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Rev. James Salyers
Sally Cripe  

Director of Music
Jennifer Pritchard

Becky Pilarski

Financial Secretary
Nancy Hunter

Mark Utnehmer

About Steffin Hill Presbyterian Church

IN THE BEGINNING, which was February 24, 1918, five people met in a storeroom for Sunday School.  One year later, a building was erected and from that day on, our church has grown in numbers and in faith.  While a temporary structure known as the “Tabernacle” was being erected at the rear of the present church building to accommodate worshipers, ground breaking began for a new, permanent structure at the current location.  On November 28, 1920, the completed church building and furnishings were dedicated at a cost of $18,918 to the membership, which consisted of 33 church members and 67 Sunday School participants.

On April 25, 1923, the Beaver Valley Presbytery organized the congregation and the Reverend John Meloy was installed as the church’s first pastor.  Under his direction, the first session of the Steffin Hill United Presbyterian Church in North America was ordained and installed on June 22, 1923.

In 1956, under the direction of the Reverend Orland Richie, a building program was undertaken to renovate the building and add on much needed church space.  The present stone front and education rooms were completed in 1958.
For the past 15 years, the Reverend Dr. Judy Angleberger has led us on our faith journey, deepened our faith and has helped us grow in service. 

With her retirement, we will be having guest ministers and interim ministers while we search for a new minister for our congregation. 

The Session, Elders, Deacons, and members of the congregation will continue to worship, pray, grow, and serve the needs of the community during this period of change. 

We invite you to worship with us and join in this new journey with us.

About Our Pastor:

Rev. James E. Salyers was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He has served in ministry since 1999 spending one year as a youth representative before being ordained as a Ruling Elder in 2000. In 2013 he was ordained and installed as Pastor for Mechanicsville Presbyterian Church in Virginia.

James graduated from Penn State with a BS in Business in 2005. In 2012 he graduates from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and again in 2013 with a Masters of Sacred Theology.

Between college and Seminary James met his wife, Anna. They were married in 2010 during his second year of Seminary. While at seminary James traveled to China (2010) and Israel (2012 with Anna). They also welcomed their oldest son, Elias (Eli), on graduation night in 2013. Since moving to Virginia they have welcomed James (not a junior) in 2015.

James enjoys theater and the arts as well as reading, writing, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and cooking. Most of these he enjoys doing with Anna and the boys.


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