the region, her church involvement helped her to make Pittsburgh her home. She has been a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Homewood, and later regularly attended Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side. Carmen joined Friendship Community Presbyterian Church in West Oakland in 2006, which made her mother very happy since Carmen was raised in a Presbyterian church in Atlanta. At Friendship, Carmen is an elder and a member of the adult discipleship committee.
Although she is still working out the specifics of her call, Carmen’s exploration of more formal ministry began when she enrolled in the Metro-Urban Institute certificate program at PTS for her own personal enrichment. She did not initially consider further study upon completion of the program, but after several years leading and organizing Sunday School classes and educational programs at Friendship Church, she felt God’s Spirit moving her enter seminary to learn more about His Word and the new possibilities He was opening up in her life. It has been an adventure that has led to Carmen’s growth in many ways — and the journey is not over.