William P Saxman
11811 Route 949
I was born April 6, 1935, at home, in the Newtown section of Turtle Creek, PA; most of my growth was on Harper Drive in what was called the Defense Homes on the top of Electric Heights in Turtle Creek. I graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1953, attended Pitt University for a year in pre-Law and then enlisted in the USAF. Discharged in May, 1958; I married Alice in August of the same year. We attended Slippery Rock State Teachers College where I studied to be a Physics and Chemistry Teacher. By the time I graduated in 1961 the college was now known as Slippery Rock University. That fall, 1961, I began my career as the Physics and Chemistry teacher at West Mifflin South High School. I was a member of the PSEA and became president of the local teachers organization; resigning over the issues of salary and a threatened strike. In 1965 I resigned from teaching, and was appointed by the District Superintendent to serve Muhleman Memorial Methodist Church and to attend Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, graduating (to the surprise of some of my seminary professors) in 1969. I served the West Elizabeth/ Elrama Charge from 1970 - 1977, Zion United Methodist Church from 1977 - 1988, Mifflin Avenue from 1988 - 1994, Brookville First from 1994 - 1999 when I retired. In retirement I have served Clarion First as an associate from Nov. 1999 to January 2001, Tylersburg Charge Jan. 2001 to July 2001,Summerville Charge 2003 until now; I am planning to fully retire July 1, 2021. While an active member of the WPA Conference I served as the chairperson of the Ethnic Minority Task Force and as the Chairperson of the Mission Committee to fund new missions.
Along the way my lady and I gave birth to six children and adopted our 7th. We have been blessed. Twio of our children have become pastors in this Conference, one has become a teacher, one is an assistant Manager, one was a home school teacher, was a home maker who also works outside the home and our youngest has a successful career in the gas line business. Most of the children and grandchildren come to our home in June to work and play in the wonders of the North Woods.
My lady Alice has walked with me, challenged and supported me in all of my ministry; in retirement I hope to write some poetry, finish mty memoirs and who knows, maybe a book. God is the keeper of my future - I can't wait.