In 1964 the Rev. Dr. Donald Hargrave Gross, the Rev. Dr. Everett I. Campbell, and Dr. Richard L. Russell together founded Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI) to provide education for faith leaders who desired to increase their understanding of the relationship between religion and mental health. It soon became apparent that pastors were also seeking support for their parishioners in need of mental health services. Thus began PPI’s commitment to establish counseling services demonstrable of caring for the whole person, publicly acknowledging the vital link between one’s beliefs and healing. This, and the determination to be inclusive guided the founders’ authoring of PPI’s unique mission which still stands today:
Rev. Dr. Everett I. Campbell, Rev. John Baiz and Rev. Dr. Donald Hargrave Gross
PPI is proud to be the longest-lived ecumenical and holistic behavioral health provider and professional learning center in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Over the decades, PPI partnered with increasing numbers of faith communities, neighborhood centers, and health care providers across Allegheny and the surrounding counties to provide accessible and inclusive branch offices. In 1989, changes in state law brought Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Psychologists to the fore as the legal providers of counseling. Thus, a gradual transition from what had been a staff of primarily pastoral care providers to licensed practitioners began. While PPI changed the construct of its counseling team, the institute continued to seek staff dedicated to PPI’s mission. This strong ethic in practice remains today across all hiring, operations, and service delivery.
Throughout the years, PPI has forged and grown programs deeply rooted in its mission, programs such as:
We invite you learn more about us and these services on this website.
Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute seeks to serve the diverse community of Pittsburgh. Services are provided free of discrimination according to age, color, ethnic origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or disability.