William V.P. Sitterley

Interim Pastor
Rev. Sitterley (who goes by “Bill”) is a native of Bethlehem, PA, attended The Mercersburg Academy, and received his BA from Columbia University with a major in Religion. From there he hit the West Coast to attend Fuller Theological Seminary, while doing college ministry at The Hollywood Presbyterian Church. After serving in a church in suburban Cincinnati for a while, he entered a phase of his life that he refers to as “the great parenthesis,” where he was in secular employment for a number of years. (That’s another story!)
Things got interesting when he started working with Habitat for Humanity Asia-Pacific. He did rural development work in Papua New Guinea for a few years, and then relocated to New Zealand to be their first Pacific Regional Director. Later he moved again to Thailand to help develop the work throughout Asia and The Pacific. He traveled extensively in those years, and showed his true commitment to being a global citizen by marrying a Thai woman who was a professor at Payap University in Chiang Mai. He and his wife Noi, have a 28 year old son who is living in Georgia.
After nearly ten years with Habitat he felt called to return to the US and return to parish ministry. For over thirteen years he served as pastor of a church in suburban Baltimore. He then felt attracted to interim ministry, and has just completed a fulfilling two year stint at a progressive faith community in the same area. He now is equally excited to have a real sense of call to serve the good people of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church.
Bill is committed to lifelong learning, and being on a spiritual path where one is continually being stretched. He is drawn deeply to the realm of contemplative spirituality, which does not imply being detached from the world. He is committed to social justice issues, advocating for LGBTQ inclusion, the environment, and interfaith dialogue. He is open-minded, affirming, and strives to communicate a life of faith using language that would make sense to the unchurched. He rather likes the idea of being a part of “a school of love.”

Ethel Hornbeck

Director of Spiritual Formation and Campus Ministry

Ethel is a spiritual director with an ongoing interest in how the Spirit is experienced - and practiced - in everyday life. This underlies all of her work at SPC, including the adult education and formation programs, small groups, liturgy planning, campus ministry, and spiritual direction. She has been on staff at SPC since 2004.

Ethel holds a Masters of Theological Studies in Spirituality Studies from the Washington Theological Union, where she pursued an abiding interest in saints, sinners, mystics and mysticism. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Spiritual Guidance Program, where she also served on staff for several years. She is also a recovering economist, and a graduate of the American University with an MA in International Economics. Proud parent of Alison and Sara, she lives on the beautiful Potomac River with her husband Jeff and assorted critters.

Kathy Reid

Office Manager

Kathy has been with SPC since August 2004. She grew up in Northern Virginia, but after meeting her husband at college in Richmond, moved to his hometown in Bergen County, NJ, where they raised three children. Upon his retirement, they moved back to this area. Kathy has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children for over 10 years, and a volunteer at Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM). She has 8 grandchildren spread out on both coasts whom she doesnt get to see often enough. She resides in Shepherdstown with her husband, Chip, their dog Charlie, 4 rescue cats and 4 very spoiled chickens.

Georgianne Toole

Choir Director

Georgianne Hinchcliffe Toole is a West Virginia native who currently resides in Sharpsburg, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Shepherd College (Shepherdstown, WV), a Master of Music in Conducting from the Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, VA), and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has taught choral and general music in public and private schools, and music education courses at Shepherd, Shenandoah, and UNCG.

A strong proponent of the value of musical performance activities for people of all ages and ability levels, she has served as singer or conductor for many church music programs and community and professional theater groups. She has served as clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and/or composer for county and regional honors choruses in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Toole is on the education faculty at Shepherd University, and is the founder and artistic director of the Antietam Women’s Ensemble.