A ministerial daughter of Shadyside Presbyterian Church (SPC), the Reverend Rebecca L. Young is a staff chaplain at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Rev. Young completed the ordination process with the Presbyterian Church (USA) under the care of the Session of SPC and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament to the validated ministry of hospital chaplaincy during a service held by the Pittsburgh Presbytery in the sanctuary of SPC on June 11, 2022.
Previously, Rebecca graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS) in May 2021 with a Master of Divinity degree. During her time at PTS, she served as the student body president and worked as a researcher for the World Mission Initiative. She also served as student pastor at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian and Emsworth United Presbyterian Churches, in addition to serving as a chaplain at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Following her graduation from PTS, Rebecca completed a chaplain residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, where she served as a chaplain for the neo-natal intensive care unit and level-one trauma emergency department. In February 2022, Rebecca accepted a permanent call to serve as a staff chaplain at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
A member of our church family since 2013, Rebecca began attending worship at SPC after moving to Pittsburgh for graduate school in the summer of 2012. Rebecca was ordained as a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio, and served as a ruling elder with Shadyside’s Session for four years. During that time, she served on the Adult Christian Education Committee, as well as the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, Rebecca also served on the leadership team of SPC’s Young Adult and Graduate Student Ministry and has enjoyed working with the church’s youth and our local and international mission partners.
With a background in journalism and international development, Rebecca has worked in various countries in North Africa and Europe. She has volunteered as a high school soccer coach and with the Humane Animal Rescue.