Learning to Lead Episode #15: Ed Glover

This month I sat down and interviewed Ed Glover, founder of Urban Impact. We talked about ministry, leadership, and how to make an impact in the inner city.

Here are links that we discuss in the podcast:

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Episode #15: Ed Glover


Rev. Dr. Ed Glover, Founder and President of Urban Impact Foundation, along with his wife Tammy, has been involved in urban ministry on Pittsburgh’s North Side for the past twenty-one years.

In 1986, Ed became youth pastor at the Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the North Side community. His years of ministry and living in that community convinced him that the problems of the urban community could only be effectively addressed through a holistic approach. That conviction led to the development of Urban Impact Foundation, a ministry that has affected thousands of children, youth and families on the North Side of Pittsburgh and has been modeled in cities across the country. Urban Impact’s mission is to foster Christian community development. The way this mission is fleshed out is through reaching one person, one family, one block at a time through athletics, academics, performing arts and other relational ministries.

Ed is also the founder of Global Impact USA, Inc., a day long missions event designed to motivate and expose youth to missions both locally and globally. More than 50,000 youth and youth leaders have participated in Global Impact since its inception. Over the years, Ed has become a sought after speaker. He currently serves as Associate Preacher and Director of Urban Missions for Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, PA.

Ed graduated from Lambuth University in Tennessee, and received his Master’s of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. In 2001, Ed received an honorary doctorate from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA for his work in the urban setting. Ed has been an adjunct professor at both Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College. Ed and his wife Tammy also have the distinction of being the only urban missionaries in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Ed and his wife Tammy live on the North Side with their children Nathan, Joshua, Jonathan, and Abigail.


Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions, and what you do at Urban Impact.

Personal Leadership:

  • Walk us through your leadership journey . . . did you always aspire to be a leader wherever you were? How did you learn leadership? Did someone teach you?
  • Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
  • What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
  • What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend?
  • Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?


  • What are some common assumptions you hear people make about the inner city that aren’t true? How can we break down these assumptions?
  • How can churches really make a difference in the inner city?
  • How can individuals or families make a difference?
  • Walk us through the process of being a mentor, what have you found to be the most effective way to mentor/disciple someone?
  • Talk to young leaders about ministry and learning what they are called to do.
  • How can people partner with Urban Impact?

Organizational Leadership:

  • What qualities do you look for in up and coming leaders?
  • In your leadership experience, what have you learned about building a great team?
  • What does mentoring and development young leaders look like in your organization?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

Closing Questions:

  • Where is Ed Glover in 15 years? What do you want your legacy to be?
  • Any closing advice for young leaders?

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