Paul Abernathy, MPIA, MDiv

Father Paul Abernathy is an Orthodox Christian priest and the founding CEO of the Neighborhood Resilience Project. Since 2011, Fr. Paul has labored with his community to address Community Trauma with Trauma Informed Community Development, A framework that facilitates the transformation of trauma-affected communities into resilient, healing, and healthy communities so that people can be healthy enough to sustain opportunities and realize their potential. Under Fr. Paul’s leadership, innovative trauma-informed grass-roots strategies have been developed and implemented to address acute, historical, transgenerational, and complex trauma on a community level.


In addition to programming, his direction distributed millions of dollars in various kinds of support to the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Community groups from across the nation have worked with Fr. Paul to be trained in the Trauma-Informed Community Development framework.


He has a B.A. in International Studies from Wheeling Jesuit University and holds a Master in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and was selected for Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. A former Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, Father Paul is also a combat veteran of the Iraq War. Fr. Paul is also an author, and his work has been featured in film as well as local, national, and international media.


In addition to his work with the organization, Fr. Paul is and has been a member of multiple communities, state, and national boards and has received numerous community awards. Fr. Paul is the pastor of St. Moses the Black Orthodox Church and a husband and father of two children.