Meet the Team: In Depth

Rev. Carolyn Cranston

Parish Associate



Favorite Flix:

I Can Only Imagine; Breakthrough; Miracle on 34th Street; It’s a Wonderful Life; A Charlie Brown Christmas

What's on TV:

The Hallmark Movies

What I'm Reading:

Still Alice, Left Neglected and Inside the O’Brian’s by Lisa Genova; The Notebook and Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

My Happy Place:

The Beach

Favorite Sports Teams:

Steelers, Penguins, Pirates

Favorite Eats:

Steak, Halibut, Pasta, Salads

When I'm Not Working:

Going out with family and friends, Reading

Favorite Quote:

“We like someone because. We love someone although.” Henry de Montherlant

Favorite Part of my Job:

I love to spend time with the people - colleagues, members of the congregation and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary alumnae/i. In addition, I love event planning.



A Little More:

Life is a wonderful journey that I am blessed to be taking. I’m a graduate of Baldwin High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and was awarded a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. My family brings the greatest joy in my life. I have one daughter, three living grandchildren, one who is deceased, and many friends who have become family. In 2001, I was ordained to Minister of Word and Sacrament by Pittsburgh Presbytery and my call is to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where I serve as Director of Alumnae/i and Church Relations. Half of my job is fundraising and half is staying connected to churches, alumni and event planning. In addition, I serve as a Parish Associate at Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. I love pastoral care and all aspects of working with the congregation. Since my ordination, I have served continuously as moderator and member of many Presbytery committees and served as Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery. I enjoy making wreaths and floral arrangements in my free time. If you find I’m missing, check any beach.