SPC Welcomes Rev. William V.P. Sitterley

Beginning Sunday, September 24, Rev. William V.P. Sitterley will become our Interim Pastor. Welcome receptions will be held after the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services.
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.

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.”
Bill looks forward to getting to know you personally, and being a resource to the leadership of this church. He understands that his call is but “for a season,” and hopes to have a hand in preparing you for your next critical chapter as you live into your unique sense of ministry.