Father Paul Abernathy
Father Paul Abernathy is an Orthodox Christian priest and the Director of FOCUS Pittsburgh, an Orthodox Christian non-profit focused on human development in the Hill District, Pittsburgh Pa. He has B.A. in International Studies from Wheeling Jesuit University, and holds a Master in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Since its inception in 2011, FOCUS Pittsburgh has distributed millions of dollars in food, clothing, furniture, transportation assistance, Identification, and emergency relief to the Greater Pittsburgh Community which includes a Back Pack Feeding Program that distributes food to 2,500 children every weekend during the school year.
Father Paul is also the CEO of the FOCUS Pittsburgh Free Health Center which offers free primary, behavioral health, and dental care to Pittsburgh's uninsured and underinsured with an initiative currently underway to address Community Trauma called Trauma Informed Community Development. In addition to his work with FOCUS Pittsburgh, Fr. Paul is a member of multiple community boards and committees to include the PA State Parole Citizens Advisory Committee, Neighborhood Allies Grassroots Grant Making Committee, Allegheny County Health Department's Violence Prevention Community Advisory Board, and is a Foundation of HOPE board member. A former Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, Father Paul is a combat veteran of the Iraq War and has received community awards to include the New Pittsburgh Courier's 2013 Fab 40 award, Larry Richert's 2017 Hometown Heroes, Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 under 40, and Wheeling Jesuit University's Fr. Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Alumni Award. Fr. Paul is the pastor of St. Moses the Black Orthodox Christian Mission also located in the Hill District.