Reverend Lee Walls
In 1998, Reverend Walls founded Amani CCDC as the Executive Chair Director. Rev. Lee J Walls is a longtime resident of Pittsburgh's Hill District and is a product of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. His post-secondary education began at Point Park University and eventually led to Hampton University. After completing a BA degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Psychology, he returned to Pittsburgh, continuing to pursue educational opportunities through various graduate courses in science and business at Robert Morris College and the University of Pittsburgh.
Not long after returning to Pittsburgh, he began working at UPMC. While working at UPMC, Rev. Walls responded to God's call to the ministry in late 1986. His education continued with his studies at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and finally at Virginia Union University of Theology, when he was ordained as a minister.
In 1992, Rev. Walls was selected to attend Harvard University's Community Development Program for pastors-- a nationally recognized program that provided an intensive academic learning experience for learning community and economic development from national experts in both areas.
For the next several years, he began working in community service in various capacities and for several Hill District youth serving organizations including: Open doors, Hill District Ministries, Breachmenders and eventually serving as Operations/Program Director for The Center That C.A.R.E.S. As an active participant in the community and with a focus on his ministerial duties at Macedonia Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, he continues to serve his church and the Greater Hill District. In addition to his faith-based duties, Rev. Walls is a charter member of the Hill District Education Council, Hill District Consensus Group, Clean Green Hill and the Schenley Heights Collaborative.
Rev. Walls is a well-respected community leader with deep ties to the neighborhood. He provides stability for the organization and works with many stakeholders to ensure project success.