PORTERSVILLE — It will be a homecoming for the special speaker at Sunday's Presbyterian Church of Portersville's worship service.
Dr. C. Scott Shidemantle, professor of biblical studies and coordinator of the Bible Core at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, grew up in Portersville, attended the church as a child and credits the church's teachings and its leadership for setting him on the path that led to his present position.
“I grew up in Portersville,” said Shidemantle, the son of Jim and Donna Shidemantle. “My parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were all from Portersville. They came over in the 1840s from Germany.”
“I was baptized at Mountville Presbyterian Church, but I started here when I was 4 years old. This was my dad's family church,” he said.
“I grew up in this church in the youth ministry here. Ralph Phillips, the youth minister, had a big impact on my life,” Shidemantle said.
He went to Slippery Rock University, where he served as a youth director before attending the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, where he earned his master of divinity degree.
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