Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

New Board Members

Seven new Board members were appointed during the June meeting. They include the Rev. Michelle Wahila ’05, the Rev. David Hosick, D.Min. ’76, Paul H. Dimmick, Douglas D. Hawthorne, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge, the Rev. Don Scandrol, D.Min. ’75/’81, and the Rev. Susan Mullin ’10.

Michelle Wahila currently serves as associate pastor at Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a graduate of Grove City College and received her M.Div. from PTS in 2005. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Haiti Fund since 2008. Wahila is married with one young son.

David Hosick returns to service following a year off. A Pittsburgh native, he is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg, Fla. Also a Grove City graduate, he received his M.Div. from PTS and his D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Among others, his previous pastorates included First Presbyterian Church in Meadville, Pa., and Tryon Presbyterian Church in N.C.

Paul H. Dimmick has enjoyed a broad executive career in financial markets spanning corporate lending, capital markets, and treasury. He is a graduate of Lafayette College and received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the board of directors of the West Penn Allegheny Health System and Vice President of the Borough Council of Edgeworth, Pa. Dimmick is a member of The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley.

Douglas D. Hawthorne serves as the CEO and president of Texas Health Resources of Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital Inc. Hawthorne has more than 30 years of health care experience and has received numerous awards for his outstanding leadership in healthcare. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s in health care administration from Trinity University. He serves on the Trinity University board of trustees, is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, and is a ruling elder of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas.

Sheldon Sorge serves as pastor to Pittsburgh Presbytery. He received his bachelor’s from Roberts Wesleyan College, master’s from Duke University, and doctorate in theology and ethics from Duke University. Prior to his current role, Sorge served in several pastoral parish positions as well as teaching positions at King College, Louisville, and Dubuque Seminaries. He served on the staff of the General Assembly of the PC(USA) and was the associate director of the Louisville Institute at Louisville Seminary, Louisville, Ky.

Don Scandrol will serve as the Alumni Association representative to the Board of Directors. Scandrol, a native of New Kensington, Pa., was appointed as Pittsburgh District Superintendent of The United Methodist Church in 2006. Prior to his present appointment, Scandrol served several churches including Dutilh United Methodist Church in Cranberry Township, Pa.. Scandrol holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s in counseling and social work from the University of Pittsburgh. He also studied at PTS completing his M.Div. in 1975 and his D.Min. in 1981. Scandrol worked for many years as a part-time pastoral/family counselor with the Lutheran Service Society.

Susan Mullin will serve as the Senior Class Representative for the Class of 2010. Mullin is a graduate of Edinboro University. At PTS she served as a Greek Tutor, faculty research assistant, and as the student chapel coordinator. She received three graduation awards including The Watson Samuel Boyce Music Prize, The Paul T. Gerrard Prize in Homiletics and Pastoral Care, and The Robert A. Lee Church History Prize. A United Methodist, Mullin has received her first appointment to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Indiana, Pa. where she will serve as associate pastor.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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